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New Restaurants in New Orleans Opening This Fall

There has been a bundle of new restaurants in New Orleans to open this year throughout the city, all with different styles and tastes. New Orleans is known for producing some of the most delicious foods in the country, and with each passing year, more and more restaurants are proving that reputation to be true.

So far in 2014 New Orleans has seen many new tasteful surprises all over the city. Among these new restaurants are Milkfish, Root Squared, Pizza Domenica, Del Fuego, Seed and several others. Although 2014 is slowly coming to an end, the continuous streak of new restaurant openings has yet to die down!

New Orleans Fall Restaurant Openings

This October Jeff Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 will be opening. The New Orleans restaurant is located here in our very own Bienville House where Iris was previously located.

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Jeff Berry [Photo: Facebook]

Managed by Berry and wife Annene, the restaurant will be serving an Asian-inspired menu created by Twelve Mile Limit’s very own Chris Shortall. The restaurant is set to open the third week of October, so let the countdown commence!

Also opening this fall in New Orleans is Boiree, which promises to be primarily a daiquiri and wing restaurant, but will also be serving “elevated street food.” The restaurant will be located in the current location of Boucherie.

These new restaurant openings this fall are bringing new and exciting tastes to the city of New Orleans. Book your stay at Bienville House now so you can be one of the first to try Latitude 29 when it opens.

Voodoo Fest 2014 in New Orleans

New Orleans is known for many things: one of them being the “Most Haunted City in the Country.” New Orleans is also considered to be a city of life-changing live music festivals. If you are a fan of both, there is only one weekend a year that combines both experiences for a three day, musically-enhanced paranormal weekend commonly known as Voodoo Fest.

New Orleans Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

New Orleans Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has grown to become one of the city’s most attended music festivals, second only to Jazz Fest. The combination of big music headliners from around the world, art installations throughout the festival grounds, and the hundreds of costumed attendees that are seen at Voodoo Fest allow for an ambiance unlike any other.

Put on your spookiest costume and get your tickets for this New Orleans Halloween experience. This year, Voodoo Festival takes place October 31, November 1st and 2nd, 2014.

The Voodoo Festival 2014 lineup includes headliners such as the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Zedd, Pretty Lights, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Slayer, plus many other jaw dropping performances. The three day festival also includes art installations throughout the festival grounds, plus a marketplace of local artists throughout the weekend.

New Orleans Voodoo Festival goers will be experiencing the supernatural activities of Halloween while Worshiping the Music under City Park’s majestic Oak trees.

Looking to Experience the Music at Voodoo? A room at the Bienville House puts you just a streetcar ride away from this event as well as providing you with a historical New Orleans haunted stay. Book your room today.

We Live To Eat: New Orleans Restaurant Week

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.”

- Mark Twain

We Live to Eat Restaurant Week Food is what makes the oxygen flow and the trees grow in New Orleans. It is the back bone of the Crescent City, and everyone is looking to get a taste.

In order to embrace the culinary art form that is New Orleans cuisine, we celebrate with We Live to Eat Restaurant Week 2014.

For one delicious week, September 8-14, 2014, the Louisiana Restaurant Association gets the New Orleans community out of the kitchen and into some of the city’s best restaurants for lunch and dinner specials through WLTE’s New Orleans Restaurant Week.

Both new and old restaurants are involved with We Live to Eat Restaurant Week. Each restaurant is offering a variety of menu options to suit both price and taste.

Restaurant Week embraces the culinary scene that enriches and fills the stomachs of New Orleanians. In the Big Easy, we live to eat. This is the week that allows for locals to really show their patronage to the taste of this yummy city.

With two course meals as low as $20, WLTE Restaurant Week is one of the best times to visit the Crescent City. Book your stay at Bienville House for one of New Orleans’ most delicious weeks of the year, and start planning now.

Can’t make this event but still want to experience a culinary treat? Bienville House’s very own Latitude 29 will be opening this fall, featuring a full-service modern fine-dining experience for all of New Orleans and our guests.

Labor Day in New Orleans

Labor Day in New Orleans offers endless activities for families looking for fun. However, what if the weather is not quite what you wished for? Instead of letting a little New Orleans rain get in the way, here is a list of indoor activity ideas that are lots of fun for the whole family, no matter what the weather!

Rainy NOLA

Rain in New Orleans

Mardi Gras World:

Mardi Gras World has tours the entire family will enjoy! Both parents and kids get to learn the art and skill that goes into each and every one of the floats that make up the spectacular parades each year during Mardi Gras.

Open seven days a week from 9:30 to 5:30, Mardi Gras World allows for families to see where the Mardi Gras magic is made in just one hour!

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas:

Immerse yourself in an underwater world during your visit to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The Aquarium is located right on the edge of the French Quarter with amazing views of the Mississippi River.

With indoor activities for all ages, come laugh with the penguins, feed a Parakeet and even pet a shark during Labor Day!

National WWII Museum:

Getting lost in time is hard to avoid during a visit to the National WWII Museum. Start the visit with a sneak peak at the museum’s 4D cinematic experience Beyond All Boundaries and move into the museum for historic attractions and a delicious bite to eat at The American Sector! With features and exhibits for all ages, The World War II Museum makes history come to life.

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk:

Catch all the Labor Day back to school sales at the Riverwalk! With over 75 store options, there is no chance you will walk out empty handed. Located along the bank of the Mississippi, the Riverwalk offers a shopping experience like no other.

Need a place to stay in New Orleans this Labor Day weekend? Start planning your holiday weekend in New Orleans and make a reservation at Bienville House today!

Fall Festivals in New Orleans

Bienville House exteriorFall in New Orleans is one of the greatest times to schedule a trip to the Big Easy. The humidity is low, AC units are turned off and windows are finally opened. It is also a great time to get outside and enjoy some of the best fall festivals in New Orleans.

In order to help you plan your fall visit to New Orleans, here is preview of the Big Easy during its finest fall months:

 

September 2014:

August 27-September 1

Southern Decadence

Southern Decadence is a GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) Labor Day celebration held annually in the French Quarter. This free event has attracted thousands over the years for its fun entertainment held over the six-day span.  Outdoor concerts, live entertainment and even a parade are some of the many activities that fill this fun New Orleans weekend.

 

October 2014:

October 10-12

Louisiana Seafood Festival

This free New Orleans festival is a family-friendly event welcoming all to celebrate seafood, one of Louisiana’s favorites!  The event is held in City Park and features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and many more fun activities. If you are a lover of everything and anything seafood – this is the festival for you.

 

October 31-November 2

VooDoo Music & Arts Experience

Voodoo Festival is New Orleans’ second most popular festival (second to Jazz Fest). The 2014 lineup headliners include popular contemporary artists such as Outkast, The Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex and many more. Held over Halloween weekend, the festival motto is “Worship the Music.”

 

November 2014:

Date TBD

The Po-Boy Festival

You can get this one-day-only event “dressed” with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and mayo! This festival celebrates one of New Orleans’ greatest creations: The Po-Boy. Celebrated on Oak Street, the Po-Boy Festival offers delicious sandwiches of all kinds and live music from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

These are only just a few of our favorite New Orleans fall festivals. Looking to book your trip to New Orleans this fall? Make your reservations with Bienville House today!

New Orleans Red Dress Run 2014

Girls AND boys, grab your best red dress, because another colorful fun-filled event is headed to New Orleans this weekend! Taking place this Saturday, August 9th, 2014, the 20th Annual Red Dress Run is both an exciting New Orleans event as well as a fundraiser for local charities, bringing in over a million dollars in the past few years!

Red Dress Run. Photo courtesy of nolaredress.com

Photo courtesy of nolaredress.com

The Red Dress Run itself is a two mile run/walk (whatever your preference!) through the French Quarter, beginning at Armstrong Park. Both Five Finger Discount and Flow Tribe will be performing at the event. You won’t want to miss it! Find the full day’s schedule below:

9 am       On site registrations opens
9:30        Gates open, beer is served
11:15      Browncoat Brass leads us to the streets
11:30      20th Red Dress Run takes off
Noon      Time to eat – food is served
1 pm       Flow Tribe performs
3pm        5 Finger Discount performs
5pm        Red Dress Run ends

Registration costs $70, which includes beer, food, live music, and a few fabulous giveaways. You can register the day of the event, but it is cash only. Attendees all enjoy wearing their favorite version of the little red dress, and many pick one up at local New Orleans thrift shops beforehand.

For more information, please visit the official Red Dress Run website: nolareddress.com

Don’t want to miss out on any more of the summer fun in New Orleans? Take advantage of our special summer rates at Bienville House and start planning your trip to the Big Easy now! 

Whitney White Linen Night 2014

Break out your favorite white linen clothing and beat the summer heat with live New Orleans music at this weekend’s Whitney White Linen Night! Every summer, this event requires our city to dress in their brightest hue, creating a sea of peaceful white along Julia Street. Sponsored by Whitney Bank, White Linen Night closes down the 300-600 blocks of Julia Street, with 3 stages of live music entertainment lining the streets. No need to venture inside a bar for a drink, because there are also plenty of convenient kiosks set up offering a variety of food and beverages from some of the best restaurants and bars in the city.

The other perk of holding this event in the trendy Warehouse District is that two dozen or so galleries in the area keep their doors open just for the event. Peruse the galleries all while sipping on a refreshing Mojito from a kiosk outside. The block party is held this Saturday, August 2nd, from 3:00-6:00pm, with the Contemporary Arts Center holding their annual Whitney White Linen Night party immediately after, also featuring live music, refreshments, and art work on display.

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Don’t miss out on one of the highlights of summer in New Orleans – you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun at this event, plus you’ll help support some of New Orleans’ most talented artists! It’s a classy night you won’t soon forget. Need a room for Whitney White Linen Night? Book with Bienville House now.

Satchmo Summer Fest 2014

Many cities celebrate the warm weather summer months with an abundance of festivals, and New Orleans is no exception. Not only do we provide summer festivities, we do it in a way that no other city in the country can offer. A prime example of a uniquely NOLA summer event is the Satchmo Summer Fest! And if you aren’t aware of just exactly who or what “Satchmo” is, then you’re in a dire need of a visit to New Orleans.

One of the most legendary talents to come out of the Big Easy, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong transformed the way the world saw jazz. “There are two kinds of music,” he once told. “The good and the bad kind. I play the good kind.” It would be hard to come by a single soul who didn’t agree.

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Satchmo Summer Fest pays tribute to one of New Orleans’ most famous native sons, this year taking place the weekend of July 31st through August 3rd. The majority of the festival takes place on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint. The festival is free and open to the public, featuring a strong lineup of live bands on several stages, each paying homage to “Satchmo” himself. Since it’s New Orleans, you can also expect a strong offering of Southern-style cuisine and beverages.

Music highlights include John Boutte, Preservation Hall Brass Band, Charmaine Neville, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, James Andrews, Brass-A-Holics, Treme Brass Band, Jeremy Davenport, and Kermit Ruffins. Click here for the full Satchmo Summer Fest 2014 musical lineup and seminars.

Interested in joining us in New Orleans for Satchmo Summer Fest 2014? Book with Bienville House today!

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans 2014

This weekend New Orleanians celebrate San Fermin in Nueva Orleans. Also known as the Running of the Bulls in New Orleans, this annual NOLA event features an Encierro (bull run) that replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain. Only there’s a key difference between the Running of the Bulls in Spain and the Running of the Bulls in New Orleans: the bulls themselves. Here in New Orleans the bulls are members of the Big Easy Rollergirls, along with lucky participants from other roller derby leagues across the country.

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans is open to the public, but registration is mandatory for access to the festival itself, which includes air conditioning, entertainment, bars, food and much more! VIP registration also includes gear, open bar, and more AC! Click here to register for the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans 2014 as an individual or as team.

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San Fermin in Nueva Orleans 2014 Event Details

Thursday, July 10th: Marqués de Cáceres Wine Dinner

Friday, July 11th: El Txupinazo

Saturday, July 12th at 8AM SHARP!: El Encierro: The 8th Annual Running of the Bulls

Where: The Sugar Mill – 1021 Convention Center Boulevard

*The Procession of San Fermin begins at 7:15am but the actual bull run begins promptly at 8am, followed by the Post Encierro.

Sunday, July 13th: El Pobré de Mi (Poor Me)

Click here to learn more events details of San Fermin in Nueva Orleans 2014.

Want to experience the Running of the Bulls in New Orleans, or one of many more great events that the Big Easy has to offer? Book your New Orleans hotel with Bienville House Hotel now.

4th of July in New Orleans

Heading to the Big Easy to celebrate 4th of July in New Orleans? Excellent choice. Known as one of the best places to celebrate Independence Day, you won’t regret your decision to head to NOLA. Want to know what festivities will be taking place over the long 4th of July weekend in New Orleans? Read on for the best ways to spend your holiday:

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Essence Fest

A four-day musical fest taking place at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, Essence Fest serves as the nation’s premiere showcase for African American musical talent. This year’s lineup features the likes of Prince, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Lionel Richie and many more. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, which takes place July 3-6. Essence Fest also features world-renowned speakers on the topic of empowerment and the African American experience.  The festival annually brings in ten of thousands of visitors to New Orleans, making it an unforgettable way to spend your 4th of July weekend in New Orleans!

Go Fourth on the River

Want a front-row seat to an awe-inspiring fireworks display? How about one that takes place over the majestic Mississippi River? Then join us for Go Fourth on the River, a 4th of July fireworks show that usually lasts 15-20 minutes, taking place Friday, July 4th, at 9:00pm. Finding a spot to watch isn’t hard. In fact, you can view the show from either side of the river, either from Woldenberg Park on the French Quarter side, or from the levee in Algiers Point.

No matter what you decide, you’ll never run out of things to do in the Crescent City itself, making NOLA the perfect destination for a unique summer trip. Interested in booking a trip? Check out our availability the rest of the summer.