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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!

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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. 

Getting Around New Orleans

Heading to the Big Easy soon? While one of the best parts about staying at the Bienville House is the fact that you are walking distance from all the wonderful restaurants, shopping, bars and attractions of the French Quarter, you may also want to venture into a part of New Orleans that is more than just a quick walk away. There are many fun ways to travel and explore the city; read below for our recommendations on getting around New Orleans!

 New Orleans Canal Street Streetcar

Streetcar: Ah, one of New Orleans’ most iconic treasures. Streetcars have rolled through New Orleans for over 60 years, with some of the original streetcars still in use today! There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, all originating from downtown but leading into very different parts of the city. Fare is only $1.25 each way with a variety of day passes available as well. For more information please visit the NORTA website.

Taxi: Since New Orleans isn’t the most expansive city, taking a taxi cab is relatively cost-effective. While many cabs can be found waiting outside hotels or large attractions, a quick call to United Cab will usually have a cab at your front door in 15 minutes. To reach United Cab, call 504-522-9771.

Driving: Renting a car from companies like Enterprise, Alamo, and Avis is always an option. However, with a charge for stowing your car in a hotel garage, it might not always be the most cost-effective option.

Pedicabs: Pedicabs are a great way of exploring the French Quarter, as drivers tend to know a lot about the city. Pricing for pedicabs tends to be reasonable.

Steamboat: A steamboat is the perfect way to spend a day exploring New Orleans from the Mississippi River. The Steamboat Natchez is a locally owned company offering an authentic experience along the river.

 

Whichever way you choose, we’re sure you’ll be pleased to discover the magic of New Orleans around every corner! Book a stay with Bienville House today.

 

FestiGals at Hotel Monteleone

Get the sparkly boas out, FestiGals is hitting our sister hotel, Hotel Monteleone, June 19-22!

festigalsThis June, women from coast to coast will be packing their bags and heading South to experience one of the country’s most unique celebrations centered around women, FestiGals. The annual event headquartered at the Hotel Monteleone has an incredible lineup that kicks into high gear right from the start and a theme that says It’s All About YOU!

Purchase the Full FestiGals Ultimate Package for only $400 or choose tickets for individual events including: enlightening and empowering seminars and panels, Power Luncheon with women’s champion Tory Johnson, Sip & Shop at the Shops of the Upper Pontalba, Bloody Mary Mixer, Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction, Women-Centric trade show, Stiletto Sprint & Stroll, After Glow Party at Bourbon Heat, Sunday Saints & Sinners Brunch at Antoine’s and much more.

FestiGals Schedule of Events

June 19

Private Welcome Reception for Ultimate Package Registrants at the Cabildo @5:30pm

June 20

Breakfast with Amie Parnes, “Portrait of Hillary Clinton: An Insider’s Look” at Hotel Monteleone Riverview Room @ 7:30am

Lisa Gabriele, “The S.E.C.R.E.T. to my Success” at Hotel Monteleone @ 9:00am

Virginia Barkley, “Chaos to C.A.L.M. –  How to Bust Clutter in 4 Easy Steps” at Hotel Monteleone @10:15am

Power Luncheon with Tory Johnson, “Making Great Things Happen: Five Steps to Making a Shift to a Healthier, Happier, Better Life” at Hilton New Orleans Riverside @12:00pm

Sip & Shop at the Shops at the Upper Pontalba on Jackson Square at Shops at the Upper Pontalba @5:30pm

Culinary Presentation with Kevin Belton at New Orleans School of Cooking @7:30pm

June 21

Neocutis Breakfast Presentation- Celebrating YOU! at Hotel Monteleone Riverview Room @8:30am

FestiGals Trade Show at Hotel Monteleone Royal A-D @9:30am

Bloody Mary Mixer at Hotel Monteleone @10:30am

Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction at Hotel Monteleone Grand Ball Room @11:30am

Win a Weekend Getaway with Bienville House’s Summer Lottery

Sure, everyone loves talking about their favorite things to do in New Orleans, and everyone has their own unique suggestions, but choosing your favorite thing to do in New Orleans doesn’t actually get you there… until now!

Introducing the Bienville House Summer Lottery, a bingo-esque summer giveaway allowing you to win a weekend getaway in New Orleans, just by choosing your favorite part of the Big Easy itself! Bienville House is giving away not one, not two, but THREE wonderful prize packages for every month of the summer, but you’ll have to choose that month’s winning lottery selection in order to WIN!

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Bienville House Summer Lottery selections include:
A1 – Dining
A2 – Cocktails
A3 – Family Fun
B1 – Entertainment
B2 – Shopping
B3 – NOLA Culture
C1 – History & Tours
C2 – Spa
C3 – Arts & Music

Which will be your lucky combination? Each prize package will be tailored to fit that month’s winning theme!

In order to enter, you’ll need to “Like” us on Facebook. Follow this link to instructions on how to enter and play the Bienville House Summer Lottery: http://a.pgtb.me/JHxB33.

Don’t want to wait to plan your trip to NOLA? You’re in luck! Bienville House is offering 20% off its best rates for the summer. Open to ANYONE. Book now and don’t miss out on your chance to spend a little part of summer exploring the French Quarter!