|Summer Events in New Orleans
Looking to plan a trip this summer, but still narrowing down your options? While many like to visit New Orleans during the winter months, when other areas of the country are colder, don’t miss out on the magic that comes with plenty of summer events in New Orleans. No city has a more unique and exciting array of summer fun to offer than New Orleans.
On top of all these wonderful events, you’ll experience the incredible culture of a city that is unparalleled. Need more incentive to visit us this summer? Bienville House is offering a special summer rate of 20% off our best rates. Book your trip with this special offer now!
See below for a month by month look at some of the best events and festivals that take place in the Big Easy this summer. You don’t want to miss out!
May 31 – New Orleans Oyster Festival
June 1- New Orleans Oyster Festival
June 8-9 – French Market Creole Tomato Festival
June 14-15 – Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival
July 4 – Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks
July 3-6 – Essence Music Festival
July 11-14 – Bastille Day Fete
July 12 – San Fermin en Nueva Orleans
July 17-21 – Tales of the Cocktail (taking place at Hotel Monteleone)
July 31 – Satchmo SummerFest
August 1 – 3 – Satchmo SummerFest
August 1-31 – COOLinary New Orleans (taking place at Criollo Restaurant)
August 2 – Whitney White Linen Night
August 9 – Red Dress Run
August 9 – Dirty Linen Night
August 27 – September 1 – Southern Decadence
Bienville House is a great home-base for enjoying all of the summer events in New Orleans. Our French Quarter location is the perfect place to start your summer fun in the Big Easy!NOWFE 2014: New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
One of our favorite foodie events of the year is just around the corner in New Orleans! Bienville House is thrilled to welcome the culinary kings and queens to the Big Easy for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. From May 21st-May 24th, the city will welcome over 10,000 gourmands and connoisseurs as well as music and art lovers to this sensational culinary event. Interested in booking a last minute trip? Bienville House still has openings. Make your reservation for NOWFE online now.
Wednesday May, 21
Wine Dinners, 7:00pm
More than 40 restaurants in New Orleans will be participating in a special Wine Dinner, featuring a specially crafted set menu at a fixed price that includes all courses and beverages.
Thursday, May 22
Vinola! is a special mini-Grand Tasting that will feature a variety of fine wines.
Royal Street Stroll, 5:30pm
Enjoy perusing the biggest shopping street in the French Quarter. This keystone event allows you to browse through art, jewelry, clothing, photography, and memento shops all while sipping on delicious wine from carefully positioned winemakers.
Friday, May 23
Grand Tasting, 6:00pm
The Big Gateaux Show, 8:30pm
Enjoy a pastry competition and tasting at this year’s Grand Tasting after party. The event is hosted by celebrity chefs and features local burlesque dancers Trixi Minx & performers from the Burlesque Ballroom.
Saturday, May 24
Grand Tasting, 2:00pm
NOWFE will also feature specialty seminars throughout the entire festival. Click here for NOWFE event ticket information. We hope you can join us for this year’s New Orleans Wine and Food Experience!Bienville House French Quarter Courtyard Oasis
One of the best parts about visiting New Orleans includes experiencing the unique architecture style found nowhere else in the country. Many local establishments offer beautiful French Quarter courtyards, hidden from street view. Bienville House is no exception to this rule, offering a relaxing oasis courtyard in the heart of the bustling French Quarter. Including lush greenery, soothing fountains, and a pristine salt water pool, our courtyard oasis serves as one of our guest’s favorite features of our French Quarter Hotel.
The courtyard lies at the center of the hotel, with many rooms at the Bienville House offering beautiful balconies overlooking the entire area. While the French Quarter can often be loud and busy, you’ll find relief the moment you step into our calm and quiet courtyard oasis.
Start your day with complimentary breakfast from the hotel, while sipping coffee and reading from the daily paper at one of our many charming wrought-iron tables surrounding the pool. As soon as you step outside our hotel, you’ll be surrounded with all the dining, entertainment, and shopping the French Quarter has to offer. However, if it’s a sunny day, feel free to spend the day relaxing on a lounge chair by the pool.
With summer in New Orleans well on its way, choose a French Quarter hotel that offers cool relief just outside your room. Your summer French Quarter experience is what you make it, especially at the Bienville House. So next time you book with us, be sure to ask for a room overlooking our courtyard and take a little time to relax and enjoy all the beauty the Bienville House Hotel has to offer!
Guide to Jazz Fest: Weekend 2
The best part about the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival? FOUR whole days of music, food, culture and fun, instead of just three. We’re welcoming our visitors for the second weekend of Jazz Fest, taking place May 1st-May 4th. The weather is looking great and the fest goers are looking even better. Check out some of our highlights for weekend two below!
Jazz Fest Weekend 2: Top Musical Highlights
Thursday, May 1 – The String Cheese Incident, Lyle Lovett, Solange, The Wailers, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Marcia Ball
Friday, May 2 - Christina Aguilera, Alabama Shakes, Chaka Khan, Pharoah Sanders, Theresa Andersson, Johnnyswim, Hurray for Riff Raff, Amanda Shaw, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas
Saturday, May 3 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Foster the People, Trey Songz, Better Than Ezra, Al Jarreau, The Revivalists, Allen Toussaint, Jon Batiste and Stay Human
Sunday, May 4 – Arcade Fire, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, John Fogerty, Bobby Womack, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Aaron Neville, the Radiators Return
Jazz Fest Parades
Every day of Jazz Fest, you’ll catch one of the most unique aspects of Jazz Fest: parades. Circling around the Jazz Fest Grounds, you’ll run into Mardi Gras Indians, marching and brass bands, and various social aid and pleasure clubs. This weekend features the Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Native Nations Intertribal, Mr. Okra (the last of the great New Orleans singing street vendors), Big Chief Thunder & the Cherokee Hunters, Uptown Warriors, and Wild Red Flames Mardi Gras Indians, and more!
Jazz Fest Food
For your second weekend at Jazz Fest, we recommend sampling some of the unique dishes featured at the festival! Start with an African Combo Plate from Bennachin Restaurant that truly pays homage to Louisiana’s African roots. Next, sample some of New Orleans’ famous Vietnamese cuisine, with a Vietnamese Shrimp Bun from Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine, and slurp it all down with a Mango Freeze or hit up the beer tent for some local Abita beer. Dietary restrictions? Check out GoNOLA’s guide to eating gluten-free at Jazz Fest.
We sure are excited for a great weekend, and we hope to see you out at the Fair Grounds! Believe it or not, Bienville House still has rooms open for this weekend. Book a last minute trip with your favorite French Quarter hotel today!Guide to Jazz Fest: Weekend 1
New Orleans plays host to one of the best music festivals in the country this weekend – and we’re more than ready to greet guests who are coming from around the world to experience it! The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which takes place annually at the Fair Grounds Race Course, is the celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Jazz Fest has grown into an internationally recognized event throughout the years, bringing in some of the best all-time musical performances from current and past generations alike. Jazz Fest takes place on two consecutive weekends, starting Friday, April 24th. Find our guide to the first weekend of Jazz Fest below!
Jazz Fest Weekend 1: Top Musical Highlights
Friday, April 25 – Santana, The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy, Gregory Porter, Ruben Blades & Roberto Delgado Orchestra, Honey Island Swamp Band, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Saturday, April 26 – Phish, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Robin Thicke, Dukes of Dixieland 40th Anniversary Celebration, Anders Osborne, Keb’ Mo’, Big Freedia
Sunday, April 27 – Eric Clapton, Vampire Weekend, Charlie Wilson, Rodriguez, Galactic, Irma Thomas, Preservation Hal Jazz Band, John Boutte, Newbirth Brass Band
Jazz Fest Parades
Every day of Jazz Fest, you’ll catch one of the most unique aspects of Jazz Fest: parades. Circling around the Jazz Fest Grounds, you’ll run into Mardi Gras Indians, marching and brass bands, and various social aid and pleasure clubs. This weekend features the Mahogony Brass Band, João do Pife of Caruaru – Brazil, Stoney Creek Drum and Dancers, Washitaw Nation and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, Ginga Mundo Capoeira of Bahia, and more!
Jazz Fest Food
For your first weekend at Jazz Fest, we recommend sampling some of the classic New Orleans dishes that you can only find here! Start with an Alligator Pie from Cajun Nights Catering or a Crawfish Sausage from Vaucresson Sausage Company. Next, delve into Pheasant, Quail, and Andouille Gumbo from Prejean’s Restaurant, and slurp it all down with Rose-mint iced tea or, of course, some delicious Abita Beer. For more incredible and delectable treats, check out Thrillest’s picks for the best food at Jazz Fest.
While we’re excited to welcome Jazz Festers this weekend to a sold-out Bienville House, we still have space open for the second weekend of Jazz Fest. Book with your favorite French Quarter hotel today!French Quarter Festival 2014
Since we are located in the heart of the French Quarter, one of our favorite festivals of the year is French Quarter Festival! Not only is this fabulous four-day event completely FREE but it brings in some of the very best in music and food to the bustling heart of the city of New Orleans. French Quarter Fest 2014 kicks off Thursday, April 10th and lasts until Sunday, April 13th. Known as New Orleans’ largest free festival, French Quarter Fest is celebrating its 31st year of existence.
French Quarter Fest 2014: Music
Bigger and better than ever before, this year’s French Quarter Festival brings more than 80 musicians to 20 stages spread throughout the French Quarter. For the first time since 1987, the lineup includes a headlining appearance from legendary Dr. John.
Other top names from the French Quarter Fest 2014 lineup:
French Quarter Fest 2014: Food
This year’s French Quarter Festival features more than 60 different food vendors, including Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s, and Restaurant R’evolution. The wide variety of food available will include plenty of local favorites like alligator sausage, po-boys, sno-balls and daiquiris.
We’re thrilled to welcome all our guests one of the best weekends of the year. If you weren’t able to make a reservation in time, there’s always next year… We’re not going anywhere anytime soon!
Welcome WrestleMania XXX to New Orleans!
WrestleMania XXX is coming to New Orleans, and we’re more than ready! New Orleans has completely filled up for the highly-anticipated weekend. And when we say completely, we mean it. According to an informal survey done by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, downtown New Orleans hotels will have 99% occupancy on Friday, 100% occupancy on Saturday, and 98% occupancy on Sunday. The city of New Orleans is practically sold out! The other few weekends New Orleans expects sell-outs is during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival and the Essence Festival.
Celebrate WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans
WrestleMania is celebrating its 30th year in New Orleans, with the main festivities taking place on April 30, 2014. Taking place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, fans will gather to catch the world’s biggest wrestling champions battle it out to take home the WWE world champion title. The headlining act includes six-time World Champion Batista vs. top-rated wrestler Randy Orton. You can also expect appearances from Brock “The Beast” Lesnar and host Hulk Hogan.
Catch the Wrestlemania XXX Action Live
Wrestlemania XXX tickets are still available starting at $25.00. “Gold Circle” VIP packages are priced at $2,000. You can also catch WrestleMania XXX from the comfort of your own home, as WrestleMania is one of the world’s most widely watched Pay Per View events on cable television. We’re also certain there will be plenty of French Quarter bars who will be tuned into the event.
Can’t get enough WWE wrestling action? Catch one of these events going also going on this weekend:
We’re happy to welcome our many WWE WrestleMania fans to New Orleans this weekend. It’s sure to be a “smashing” good time!
Hogs for the Cause 2014
When: Friday, April 28, 2014 and Saturday, April 29, 2014
Where: New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
What: Join us for one of the most talked about BBQ events south of the Mason Dixon Line: Hogs for the Cause 2014! In its fifth year, this New Orleans food festival boasts 90 barbecue competitors from around the country, with plenty of chances to taste the chef’s delicious BBQ creations and enjoy some live New Orleans music.
Can’t get enough? Lucky you! The festival lasts two days, and takes place outdoors in the majestic New Orleans City Park.
Hogs for the Cause’s Amazing New Orleans Food
The festival features 90 teams, all competing to be crowned the Louisiana pork champion. Attendees are able to sample the food, and vote for their favorite team through donations. The main competition takes place Friday night – the Ben Sarrat, Jr. “High on the Hog” Cookoff. The Champion is based on the winner of the Whole Hog; Pork Butt/Shoudler, and Pourpourri. Winners are also chosen from Best Sauce, Fundraising Champion, and Fan Favorite. Don’t miss this feasting opportunity!
Live Music Lineup at Hogs for the Cause
This year’s festival line-up includes some of the best in country, rock, and Big Easy tradition including Pat Green, The Hold Steady, North Mississippi All Stars, Houndmouth, Hurray for Riff Raff, Dumpstaphunk, Rosco Bandana, Benjamin Booker, Earphunk and more! With two awesome spots for live music, the NOLA Brewing Stage and the Capital One Bank Stage, enjoy your nosh while listening to great music!
Support Hogs for the Cause to Fight Pediatric Brain Cancer
When Ben Sarrat Jr. was only 4-years-old, he was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. While Becker Hall and Rene Louapre had already been working on a vision for Hogs for the Cause, they found their cause behind the event after meeting Ben and his family. The first year was a huge success, although, tragically, Ben lost his battle with cancer a week before the event’s second year. Becker and Rene still work to improve Hogs for a Cause every year, raising more money to help families facing the high financial burdens of taking care of a child with brain cancer.Buku Music + Art Project 2014
New Orleans Festival Season is Here
With the arrival of spring in New Orleans comes warm weather, sunshine, and the arrival of festival season. By far one of the best times of the year to visit New Orleans, festival season brings us French Quarter Fest, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and one of the newest festivals in New Orleans: the Buku Music + Art Project. Only in its third year, this New Orleans festival brings in some of the biggest names in electronic, hip-hop and locals acts. The festival sold out over 12,000 tickets in 2013 with headliners Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris, Major Lazer and more. With Buku Music + Art Project 2014 getting only bigger and better, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it sell out again.
Buku Music + Art Project 2014 Location
The Buku Music + Art Project is taking place March 21 +22, 2014. The festival is held on the New Orleans Riverfront at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. The location makes for a truly unique New Orleans festival experience, with Mardi Gras World being home to floats and sculptures from decades of Mardi Gras parades.
The festival features four stages: The Power Plant, which sits between the active New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and the Mississippi River; the Float Den, which is located inside a Mardi Gras float manufacturing warehouse; the Ballroom, which is a concert hall transported into festivals grounds; and the new Back Alley, an underground dance party offering views of the Crescent City Connection bridge towering over the Mississippi River.
Buku Music + Art Project 2014 Line-Up
The Flaming Lips - David Guetta – Ellie Goulding – Kaskade – Zedd – Nas (20th Anniversary of Illmatic) – Chromeo – Explosions in the Sky – Zeds Dead – Tyler, the Creator – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Sleigh Bells – The Glitch Mob – Pusha T – Baauer B2B RL Grime – Schoolboy Q – Beats Antique – Chance the Rapper – Phantogram – Carnage – Danny Brown – Seth Troxler – Skream – Wavves – Paper Diamond – Lotus – Miami Horror – Griz – DJ Snake – Clockwork - many more!
Visit the Buku Music + Art Project website to view the full lineup.
Buku Music + Art Project 2014 Tickets
General Admission Single Day Tickets: $89.50
General Admission Regular Pass: $169.50
VIP Single Day Tickets: $209.50
VIP Regular Pass: $399.50
Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues New Orleans
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit New Orleans before, you know that music is the lifeline that runs through the city and keeps its culture pumping. It’s no surprise that House of Blues has decided to set up camp in the heart of our famous French Quarter, right across the street from our French Quarter hotel. The House of Blues New Orleans offers incredible shows to tourists and locals alike. One of our personal favorite events? The Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues.
House of Blues New Orleans Address
House of Blues New Orleans
Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Schedule
10:00am – Seating
Experience both traditional and contemporary Gospel songs performed by local talent at the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues. Presented by Kirk Franklin, the Gospel Brunch takes places every Sunday at 10:00am. Not only does the event feature the amazing gospel songs selected by Kirk Franklin himself, but also an incredible all-you-eat buffet!
Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Menu
Croissants, Muffins, Assorted Danish
Tortellini Salad, Assorted Fruit, Chinese Chicken Salad, House of Blues Salad, Peel and Eat Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes with Sauteed Onions and Peppers, Creole Chicken Jambalaya, Southwest Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy, Smoked BBQ Chicken, Build Your Own Mac and Cheese
Carving Station, Chicken and Waffles, Made-To-Order Omelet Station
Cookies, Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns, Assorted Dessert Squares, White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding
Don’t miss out on an a classic New Orleans event that’s good for the soul as well as the stomach!