We never have a shortage of entertainment and things to do in the Crescent City. There’s a festival almost every weekend. New Orleans Bed and Breakfast guests at the Avenue Inn flock to these events like pigeons in the park. It’s all good!
Despite reports from last year’s oil issues in the Gulf, the current oyster harvest from waters just South of us are as abundant and the mouth watering mollusks are as tasty and safe to eat as they’ve always been. The Annual New Orleans Oyster Festival confirms New Orleans’ reputation as “The Oyster Capital of the World.”
The two-day, outdoor event will be held next to Jax Brewery, in the French Quarter. It will feature live music, contests and competitions, and tasting events starring the festival’s honored guest, the Louisiana Oyster. Visitors will see and perhaps participate in oyster shucking and oyster eating competitions sponsored by some of the city’s leading seafood restaurants.
Listed among the entertainers for this year’s event are Zydeco superstar Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., New Orleans “Soul Queen” and Grammy Award-winner Irma Thomas, Treme star trumpeter James Andrews, plus brass bands and other house rockers.
The festival itself opens Saturday, June 4 at 11:45 a.m. and runs through 7:30 p.m. that evening. Sunday will have the same schedule. If you can plan a last minute trip to the Big easy, this would be a great weekend for some free fun at the festival. Yes, along with your room at the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, you can enjoy the festival for free. Come on down for some awesome shuckin’ and jivein’ See you here!