New Orleans Springs to Life in 2013 With Amazing Festivals

Spring will be here before you know it, and along with it come some of the biggest and best events on the bayou!

Despite the fact that there are hundreds of area hotels, you just can not get the personalized service and welcoming atmosphere that a bed and breakfast offers.  When you stay at the Avenue Inn, you not only have the peace-of-mind of safe and secure accommodations, but you will also enjoy the comforts and extras that only one of NOLA’s finest inns can offer.  Comfy beds, cozy rooms, a great Continental Breakfast to start each day, snacks and beverages available throughout your stay, and all the area knowledge that you can pull from the innkeepers’ brains!  Bebe and Joe invite you to be their guests during each and every upcoming event here in NOLA:

April 6, 2013:  Freret Street Festival
It started as a small block-party type gathering with a focus on community and business well-being.  Between Napoleon Avenue and Soniat Street, less than a mile from our Uptown bed and breakfast.  Four stages feature great entertainment throughout the day from local bands ranging in style from brass bands, to jazz and blues, and even rock.  Over 200 vendors offer everything from flea-market wares, to handmade treats and crafts, to food, and even jewelry and fine art offerings.  Always a hit is the roller-derby exhibition round by the Big Easy Roller Girls.  Only cash is accepted at the festival, however there is a booth available where you can swipe your credit card and receive poker chips good at any Festival vendor!

April 11-14, 2013:  French Quarter Festival
Now 30 years strong, this major NOLA celebration honors local and national music, art, and food.  As the south’s largest free music festival, the event features over 160 concerts and interactive shows on 22 stages throughout the entire event.  Literally hundreds of vendors will be featured, including artists, food, beverage, and informational booths.  See the event’s website for links to phone apps that will alert you to schedules, music, and tons of information!  Over a half-million people are expected to attend – why not be one of them yourself?

April 18-22, 2013:  Pirate Week
Beware to the landlubbers:  the area’s rascals and rapscallions will be about as the NOLA Pirate Krewe sponsors the 2013 Shore Leave.  “Hoist Yer Colors” be the theme of the day as the city is overrun with pirates, Jack Tars, and corsairs!  Keep an eye out for tall ships on the river, buccaneers crawling the pubs, and ship hands running amok.  Even better, join them and have a grand time in the French Quarter!

April 26-May 5, 2013:  New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
A not-to-be-missed event featuring great names in the music industry; whether local, national, or worldwide – all on 12 stages!  This year features even more well-known American music acts including Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon Five, B.B. King, Earth Wind & Fire, Darryl Hall & John Oates, Willy Nelson, Frank Ocean, George Benson, and SO many more!  Of course, where there is music in New Orleans, food and art follow as hundreds of artists and dozens of food vendors set up shop around the event.  Final schedules and lineups have yet to be settled, but tickets are already on sale for one of the biggest and best events in the Country!  Stay tuned for a more in-depth post in the near future.

May 5, 2013:  Cinco de Mayo
While the Big Easy is more French and Creole, that doesn’t mean we don’t honor (and celebrate) the landmark occasions of all nationalities!  Enjoy the small outdoor gatherings and restaurant specials.

May 17-19, 2013:  Bayou Boogaloo
Crescent City celebrates our roots and our music during this “smaller” event featuring music, crafts, food, and drink!  Local bands are featured, as are dozens of vendors along Jefferson Davis Parkway.  Proceeds from many event activities benefit local non-profit organizations, so come have some fun for a good cause!

May 21-25, 2013:  New Orleans Food and Wine Experience
Of NOLA is known for nothing else, it is known for its food.  And what better to pair with the amazing local dishes than, oh, maybe over 800 wines from wineries across the globe?  Wine dinners, wine tastings, seminars, and Grand Tastings are offered, raising over $100,000 each year for area charities.  Event tickets are on sale now!

May 24-26, 2013:  Greek Festival
If wine isn’t your thing, maybe baklava and and other Greek delicacies are.  Celebrating 40 years, the event lets you enjoy food, music, art, and dance at this annual event which celebrates the city’s Greek contingent.

The inn fills up fast for major events, so be sure to reserve your room(s) today!  Please note that there are minimum stay requirements for larger events – contact the inn today for details, requirement, and to book your stay!

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