Monthly Archives: October 2013

Festivals

Revel in the Experience: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

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In the top three of New Orleans festivals, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Nov. 1-3)—commonly referred to as Voodoo Fest—is held each fall around Halloween weekend and draws thousands upon thousands of attendees to City Park each year, now in its new dedicated festival locale within the park. The festival’s rich combination of music and art now pairs with camping, amusement park rides and the sometimes forgotten, but always dependable, menu of stellar local food.

The festival’s mainstay, its much anticipated music lineup, generally aims to please a younger crowd of 18 through 35, but many of its musical offerings can be enjoyed by music lovers of all ages. The lineup incorporates a large group of alternative and indie artists, local, national and international, as well as local jazz, blues and brass band musicians for one of the most well-rounded lineups you’ll find at any festival in the city.

Headliners include Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Kid Rock, Calvin Harris and Bassnectar, plus dozens of other alternative, electronic, rock, indie, jazz, blues, brass band musicians and beyond. Notable local performers include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, Glen David Andrews, The Revivalists, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, John Michael Rouchelle, Coyotes, The Scorseses and Big History, to name a few.

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New Orleans Traditions

New Orleans-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to buy or make a costume for the holiday celebrations. Whether you’re going to be celebrating in New Orleans or simply want to honor the city, you can try one of these New Orleans-inspired Halloween costume ideas.

 

Mardi Gras Krewe Member

If you can get your hands on an actual Mardi Gras krewe member’s costume, this is a great and simple costume idea. If not, try to find something colorful, maybe of shiny material and patterned to resemble some of the traditional costumes. The costumes are usually pants and long sleeves. If you want to resemble someone on the krewe’s court, assemble a large rounded backing out of cardboard or other straight, sturdy material (though not too heavy—you have to wear this all night) and cover it in feathers, fake jewels and other colorful accoutrements. You can go crazy or stick with one color or theme.

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New Orleans Festivals

Deutsches Haus: New Orleans’ Official Oktoberfest Host

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October means many things for New Orleanians—the coming of fall weather, fall festivals, Halloween and, of course, Oktoberfest. While many bars and restaurants across the city host their own interpretation of Oktoberfest (Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26)—generally themed with plenty of German beer and food—the German organization Deutsches Haus has become the primary host for the event.

Since 1928, Deutsches Haus has been a hub for Germans and their culture in New Orleans. It evolved from the Deutsche Gesselschaft, which dates back to 1848 and was a source of support for German immigrants in the city. Having since expanded on its foundation to assimilate Germans into life in America, the organization has become a haven for German culture and remains so today in the form of Deutsches Haus.

In its determination to expose and introduce New Orleanians to German culture, Deutsches Haus began hosting its annual Oktoberfest celebration each year for the past few decades and has become Oktoberfest central as a result. read more »

New Orleans Festivals

Modern Masterpieces at the New Orleans Film Festival

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Where do more than 200 filmmakers turn when they’re looking for new audiences for their modern cinematic efforts? For these filmmakers—who come from New Orleans, Los Angeles, Haiti, Brazil, Chile, Iceland, Amsterdam, Japan and more—one such place is the New Orleans Film Festival, right here in the Crescent City.

This Thursday kicks off the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival (Oct. 10-17), a week of movie showcases featuring the best in local, national and international independent filmmaking, hosted by the New Orleans Film Society. The festival is hailed as one of the premier destinations for independent cinema in the South, and for the past two years, it has been named one of the “Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine. read more »

New Orleans Festivals

Hop Across the River for More Culture and Entertainment at Gretna Fest

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 Encompassing 25 blocks of Gretna on the river, Gretna Hertitage Fest celebrates 19 years of food, music and culture this year on Friday, Oct. 4th (3 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Saturday Oct. 5th (12 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct 6th (12 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

This festival packs every city block with food and arts and crafts vendors plus seven stages delivering great live music from start to finish. The event is perfect for the whole family with amusement park rides and special entertainment for the kids. And, being right on the Mississippi River, attendees can enjoy the cool breeze on a hopefully warm, but not hot, October weekend.

Certain designated areas specifically celebrate a particular culture. For example, the German Beer Garden offers authentic German food and beer, including bratwurst, sauerkraut, hot pretzels, German apple cake and German beer, wines and Schnapps. There will even be a ceremonial keg provided by local brewer Heiner Brau that will be tapped at 5 p.m. in honor of the official opening of the Oktoberfest season.

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