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Tips for Making the Most Out of the Jazz Fest Music Lineup

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2014 Jazz and Heritage Festival

Whether you go to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for one day or all seven, you want to make the most out of the experience—especially when it comes to catching all the great live music you have at your disposal. With thousands of musicians to see across 12 stages, you could use a few tips to keep you from wasting any time and instead maximizing it so you can enjoy all of the food and music you can handle.

Research Ahead of Time

While it’s definitely fun to just aimlessly walk around Jazz Fest, if you want to see as much on the Jazz Fest music lineup as possible, like anything, it’s going to take a little planning. You may already have in mind a few artists you want to see, particularly some headliners, but what about the rest of the day? Maybe you’ve heard of some local musicians, but maybe you haven’t.

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2014 French Quarter Fest Food Guide

2012-10-13_14-42-24_923 As the Food tab on the French Quarter Fest website aptly puts it, “Food abounds” at New Orleans’ second biggest festival of the year. A huge draw for the city and its tourism (and locals too of course), the food selection is world-class and exemplary of so much of what New Orleans has to offer. Restaurants from all over the city come together to create a superb menu that rivals any other festival food offerings on the planet.

In fact, there’s so much great food, it might be overwhelming for you to figure out which are the best eats to complement your festival experience. And we’re here at Southern Comfort B&B to help you sift through it all to find all the nom-noms you can handle. read more »

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Louisiana Crawfish Festival- Will You Suck the Heads?

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Just outside of New Orleans, Chalmette in St. Bernard parish hosts the annual Louisiana Crawfish Festival (March 20th-23rd) each year, a lavish celebration of one of the most beloved local seafoods, just in time for the start of its season, when crawfish boils abound each weekend. Founded in 1975, the festival is now an institution and local tradition that is up there with the rest of the New Orleans food festivals, and attendees flock from all across the country to take part in this event.

Held at the Sigur Center in Chalmette, the Louisiana Crawfish Festival provides a wide range of food, entertainment and attractions to its attendees. In terms of music, two bands will play on Thursday and Friday, and three bands will perform on Saturday and Sunday. They include Melody Cool (Red Diva), Groovy 7, Weathered, Voodoo Gumbo, Chee Weez, Mojeaux and more.

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NOLA Lit Fest: 2013 Words & Music Festival

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Literature is ingrained in the history of New Orleans, and many authors have lived in and loved the city, both visitors and natives alike. You can enjoy a few different festivals celebrating this long lit history and current state of reading and writing, and one is the upcoming Words & Music Festival this week and weekend, Dec. 4th-8th. The event centers at Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St), including the lobby and Carousel Bar upstairs in addition to rooms upstairs.

Both established and up-and-coming writers alike join together with other scholars, editors, publishers and performing artists to share their passions of the art of writing and reading. You’ll find ticketed events to panel discussions, readings, writing sessions, manuscript critiques, book signings, music events and more. There’s even a black tie award ceremony for writers who win the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, a creative writing competition of previously unpublished work in categories such as narrative non-fiction, short story, essay and poetry, among others.

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Mirliton Festival – 2013

Mirliton Festival In New Orleans, we love our mirlitons. This light green, pear-shaped member of the squash family is popular in casseroles and stuffed with seafood, especially around the winter holiday season. Just in time for the holidays to begin, you can check out the Bywater neighborhood’s Mirliton Festival held this Saturday, Nov. 9th.

The 24th annual celebration of the mirliton features great music, food from Bywater eateries, an artists’ village and various activities for the kids, making it the perfect festival for attendees of all ages. This year, you can enjoy live performances from musical guests like The Tin Men, Meschiya Lake, Gal Holiday, Kristen Diable, Strange Roux and more.

The Mirliton Festival will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Brickyard at 3036 Chartres St. Admission is $5, and children 12 and under are free. read more »

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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 »

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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 »