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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ceremony for writers who win the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, a creative writing competition of previously unpublished work in categories such as narrative non-fiction, short story, essay and poetry, among others.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 »

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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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Shuckin’ Away at the New Orleans Oyster Festival -2013

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A delicacy in New Orleans, oysters have found a special place in the hearts of locals, visitors and foodies around the world. As the city has some of the best seafood in the world, it’s no surprise that New Orleans is also home to some of the best oysters and oyster dishes. Test your palate on some of this year’s New Orleans Oyster Festival favorites while enjoying the beautiful—but hot—New Orleans summer weather this weekend, June 1st and 2nd.

Oysters are obviously the star of the show, and they are prepared in both traditional and unique ways. You’ll always be able to find classics like oysters on the half shell, fried and BBQ oyster po-boys, charbroiled oysters and oyster dressing. But there are also new and inventive ways local restaurants have explored to highlight the distinct qualities of this inimitable seafood. Antoine’s has Oyster, Scallops and Petit Pois Pears over Garlic Cheese Grits, Elizabeth’s has Oyster Fois Gras, Grand Isle has Oyster Gazpacho Shooters, Royal House has Oyster Pastries and GW Fins has an Oyster Cocktail Veracruz. The possibilities are endless—if you love oysters, you’ll have your fill of options.

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Bayou Boogaloo: Food and Fun on Bayou St. John We’re nearing the end of the spring festival—and the sprin

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We’re nearing the end of the spring festival – and the spring weather—and before summer begins, Bayou Boogaloo (May 17th-19th) squeezes one more festival into the mix. The festival was founded during the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina and evokes the passions of the city—music, food, art and celebration—during a weekend-long free event, rain or shine.

A favorite for many, this festival benefits from its unique location on the Bayou St. John in Mid-City, which presents a picturesque backdrop for the fest. It also provides a cool way for visitors to enjoy the festivities—from boats and rafts right there in the bayou.

Four stages host dozens of the city’s favorite musical acts and other events like family yoga, massages and workshops for kids. You’ll find everything from blues and zydeco to indie and brass bands on this year’s lineup, plus a performance from Fleur de Tease to wrap of the fest Sunday night. The full lineup can be found on their website.

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