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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 Attractions

Celebration in the Oaks: City Park’s Winter Wonderland

Live oak tree aglow with Christmas lights

Now in its 26th year, New Orleans’ annual Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is an event looked forward to by adults and children alike every holiday season. Located in the Mid-City neighborhood, City Park is transformed each December into a magical winter wonderland full of striking light designs and sculptures.

From the day after Thanksgiving—this year, November 23rd—until New Year’s Day, Celebration in the Oaks keeps City Park aglow long into the night with innumerable lights in a variety of colors and designs. Some strands wrap the majestic branches of the park’s live oak trees, and others wrap the Christmas trees that are sprinkled throughout the area.

You can take walks through the Botanical Garden, Storyland—the fairy tale-themed children’s theme park—and Carousel Gardens, an area of amusement rides. All of the park’s normal attractions will be specially decorated for the holidays, and the area will be filled with different animals, stars, icicles, and other picturesque shapes. You can also enjoy a Cajun rendition of the Night Before Christmas classic, complete with blinking lights, colorful characters, and a wonderful story perfect for your little ones.

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New Orleans Traditions

Fall is a Perfect Time to Visit New Orleans

Moss draped cypress trees in City Pary

City Park Lagoon

In New Orleans, fall is the favorite time of year for many locals and visitors alike. The sweltering heat and humidity of the summer gradually, and then suddenly, give way to the crisp air and cool breezes of the autumn months. Muggy evenings turn into ideal walking weather, and the welcomed cool of the early mornings lingers a bit longer with each passing day.

We don’t have quite the vibrancy of the changing leaves as other parts of the country might. But what we lack in leaves, we make up for in sumptuous blooms of fragrant fall flowers and the sky’s lovely hue—a bright blue you have to see to believe.

Because of the magnificent weather, locals and tourists both love to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Rides on the streetcar, walks through the French Quarter, and strolls through picturesqueCity Park and Audubon Park become part of regular routine. Visits to the Audubon Zoo also top fall to-do lists, along with long walks along the Mississippi River, the Riverwalk, and Woldenberg Park.

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New Orleans Attractions

Celebration in the Oaks

City Park in New Orleans is a magical place during the holidays, and not just if you’re a kid.  City Park, located in mid-city New Orleans on a former swamp that later became Allard Plantation facing Bayou St. John, is spread out over 1300 acres and is the sixth-largest and seventh-most visited public park in the United States. It’s one of the country’s oldest parks; the original land grant was established in 1854.  It’s half again as big as Central Park in New York City. Even though it took a beating during Hurricane Katrina, the park has rebounded and is expanding even more in the next few years. During the holidays, it’s a place to visit that never fails to delight visitors and locals.

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