Festival season is here! And we’ve got a full list of New Orleans festivals happening over the next few months in and around the city and its metro area. Take a peek!
Hogs for the Cause. (Photo via Facebook)
Spring 2017 New Orleans Festivals
Wednesdays at the Square — The Young Leadership Council (YLC) of New Orleans hosts this fun, free event every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. in Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans. It’s a great way to get yourself over that weekday hump, and proceeds from sales of food and beverages benefit YLC charities and causes. The weekly series runs through May 24.
Delgado Music Festival — Delgado Community College hosts this free event at its City Park Campus (615 City Park Avenue) on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Expect performances from artists like Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Stephanie Jordan, and more.
Hogs for the Cause — Help support kids facing scary diagnoses at Hogs for the Cause, benefitting treatments and support for families with children with pediatric brain cancer. This fest is all about the barbecue, with amazing pork dishes (vegetarian, too) and plenty of live music at the UNO Lakefront Arena festival grounds March 31 and April 1. One-day general admission tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate; kids under 12 are free.
Kenner’s Italian Heritage Festival — Celebrate Italian culture even after St. Joseph’s Day with this fest happening March 31-April 2. Local crafts and live music set the tone to browse historic photos and a St. Joseph’s Day altar. The fest lasts from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 (free for children under 12).
Freret Street Festival — Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans just keeps growing. This free fest celebrates the neighborhood with more than 200 vendors plus live music on three stages, activities for kids, pet adoptions, and more. Hit the fest on April 1 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Music Under the Oaks — On April 2 and April 9, the Loyola University School of Music (April 2) and the New Orleans Concert Band (April 9) offer free concerts at 5 p.m. at Newman Bandstand in Audubon Park. Food and drinks are available at this lovely event — bring your lawn chair for a comfy seat!
A Taste of Covington — Dine out on some of the North Shore’s best food and wine at this upscale event happening April 5-9. Tickets vary.
French Quarter Festival — All the French Quarter becomes a stage at this free event from April 6-9. Hundreds of bands play all throughout the French Quarter on stages small and large. Food from more than 60 restaurants keeps your appetite at bay so you can enjoy the music!
Spring for Art — This free downtown Covington fest on April 18 features music, live performances, and — of course — art. Businesses will stay open late so you can peruse and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
Lake PontchARTrain Craft Fair — Browse work from more than 30 vendors offering jewelry, crafts, artwork, pottery, and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 22.
Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival — On April 22 and 23, browse antiques and collectibles (everything from crafts to classic cars!) at this free fest, featuring a live auction, walking tours, music, food, and more.
Jazz Fest — On April 28-30 (and then again May 4-7), Jazz Fest brings in incredible acts like Stevie Wonder, Alabama Shakes, Wilco, Patti La-Belle, Kings of Leon, Maroon 5, Tom Petty, and more. The fest runs from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; tickets are $70 in advance and $80 at the gate.
Jazz Fest — See above!
Mother’s Day Celebration — Treat mom to a fun day at Audubon Zoo for a free concert (with price of regular zoo admission) from New Orleans legend Irma Thomas. Additional performances plus family activities round out your day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 14.
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo — Boogie on the bayou at this three-day festival featuring Jon Cleary, Luke Winslow King, and more local music acts. Plenty of food plus arts and crafts are all part of the fun from April 19-21. Even better? It’s free!
New Orleans Food and Wine Experience — Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in good taste at this ultimate New Orleans culinary experience featuring grand tastings, a pastry show, a wine stroll, and so much more. Tickets vary; the Experience runs from May 25-28.
Greek Festival — Go Greek! Along Bayou St. John in New Orleans, scope out Hellenic dances, cooking demonstrations, Greek music, food, and much more May 26-28. Ticket information TBA.
Bayou Country Superfest — The Baton Rouge favorite moves to New Orleans this year with country artists like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and more. Head to the Superdome May 26-28; tickets start at $99.
Louis Armstrong Airport is truly undergoing a renaissance. In addition to a new, upcoming terminal and new restaurants on-site (planned vendors for the terminal expansion include Pizza Domenica, Mondo, Mopho, and Emeril’s Table), “MSY” is also adding new international flights to its roster. Keep reading to plan your dream international vacation — we’ve got the scoop on where to go and what to pack so you always feel at home.
British Airways offers direct flights from New Orleans to London. (Photo via Facebook)
Where to Go
London — British Airways announced its exciting new nonstop from New Orleans to London last year… and now flights are finally available starting March 27. The global culture and ancient history of this premiere city is just a direct flight away; there’s truly no reason not to take advantage of this amazing new offering from Louis Armstrong Airport!
Panama — Some call Panama the gateway to the Americas, but it’s also a destination in and of itself. Whether you choose to stay in Panama or use the direct flight on Copa Airlines to venture into other nearby Central and South American countries like Costa Rica or Colombia, your flight will be quick and easy — it’s only 3 1/2 hours long!
Frankfurt — Frankfurt is one of the largest, busiest airports in the world that offers easy access to other countries in Europe and Asia. You may choose the direct flight to Frankfurt as your connection to nearly anywhere else in the world, or you might decide to stay and explore Germany. Frankfurt is a truly European-style destination with historic landmarks, botanical gardens, museums, performing arts venues, and so much more; it’s also just a train ride away from Germany’s capital, Berlin.
Cancun — Your beach getaway just got a lot more exotic with direct flights available seasonally to Cancun. Revel in the surf and the sun on a flight that clocks in at under 2 hours!
Punta Cana — This gem of the Dominican Republic is another must-do beach destination available seasonally. You’ll be treated to incredible resorts, beautiful ocean views, and the laid-back style of the Caribbean.
Toronto — Spend your vacay on the shores of Lake Ontario with a flight to Toronto. This cosmopolitan city is a prominent location for films, music, and the performing arts. Get a view of it all from the city’s famous CN Tower.
What to Pack for an Overseas Flight
Of course, you’ll want to prepare for weather and desired activities (are you envisioning a fancy night out? A heart-pumping hike? Pack accordingly!) wherever you’re headed, but there are a few things you can bring with you to stay relaxed and feel at home on a long flight. You’ll arrive feeling refreshed, not frazzled.
- Noise-canceling headphones — Crying baby? What crying baby?
- USB battery pack — A backup battery means you can Netflix binge without worrying about draining your phone!
- Lightweight scarf, jacket, or blanket — Planes get chilly, after all.
- Travel pillow — Pick one up at the airport if you forget to bring your own. The last thing you want when you land is a sore neck!
- Address of where you’re staying — This sounds obvious, but have the address written down or committed to memory. Customs agents may ask when you land, and you’ll certainly want to direct your cab driver to the correct place.
- Care pack — Pack a quart-size, clear plastic zip bag with items like moisturizer, eye drops, Tylenol, Alka-Seltzer, chapstick, and Emergen-C. Sometimes, long flights are just plain uncomfortable, but these items can help!
After spring cleaning comes the fun part: redecorating! We’ve collected some spring home decor trends to incorporate into your apartment. You don’t have to spend a fortune, either: adding any one of these trends to your home can help freshen up your overall look.
Warm metals, indoor plants, and organic accents like glass and wood are all on trend for spring!
Spring Home Decor Trends
Shades of Green — Pantone’s 2017 color of the year is “Greenery,” so it’s no surprise this trend is in full bloom. Add accent pillows in rich, emerald tones, or create an indoor garden with house plants. Choose green accessories with undertones that suit your existing decor — a more yellow-green for warm tones and a more blue-green for cool tones, respectively.
Faux Fur — Fuzzy accents are having a big moment. In fact, texture in general (think velvet or chunky knits) are popping up all over home decor websites. Get into the texture trend with faux fur accents like shaggy accent pillows or faux sheepskin rugs. We love the look of layering a small faux sheepskin rug over a larger area rug or casually draping it over an accent chair. You can even add fuzzy stools that bring a fun dose of texture to your space!
Organic Materials — Playing off the texture trend, you’ll want to incorporate organic, tactile materials into your space. Add glass and wood elements for a calming, natural aesthetic.
Marble Accents — Some of our properties feature natural stone countertops, but you can amp up that look by incorporating marble accents. Don’t limit this to the kitchen — try adding marble details elsewhere at home, too! In the kitchen, we like marble pieces like cutting boards. Coffee tables and side tables with a marble (or faux marble) top look great in living rooms and bedrooms. We also are swooning over this removable marble wallpaper — wouldn’t it look great in a bathroom?
Warm Metals— Warm-tone metals like brass and copper are having a moment. If your fixtures are already silver tone, don’t fret: you can mix metals! Add copper and brass elements like lighting or storage to complement your existing metal finishes.
Chances are that after Mardi Gras, most people’s apartments could use a good scrubbing. There’s no better feeling than a clean space, but it’s easy to forget to clean certain areas. We’ve collected a list of spring cleaning tips focused on commonly forgotten areas – give these places a good scrubbing, and you’ll notice a difference in your home’s overall appearance and feel while also reducing germs, dirt, and grime.
A sparklingly clean kitchen at Surf Rider apartments in Metairie.
Unexpected Spots to Clean
Crevices between Appliances
Have you noticed crumbs or food stuck in the tiny gap between your oven range and countertop? Use a crevice attachment on your vacuum or a long, thin duster to capture grime between nooks and crannies.
Tops of Appliances
Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Dirt and dust can accumulate on top of appliances like microwaves, refrigerators, and stove vents – clean these areas to remove months of buildup in one simple swipe!
Similarly to the tops of appliances, ceiling fans can collect dust and grime on the tops of their blades. Use the pillowcase trick so that dust doesn’t fall onto the floor!
Did you know your television remote control could be one of the germ-covered items in your home? Use a disinfectant wipe or spray to clean between the buttons and on the front and back of the remote. Remember to clean other oft-handled small appliances, too, like keyboards and tablets.
Salt and Pepper Shakers
Have you ever cleaned your salt and pepper shakers individually? Probably not – but you should! Like the remote or shared tablet, salt and pepper shakers are used by everyone in the household every day.
Similar to salt and pepper shakers, your soap dispenser is an oft-used item that can accumulate germs and grime. Wipe it down each time you clean your kitchen or bathroom countertops.
Use a duster on house plants like orchids or ferns. The plants will immediately look brighter and refreshed, plus you’ll be removing surface dirt and grime!
Inside the Fridge
Don’t wait until move-out day to give the fridge a frantic scrub-down. Take your time wiping the insides of all drawers and shelves, and you’re guaranteed to smile every time you open the fridge. You can also refer to these five all-natural methods for cleaning the fridge.
Even if you vacuum and wash the floors, you’ll see a big difference visually if you take the time to wipe down your baseboards with a damp cloth. Dust and small hairs can accumulate easily on baseboards, sullying the overall look of your floors.
Keep It Clean With More Easy Tips
Be sure to read up on more easy cleaning hacks here on our blog, or visit our Pinterest board dedicated to apartment organization and cleaning tips for ideas you can use throughout your apartment!
Happy Mardi Gras! If you’re headed to the parades, take a peek below to see what’s rolling in Metairie, plus more information about each parade.
The Corps de Napoleon parade. (Photo via Corps de Napoleon)
Metairie Mardi Gras Parade Schedule
Friday, Feb. 24
Krewe of Centurions, 7 p.m. — The Krewe of Centurions parade begins at Woodlawn Avenue and Eldorado Street and ends at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.
Krewe of Excalibur, follows — This parade was rescheduled due to rain. The krewe will roll immediately following Centurions, although more details are TBD. Check their Facebook page for updates!
Saturday, Feb. 25
Krewe of Isis, 6:30 p.m. — The largest and oldest all-female krewe in Jefferson Parish, Isis starts at Woodlawn Avenue and Eldorado Street and concludes at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.
Sunday, Feb. 26
Corps de Napoleon, 5 p.m. — The Corps de Napoleon parade begins at Woodlawn Avenue and Eldorado Street and ends at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.
Krewe of Athena, follows — Like the Krewe of Excalibur, this parade was rescheduled due to rain. They’ll roll directly after Krewe of Napoleon; check their Facebook page for updates!
Monday, Feb. 27 (Lundi Gras)
No parades today, but consider attending the 24th Annual Lundi Gras Festival at Spanish Plaza in downtown New Orleans. This free event includes live music and fireworks as revelers welcome the King of Rex.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 (Mardi Gras)
Krewe of Argus, 10 a.m. — This family-friendly parade is a Mardi Gras day favorite. Try to catch a stuffed blue dog thrown from the George Rodrigue float! The parade starts at Woodlawn Avenue and Eldorado Street and ends at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.
Krewe of Elks Jefferson, follows — More than 90 vehicles comprise this truck parade, which begins at Veterans and Houma Boulevard and ends at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.
Krewe of Jefferson, follows — Another truck parade, Krewe of Jefferson begins at Veterans and Houma Boulevard and ends at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.