Spring is creeping to a close, but that means summer is right around the corner and in Louisiana, that means more festivals and fun. There is a different type of festival to suit any mood or interest – and the best part? For residents of 1st Lake’s apartments in the New Orleans area, they’re all within close and convenient distance.
Food: The Cajun and Creole food indigenous to Louisiana is so special and robust that it warrants festivals just to celebrate and enjoy certain types of fare. There are three festivals coming up in New Orleans centered around a genre or specific food. Greek Fest will be held on Bayou St. John in New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood from May 24-26 featuring authentic Greek food, music, dancers and other fun attractions. Oyster Fest on June 1 and 2 and Creole Tomato Fest on the weekend of June 8-9 showcasing these two Louisiana specialties. Jambalaya Festival from May 23-26 is one of the largest festivals in Louisiana, hosted in Baton Rouge featuring a jambalaya cookoff, music and carnival activities.
Drink: It’s no secret that drinking is a celebrated part of Louisiana culture and the craft cocktail scene in New Orleans has really taken off. Tales of the Cocktail, from July 17 – 21 in New Orleans will bring some of the country’s most prominent and cutting edge bartenders and mixologists to show off their skills. There will be tastings, seminars, “spirited” lunch and dinners, and many more fun events.
Music: Sharing the weekend of June 8-9 with the Creole Tomato Festival, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival will be held on two stages at the Old U.S. Mint in the New Orleans French Quarter, presenting the authentic and unique music of Louisiana’s Cajun Country. Essence Fest in New Orleans will be from July 4-7 featuring great R&B music and powerful speakers. Bayou Country Superfest is on May 25 and 26 at the LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, presenting national country stars like Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and the Zac Brown Band.
All three: The Slidell Heritage Festival will hold its 16th annual festival on Independence Day, July 4 from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. in Slidell Heritage Park with four awesome bands, talented craft vendors and a wide range of local food.
Whether you’re a resident of 1st Lake’s New Orleans apartments, 1st Lake’s Baton Rouge apartment rentals or 1st Lake’s Slidell apartments for rent, you’ll have plenty of options for fun in the sun this summer!
Spring is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Luckily for residents of 1st Lake’s New Orleans area apartments, there are tons of ways to have fun and exercise outdoors. Use some of our ideas for great outdoor activities and take advantage of this temperate time. All are fun for adults while being great outdoor activities for kids as well.
Jog on Lake Pontchartrain – If you are a resident of 1st Lake’s apartments in Kenner, you have the added bonus of Lake Pontchartrain right outside your door. Lake Pontchartrain provides beautiful scenery and a natural resource for fishing, boating or jogging or strolling along the banks.
Picnic at the Park – Picnics are the perfect spring activity and a way to have fun while being outside. There are great parks near our apartments in Metairie including Lafreniere Park, which the Lafreniere Apartments are located right next to. Since 1st Lake Properties is pet friendly, residents will love bringing their dog to the Bonnabel Boat Launch Dog Park and Lafreniere Bark located inside Lafreneire park.
Fishing – Because Louisiana is part of the Gulf Coast, it offers many beautiful waterways that provide many opportunities for outdoor spring activities. There are a number of places to go fishing near 1st Lake Apartments, including the fishing community of Covington where the modern Brewster Commons apartments are located, as well as at the St. Tammany Parish fishing pier near the Audubon Gates apartments in Slidell.
Go Swimming – Many, if not most, of 1st Lake’s apartments come with beautiful and luxurious swimming pools for residents to enjoy. In addition, the Brewster Commons apartments in Covington are near the resort style Stone Creek Club and Spa, complete with fitness classes and equipment, tennis courts, spa, children’s programs and of course a large, immaculate swimming pool.
If New Orleans being named the Best American City by Travel + Leisure wasn’t enough to convince you to move to New Orleans, there is plenty of evidence to back up that claim! At a time when both apartment renting and New Orleans is on the rise, seize your chance to be a resident of one of 1st Lake Properties’ New Orleans apartments!
Why Rent An Apartment in New Orleans
New Orleans Food
New Orleans food is known far and wide to be among the most delicious and iconic in the world. Classic New Orleans cuisine is known for its slow cooked, rich flavors found in gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee, plus its classic sandwiches like the po-boy and muffaletta. Recently, the James Beard Foundation recognized New Orleans restaurants and chefs, nominating four chefs and one outstanding restaurant for the James Beard Awards, one of the most prestigious culinary honors.
New Orleans Music
In addition to the food, the music of New Orleans is one of the city’s most defining qualities. Congo Square in New Orleans’ Armstrong Park is known as being the birthplace of American music, laying the groundwork for Jazz, Blues and Rock ‘n Roll. Practically any hour day or night, live music can be found in local venues or on the street. In a recent Travel + Leisure article, three New Orleans music venues were featured that offer great local musicians in a cool atmosphere: d.b.a., Hi Ho Lounge and Saturn Bar.
New Orleans food, music and all of its cultural offerings are not far from the 1st Lake apartment communities in greater New Orleans, including the popular suburbs of Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge.
FoodFest brings together chefs and cooks from all over the United States in order to celebrate regional, hometown eats. This weekend-long festival highlights the delicious, informal fare found in local cafes and city neighborhoods, seafood shacks, barbecue joints, food trucks, and casual bistros.
During this event, cooks from all over the country head to New Orleans to dish up their regional delicacies. At FoodFest, you can find anything and everything from New England clam chowder to Houston tamales to Memphis barbecue to Kentucky sweet tea and mint juleps. It’s all about great American classics, cooked and served by chefs that not only love food, but love what it says about our culture and upbringing.
Bring your appetite!
FoodFest Street Festival
Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24
French Market at 1008 North Peters Street
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free for all
Are you just moving to New Orleans from a different city or state? If you’re new to the location, you’re probably not familiar with all the resources to establish yourself in your new rental in New Orleans. We’ve offered some tips for what to do before moving in and setting up a new apartment, and now we’ll guide you through setting yourself up once you’ve moved in. Start with this moving checklist of resources and you’ll be settled in no time.
- Voter Registration – You can register to vote in New Orleans at City Hall on 1300 Perdido Street, Room 1W24.
- Vehicle Registration – Residents of Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge apartment rentals can register their vehicles at the Office of Motor Vehicles on 100 Veterans Blvd in Jefferson Parish.
- Utilities – Entergy is the electric and gas provider for the 1st Lake apartment communities in Louisiana. Entergy can be reached at 1-800-ENTERGY or on the Entergy website.
- Storage – No need to go searching for the right place to store your belongings – 1st Lake can take care of all your storage needs for you! 1st Lake offers self storage facilities that are conveniently located close to the Metairie, River Ridge and Kenner apartment rentals. Contact Kenner Self Storage or Metairie Self Storage for excellent service, on site management, month to month leases and a gated location with 24 hour access.
- Postal Services – Locate the main post offices nearest to your apartment by checking the United States Postal Service website.
After you’ve gone through this moving in checklist, sit back and relax in your new 1st Lake Properties apartment.