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Summer Fun for the Whole Family

Planning this year’s summer vacation? Look no further than the vibrant city of New Orleans! With a rich history, diverse culture, and endless array of sights and activities, the Crescent City will wow you with all she has to offer.

From leisurely streetcar rides to thrilling swamp tours and everything in between, let us be your guide to memorable attractions and experiences that’ll make your summer vacation in New Orleans one your family remembers for a lifetime!

 

Get Outdoors

Kick off your vacation by stepping aboard the historic Steamboat Natchez for a scenic cruise along the mighty Mississippi River, soaking in breathtaking views of the New Orleans skyline, bustling riverfront, and picturesque historic sites. With live jazz music, narrated tours, and delicious Creole cuisine available onboard, it’s a relaxing and memorable way to experience the city’s charm – all with the breeze of the Mississippi keeping you cool!

 

When you’re ready to dive deeper, immerse yourself in the Audubon Nature Institute. Head on down to the Audubon Zoo, home to thousands of animals from around the globe, including elephants, lions, and exotic birds. Then, venture to the Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Insectarium for a close-up look at colorful fish, sharks, butterflies, honey bees, eco engineers, and more. 

 

Another beautiful way to spend a day is exploring the expansive City Park, one of the oldest and largest urban parks in the country. Let the kids run wild at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, or explore Storyland, where imagination knows no bounds and every corner is filled with wonder as beloved storybook characters come to life. Then cool off at the park’s splash pad, take a leisurely stroll through the lush botanical gardens, or enjoy beignets among the ancient oak trees. 

 

When you’re ready to venture outside the city, get an up-close, first-hand view of Louisiana’s unique wildlife in the wild! Embark on a guided airboat or pontoon boat ride through the swamps and bayous surrounding New Orleans, where you might encounter alligators, large birds, snakes, turtles, and other fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. If your days are filling up, we recommend taking an evening swamp tour when temperatures are cooler anyway.

 

And finally, when the day is done, top off your outdoor adventures with a refreshing snowball. Head to one of New Orleans’ beloved snowball stands, like Hansen’s Sno-Bliz or Plum Street Snowballs, and indulge in a colorful concoction of shaved ice and flavorful syrups. It’s truly the sweetest and most satisfying way to cool off after a day of sightseeing.

 

See the Big Picture

What better way to get a 360 degree view of New Orleans and all she has to offer than at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city? Treat your little ones to an unforgettable adventure at Vue Orleans Kids Experience. Vue Orleans offers a variety of interactive exhibits and play areas that will spark creativity and imagination in kids of all ages. And perhaps best of all, parents can relax and take in the stunning panoramic views of the city while the kids embark on a journey of discovery and fun.

 

For a look at New Orleans’ most famous holiday, visit Mardi Gras World, where the magic of Carnival comes to life year-round. You’ll discover the artistry and craftsmanship behind the larger-than-life floats, costumes, and props used in parades. Kids will love getting an up-close look at the intricate designs and vibrant colors of the floats, and they might even have the chance to try on a Mardi Gras costume themselves!

 

When you’re ready for a change of scenery, take a leisurely ride up St. Charles Avenue on one of the city’s iconic streetcars. See historic neighborhoods, majestic oak-lined streets, and charming uptown districts. It’s a fun and affordable way to explore the city without wearing out those walking shoes.

 

And for those that infuse education into each family vacation, dive into the fascinating history of medicine and pharmacy at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Step back in time as you explore the museum’s collection of antique medical instruments, apothecary jars, and vintage pharmaceuticals. And don’t miss the opportunity to visit the museum’s recreated 19th-century pharmacy and learn about the role of pharmacists in New Orleans’ past.

From scenic streetcar rides to thrilling swamp tours and everything in between, New Orleans offers endless opportunities for family-friendly fun during the summer months. But there’s just one last thing to consider…your family’s home away from home during your vacation! 

 

Stay with us at The Lanaux Mansion and relax in our luxurious suites or enjoy the breezes on one of our balconies while overlooking the Courtyard or Esplanade Avenue. We’re one block from Frenchmen Street, two blocks from the Riverfront Streetcar, and half a block from the French Quarter!

 

Right now, enjoy 10% off our already discounted sizzling summer rates. Simply visit our website, select the perfect suite for your family, and add promo code “sizzle” when booking. 

 

We look forward to hosting y’all this summer!

As the days grow longer, the vibrant city of New Orleans awakens with a symphony of colors, sounds, and flavors that can only mean one thing – summer festival season is in full swing! From the infectious rhythms of jazz to the sizzle of Creole cuisine, there’s no shortage of reasons to celebrate in the Big Easy during the summer months.

As your experts on all things New Orleans, allow us to take you on a journey through the heart of the festival scene, offering an insider’s guide to the most unique attractions and mouthwatering culinary experiences the city has to offer. 

So dust off your dancing shoes, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to dive headfirst into the electrifying energy of summer festival season in New Orleans. Welcome to the Big Easy – where the good times roll year-round, but especially during the summer festival season!

 

June Jamborees

​​Each summer, as the sun-ripened tomatoes burst with flavor, New Orleans hosts the Creole Tomato Festival. This beloved event pays homage to the vibrant culinary heritage of the city and the iconic Creole tomato, a local treasure known for its sweet, tangy taste and juicy texture. From cooking demonstrations and tomato-centric dishes crafted by renowned chefs to live music, arts and crafts vendors, and family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Closely following the Creole Tomato Festival is New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, often referred to as NOWFE. Participants can expect wine tastings, food experiences, seminars, workshops, culinary competitions, a gala, and local restaurant participation. The event focuses on showcasing the diverse and famous cuisine of New Orleans and a sampling of wines from around the world. Proceeds from some of the events support local culinary and hospitality industry initiatives.

 

If you’re in the mood for dancing, let the lively beats of Cajun and Zydeco music transport you to the heart of the Louisiana bayou at Cajun-Zydeco Festival. This free celebration of Louisiana’s rich musical heritage is a cultural feast for the senses, from toe-tapping tunes to delectable Cajun cuisine.

 

July Jubilees

Every Fourth of July, the skies over New Orleans light up with a dazzling display of fireworks, marking the city’s annual Go 4th on the River celebration. Against the backdrop of the Mississippi River, Go 4th on the River offers a spectacular show of pyrotechnics, choreographed to music and lighting up the night with bursts of color and brilliance. Families gather along the riverfront, picnicking and enjoying live music performances as they await the main event.

 

That same day, ESSENCE Festival of Culture kicks off with a multi-day celebration of African American music, culture, and community, featuring renowned artists, empowerment seminars, and a party atmosphere that electrifies the city. Attendees enjoy fashion, beauty, shopping, lifestyle, celebrity, and entrepreneurship experiences throughout the fest.

 

And for amateur bartenders and professionals alike, Tales of the Cocktail wraps up July with an annual cocktail and spirits festival. It is one of the most significant gatherings of professionals in the spirits and cocktail industry, attracting bartenders, mixologists, brand ambassadors, and enthusiasts from around the world. Tales of the Cocktail boasts dinners, special events, seminars, tastings, competitions, networking opportunities, awards, and so much more for the cocktail and spirit enthusiast or professional. 

 

August Attractions

Swing into August and sway to the soulful sounds of jazz at Satchmo SummerFest, a celebration of Louis Armstrong and the vibrant musical heritage he represents. Satchmo SummerFest is a weekend-long extravaganza of music, food, and culture, showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary jazz with performances by local and national artists on multiple stages throughout the festival grounds. You’ll also find a variety of activities and attractions, including seminars, panel discussions, and film screenings highlighting Louis Armstrong’s life and legacy. 

 

Art aficionados will enjoy New Orleans’ White Linen Night, an annual event that transforms the city’s Arts District into a vibrant celebration of art, culture, and community. This beloved tradition invites locals and visitors alike to don their finest white attire and explore the galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that line the streets of the historic Warehouse District. Attendees can stroll from gallery to gallery, admiring works by local and international artists, while enjoying complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres along the way.

 

After White Linen Night comes Dirty Linen Night on the second Saturday in August, when art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques in the French Quarter keep their doors open late into the evening, inviting visitors to explore the vibrant art scene of New Orleans. Browse a diverse array of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media pieces, created by both local and international artists while enjoying live music performances and food and drinks.

 

September Soirees 

Kick off September in New Orleans at Southern Decadence Festival, a celebration of diversity, culture, and revelry like no other. From extravagant parades to electrifying performances, indulge in a whirlwind of festivities that capture the essence of Southern charm, decadence, and being yourself above all else – all in the heart of the French Quarter!

 

As you begin to plan your summer vacation in the Big Easy, consider where you’ll relax and recharge. At Lanaux Mansion, we offer one to six bedroom suites for you and the whole family. 

Right now, early bookers get our sizzling summer rates. Book before April 15th to take advantage of these deeply discounted rates at an oasis in the heart of New Orleans. Visit our website today to find a suite perfect for your summer getaway!

Summer is coming, and we’re looking forward to all the ways the Crescent City comes alive in the summer months. From vibrant culture to live music to an abundance of sights to see, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and make the most of your summer getaway.

 

Let us be your guide to beating the heat and exploring all that New Orleans has to offer!

 

Museums and More

From exploring fascinating museums like the National WWII Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art to catching a show at the historic Saenger Theatre, there’s no shortage of cultural experiences to enjoy while staying cool indoors.

 

At Vue Orleans, take in a 360-degree view of the city after a deep dive into her history through interactive experiences. You’ll hear real stories from well-known New Orleans figures who changed the city with their dreams, music, and talent.

 

Next, take in the wonders of earth at the Audubon Nature Institute’s Aquarium and Insectarium. An incredible experience for the whole family, you’ll encounter insects and aquatic animals of all types. 

 

If museums are up your alley, visit the New Orleans Museum of Art, which boasts nearly 50,000 artworks, or The National World War II Museum, an incredible campus full of history and remembrance.

 

End your day with a show at the Saenger Theatre, a stunning historic performing arts theater with an ever rotating but impressive lineup of shows. Arrive early to enjoy the splendor of this luxury theater, standing since 1927. 

 

Savor a Ride on Our Historic Streetcars

Hop on one of the famed New Orleans streetcars for an air-conditioned tour of the city. Whether you ride the riverfront, up Saint Charles Avenue, or down Canal Street, you’re guaranteed a local’s view. The streetcar is also a fantastic way to get around, transporting visitors to many must-see attractions, such as the Audubon Nature Institute Aquarium and Insectarium, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and more. 

 

Music

Time your trip to coincide with one of the many musicians visiting the Big Easy. With venues all over the city, such as the Fillmore New Orleans, House of Blues New Orleans, Toulouse Theater, Orpheum Theater, Joy Theater, and Mahalia Jackson Theater (to name just a few), you’ll find no shortage of live music.

 

And don’t forget Frenchmen Street, full of the sultry sounds of jazz, history, and culture (just around the corner from the Lanaux Mansion!).

 

No matter what you choose to do during your summer vacation in New Orleans, you’ll find an abundance of activities, tours, and experiences to help you stay cool while exploring the city’s rich culture and vibrant energy. 

 

From fascinating museums to refreshing streetcar rides, there are so many ways to beat the heat and make unforgettable memories in the Crescent City. So embrace the adventure and let the magic of New Orleans unfold this summer!

 

And when you’re ready to rest up for the next day’s adventures, the Lanaux Mansion’s doors are open to you. Our unbeatable location between Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Street, Jackson Square, and the bustling Mississippi riverfront will have you just a short stroll from all the Crescent City has to offer this summer — including more bars, restaurants, museums, curio shops, and art galleries than you could possibly ever visit in one trip. 

Visit our website today to browse our sizzling summer rates, available now through April 15th!

Calling all foodies! As the summer sun bathes the vibrant streets of New Orleans in a warm glow, the city comes alive with a symphony of flavors and festivities that will tantalize the taste buds of any discerning foodie. 

 

From food festivals to soulful jazz brunches, refreshing snowballs, and the irresistible COOLinary throughout the month of August, here’s your ultimate guide to savoring summer in the Big Easy.

 

Unleash the Flavor at Festivals

Dive headfirst into the heart of New Orleans’ culinary scene by exploring the myriad of food festivals that grace the city during the summer. Whether it’s the bold spices of the Cajun-Zydeco Festival or the eclectic delights at the Creole Tomato Festival, each event is a celebration of the city’s diverse culinary heritage and bounty.

 

Jazz Up Your Brunch

Take your brunch experience to a whole new level with the soulful notes of live jazz as the backdrop. New Orleans is renowned for its jazz brunches, where iconic establishments like Muriel’s Jackson Square*, Commander’s Palace, and The Court of Two Sisters serve up delectable dishes in an atmosphere buzzing with music and merriment.

 

COOLinary: A Month-Long Feast

Prepare your taste buds for a journey through the city’s culinary landscape with COOLinary New Orleans throughout the entire month of August. This annual dining promotion offers prix-fixe menus at some of the city’s most incredible restaurants, making it the perfect opportunity to savor the creations of talented chefs for the entirety of your visit.

 

Beat the Heat, One Flavor at a Time

On a bright, sunny day, enjoy a quintessential New Orleans experience via a local favorite – snowballs! Indulge in finely shaved ice topped with a myriad of flavored syrups from Hansen’s Sno-Bliz or Plum Street Snoballs. It’s not just a refreshing treat; it’s a New Orleans tradition!

 

Festive Fare at Food Markets

Explore the city’s vibrant food markets, such as the French Market* and Crescent City Farmers Market. Sample local produce, artisanal treats, and unique culinary creations that showcase the best of New Orleans’ food culture.

 

Sunset Sips

As the sun sets, ascend to one of the city’s rooftop bars or historic pubs. At Rosie’s on the Roof, Hot Tin Rooftop Bar, Alto, or The Pool Club, sip on craft cocktails while enjoying panoramic views of the cityscape. It’s the perfect way to cap off a day filled with culinary delights! If local brews are up your alley, visit one of the many New Orleans breweries, such as Urban South Brewery or Faubourg Brewing Co

 

Sweet Treats and Bakeries

Prefer to end your day with sweets rather than drinks? Discover the sweet side of New Orleans at its charming bakeries! Indulge in pralines, beignets, and other delights that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. If beignets are on your foodie list, Cafe du Monde* is a can’t miss location for any visitor to New Orleans!

 

After all, in New Orleans, summer isn’t just a season: It’s a celebration of flavor, music, and cultural richness. 

 

From the lively streets of food festivals to the laid-back charm of jazz brunches and the cool indulgence of snowballs, every bite and sip is a testament to the city’s culinary prowess. 

 

And when you stay with us at Lanaux Mansion, we know you’ll love your time with us here in the Big Easy. 

 

With beautiful suites, courtyards, and balconies in a stately historic mansion, the Lanaux Mansion boasts an unbeatable location where everything is set up for your comfort and convenience. 

 

So, embrace the warm summer breeze, let the jazz guide you, and embark on a gastronomic adventure that will linger on your taste buds long after the summer sun sets over the Mississippi. Visit our website today to browse our suites and book your summer getaway.

 

Laissez les bon temps rouler – let the good times roll!

*Within walking distance of the Lanaux Mansion

Planning a trip to the Crescent City this summer? Get ready for an exhilarating experience filled with vibrant festivals, lively events, and a myriad of things to do. Festival goers and foodies alike will revel in a unique culture of events and flavors. History buffs and explorers will find no shortage of sights and stories.

 

With a focus on events and festivals for the adventurer, there’s no better summer vacation than one spent in New Orleans!

 

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

Dive into the spirit of summer at Bayou Boogaloo from May 17 to May 19. This vibrant fest along the banks of Bayou St. John includes live music, food, drinks, and art and other goods from local artists and entrepreneurs. Locals and tourists alike canoe, paddle, and float on the bayou all weekend. This family-friendly event captures the essence of laid-back Louisiana living, and while you’re there, you can explore the historic Mid-City neighborhood! 

 

For more information about Bayou Boogaloo, visit https://thebayouboogaloo.com/

 

New Orleans Pride

Spanning the entire month of June, New Orleans Pride is a sight to see, from the parade to the festival. The Pride Parade is often a highlight of many Pride events, featuring vibrant costumes and a diverse representation of the LGBTQ+ community in New Orleans. The festival typically includes live music, food and drinks, community resources and activities, and other entertainment. And between the parade and festival, you’ll find many day and nighttime events, such as film screenings, art exhibitions, performances, workshops, and much more. It’s a time for celebration, unity, and advocacy! 

 

For more information, visit https://neworleanspride.org/

 

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, often referred to as NOWFE, takes place June 5 to June 9 this year. Participants can expect wine tastings, food experiences, seminars, workshops, culinary competitions, a gala, and local restaurant participation. The event focuses on showcasing the diverse and famous cuisine of New Orleans and a sampling of wines from around the world. Proceeds from some of the events support local culinary and hospitality industry initiatives. 

 

For more information, visit https://www.nowfe.com/

 

Essence Festival of Culture

Essence Festival, taking place from July 4 to July 7 is a celebration of African American music, culture, and community, featuring renowned artists, empowerment seminars, and a party atmosphere that electrifies the city. Attendees enjoy fashion, beauty, shopping, lifestyle, celebrity, and entrepreneurship experiences throughout the fest. 

 

For more information, visit https://www.essence.com/festival2024/

 

Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail is an annual cocktail and spirits festival held each year in New Orleans. It is one of the most significant gatherings of professionals in the spirits and cocktail industry, attracting bartenders, mixologists, brand ambassadors, and enthusiasts from around the world. Tales of the Cocktail boasts dinners, special events, seminars, tastings, competitions, networking opportunities, awards, and so much more for the cocktail and spirit enthusiast or professional.

 

For more information and to stay tuned for the 2024 date announcement, visit https://talesofthecocktail.org/

 

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

Let the lively beats of Cajun and Zydeco music transport you to the heart of the Louisiana bayou at this free celebration of Louisiana’s rich musical heritage. From toe-tapping tunes to delectable Cajun cuisine, it’s a cultural feast for the senses.

 

For more information and for 2024 dates, visit https://www.jazzandheritage.org/

 

COOLinary

Each year, New Orleans COOLinary takes place during the entire month of August, featuring the diverse and delicious culinary scene in New Orleans through special prix-fixe menus at some of the city’s finest restaurants. COOLinary was designed to make dining at upscale restaurants in New Orleans more accessible, and these fixed-price menus often represent a significant value compared to the regular à la carte offerings. Yet COOLinary is not just about dining out; it’s a celebration of New Orleans’ culinary heritage and the talented chefs who contribute to the city’s vibrant food culture.

 

To see this year’s participating restaurants once released, check back at https://www.neworleans.com/coolinary/. In the meantime, you can browse through the participating restaurants and their menus from 2023.

 

Book Your Summer Stay

With airy courtyards and balconies to accompany our luxurious suites, you’ll be in an oasis in the heart of New Orleans – steps away from all the city offers during the summer.

 

The Lanaux Mansion offers suites for individuals, couples, families, and groups, so you and yours can book a summer vacation to remember. Visit our website today to book!

And as always, feel free to reach out at lanauxevents@gmail.com or (504) 948-6119 if you have any questions about your upcoming trip!

Each December, New Orleans hosts the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Caesars Superdome. This season, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks take on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday, December 16, 2023, giving football fanatics and travel enthusiasts alike an excuse to touch down in the Big Easy during the holiday season!

The New Orleans Bowl isn’t just a football game; it’s an immersion into the heart and soul of one of the most vibrant cities in the world. It’s a chance for visitors from all around the country (and the world!) to explore the rich tapestry of culture and history that the Crescent City offers.

Whether you’re gifting tickets to a fan or adding to the itinerary of your pre-planned trip, we invite you to be part of the magic!

 

Game Day

In the morning, seek out beignets from Cafe du Monde,* followed by a stroll through the French Quarter, seeing the holiday sights. You can do some holiday shopping or simply enjoy the festivities. In the afternoon, head to the Superdome for kickoff at 1:15pm. 

At the game, you’ll enjoy a first-hand view of the Caesars Superdome, a venue that has seen some of the greatest sports and entertainment events. The dome is a symbol of resilience and a witness to countless historic moments, and as such is a fantastic venue for the New Orleans Bowl!

And after the game, grab a bite to eat and venture out to see the holiday lights and sounds in the French Quarter and beyond!

To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com. And for game day information, such as the bag policy (great information to have when you’re packing for your trip!), visit https://www.neworleansbowl.org/

 

The Luncheon

If you’ve been invited to the annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Luncheon (which takes place a few days before the game), you’ll be treated to an opportunity to feed your soul while experiencing the football spirit and pageantry of each team. In years past, speakers have included New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis, Steve Gleason, Ryan Clark, Charlie Ward, and Darren Woodson This year’s speaker is no less impressive: you’ll also hear from Avery Johnson – a former NBA basketball player and coach.

 

STEM Fest

If you’re bringing the whole family to the Big Easy, consider attending the New Orleans Bowl STEM Fest, yet another fantastic experience built into the New Orleans Bowl festivities. Each year, students are invited to attend the free fest, and each attendee receives a ticket to the game.

For more information, visit https://www.neworleansbowl.org/stemfest

 

After the Game

While the New Orleans Bowl is the main event, the city itself is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. From the historic French Quarter to the picturesque Garden District, every corner of New Orleans tells a story, especially during the holiday season. 

Because New Orleans is more than a destination – it’s an invitation to experience genuine Southern hospitality. From friendly locals to the warm welcome of the city itself, you’ll leave with memories that extend beyond the football field. 

We invite you to peruse our holiday blogs, Merriment, Magic, and Memories in New Orleans and 

Holiday Magic in the Crescent City when you’re building your trip itinerary and planning activities!

 

Rest Your Head at the Lanaux Mansion

Our spacious and comfortable suites are steps away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, yet worlds apart – the perfect peaceful refuge after days and nights of fun, food, and football!

When you visit for longer than just the weekend, take advantage of our Holiday Happenings package, which offers a 10% discount on Sundays through Thursdays through December 28, 2023. A two-night minimum stay is required, and this promotion is based on availability.

Browse our available suites here to see which room is right for you, and when you’re ready to book your stay, visit our website and use promo code “HOLIDAY”.

If you have any questions, we’re just a call or email away at lanauxevents@gmail.com or (504) 948-6119! 

If you’ve begun planning your holiday trip to New Orleans, you already know there’s no shortage of holiday magic to be found.

If you missed our recent blog Holiday Magic in the Crescent City, we highly recommend checking it out for an incredible list of holiday traditions and experiences.

In the meantime, here are even more reasons to visit New Orleans this holiday season!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
On December 13th, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at the Smoothie King Center. They’ll perform classics like “The First Noel” and “O Come All Ye Faithful”, alongside some favorite holiday hits and original music.

For tickets, visit https://www.ticketmaster.com.

Holiday Tours
Gray Line is known for their fantastic holiday tours: their Christmas Eve Bonfire Express Tour, the Christmas Eve Bonfire Adventure Tour, and the Jingling Through The Crescent tour.

Jingling Through The Crescent is a seasonal, daily, 2.5 hour motor coach tour through some of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods (such as the Treme and Faubourg Marigny), where you’ll learn about our culture, history, and people. The tour makes two stops, one at Lake Pontchartrain and one at the Roosevelt Hotel.

The Christmas Eve Bonfire Express Tour shows off one of the Mississippi River’s most vibrant traditions: the lighting of the bonfires! This tour is a round-trip motor coach tour of a unique Cajun tradition.

The Christmas Eve Bonfire Adventure Tour is similar to the Express Tour, showing off the lighting of the bonfires, but also includes a visit to Destrehan Plantation for a traditional holiday dinner!

For more information on holiday tours and Gray Line’s other tours, visit https://www.graylineneworleans.com/.

Sailing with Santa
Beginning November 25, board the Steamboat Natchez for live entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus himself! The cruise offers an optional lunch, holiday tunes, and stunning views of New Orleans and the Mississippi River.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.steamboatnatchez.com/cruises/holiday-cruise/sailing-with-santa.

Christmas Eve & New Years’ Eve on the Mississippi River
Take to the Mississippi River once more on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day aboard the Steamboat Natchez!

The Natchez will host a Christmas Eve Jazz Cruise on Sunday, December 24. Enjoy a Creole dinner, breathtaking views of the New Orleans skyline, and live music on their annual dinner cruise.

On Sunday, December 31, the Steamboat Natchez will host their New Years’ Eve Celebration, featuring live music, an open bar, hand-passed hors d’oeuvres, and other food as you cruise along the Mississippi River.

For more information, visit https://www.steamboatnatchez.com/.

New Years’ Eve with a View
If you prefer to be in the sky rather than on the water, ring in the new year above New Orleans at Vue Orleans! Guests will enjoy 360° birds-eye views of the Crescent City, along with a champagne toast, beverages, passed hors d’oeuvres, and live music.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://vueorleans.com/articles/new-years-eve-at-vue.

Make Memories at the Lanaux Mansion
This holiday season, complete your travel plans with a festive stay at the Lanaux Mansion! Our one-bedroom suites or two-, three-, four-, five-, or six-bedroom suites will be a magical setting for your holiday stay.

We’re pleased to offer a 10% discount on Sundays through Thursdays from November 13, 2023 to December 28, 2023 with our Holiday Happenings package. A two-night minimum stay is required, and this promotion is based on availability.

Browse our available suites here to see which room is right for you, and when you’re ready to book your stay, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations and use promo code “HOLIDAY”!

And as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out at lanauxevents@gmail.com or (504) 948-6119 with any questions! We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!

The holiday season in New Orleans is a magical time as the city’s traditions and history come to life to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for all. 

We invite you to explore all the Crescent City has to offer from your home base: the Lanaux Mansion, and this year, we’re sharing a few classic holiday must-dos and a limited time special for booking your holiday stay!

 

Merriment on Magazine

Beginning on November 25th, Magazine Street will host Merriment on Magazine. Boutiques and shops up and down Magazine Street will offer holiday fashions, holiday home decor, and gifts for all the special individuals on your list. 

When you’ve finished shopping, enjoy a cocktail or a meal at one of the many fantastic restaurants on Magazine Street!

For information on special holiday sales, gift guides, and events, visit https://magazinestreet.com/event/merriment-on-magazine/.  

 

Reveillon Dinners

Throughout the month of December, New Orleans’ restaurants will offer exclusive Réveillon menus. This Creole Christmas tradition, which dates back to the 1800s, includes impressive multi-course meals and specialty cocktails so every visitor can enjoy a taste of New Orleans’ finest cuisine.

To view a list of this year’s participating restaurants, visit https://holiday.neworleans.com/food-and-drink/

 

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Spectacular

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will host their Holiday Spectacular on December 2nd at the Orpheum Theater. The 90 minute concert will feature all the holiday favorites and is a holiday experience the whole family can enjoy together.

For tickets and more information, visit https://lpomusic.com/.  

 

The Marigny Opera Ballet’s Jazz Nutcracker

From December 8th to 10th and 15th to 17th this year, The Marigny Opera Ballet will present their reimagining of The Nutcracker, accompanied by an original jazz score by New Orleans’ own Lawrence Sieberth.

For more information, visit https://www.marignyoperaballet.org/

 

LUNA Fête

Arts New Orleans will bring back LUNA Fête for the holiday season from December 7th to 10th this year. In their 10th anniversary year, this free festival of light, art, and technology boasts large-scale outdoor light projections across 7.5 acres of the Mississippi River Heritage Park and Convention Center Pedestrian Park.

In addition to art installations, attendees can discover local artists and check some items off their holiday gift list. You’ll also find food vendors, drink vendors, and multiple surprise entertainment experiences. More information can be found at https://www.lunafete.com/

 

Holiday Home Tours

On December 17th, the Patio Planters will present their annual self-guided Holiday Home Tour from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Tours showcase classic French Quarter homes, courtyards, and gardens in their full festive decor, and this year the Lanaux Mansion is one of those elegant homes!

Tickets go on sale on November 1st. For more information, visit https://patioplanters.net/events/holiday-home-tour/

 

NOLA ChristmasFest

Get in the holiday spirit at NOLA Christmas Fest from December 21st to 30th at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Admission provides access to carnival rides, an indoor ice skating rink, ice slides, and so many activities for children, including cookie decorating, gingerbread house making, and visits with Santa. 

Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, expect a few special surprises! For tickets or more information, visit https://nolachristmasfest.com/

 

A Magical Holiday Stay at the Lanaux Mansion

New Orleans is a perfect destination for an enchanting Christmas getaway, and when you stay at the Lanaux Mansion, you’ll be steps away from the festivities.

This year, we’re pleased to announce our Holiday Happenings package. Join us in our festive surroundings for the holiday season and enjoy a 10% discount on Sundays through Thursdays from November 13, 2023 to December 28, 2023. A two-night minimum stay is required, and this promotion is based on availability. 

Whether you’re looking for a one-bedroom suite or a two-, three-, four-, five-, or six-bedroom suite to host the whole family, the Lanaux Mansion will provide the grace of a bygone era with the modern comforts you want. Browse our available suites here to see which room is right for you. 

 

 

When you’re ready to book your stay, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations and use promo code “HOLIDAY” today!

If you have any questions about booking or holiday recommendations (including our favorite restaurants and other activities), please don’t hesitate to reach out at lanauxevents@gmail.com or (504) 948-6119. 

We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!

We may not yet know who’ll be headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl next year, but that means all football fans are beginning to plan for a potential trip to New Orleans – especially those confident in a winning season for their team!

This season’s game falls on Monday, January 1, 2024, giving the perfect opportunity to spend the holiday weekend exploring all the Big Easy has to offer. So we’ve put together your go-to guide for a vibrant weekend full of adventure!

 

A Happening Holiday Weekend in New Orleans

One of the best perks of the Sugar Bowl is that its festivities take place each year over New Years’ Eve and New Years’ Day, making it an action-packed weekend all around. 

It should come as no surprise that the Big Easy hosts an array of events to kick off the new year in style. One highlight each year are the fireworks over the Mississippi River, which can be seen from many locations throughout the city, including the riverfront and Jackson Square.

If holiday activities aren’t up your alley, there’s plenty more to do in and around the French Quarter.

Walk up and down Frenchmen Street, just around the corner from the Lanaux Mansion, or stroll down Bourbon Street. On either of these famous streets synonymous with revelry and celebration, you’ll find an adventure all your own. Navigate the bustling street, duck into legendary bars, and enjoy live music that reverberates through your soul as you raise a toast to your team’s victory and bond with fellow fans.

When you’re ready to catch the other weekend games, visit The Pelican Club or Manning’s to grab a bite or a brew and keep up with the score.

If a brewery is more your speed, you’re in luck: New Orleans boasts a handful of absolutely phenomenal local breweries, such as Urban South Brewery, NOLA Brewing Company, Second Line Brewing, Port Orleans Brewing Co., and Faubourg Brewing Co. Many of these breweries also offer highly-rated food, including Urban Smash at Urban South Brewery and NOLA Pizza Co. at NOLA Brewing Company. Even those breweries without a permanent kitchen provide a rotating array of popup kitchens and food trucks (you can find more information about popup kitchens and food trucks on each brewery’s website).

 

Game Day Glory and Tailgating Traditions

Once game day arrives, set your sites on the iconic Caesars Superdome, don your team’s colors, and embrace the camaraderie prior to kickoff.

Join the pre-game festivities throughout the French Quarter and in Champions Square, just outside of the Superdome. Indulge in some good old-fashioned tailgating and set the tone for an unforgettable day. Make time to catch the All State Sugar Bowl Parade for a taste of Mardi Gras!

And when it’s all said and done, whether your team triumphs or faces defeat, the post-game celebrations you’ll find throughout the city are a must. Head out on the town and relive the game’s most memorable moments with fellow fans.

 

Where to Stay

And of course, an integral piece of your plans over Sugar Bowl weekend should be choosing your home base for the weekend. At the Lanaux Mansion, you’re steps away from the fascinating walkways of the French Quarter or the lively scene on Frenchmen Street.

Whether you choose to stay in the Weiland Suite, Ruthie’s Balcony Suite, Beth’s Escape, or one of our other private suites, you’ll have everything you need for a weekend of adventure and more importantly, football. 

 

To book your room, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations

Sugar Bowl weekend in New Orleans promises the perfect fusion of football and adventure, and with the proper planning, you’ll be able to ensure your trip celebrates your team and offers its own adventure. Grab your gear and pack your spirit of adventure, and if you have any questions, you may reach us at (504) 948-6119. 

 

We’ll see you Sugar Bowl weekend!

Invite New Orleans history into your love story this fall: elope to New Orleans!

As summer gives way to autumn and the city’s spirit comes alive with festivals and events, allow your love story to flourish amidst a striking backdrop: the Lanaux Mansion.

With the plethora of memorable experiences that the Crescent City has to offer and the stately southern charm of the mansion, your elopement promises to be an intimate and momentous affair.

 

Why New Orleans?

New Orleans is a city infused with history, culture, and an electric atmosphere. Around every corner, the French Quarter is bursting with opportunities to weave its essence into your love story.

Wander the French Quarter’s iconic streets and historic architecture, capturing precious moments before or after you exchange your vows. Our colorful buildings and picturesque balconies will add a touch of New Orleans charm to your photos.

Whether you’re a foodie, music enthusiast, art aficionado, or history buff, New Orleans has something to offer for every couple.

And when you choose the Lanaux Mansion for your elopement, you set the backdrop for your happily ever after where the festive French Quarter meets the famous music scene of Frenchmen Street.

Nestled in the heart of New Orleans, the Lanaux Mansion is an exquisite Victorian mansion that exudes timeless elegance and southern charm.

Built in the 1870s, this breathtaking New Orleans B&B boasts stunning architecture, lush gardens, and grand interiors that offer a fairytale setting for your elopement.

Simply put: the Lanaux Mansion will capture the essence of your love and the spirit of New Orleans all in one perfect package.

 

Elevate Your Elopement

The Lanaux Mansion promises an unforgettable experience for couples seeking a romantic celebration.

We offer two elopement packages, both boasting a two-night stay in Sophie’s Enchanted Cottage (our private cottage suite), access to the Mansion’s common spaces on your wedding day, photography, florals, a pre-elopement consultation with our in-house planner, and fine dining at a classic New Orleans restaurant.

For couples who wish to elevate their elopements and include guests or a reception as part of their big day, our historic grand parlors and outdoor courtyard serve as a unique and authentic setting.

We’ll help you incorporate local dishes and flavors into your menu and offer expert advice only a local can give you (like ending your reception with beignets and coffee or including a second line or brass band).

Whether you choose to exchange your vows in our lush garden courtyard or choose an intimate setting inside one of our opulent parlors, the Lanaux Mansion provides an enchanting backdrop that will make your elopement truly memorable.

 

After “I Do”

After you’ve said your vows, the Mansion’s timeless beauty will set the stage for the wonder you’ll find as you explore French Quarter’s vibrant streets. 

Let the magic of New Orleans guide your love story as you embark on this journey of love and togetherness in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. We know that the city’s unique blend of culture and tradition will create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

From exploring the iconic French Quarter to savoring the mouthwatering local cuisine and immersing yourselves in the city’s vibrant music scene, your elopement in New Orleans will be an unforgettable chapter in your love story. 

 

And when you’re ready to book (or if you have any questions), it will be our pleasure to assist you. You may reach us at lanauxevents@gmail.com or by phone at (504) 948-6119. To book your room, visit https://secure.thinkreservations.com/thelanauxmansion/reservations

We look forward to being a part of this special time in your lives!