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Go 4th on the River, 2013: Independence Day in New Orleans

Summer is here and the parties are heating up.  Sure, New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras, but no celebration lights up the Mississippi River like the 4th of July.  If you’re staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast over July 4th, don’t miss New Orleans’ spectacular salute to Independence Day.

The 4th of July in New Orleans is complete with free concerts featuring local brass and jazz bands and more.  The official schedule of events and bands have not yet been announced, but the grand finale of the patriotic filled day will be a firework display at 9 pm.  What sets this fireworks display apart from any that you will see elsewhere, is the enormous display from twin barges on the Mississippi River in the Woldenberg Riverfront Park.  This event is known as Dueling Barges in the 23rd Annual Go Fourth on the River celebration.

You can view the fireworks either on the French Quarter side of the river, or from Woldenberg Park.

For more details about this event, check out New Orleans Online, but also watch Go 4th on the River website for updated information.  We believe this is a must see!  Reserve your room with us today, and come celebrate with us!

 

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The Parkway Bakery & Tavern: New Orleans, LA

Looking for a traditional New Orleans lunch while you are staying with 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast?  Less than a mile away, you’ll find The Parkway Bakery & Tavern, providing delicious Poor Boys since 1911.

This neighborhood landmark is a not-to-miss New Orleans restaurant with a history. The  Parkway Bakery was started as a bakery in 1911 by Charles Goering, Sr and experienced ups and downs until 1993 when the doors were closed.  In 1995, Jay Nix purchased the bakery without any intention of reopening it.  Thankfully in 2003 he changed his plan and opened The Parkway Bakery and Tavern.

poor boysNow The Parkway is a destination for “Poor Boy” lovers, offering at least 20 different varieties including Fried Oysters on Monday!  Delicious New Orleans sides include Homemade Turkey & Alligator Sausage Gumbo and Sweet Potato Fries.  Relax with a beer, mixed drinks, or wine – and feel right at home!

Just walking distance from our inn, be sure to enjoy a lunch at The Parkway Bakery & Tavern while you explore NOLA.

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The National WWII Museum of New Orleans

The National WWII Museum | New Orleans

Step back to one of the most significant times in American history while you are staying at the 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  Less than four miles away you’ll find The National WWII Museum for an interesting and educational experience you won’t soon forget.  Reach back into our nations heritage in the variety of exhibits; each seeking to put personal stories and faces to important events.

Currently, you can explore Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience, which walks visitors through its final war patron which took place on October 25, 1944.  This experience puts you in a position to participate in a dangerous underwater battle that will reveal the bravery required by the sailors aboard the USS Tang.  You won’t want to miss this event!

USS Tang

Make the most of your visit to this museum by testing your instincts in an interactive environment.  Check out the unique What Would You Do?, an experience that requires visitors to  evaluate the difficult choices and make judgment calls to demonstrate the challenges encountered by men and women during WWII.

When you visit the museum, be sure to check out The Stage Door Canteen and American Sector Restaurants for entertainment and special events.  Be sure to fit this into your New Orleans itinerary when you are staying with us at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – you won’t regret the time.

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Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, June 8-9, 2013

Celebrate summer at the 7th Annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival on the two stages of the Old U.S. Mint in addition to a stage at the French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival; June 8-9, 2013.

Come dance with us to the two-step dance music provided by such artists as Chubby Carrier & the Bayout Swamp Band, Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers – and many…many more!

You simply can’t resist this beat!


 

You won’t go hungry – the festival promises delicious local fare available throughout the party.  Finally – take home a piece of the festival and support local artisans at the Arts Market.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc is still finalizing details about this year’s festival – so check their website for details as we get closer to this event.  We hope that you’ll immerse yourself in NOLA life for a day when you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast June 8 or 9, by joining the party – and moving your feet to some fantastic Cajun-Zydeco music that we love so much!

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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo New Orleans, May 17-19, 2013

bayouStaying with us at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast over the weekend of May 17-19?  Party with a purpose at the Bayou Boogaloo of 2013.  The 7th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo put on by the MotherShip Foundation benefits neighborhood restoration projects from Hurricane Katrina, sustainability projects, and more.  What better reason to get into local music, art, and delicious food?

Saturday, May 18th check out the Bicycle Pub Crawl beginning at 8 AM and taking you to 6 local eateries for coffee, beignets, local personalities, and southern hospitality!  Traveling without your wheels?  Bicycle rentals are available.

Sunday, May 19th enjoy a 11-mile ride, Bicycle Second Line, beginning at Bayou St. John and ending at Bayou Boogaloo.  In typical NOLA style, this easy ride goes at parade pace and even includes life music!  Don’t miss it!

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ELIOT KAMENITZ / THE TIMES PICAYUNE

Check out the 5K and the 4th Annual Rubber Duck Derby – just more ways to enjoy the festival.

Throughout the festival – check out the incredible line-up of local music…never a dull moment!  Get something unique and support resident artists as dozens of New Orleans’ own will be offering an amazing variety throughout the Festival Arts Market.  Finally, you won’t go hungry with the selection of delicious New Orleans flavors.  This festival has everything!  See you soon!!

 

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Party Like an Animal at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans – 2013

whitneyWhen you’re visiting New Orleans and staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, we don’t want you to miss the wildest attraction we have – the Audubon Nature Institute.  The institute includes our zoo, aquarium, butterfly garden, and insectarium!

Get some relief from the heat in the Cool Zoo splash park at the Audobon Zoo and then visit the Dinosaur Adventure to see pre-historic animals.  Come face to face with exotic animals in the Asian domain, African Savanna…and so much more!  Your kids will love Zoo-to-Do kids party on April  26th from 5-9 pm, featuring activities and live entertainment perfect for all ages.

Zoos aren’t just for kids.  Check out the Whitney Zoo-to-Do party and gala on May 3 from 7 pm to midnight.  This is an amazing party to benefit the zoo – what more would you expect from New Orleans?  Enjoy live music from Bjorn Again, Phat Hat, Ingrid Lucia, and Jaywalker Brass Band on three stages.  Eat, drink and be merry with delicious meals and refreshing beverages from many New Orleans favorites.  You’ll even have the opportunity to bid on some great prizes in the silent auction or buy a winning raffle ticket for a new Lexus!

So don’t miss this opportunity to party New Orleans-style and enjoy our awesome zoo!  We look forward to seeing you!

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans 2013

zurich1Welcome, golfers and golf fans to our beloved NOLA for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  Visit us April 22-28 for this annual stop on the PGA Tour.  The tournament takes place at Tournament Players Club of Louisiana, which is a little bit over 11 miles from 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  We know you will find that our accommodations and the nearby attractions and restaurants will give you the full flavor of a New Orleans vacation.

Watch with excitement as your favorite pros compete throughout the tournament.  Want to challenge the pros?  Participate in one of the three Pro-Am events available.  Proceeds from this tournament support cultivating a love of golf in children through the Fore!Kids Foundation.  Fore!Kids Foundation creates programs benefiting Louisiana’s own children.

If you want to spend some time practicing your own swing, you can also check out these other golf courses in New Orleans:

Book your room now before we fill up – and we’ll see you for the Zurich Classic!

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30th French Quarter Festival – April 11-14, 2013

fqfi_logoApril is full of fun and exciting events to keep you busy and entertained during your stay with us.  Stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast during the French Quarter Festival, happening April 11-14.  This festival was originally created to bring locals back to the French Quarter after major street and sidewalk repairs in 1984.  This festival has been drawing crowds for 30 years!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the French Quarter Festival and other annual events provided by French Quarter Festivals, Inc.  You won’t want to miss all of the exciting things planned for this year’s festival!

  • ·       Find over 800 local musicians at this festival, the largest music festival in the South. 
  • ·       Check-out special events such as a French Quarter Film Festival and lectures with Louisiana Musicians. 
  • ·       Hang out with your kids in the kid-friendly zones and a great place for family fun. 
  • ·       Enjoy delicious offerings of over 65 New Orleans best restaurants. 
  • ·       April 13 don’t miss fireworks on the Mississippi River at 9 pm.

This festival is amazing, you won’t want to miss this local favorite!

If you enjoy the French Quarter Festival, then plan ahead to check out other events.  Stay in our bed and breakfast for the Satchmo Summerfest from August 1-4, and for Christmas in New Orleans in December.  All of these events are brought to you by French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

 

 

 

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Freret Street Festival – New Orleans 2013

freretstreetfestivalEnjoy a favorite New Orleans festival when you stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast over the first weekend in April.  On April 6 from Noon-6 pm, check out the Freret Street Festival.  This popular, annual festival features 200 vendors including delicious local flavors and hand-made arts & crafts created by New Orleans artisans.  These vendors will show you what makes New Orleans so special.

What’s a New Orleans festival without music?  The Freret Street Festival features 4 musical stages with artists performing back-to-back during the entire time of the festival.  Check out artists such as Creole String Beans, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Wild Magnolias, Bourbon Brass…and so much more!

Guests will find additional activities to fill their time with the parades, kid’s activity area, and cats and dogs looking for forever homes.

This festival is an awesome way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  Find it on Freret St. between Napoleon and Jefferson.  Then come back in the evening, ready to relax and recharge in our inn.

See you soon!

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New Orlean’s Own Crescent City Classic 2013

2009-crescent-city-classic-7b2264bfa7654fd7Coming down to New Orleans for the All State Sugarbowl Crescent City Classic?  Recuperate from this 10K in the comfortable accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast!  Our delicious breakfast will nourish you and we can even offer pampering in a local spa after your run.

The Crescent City Classic (CCC) is a New Orleans tradition for over 30 years, and it keeps growing.  This 10K run takes the party to the pavement, and attracts about 20,000 participants.   This year the CCC has expanded for more events throughout the year, so be sure to stay with us when you return for them:

June 8 – Crescent Connection Bridge Run – 4 mile run 300 feet over the Mississippi River!

November 9 – Crescent City Fall Classic – 5K for all running levels, can be used as a qualifier for the 10K CCC.

December 7 – Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk – A festive 2 mile walk/run especially popular with families and includes a post-race party.  See the Celebration in the Oaks Light Display.

We hope to see you for one of these events!