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Being a tourist in your hometown is one of the best things you can do if you cannot get away on a trip or a vacation. New Orleans has so many festivals and activities each month that there is always something to do. With the kids being back in school, a quick weekend trip to NOLA or a staycation is in order.
Festivals – NOLA on Tap
After celebrating all August long with festivals, one would think that New Orleans would be partied out. Let me tell you one thing – New Orleans never parties out. Local may take a weekend or two off now and then to get some things done around the house, but we are always planning the next weekend’s activities before this weekend is over.
One of my all time favorite festivals is NOLA on Tap. First off, this THE largest Beer fest in the region, serving over 400 beers in just eight hours. There are two ticket options, General Admission at $5 and VIP Early Bird Pass at $25.
Tickets are needed to purchase beer samples, full-size beer, wine, soft drinks, and water. Food sales are cash and Credit cards.
The reason why I adore this festival is that everyone descends on City Park with their blankets and pets and enjoy the nice weather.
Did I forget to mention that there is live music and this is the largest fundraiser for the Louisiana SPCA? Well, check off yes for both because this festival is awesome.
NOLA on Tap is one event that you want to make sure you have your favorite taxi or ride share on speed dial. NOLA on Tap is Saturday, September 23, 2017, and I plan on being there!
If you missed the entire month of Coolinary last August, you still have time to try delicious restaurants at a discounted price.
September 11-17 is New Orleans’ Restaurant week! Many of the same restaurants from Coolinary participate in restaurant week, and some even have a different menu. During August I visited LMNO at Le Meridien New Orleans, and it was delicious. Their menu is not released yet on the website, but the Seasonal Gumbo, Romaine Wedge Salad, BBQ Shrimp n’ Grits, and the bread pudding was to die for.
I am still browsing the menus to decide where I will dine during Restaurant Week but my suggestions so far are:
Red Gravy – I cannot wait to see what Red Gravy puts on the menu. A lot of my friends and co-workers have dined here, so I am more than excited to try it out.
Willa Jean – I’ve only had cocktails, coffee, and cookies at Willa Jean, so I think it’s time I stop by after work and sit down for an actual dinner.
Zea’s – there are four locations for Zea’s and all are delicious. Zea’s is a local chain that I enjoy dining at for a good meal at decent prices.
Saints Game and Saints Kickoff Run
There is nothing more New Orleans than going to a Saints Game and participating in the Saints Kickoff run.
On Saturday, September 9, Saints fans and runners will line up to participate in this fun-run 5k. The race goes through Champions Square, Poydras Street, the French Quarter, and finished on the field at the 50-yard line. Running throughout Historic New Orleans is wonderful in itself, but finishing on the 50-yard line is a dream come true.
If running is not your thing, but football is, make sure to catch the Saints play the Patriots on September 17th in the dome. Just make sure you pack everything you need for the game in a purse no larger than your hand or a plastic tote because the Superdome follows the NFL Bag policy. (http://www.nfl.com/qs/allclear/index.jsp)
Other Saints Games this month: September 11 At Vikings, September 24 At Panthers
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