July 2, 2012

New Orleans Food & Music Festivals 2012

New Orleans always has a knockout lineup of food and music festivals dedicated to the things you love most — mouthwatering grub and soulful tunes. So bring your appetites and dancing shoes to take part in summer food and music parties we promise you'll never forget.
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July 5-8, 2012
Aretha, D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige and New Orleans' own Rebirth Brass Band are some of the favorites to look forward to at this legendary festival sponsored by Essence magazine. Don't miss headliners such as Steve Harvey, OMG Girlz and Trey Songz - buy tickets and get VIP hotel packages, and start planning your trip before top concerts sell out. Then text "ESSENCE DEALS" to 63638 to receive exclusive discounts on food, drinks and more during your visit.
  
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls)
July 12-15, 2012
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is an annual festival in New Orleans featuring an Encierro (bull run), which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, or "The Running of the Bulls", only our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other rollerderby leagues across the country! 
 
July 25-29, 2012
If you like to cool off with a mint julep, sip a Sazerac or delight in a daiquiri, Tales of the Cocktail is for you. One of the biggest and best cocktail soirees in the world celebrates its 10th year with a serious bash, including mixologist discussions, cocktail competitions and tastings.
 
August 1-31, 2012
From massive muffuletta sandwiches to the freshest oysters, New Orleans endless roster of must-try specialties is on display during August, when the city's best restaurants offer three-course $20 lunch or $34 dinner menus. Make sure to keep checking the COOLinary restaurant lineup - the list of participating eateries is getting longer daily.
 
August 4-7, 2012
The birthplace of jazz serves up music styles like gospel, R&B, rock and more just about everywhere you look. But New Orleans' most celebrated musical talent is the king of the trumpet himself, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. During Satchmo Summerfest's free weekend jazz festival, you can celebrate the life of this NOLA native with art, performances by brass bands and jazz ensembles, and plenty of locally made beer and food.
 
August 4, 2012
Indulge in a summertime tradition by wearing white linen and mingling with fellow art enthusiasts at this New Orleans-style block party. Held along Julia Street in the Warehouse Arts District, Whitney White Linen Night draws thousands of locals and visitors, as they peruse art galleries, sip warm-weather cocktails and watch live entertainment on outdoor stages.
 
Starting August 5, 2012
"Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?" Ready your rally cry for the New Orleans Saints as they don their signature black and gold uniforms to take the football field. The excitement begins with some preseason action at the Louisiana Superdome, as the Saints go up against the Arizona Cardinals. Check the latest schedule to catch New Orleans' beloved NFL team at one of their upcoming home games.
 
August 11, 2012
This tongue-in-cheek answer to Whitney White Linen Night introduces a whole different flavor of arts appreciation. Stroll art galleries and shops located throughout the six-block area on Royal Street while filling up on free dirty martinis and dirty rice (Cajun-style white rice with chicken livers and giblets).

New Orleans Seafood Festival (September)
Seafood lovers, rejoice! This three-day event is held in Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans is a free celebration of seafood, given New Orleans' propitious proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. The event features live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, local arts and crafts and world-famous cuisine from top New Orleans restaurants and caterers.

Po-Boy Preservation Festival (November)
Just don't call it a "hoagie." This festival is dedicated to celebrating the authentic spirit of one of New Orleans' most delicious and famous sandwiches. Taste po-boys from restaurants such as G.W. Fins, Bourbon House, Emeril's Delmonico and many more. The festival also includes panel discussions on topics like po-boy history and French bread-baking traditions, three stages with live music, arts and crafts, and a children's section with games and prizes. 
*Originally from http://www.neworleanscvb.com