About New Orleans Music Festival

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This song’ll put anyone in a good mood. Especially in New Orleans, the FEEL GOOD city! If you are a music (and tasty food) lover, then the French Quarter Festival is for you! Our award-winning, four-day fest showcases local musicians on 20 stages throughout the “Quarter”.

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New Orleans is synonymous with indulgence. Few American cities pack in so much food, music, nightlife, and history. Culture is the city’s calling card, and the best way to experience it is to dive right in!

The award-winning French Quarter Festival is Louisiana’s largest free music event, a four-day local music showcase scattered throughout the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. There are music performances on 20 stages. The community festival also features the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,” which are the festival food booths (90!) operated by some of New Orleans finest restaurants, open throughout the festival weekend.

Inclusive Features of our Musical Weekend :

  • Unlimited Music of Every Genre from Gospel to Jazz, from Funk to Classical, from Cajun & Zydeco to Brass Band. Customize Your Schedule Here (2012 schedule pending, but get the App today)
  • 3 Nights Accommodations at the La Quinta Inn and Suites Downtown New Orleans
    , Centrally Located in the Heart of Downtown New Orleans, Near the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Harrah’s Casino and all Major New Orleans Attractions! Ranked #25 of 146 hotels in New Orleans by Trip Advisor.
  • Bright Side Breakfast Daily (3) at our Hotel including Waffles, Hot and Cold Cereal, Bread and Muffins, Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Juice, Milk and Tea
  • 1 Dinners and 1 Lunch: Tujague’s Restaurant
    (Day 1) and Cajun Buffet Lunch at Oak Alley Plantation (Day 2)
  • Half-Day Tour on Day 2 Includes: The Garden District, Audubon Park, City Park and the Area Devastated by Hurricane Katrina. We’ll Also Visit Oak Alley Plantation
    , the “Grande Dame” of Plantations, where we’ll be Treated to a Cajun Buffet Lunch on the Grounds of this Beautiful Site. Our tour is half day to give you a taste for NOLA, but leaves enough time to enjoy FQ Fest!
  • Day 3 Offers Plenty of Free Time to Explore the Mysteries and Excitement of New Orleans.
  • Optional Excursions: Mississippi Riverboat Cruise, Swamp Tour, French Quarter Walking Tour and Cajun Cooking Class
  • Baggage Handling at the Hotel
  • Hotel Taxes
  • Special Attention from Experienced, Professional Singles Travel Director*
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation – Topics Include Share a Ride, Optional Tours, My Favorite Music and Nawlins’ Gourmet Eats to Assist Members in Coordinating Activities in Advance. Create your own Topic and have fun!
  • Company of Other Singles

*Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios

Itinerary

Tour Begins in New Orleans April 12, 2012
Tour Ends in New Orleans April 15, 2012

Day 1 – Thursday – April 12

STI Members arrive at the New Orleans International Airport and transportation from the airport to the hotel is on your own. (refer to the FAQ tab). Check into the
La Quinta Inn and Suites Downtown New Orleans (after 3 p.m.) If you arrive early, the hotel will store your bags and you are free to explore the city on your own. Check in with your STI Concierge at the hotel this afternoon, meet your fellow travelers, sign up for tours and get oriented on your first day in the Big Easy. This evening we’ll enjoy dinner at Tujague’s, the 2nd oldest restaurant in New Orleans, serving 150 years of delicious Creole fare and traditional New Orleans dishes. A short walk (15 minutes) from our hotel through the French Quarter is a perfect introduction.

Day 2 – Friday – April 13

Enjoy a Bright Side Breakfast at our hotel including Waffles, Hot and Cold Cereal, Bread and Muffins, Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Juice, Milk and Tea. Following breakfast we’ll meet our local guide in the lobby. Our city tour includes the Garden District, Audubon Park, City Park and the area devastated by hurricane Katrina. After our city tour, we’ll take a short drive outside the quarter to Oak Valley Plantation, the “Grande Dame” of plantations, where we’ll tour the mansion and enjoy a delicious Cajun Buffet. Return to our hotel after lunch for plenty of time to enjoy the French Quarter Festival. Tonight dinner is on your own, but with 90 food and beverage booths in Jackson Square, we’re sure you’ll find something to eat! There are many mouth watering options from the most basic to the most famous kitchens in NOLA. Our STI Concierge is available to assist with your plans and set up a late night meeting point when the festival winds down. NOT!

Day 3 – Saturday – April 14

We’ll enjoy a Bright Side Breakfast at our hotel. Today is at leisure to get the most of the FQ Festival or whatever you wish. There are so many fun and interesting things to do. STI offers some optional tours to choose from including a Swamp and Bayou Tour, Cajun Cooking Class and the River Boat Cruise. Let’s get together later this evening to get a bite and say our goodbyes until next time. If you’re not exhausted yet enjoy the festivities on famous Bourbon Street until the wee hours!

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS :

Natchez River Boat Cruise.

Join us on America’s oldest continuously operating cruise line. We’ll cruise the Mighty Mississippi past the French Quarter and through one of the world’s busiest ports. Short walk from our hotel. Boarding at 2:00 p.m., cruising from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Swamp Tour.

We’ll head down to the swamp on a real life adventure with a professional Captain as he/she leads us on this journey into the past. We’ll view fascinating plant life, live alligators and many other wild creatures as we glide down haunting bayous lined with moss-draped cypress trees. Transportation from the hotel is included. Tour begins at 10:00 a.m., hotel pick up at 9:00 a.m. and tour lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Cajun Cooking School with Lunch.

Hey Good Lookin’ – Whatcha’ Got Cookin’? The cooking demonstration will be taught by a well known local chef, skilled in the arts and traditions of Cajun and Creole Cuisine. We’ll be treated to a wide range of local classics such as Jambalaya, Gumbo, Corn & Crab Bisque and Pralines. The class takes place 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, it’s a short walk from the hotel.

Dinner this evening is open, but the STI team will plan something fun and delicious once we’re all on site, based on interest. We may skip dinner and do a pool party back at the hotel after the festival ends!

Day 4 – Sunday – April 15

Enjoy a Bright Side Breakfast at our hotel before checking out. Super shuttles are available for your transport back to the airport (on own). We Hope you enjoyed your stay in fabulous New Orleans!

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