Insider's Look at Upcoming New Orleans Attractions - Summer 2016
Fireworks, Festivals and Cocktail Fêtes
Jazz Fest is over, but there are still plenty of reasons to take a trip to New Orleans this summer. Whether it’s fireworks on the riverfront, a prohibition-themed tea during Tales of the Cocktail, or a free music festival in the French Quarter, the Big Easy is full of events for every interest and every age.
If your family is feeling patriotic this summer, but you’re looking for an alternative to the typical beach getaway, then New Orleans holds the key. Make the most out of your long weekend and commemorate Independence Day the right way during Go Fourth on the River. On Monday, July 4, secure your spot on the historic downtown riverfront to take part in a New Orleans tradition that happens just a few blocks away from the hotel. Featuring two dueling barges in one dazzling fireworks display over the Mississippi River, Go Fourth on the River is fun for the whole family.
Later in July, make it an adults-only vacation, and escape to New Orleans for the ultimate cocktail experience. Tales of the Cocktail, a weeklong festival scheduled July 19-24, unites elite professionals in mixology for cocktails, cuisine and culture. Windsor Court is once again joining in the festivities, hosting a Prohibition Tea in Le Salon July 22-23. At this spirited tea service, sip specialty cocktails from tea cups in true speakeasy fashion. Windsor Court Mixologist Kent Westmoreland presents a menu of cocktails paired perfectly with a selection of sweet and savory treats. With a three-course service including brunch-inspired bites, seasonal scones and decadent desserts, this unique event is truly not to be missed.
There’s no better way to wind down your summer than with a music festival in the heart of the French Quarter. It only takes one name to solidify New Orleans’ reputation as the birthplace of jazz, and only in the Crescent City will you find a festival dedicated to the legacy and music of New Orleans' native son Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Satchmo SummerFest, August 6-7, features outdoor concerts, music history seminars, jazz exhibits, a jazz mass, a second-line parade and plenty of local food and drinks.
And don’t forget, New Orleans Songbird Robin Barnes, a regular at Satchmo SummerFest, headlines Polo Club Lounge every Friday and Saturday night. So even if you can’t swing into town in time for the festival, you can always stop by Windsor Court to soak in the signature sounds of local New Orleans musicians.
Reserve your room at Windsor Court today!