B & W Courtyards
A New Orleans Bed and Breakfast
This boutique New Orleans Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of New Orleans' historic Faubourg Marigny, adjacent to the French Quarter, 4 blocks to the Historic French Market, an easy walk to Bourbon Street, and three blocks from the Frenchmen Street jazz clubs.
2425 Chartres Street 
New Orleans, LA 70117
(800) 585-5731 or(504) 322-0474
 
This New Orleans Bed and Breakfast is a collection of 1854 French Creole Cottages separated by courtyards, an award winning French Quarter and Creole architectural restoration.

B&W Courtyards is well situated for travelers coming to New Orleans for Southern Decadence, the Crescent City Blues & Barbecue Festival, and the Tremé Gumbo Fest
FALL FESTIVALS & EVENTS 2019
After the heat of the summer is over, New Orleans gets busy again doing what we do best, "passing a good time."

The Fall season starts off with Southern Decadence on Labor Day weekend,  followed quickly by the National Fried Chicken Festival on the third weekend of September.

October brings the Tremé Fall Festival, the Crescent City Blues & Barbecue Festival, the Beignet Festival, and three weekends of Oktober Fest.

In November we'll have the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, with brass band music and all sorts of gumbo.

And September marks the beginning of "second line season".  A unique to New Orleans cultural tradition, second line parades are sponsored by neighborhood based Social Aid & Pleasure clubs.  The season runs from September through June, with Father's Day usually having the last parade until the fall. 

We love going to second lines parades, and we always encourage our guests to do it as well.   Tom works up route sheets and maps for our guests.  If your travel plans include staying over Sunday, you really should check out a second line parade.
SOUTHERN DECADENCE 2019
Photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans- licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.   

Southern Decadence 2019, spanning 5 days over Labor Day weekend,  is the largest LGBT festival in the South.  The event is marked by walking parades, street parties, bead tossing, dances and other revelry. 

In some ways it resembles Mardi Gras, but it's more adult in nature.  Crowd sizes have ranged from 100,000 to 300,000 revelers who travel to New Oreans from around the world.

B&W Courtyards is well situated for Southern Decadence:  just a short walk to the French Quarter, but in a quiet neighborhood when it's time to call it a night (or early morning.)

NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN FEST
SEPTEMBER 20 - SEPTEMBER 22
For 2019 the National Fried Chicken Festival has expanded to three days, and has moved to Woldenberg Park - along the French Quarter's bank of the Mississippi River.  The sponsors haven't announced the music schedule yet - but we'll be sure to keep you updated.

TREMÉ  FALL FESTIVAL
October 4th, 5th & 6th

The Tremé Fall Festival is presented by the Historic Faubourg Tremé Association to support the ongoing restoration of St. Augustine Church, the oldest historically African American Catholic Church.  The center of the activities is at the intersection of Henriette de Lille & Governor Nicholls Streets, the crossroads of the Tremé.

There will be live music, food as well as arts & crafts ny local artisans.  There will be representatives from some of the various culture bearers rooted in the Tremé and surrounding neighborhoods -  Baby Dolls, Mardi Gras Indians and members of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club.

The music lineup hasn't been announced yet:  we'll update the information as it comes in.


NEW ORLEANS OKTOBERFEST 2019

Photograph by Infrogmation - Licensed under Creative Commons License

New Orleans take on the Bavarian Oktoberfest will be held at Deutsches Haus on the banks of Bayou St John – 1700 Moss Street on three consecutive weekends in October.

 

There will be 25 different beers offered, including imports such as Warsteiner, Paulaner, Späten, Hacker-Pschorr and Köstritzer Bitburger.  New Orleans’ Urban South Brewery will be producing an exclusive Festbier – a cross between a pale & amber lager. 

 

German food will be featured at Oktobertfest.  German dinners, with rotating specialties, will be served in the main food area.  Smaller booths will feature bratwurst on rolls or soft pretzels, kielbasa on a stick, and flammkuchen ( sort of a pizza with creamy white sauce.) Desserts include apple strudel, german cakes & pastries and Oktoberfest cookies.

 

There will be dachshund racing, a schnauzer costume contest, chicken dancing and oompah bands galore. 

CRESCENT CITY BLUES & BARBECUE FESTIVAL 2019
october 18th - october 20th
This will be the 14th year for the Crescent City Blues & Barbecue Festival.  Over the years it has grown to be one of the best loved blues festivals in the South.  There will be three nights & two days of music on two stages, dozens of food vendors and 23 local artists and artisans displaying their curated work.  It's an easy ride on the Rampart / St Claude streetcar line to Poydras  Street and then a short walk down to Lafayette Square.  And it's absolutely free.

2019 CRESCENT CITY BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL SCHEDULE


FRIDAY, OCT. 18
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.     Luther Kent & Trick Bag
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.          Tab Benoit


SATURDAY, OCT. 19


ST. CHARLES AVENUE STAGE:
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.             Brother Tyrone & the Mind Benders
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.     Jonathon Boogie Long
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.     Sonny Landreth
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.          Allman-Betts Band                                         

CAMP STREET STAGE
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.           Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings
1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.          Lynn Drury
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.     Erica Falls                                            
5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.          Johnny Sansone

SUNDAY, OCT. 20


ST. CHARLES AVENUE STAGE:
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.            Lulu & the Broadsides
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.    Guitar Lightning Lee
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.    Kenny Neal                                        
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.         Tucka
                                               
CAMP STREET STAGE
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.         Zion Harmonizers
1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.        Keith Stone & Red Gravy
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Mason Ruffner
5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.        Little Freddie King




BARBECUE & OTHER FOOD

This year the Crescent City Blues & Barbecue Festival brings a new emphasis on local barbecue.  In the years since the festivals inception New Orleans has developed quite a reputation for barbecue so some of our best 'cue joints will be in attendance.   There will also be options for our vegan and vegetarian friends.


And if you can't make it down this year,  WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM  (the greatest radio station in the known universe) will broadcast most of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival live from Lafayette Square – over the air and in streaming video
KREWE OF BOO
New Orleans Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 19 2019
Photograph by Heather Smith - Licensed under Creative Commons License
The Krewe of Boo is the Official New Orleans HAlloween Parade.  This year the parade rolls on Saturday, October 19.  Starting on Elysian Fields Avenue - just a few blocks away from B&W Courtyards, the parade makes it's way across the French Quarter and down Tchoupitoulas Street.  At the end of the parade route there's an after party - "The Monster Mash", at Generations Hall.  Tickets are available through the Krewe of Boo website.
VOODOO MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL OCTOBER 25 - 27  2019
Photograph by Infrogmation - Licensed under Creative Commons License

The Voodoo Music +Arts Experience takes over New Orleans City Park for three days every October.

Since it's Halloween weekend, and it's New Orleans, costuming is a big part of the experience.  So don't forget to pack your costume & make-up - or you can always find something once you're here.

The headliners for Voodoo Fest are Guns n Roses, Post Malone and Beck.  Also in the lineup are Bassnectar, Brandi Carlile and The National, along with dozens of other acts.