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New! French Market Culinary History Tour
Wednesdays 3:00 p.m.
Tour begins at A Tisket a Tasket Books & Gifts at 910 Decatur Street
First come first served; sign-ups required (sign up in the store at counter)
Arrive at 2:50 p.m. for 3:00 p.m. tour; sign ups allowed in-store earlier.

This culinary-focused tour begins at our cookbook-centric resident bookshop A Tisket a Tasket and includes stops at: Evans Creole Candy; a peek at the making of beignets at Café du Monde; river views with historical perspective on the our port and river influences on New Orleans food culture; and other historic and modern food facts about our six blocks of the French Market District history, from Butcher's Hall to Morning Call. The tour ends at the open air public market, where tour attendees will see the weekly Crescent City Farmers Market in action and get an overview from our market development manager about the ever-evolving eateries, daily vendors, cooking demonstrations, food festivals, and other activities in this bustling 365-day-a-year operation, "where history is made fresh daily." Tour is led by licensed local tour guide Anna Gonzalez, who also leads our Monday 10 a.m. and Wednesday 1:30 tours.

For more information on our weekly complimentary walking tours, visit

Le Meridien Debuts in the Big Easy with the Opening of Le Meridien New Orleans -
Newly Transformed Hotel Unveils $29 Million Renovation of Public Spaces, Restaurant and Bars, Guestrooms, and Expanded Meeting Space

NEW ORLEANS - December 18, 2014 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, (NYSE: HOT) today unveiled Le Meridien New Orleans, following a comprehensive $29 million transformation.  The newly renovated hotel features 410 fully redesigned guestrooms, including 22 suites; three new food and beverage outlets, including a new destination restaurant; and the addition of 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

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Bourbon Orleans Hotel and Dauphine Orleans Hotel create theater and Opera packages. - Four Dates for discerning theatre patrons.

In time for the holiday season, two hotels of the prestigious New Orleans Hotel Collection have announced new theatre packages to help support the burgeoning theatre revival of the city. As longtime supporters and official hotels of the New Orleans Fringe Theatre Fest, the Joy Theatre, the NOCCA Broadway Series and the Opera, Collection hotels have frequently played hosts to Broadway and Cinema stars, famous musicians and the theatre glitterati.  

Click here for the full press release.

Degas House Has Won The Knot "Best of Weddings" Pick for 2015!

Source: Degas House

For the 3rd year in a row, Degas House has won the "Best of Weddings" Pick 2015 awarded by!

In order to win this award, a venue must be selected by brides in a field of over 225 Greater New Orleans venues reviewed on, the online review site owned by

The winning of this award is a confirmation of the dedication and service provided by Degas House staff members to the brides entrusting their special day with us. Degas House has hosted hundreds of weddings, corporate events and holiday parties in the Historic Parlors, the French Creole Courtyard and the Art Gallery during its over 18 year history.

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter invites you to the Opera!Four Points FQ Logo 

2014-2015 French Quarter opera performances
Featuring Bon Operatit! and New Orleans Opera Association
*All performances are on Wednesdays and start at 7pm
Contact - 504-524-7611 


The New Orleans Ballet Association Presents Black Grace at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Saturday, February 28, 8pm

World-renowned for artistry and innovation, New Zealand's Black Grace masterfully blends Pacific Island indigenous dance forms and contemporary dance. Led by the charismatic choreographer of Samoan heritage, Neil Ieremia, the company makes its New Orleans debut with a sensation program of works that are fiercely athletic, spiritual and rich in storytelling traditions, including Minoi, Pati Pati and Gathering Clouds. 

For more information or to puchase tickets click here.

The New Orleans Opera Association Presents Lucia di Lammermoor at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Friday, March 13th, 8pm and Sunday, March 15th, 2:30pm

Star-crossed lovers from feuding families, an arranged marriage for political gain, an elder brother out to destroy his sister's romance, and a murderous, psychotic bride. Is there anything Donizetti's most popular work is missing? Did we mention that it has the most famous mad scene in all of opera? Come see and hear Lucia's beautiful descent into madness. This thrilling and dramatic bel canto masterpiece is one of the best that Italian opera can offer and an experience you'll never forget.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

The Park is Alive with Music

1/29 - The Yat Pack

To buy tickets and for band details please click here for the Garden's website. Doors of the Pavilion of the Two Sisters open at 5pm and music begins at 6pm. Wine, beer, and mint juleps are available for purchase.
We are thrilled to announce that Signature Events has joined the ACCESS Destination Services team.

Same Owners, Same Team, Same Local Knowledge, Values and Attention to detail.

We are really excited about this new opportunity for us. We still have full ownership and decision for our company. For us to join this new DMC family allows us to obtain more of a national presence with clients and share best practices and knowledge with fellow DMC owners.

We have a new name and new contact info but rest assured when you work with ACCESS New Orleans it will still be your Signature Event. 

Check out our new partners at



2014-15 Season dates, times, locations, and a new production announced

Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce details about its 2014-15 Mainstage Season, including new information on locations, dates and times, as well as unveiling a new addition to its Lagniappe Series: A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Doris Baizley and featuring John "Spud" McConnell who returns as the iconic Scrooge in December 2014.

Visit for more information.

Jefferson Performing Arts Society Presents The Comedy Fusion Revival Tour

Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents The Comedy Fusion Revival Tour. The Comedy Fusion Revival Tour has been pumping laughter into the New Orleans Area for nearly 5 years. It was founded by James Cusimano and J.D. Sledge.

Performances are Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7 at
Teatro Wego! 177 Sala Ave, Westwego, LA

Admission is only $15

To purchase tickets, you may do so at our website, or call the office at 504.885.2000.

The National WWII Museum Celebrates Best Year Ever
New Major Exhibit and Record Visitation Cap Off 2014

While staff at The National WWII Museum are preparing for a very busy 2015, they are also looking back on a year of several major milestones for the New Orleans institution. The Museum ended 2014 with more than 515,000 visitors, a 14 percent increase from the previous year. On December 13, the newest pavilion on the growing campus, Campaigns of Courage: European and Pacific Theaters, opened to the public with the first phase of exhibits- Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries.

Click here for the full press release.

Announcing French Market's 32nd Annual Mardi Gras Mask Market!
Friday, February 13 through Monday, February 16th, 2015
10am to 6pm in Dutch Alley, in the heart of The French Market District!

Featuring mask makers from around New Orleans and the country selling their handiwork!
Find them in Dutch Alley with live music and food booths 10am to 6pm in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday!

For more information on the event, contact Events Manager Jeremy Smith at or 504-636-6367.



Parents bring your kids 18 months to 5 years out to Longue Vue for garden exploration in the winter on January 31.

Longue Vue House and Gardens
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:30am - 10:30am

Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for toddlers 18 months to 3 years and their accompanying adult. Guided by education staff, kids can get up close and personal with nature through plantings, digging for worms, crafts and more in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden for children. Sunshine only and advance registration is not required. Program fee covers one child and one adult. $10 members; $12 for nonmembers; Siblings discounted; $5 each additional adult.

Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.


Diana Ross has had a profound influence on American popular culture and has become an icon in the entertainment industry. She is an Academy Award nominated actress for her unforgettable role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues, a Tony and Golden Globe winner, a bestselling author, winner of 8 American Music Awards and a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors. Her reputation as a woman of great style and beauty has put her on the covers of hundreds of magazines. Ms. Ross has sold over 100 million records and recorded 18 #1 hits. Her music became the sound of young America in the ‘60s soon after she signed with Motown Records in 1961 with The Supremes. She embarked on her extraordinary solo career in 1970, and has not stopped since.

The legend. The music. The voice. Diana Ross sings the soundtrack of our lives, a true music legend.

Tickets for Diana Ross ($56.00 - $126.00) go on sale Friday, January 9th at 10am at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, or by calling 800-745-3000. The box office, located at 1111 Canal Street, is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Dates and times subject to change without notice.

To get breaking news, latest tour information and exclusive content or to become a fan of Diana Ross' official Facebook page visit ( For more information regarding the New Orleans show at the Saenger Theatre visit or connect with us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@SaengerNOLA).


Southern Rep Theatre Launches BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project
Extensive multimedia collaboration to involve local music, visual art and community stories

As part of its longstanding commitment to developing innovative, engaging work, Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project - a 6-month multimedia collaboration that asks New Orleanians one question: "How has New Orleans music saved your soul?"

For more information or to share your story visit

Valentine's Day River Cruise on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen

February 14, 2015

Spend a romantic evening with your special someone aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen this Valentine's Day in New Orleans. Enjoy an upscale buffet menu, open call bar, a DJ playing special requests, reserved seating for the evening and complimentary Champagne upon boarding. This luxurious cruise under the moonlight is sure to create special memories with your sweetheart.

Reservations are required and please dress to impress!

Basic Information:
Date: February 14, 2015
• Boarding: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
• Cruising Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: $119.00 all inclusive

Lark in the Park - Save the Date!

Friends of City Park will host its premier fundraiser on Friday, March 13, 2015, in the Botanical Gardens with a Patron Party at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters!
This stunning and delicious event, with samplings from over 40 local restaurants, will benefit the continued preservation of New Orleans City Park.
Please visit our website for ticket pricing, sponsorship opportunities, and more information.

We're Fishin' for YOU!

Don't miss out on the 68th annual City Park Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival! Make plans to "drop a line" on Saturday, March 28th. Several categories are available for both adults and children. Registration is only $10 per adult and $5 per child (12 and under). The Fishtival will entertain & educate kids of all ages! Prizes, music, kid casting contests, lure making, environmental education, raffles and more!

Please visit our website for specific registration details and more information.