SEPTEMBER 2017: WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN?
Labor Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday in September. For the school age set, it represents the first holiday of the school year. For those of us who are adulting, it represents the end of summer and the transition into fall. Fall also represents the beginning of football season for diehard football fans. However, there’s always so much happening around the Metro area all month long.
Here’s a list of 10 special events happening around town during September:
Thursday, August 31st – Monday, September 4th:
Southern Decadence 2017 – the theme for this 46th annual celebration of the LGBT community in New Orleans is Electrified, “All Colors in Neon”. The street party is around the clock but the circuit party dance events are at night. Go to www.southerndecadence.net for further information and to purchase passes.
Friday, September 8th @ 4:30 – 10:30pm in Champions Square:
Gleason Gras 2017 – Hosted by What You Give Will Grow; kick off to the Saints season and New Orleans Saints Pep Rally. Join us for live music, auctions, food trucks, and more. This is an event to raise awareness of ALS and supports the Gleason Family Trust which subsidizes the exorbitant medical bills associated with Steve Gleason’s ALS. Go to www.gleasongras.org for further information and to purchase tickets.
Saturday, September 9th @ 7:00am in Champions Square:
Saints 5K Kick-off Run – This is a family friendly event with a special race for the kiddos. Participants receive an official race shirt and a commemorative finisher’s medal. Enjoy the post-race tailgate festivities in Champion Square. Proceeds go to the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the Friends of City Park New Orleans. Go to www.saints5k.com for further information and race registration.
Monday, September 11th – Sunday, September 17th:
Restaurant Week New Orleans – Participating restaurants throughout theMetro New Orleans area will offer special prix fixe menus at lunch, dinner, and brunch. Go to www.coolinaryneworleans.com for a list of participating restaurants and their offerings.
Saturday, September 16th @ 10:00am – 2:00pm in the WYES
Paulette & Frank Stewart Innovation for Educational Media, located at 916 Navarre Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124.
WYES Open House – Staff members will be on hand to give tours of the new facility. Refreshments will be served. Bring your own camera for a photo-top with Curious George and Super Why!
Thursday, September 14th – Sunday, September 17th: New Orleans Burlesque Festival
The main showcases and parties will be featured at the House of Blues, Harrah’s Casino, and the Civic Theater. Go to www.neworleansburlesquefest.com for more information, a schedule of events, and ticket purchases.
Friday, September 15th @ 7:00pm – 11:00pm in the Arbor Room and at Popp Fountain in City Park:
Martini Madness: This popular event never disappoints! More than 25 Specialty Martinis will be served along with superb food from over 20 of New Orleans best restaurants. For your entertainment, there will be a DJ, a photo booth, a raffle, and more. Proceeds from this event benefit the restoration of the Popp Bandstand in celebration of its 100th Anniversary. Go to www.friendsofcitypark.com for further information and ticket purchases.
Friday, September 22nd @ 7:00pm – 11:55pm at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans City Park:
LOVE in the Garden – NOMA’s Annual Fall Soirée features dining and dancing beneath the ancient oak trees and the stars. Proceeds benefit the New Orleans Museum of Art. Go to https://noma.org/event/love-garden-2017/ for further information and ticket purchases.
Saturday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 24th:
National Fried Chicken Festival @ Woldenburg Park along the Mississippi River – Join us with family and friends for great food, unbelievable music, cooking demonstrations, and more. Go to www.friedchickenfestival.com for more information and reserve your spot in the Moët Chicken & Champagne VIP Lounge.
Saturday, September 30th – Sunday, October 1st:
Tremé Fall Festival @ St. Augustine Church, located at 1210 Governor Nicholls Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 – The festival is free and open to the public, however, donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds will fund projects to benefit the Tremé and its vibrant culture, architecture, history, as well as to fight blight, crime, and grime. Go to www.tremefest.com for more information.
Alert Transportation is available to be the designated driver for you and your group as you celebrate all that’s unique about New Orleans this September. To learn more about our fleet and our transportation services, contact us at (504) 362-4145 or email us at [email protected] to see how we can be of service to you.