I absolutely love a parade. I appreciate how one event can arouse all five senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. While New Orleans is the most famous city for Mardi Gras parades and events, the Northshore adds a special flair to its productions. From Madisonville to Covington, and from Bush to Slidell, you have the opportunity to delight in 20 parades over the Mardi Gras season. I have a few standouts to recommend. Lots of beads to catch during Mardi Gras 2023 on the Northshore! Going for the Gusto The Town of Abita Springs knows how
With the new year upon us, we have the opportunity to enjoy new experiences on the Northshore. The only resolution to keep is to take advantage of them! Here are a few 2023 delights I hope to partake in: One – A New Play We are so fortunate to have several venues to see performances of the latest musicals, historic comedies and memorable dramas. I am a huge fan of playwright Neil Simon, so a must-see performance is Laughter on the 23rd Floor at 30 by Ninety Theatre in Mandeville. Inspired by Simon’s youthful experience as a staff writer on
Bright lights abound on the Northshore this holiday season. The holiday season on the Northshore never ceases to amaze me. Whether you want to see bright lights, hear joyous sounds or taste all those delectable seasonal favorites, your senses will be pleased. Here is a list of 12 activities to enjoy in December (listed in alphabetical order to avoid any Bah Humbugs). A Very Merry Christmas Spectacular You are sure to get into the holiday spirit with this showcase of singing and dancing. Performances on weekends through December 11 at 30 by Ninety Theatre. Christmas at the Southern
Veterans Day Weekend always has many opportunities to celebrate and honor veterans on the Northshore. For 2022, you also have three fantastic events, perhaps treating a veteran to one of them! It's Going Down First up is the inaugural Krewe Du Roux Gumbo Cook-off and Family Fest, happening November 12, at the Fontainebleau State Park. Who will go down as the winning gumbo creator? In addition to the cook-off, you will enjoy live music, gumbo tasting, family photo booths and carnival games. Admission is $15 at the gate or $10 in advance, which includes park entrance fee and two food
Fall is in the air (sort of), pumpkin patches are popping up and fun events are filling up the calendar. The Northshore has lots of choices for excitement, whether you are looking for a day of family fun, a date night or a reason to wear a costume. Check these three special activities out! It is everything blueberries at the Third Annual Bluesberry Festival. A Blues Festival The Third Annual Bluesberry Festival is set for Saturday, October 8, at Riverside Bogue Falaya Wayside Park. Bring the entire family to enjoy live music, art, food truck delicacies, beer garden
The month of September brings three things to mind in St. Tammany Parish: the school year is well underway, fall is in the air and musical entertainment! We have lots of live music to be enjoyed throughout the month, including these three highlights. Jazz It Up If you love live music, you're in luck this September on the Northshore! If you are looking for a day of true jazz, rhythm and blues, you will find it at the Sixth Annual Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, September 17, at Slidell’s Heritage Park. The festival runs from 12 to 8
With a recent free Sunday, I immediately thought of heading down to one of my favorite towns on the Northshore. I always enjoy my time in Abita Springs, from the Abita Brew Pub to the Tammany Trace Trailhead. Here are three unique stops to enjoy! Springs Stop #1 – So Much to See I picked a fantastic day, as the weather was glorious to walk around the Abita Springs Art and Farmers Market. I scored a jar (or three) of delicious blueberry jam, along with purple cauliflower and locally made honey. As for the handmade soaps, I truly cleaned up!
While the temperatures are rising, so are the events in St. Tammany Parish! Check out these fantastic options in July on the Northshore. Annual Event #1 – Kokomo Stroll Get into beach mode at the Kokomo Stroll, set for July 9. On Saturday, July 9, downtown Covington transforms into a tropical paradise! This outdoor event is celebrating its fifth year, with live music, shopping, beach-themed activities, food and of course, cocktails. For only $45, you can purchase a Kokomo Stroll cup for sipping those delicious summery drinks while you walk around. Be sure to take advantage of this special
You will be doggone happy in June, enjoying the delicious taste of local brews! We love our craft beer on the Northshore. And who doesn’t love puppies? In June, you have the opportunity to enjoy some tasty brews while supporting a very worthy cause, the Northshore Humane Society. Two for One Every Sunday in June (and just about every Sunday throughout the year), you can spend a day out with your four-legged friend, snag a free beer and support the Humane Society. For every brew you purchase at Chafunkta Brewing Company, the second one is on the house.
Bush is a quaint town in St. Tammany Parish, just 20 miles north of Tamanend. I wrote about the fantastic Wild Bush Farm and Vineyard in last month’s post. The town is worth mentioning again, as it has a variety of activities and events to enjoy in May. Bushelful #1 – Around the Town We love anything crawfish on the Northshore, and that includes the Crawfishman Triathlon. This year’s race is set for Sunday, May 22, 7:30 a.m. With a course running along scenic country roads, the Crawfishman Triathlon features 1,000-meter and 400-meter swim options. The bike course is an