Optional Activities and Things to Do


The FEA Annual Conference is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues – old and new –over breakfast, breaks or during the organized optional activities: 

  • Wednesday Reception (Come hungry)– September 11, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday Reception featuring The Gumbo Trio (Light reception)– September 12, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Mardi Gras World: Tour and Mask Making Activity – Wednesday, September 11, 12:45–4:15 p.m.
  • Ghostly Spirits and Scandalous Tales Tour – Wednesday, September 11, 7:15–9:30 p.m.

Mardi Gras World: Tour and Mask Making Activity

Get an insider’s look at the magic of Mardi Gras by stepping into the studios of Blaine Kern and his team of world-renowned masters of float-building and Carnival!  Marvel at towering floats, created by these skilled artists. The history and the craft are explained as guests enjoy the wonder of Mardi Gras World.

At the end of your tour, you’ll make an original Mardi Gras mask. The mask making workshop starts with a brief history of masking in New Orleans. From there, you’ll make your own, one-of-a-kind creation. The masks are fun to wear and make for a great keepsake!

Upon departing Mardi Gras World embark on a quick adventure through New Orleans Historic Garden District. Learn about the fascinating history and splendor of the Garden District of New Orleans with a narrated tour of this famed neighborhood.


  • Admission and tour of Mardi Gras World
  • Hands on Mask making activity
  • Hurricane Cocktail per person upon arrival
  • Slice of King Cake per person
  • Tour of New Orleans Garden District
  • Deluxe Roundtrip Transportation
  • ACCENT-DMC Uniformed Licensed Guide

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 12:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
Cost: $75.00 all-inclusive but consider bringing cash for the gift shop!


Ghostly Spirits and Scandalous Tales Tour

New Orleans has a dark and juicy past that is delicious to discover. This Port City took up the roguish and sensual customs of both the Spanish and the French and then added on incredible local legends. The unforgettable cast of characters includes eccentric outlaws, pirates, saints, sinners and famous Voodoo Queens.

Kick off your tour via Mini Bus to pass one of New Orleans famous cities of the dead and hear the history of our unique burial customs.

Starting the stroll at Royal Street in the heart of the Quarter, great tidbits are tied to visual settings of where the action happened. The authentic history is replete with stories: Pirate Jean Lafitte becomes the warrior hero who helps defeat the British in the Battle of Orleans. Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is a regular at the Catholic Mass and is an advisor to the genteel Creole power crowd. Governors and visitors consorted in the famous red light districts where pretty babies, great musicians and cocktail swingers made New Orleans famous for its ability to live it up (or down) and party.  Seeing these scandal-filled special spots gives all an added appreciation of this City of a thousand stories of nights that never witness sleep. 

Note: You cannot enter the cemeteries after 3pm. They are gated and locked overnight, since inhabitants are "dying" to get in..... muahhh!


  • Narrated Bus Tour passing a New Orleans Cemetery
  • Narrated Walking Haunted Tour of the French Quarter(Lots of walking, where comfortable shoes and appropriate attire)
  • One (1) Cocktail per person at Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
  • Deluxe Roundtrip transportation
  • ACCENT-DMC Uniformed Licensed Guide

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:15–9:30 p.m.
Cost: $55.00 all inclusive

Restaurant Week - September 9-15, 2019

New Orleans is one of the top food destinations in the world. This week-long dining event is a great opportunity to experience why. Their annual tradition features specially-priced prix-fixe menus. Enjoy 2-course lunches for $20 or less, and 3-course dinners and brunches for $39 or less. This week is the perfect time to visit old favorite restaurants, or maybe even make new ones!  Go here for more information and a list of participating restaurants.

On-Your-Own Activity Suggestions

Calendar September Things to do
Jackson Square
The National WWII Museum
Cafe Du Monde
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans Museum of Art
City Park
French Quarter
New Orleans Mall
Garden District
Cruises and Water Tours
Horse Carriage Tours
Cemetery Tours