In a city known around the world for its distinctive culture and lively celebrations, there is rarely a time when something isn’t going on in New Orleans. The renowned food scene promises unforgettable meals, live music and shows can be seen every night of the week, art is found in world-class galleries or simply lining the streets and the history stretches far beyond the country’s inception. Needless to say, when confronted with what seems like an endless sea of options it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Explore this collection of seasonal and standout happenings in the arts and culture scene to fill up the weekends this fall. 


Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival

Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival is scheduled for September 23rd and 24th, 2022. This two-day, well-produced music festival calls the beautiful and spacious Cassidy Park home and features tent and limited RV camping along the park’s winding, beautiful Bogalusa Creek.

Now with two music stages, the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival has grown in both size and reputation during its 11-year span. Referred to as a “gumbo for your senses,” the multi-award-winning festival shows off the region’s musical heritage as well as arts, crafts and food vendors along paved walkways and covered viewing areas.

Distinguished as one of the Gulf Coast’s best festivals, this nationally recognized event boasts a superb lineup of exciting regional and national Blues artists: Ruthie Foster, Kenny Neal, Jonathan Boogie Long, Tullie Brae, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Laurie Morvan Band, Big Al and the Heavyweights, The Chitlins, Looka Here and Abita Blues Band. For more information, visit bogalusablues.com.

New Orleans Opera 

New Orleans Opera is 80 this year! Honoring opera’s longstanding presence in New Orleans culture, the New Orleans Opera is dedicated to enhancing lives through exceptional performances and deepening the community’s understanding of the art. 

Planning and producing four showcase performances each year, the New Orleans Opera highlights the most exceptional and influential works. Audiences can experience authentic performances sung in their original language along with English translations. Using traditional and innovative educational opportunities, the New Orleans Opera offers lectures, free performances available to students and special events aimed to increase awareness of opera and introduce new works to the region.

Enhance life by discovering the beauty of the opera. To learn more about the New Orleans Opera and to access the event schedule, visit neworleansopera.org

 St. Joseph Plantation & Felicity Plantation 

Visit two homes on one property that have remained a thriving sugarcane farm for over 135 years. Learn about the sugarcane industry and its regional significance at St Joseph and Felicity Plantations. Learn about H. H. Richardson of the Priestly family, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important 19th century architects. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, Felicite and Josephine, to whom he gave St. Joseph Plantation and neighboring Felicity Plantation. Discover the stories of the enslaved that lived here and the work they did. 

Additionally, see where scenes from All The King’s Men, Skeleton Key, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and four-time Oscar nominee Mudbound were filmed. Explore St. Joseph Plantation, and Felicity Plantation (by phone appointment only). Visit stjosephplantation.com, or call 225-265-4078.

Unframed presented by  The Helis Foundation, a project of Arts New Orleans 

Take a stroll through the Arts District and view Downtown New Orleans’ signature mural collection presented by The Helis Foundation. Featuring local and international artists, Unframed, a project of Arts New Orleans, is the first multi-mural exhibition of large-scale artwork in Downtown and comprises nine vibrant murals.  

Unframed is part of a range of arts initiatives presented by The Helis Foundation that are free and open to the public, including Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition and Art for All. 

Learn more about Unframed (#unframednola) and other arts programming at thehelisfoundation.org.