Festivals

Beignet Fest Announces Musical Lineup

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The fourth annual Beignet Fest presented by French Market Coffee is set for Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10AM – 6PM at the Festival Grounds in New Orleans City Park. To continue to grow and…

National Mac n' Cheese Day Celebration! Sunday, July 14

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – To prepare for the third annual NOLA Mac n’ Cheese Fest this Fall, the team is excited to announce its National Mac n’ Cheese Day Celebration on Sunday, July 14 at the Civic Theatre (12 –…

This Week in Music and a Tribute to Dr. John

Missing Mac In the week since we lost Dr. John there has been an outpouring of remarkable testaments, stories and eulogies.  The thing that was truly great about these offerings is that it seems that almost everyone has a personal…

Satchmo SummerFest Returns For Its 19th Year

NEW ORLEANS (press release) - Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron returns for its 19th year August 2-4 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint. Satchmo SummerFest, a production of local nonprofit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), celebrates the…

New Orleans Pride, And Other Culinary Events This Weekend

  This year’s New Orleans Pride celebration (togetherwenola.com) takes place Friday through Sunday with activities around the French Quarter. Voted the second most welcoming city in the U.S, and the number one festival destination for LGBT travelers, New Orleans Pride…

Oyster Festival

  This weekend is the New Orleans Oyster Festival at Woldenberg Park right in front of the Aquarium.  The festival features the P&J Oyster Shucking Competition on Saturday and the Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship on Sunday as…

June

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane – “Much Ado About Nothing” From June 14 - 30, visit Tulane University’s Lupin Theatre to see Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” as part of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at…

Around Town: This Week In Music

  Tonight The Pinettes Brass Band – New Orleans’ excellent and only all female brass band – are at Bullet’s Sports Bar.  Trumpeter Cyrus Nabipoor – who seems like he is everywhere these days – brings his quintet to the…

Passing A Good Time From The West Bank To The Treme

  We were starving. It was late on a Saturday afternoon and the two of us were the only people in Hong Minh (Hong Minh, 2101 8th St., Harvey, 592.7316, hongminhharvey.com) save for three generations of the extended Vietnamese-Chinese family…

SOLO Fest

  Last year, Lafayette debuted a musical event that matched local songwriters with national and international professionals in a collaborative workshop. Titled South Louisiana Songwriters Festival and Workshop (SOLO), this four-day event partnered with the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation to…

Festival Season: Bayou Boogaloo Edition

  Festival season is in full swing.  This weekend Bayou Boogaloo returns to Mid-City and Bayou St. John with three days of music, food and art.  There are some really great performers on the lineup and the setting is quite…

46th Annual Greek Festival’s Year of the Mastiha

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The 46th Annual Greek Festival is excited to feature an exquisite, sweet treat for the first time this year! 2019 is the year of the Mastiha – a delectable, unique liqueur that can only…

NOLA Soul & Art Festival

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The inaugural NOLA Soul & Art Festival is already making a big splash in a crowded New Orleans festival scene. The festival showcases the best in New Orleans Soul, Funk, Blues, Brass and Jazz on…

Jazz Fest at 51

  Another Jazz Fest is in the books and except for a couple of showers (expected) and the absence of a couple of big names (unfortunate), the 50th anniversary celebration was a great success. This is the point in the…

Sip Something Special

  Who doesn’t love a great cocktail? We certainly do! If you are in the mood to hop around town and enjoy what several venues are doing to help quench our thirst, we've got you covered. We have visited several…

Jazz Fest Weekend Two

  Once we made it past the rain on Thursday, the weather for Jazz Fest has never been finer.  It’s been a big 50th for the festival already and there is a lot more to come this weekend.  This evening…

Game of Zones

At the risk of topical overload, here's one more post about Jazz Fest, the city's High Holy Cultural Extravaganza. But this time, I want to talk about something much bigger than the music, much bigger than the food, much bigger…

Top 5 Live Music Peeves

In this the year’s biggest month of music here’s my list of "Five Top Live Music Peeves." Just to be dramatic, they're listed in ascending order from five to number one. 5. Performers who introduce one of their standards by…

Lyft Partners with Deutsches Haus for Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Lyft is partnering with Deutsches Haus for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In addition to the convenience of a dedicated pickup and drop-off spot for festivalgoers, riders will also receive a $5 discount off a beer…

The Return of Jazz Fest

    The biggest festival of the year has officially returned – despite a soggy start yesterday – and there is a ton to see this weekend.  I’m especially excited about indie folk ensemble Darlingside this afternoon.  Also make sure…

It's That Time Of Year

  It's that time of year again. A season of curiosity, complaint and compliance. In other words: Jazz Fest. Herewith, as a public service, we offer an insiders Q&A to help you understand the many mysteries and negotiate the many…

Festival Week Arrives!

Festival International de Louisiane is so quintessential to Acadiana that in a sea of Louisiana celebrations, it is the only one we simply deem Festival. I treat this time of year as a choose-your-own-adventure game. I meander downtown during the…

Urban South Brewery Goes Blonde for the Boogaloo

    NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is getting its own beer. On Friday, April 19, Urban South Brewery will tap the first keg of Boogaloo Blonde in its taproom at 1645 Tchoupitoulas St. at noon, with…

Food, Fun And Festivals

New Orleans' Recreation Department will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. Children ages three to 12 can enjoy an Easter egg hunt, space walks, carnival games,…

Jazz Fest: The Mystery of the Boy on the Balcony

  Has anyone else seen the Boy on the Balcony? A cursory internet search reveals that so far, he has either gone unnoticed or no one has bothered to question him. Could it be that no one has looked close…