Festivals

Beignets and Beets

  I am a sucker for fried things, particularly fried things that combine sweet and savory flavors. It will come as no surprise therefore that I am a fan of beignets. I have fond memories of eating them with my…

Fête Des Fromages Cheese Festival Returns To New Orleans

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Fête des Fromages, aka NOLA Cheese Fest, returns to the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Saturday, Nov. 16. Fête des Fromages brings together the best cheese makers of Europe (including Beemster, Fulvi Pecorino Romano,…

Tales of Saving the Party!

  Sometimes a festival, no matter how much fun they are to attend, is just a lot of drudge work for organizers. I am sorry to break your fairy tale impressions of how these massive and involved events unfold, but…

New Orleans & Company: What's New In New Orleans Hospitality

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The 6th annual New Orleans Museum Month returns for the entire month of August encouraging locals to join a museum this summer. With one museum membership, visitors gain complimentary access to all 18 participating museums…

Satchmo SummerFest

  Today begins the 19th Satchmo SummerFest at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint.  As usual this year boast a great selection of food and a diverse musical lineup that represents the best of what New Orleans has…

August

Backstreet Boys One of the world’s most popular boy bands comes to the Smoothie King Center on August 30 as a part of their DNA World Tour. It will be the biggest arena tour the group has done in 18…

French Quarter Festival Announces New 2020 Date

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), the non-profit organization that produces French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron, announces new dates for the 2020 festival. Originally scheduled for April 2-5, 2020, the event will now take place…

Trinity Community Center Announces Back to School Festival

NEW ORLEANS – Trinity Community Center (TCC) will host its annual Back to School Festival and Family Resource Fair this Friday, July 26. TCC will be giving away 100 bookbags filled with school supplies for the upcoming 2019 school year.…

Taste of Africa Mini Fest; Saturday, July 27

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The NOLA Caribbean Experience & Afrobeat NOLA are teaming up to bring New Orleans this one-of-a-kind event! The Taste of Africa Mini Fest showcases African & African diaspora cuisine, music, dance, and culture. The event…

Tales of the Cocktail - Is It Still Worth The Buzz?

The annual spirit conference has officially hit the Crescent City and people far and wide are enjoying every thing the event has to offer. Traditionally, thousands of people from around the country, and even…

The Essence of the Weekend

  This year the Essence Festival turns 25 and the organizers have pulled out all the stops to celebrate.  The music kicks off Friday evening with a remembrance of Aretha Franklin and a tribute to Patti Labelle featuring Brandy, Doug…

July

Family Block Party at the World War II Museum If you’d like to take your kids to something fun and educational during summer vacation, try the first annual Family Block Party at the National World War II Museum on July…

Events This Week and Bonnaroo In Review

  Going on this Week Tonight one of the original industrial metal bands – Powerman 5000 – is at Southport Hall.  Also tonight, Khris Royal (the extraordinary local saxophone player) and his band Dark Matter are the Free Friday show…

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…