Friends of the Cabildo Announces Multiple Series Events

FOC Concert Series 2019-2020

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Held in the intimate space of the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, Friends of the Cabildo is proud to announce the 2019-2020 FOC Concert Series. This six-part series will cover Louisiana’s rich musical culture with Rock, Blues, Folk and Cajun music. Famed trumpeter Leroy Jones (Sept. 20) will kick off the series, followed by Tommy McClain & CC Adcock with the Swamp Pop Songbook (Nov. 22), a special 101st Professor Longhair Birthday Concert featuring John “Papa” Gros (Dec. 19), The Iguanas (Jan. 31), Sonny Landreth (March 27). The series will finish on April 17th with Cedric Watson.

Sept. 20 | Leroy Jones
Nov. 22 | Tommy McClain & CC Adcock Swamp Pop Songbook
Dec. 19 | 101st Prof. Longhair Birthday Concert w/John “Papa” Gros
Jan. 31 | The Iguanas
March 27 | Sonny Landreth
April 17 | Cedric Watson

Tickets are on sale now for the concert series ($25 GA/$20 Members). Tickets can be purchased by calling the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939 or visiting Don’t miss out on these exciting shows as only 150 seats are available for each one!


FOC Film Series Announced for 2019-2020

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The 2019-2020 Friends of the Cabildo Film Series highlights the rich cultural history of New Orleans and southern Louisiana. Topics include Second Lines, Jazz Fest, James Booker, Leroy Jones, Preservation Hall and tragedies such as Charity Hospital. The six-film series has a 5:30 and 7 p.m. every screening and always has an educational talk after the 7 p.m. The series will begin with The Bayou Maharajah (October 15th), followed by A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story (November 5th), Big Charity: Death of America’s Oldest Hospital (January 21st), Buckjumping (March 17th), and will finish with 1970 Jazz Fest Films (April 22nd).

October 15 | The Bayou Maharajah
November 5 | A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story
January 21 | Big Charity: Death of America’s Oldest Hospital
March 17 | Buck Jumping
April 22 | 1970 Jazz Fest Films

All films are shown at 5:30 & 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for the film series ($15 GA/$10 Members) or a full series package ($50). Tickets can be purchased by calling the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939 or visiting


Fall Adult History Class

Drawing on the success of the annual Spring Adult History Class: Neighborhoods of New Orleans, we have created aFall Adult History Class: A History of Carnival. Louisiana State Museum (LSM) Historian Dr. Karen Leathem will be leading the class along with speakers including Dr. Kimberly Vaz of Xavier University and LSM Carnival Historian Wayne Phillips, among others. The class will define the origins of Carnival, explore local African-American traditions, break down of the history of Carnival satire and the role of gay carnival. Finally, we will wrap up with a look at “folk” carnival with a moderated discussion with active participants. The class enrollment is limited to so don’t miss out!

Oct. 1-22 (Every Tuesday from 6 – 8 p.m.)

Tuition: $60 Members | $75 General Admission

Location: The Cabildo | 701 Chartres Street

Lecture Schedule:

Oct. 1 | A Historical Overview of Carnival

Oct. 8 | African American Carnival

Oct. 15 | Satire of Carnival/Gay Carnival

Oct. 22 | The People’s Carnival/The Future of Carnival (Panel Discussion)


Visit our website at to register today! For more information, contact Jason Strada at 504.523.3939 or


2019 Ghostly Gallivant

Friends of the Cabildo will bring back the dead, even better (or worse) than before, with our 33rd Annual Ghostly Gallivant Weekend this October 19th-20th!

Just in time for Halloween, the Friends of the Cabildo will host our annual ghostly themed French Quarter walking tour, full of frights and fun for the whole family. Our French Quarter walking tour guides will lead guests around the French Quarter as we bring New Orleans ghosts to life in historic locations.

This year, we are also hosting our online Silent Auction where guests can bid on an array of local items directly through our website. Our Silent Auction will be open all throughout the month of October. We promise a good time for all as we raise money to support the Louisiana State Museum. Proceeds from our Ghostly Gallivant and Silent Auction provide the Friends of the Cabildo’s essential support of the Louisiana State Museum and its properties. Now more than ever, financial support from the Friends of the Cabildo is crucial to this important institution.

Tickets are on sale now at Don’t miss out on this exciting fall event! For more information, please contact Jason Strada at 504.523.3939 or