A new year brings new celebrations! Please note that we’ve done all we can to make certain that the information herein is correct as of December 10, though details are subject to change. Additionally, should the event take place as planned, certain aspects which rely on community support (for example food, beverages, auction donations, etc.), may be altered or unavailable. Please check with the nonprofit host before making plans.
We will be continuing to update this calendar online as more information and events become available. It’s more important than ever to support our city and the nonprofits that lift it up. Whether it’s enjoying your favorite annual gala, discovering a new soirée or revisiting a fête you haven’t attended in years, this is the time to dust off your dancing shoes!
NAMIWalks Greater New Orleans
Benefits: NAMI New Orleans
Event Info.: During this annual event, NAMI affiliates across the nation walk for mental health advocacy, education, support and awareness. Participants and teams walk and engage to move this world closer to “Mental Health for All.” There will be a raffle, T-shirts and fanfare.
Location: Louis Armstrong Park
Contact: 504-896-2345, NAMINewOrleans.org
You Night Cancer Survivor Runway Show & Celebration
Benefits: You Night Events
Event Info.: “You Night New Orleans” (Friday night) and “You Night St. Tammany” (Saturday night) will be Motown-themed. The cancer survivor role models who will be walking the runway have worked together since the new year with professional runway coaches. The audience will cheer as these sister warriors strut their strength, showing the world that cancer doesn’t define them.
Tickets: $75/Ticket, Sponsorships Available
Location: Jefferson Performing Arts Center, Metairie
Contact: 877-591-5936 extension 3, YouNightEvents.com/events
18th annual O What a Night! Gala
Benefits: Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Event Info.: This annual event celebrates the art and artists of the American South while raising money for Ogden Museum and its educational mission. This year’s silent auction, presented by Neal Auction Company, will feature Sonya Yong James, Kenneth H. Jordan II, 2021 Louisiana Contemporary second place winner Mac Ball and many more. In addition, the live auction will include Academy Award nominee RaMell Ross, MaPó Kinnord and Lin Emery and John Isiah Walton. Patrons will also enjoy live music by Bon Bon Vivant, Jeremy Davenport and DPlay Band.
Location: Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Contact: 504-539-9616, OgdenMuseum.org/owhatanight
Benefits: Dress for Success New Orleans
Event Info.: Dress for Success New Orleans is partnering with Kookie and the Queens to host “Drag Bingo” to raise needed funds to continue vital DFSNO programs promoting economic independence of women in the community. This year’s event is sponsored by Bacardi. This fun-filled bingo event will feature Miss Kookie Baker and her Queens providing entertainment between four rounds of bingo with prizes. Sponsorship opportunities for VIP tables of eight guests with 40 bingo cards. One hundred percent of tickets sales from Drag Bingo will help Dress for Success New Orleans meet its goal of suiting 400+ local women annually.
Location: The Cannery
Contact: 504-891-4337, bidpal.net/dfsnodragbingo
13th Annual Good Apple Gala
Benefits: Louisiana Appleseed
Event Info: This annual event will celebrate the previous year’s work performed. During the, Appleseed will award select volunteers who have risen above the typical pro bono commitment with a Pro Bono Good Apple Award. They will also celebrate pillars within our communities whose daily lives align with Louisiana Appleseed’s mission to increase Access to Justice, Opportunity and Education, with a Community Good Apple Award.
Location: Sazerac House
Contact: 504-561-7312, LouisianaAppleseed.org/2022gala
Benefits: Prospect New Orleans
Event Info.: Join Prospect.5 at StudioBE, the famed creative hub of Brandon “Bmike” Odums, to celebrate the closing of “Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow.” The P.5 gala is the sole fundraising event during the three-year exhibition cycle. The evening will honor individuals and groups who have made important contributions to New Orleans’ contemporary art community and to Prospect and will include an incredible live performance by five-time Grammy nominated trumpeter and composer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and food from the city’s top chefs.
French Quarter Business Association Annual Gala
Benefits: French Quarter Business Association
Event Info.: The French Quarter Business Association is excited for the return of their annual fundraising gala. This event provides more than half of their yearly operational costs.
Location: Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Contact: 504-309-1423, Members.fqba.org/events/details/end-of-year-membership-event-2768
20th annual Celebration of Life Luncheon
Benefits: Cancer Crusaders
Event Info.: This annual event will include lunch, a Parade of Prizes, a raffle, door prizes, a silent auction and more. Mistress of Ceremonies Angela Hill will honor the 2021 Cancer Survivors and entertainment will be provided by Kenneth Kerth Jazz Band.
Location: New Orleans Marriott
Founders Ball III Presented by IBERIABANK | First Horizon Bank
Benefits: Louisiana Museum Foundation
Event Info.: Join the LMF to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of Rex and the grand opening of “Rex: The 150th Anniversary of the School of Design and Exhibition of the Louisiana State Museum” for a magical royal evening of merriment. “Court Jesters Tea” and “Queen’s Brunch” follow on January 30 (learn more on website).
Location: The Presbytère
Contact: 504-558-0493, TheLMF.org
29th Anniversary WYES Season of Good Tastes
Event Info.: The “Season” is a series of wine tasting dinners at seven of New Orleans’ iconic restaurants to benefit WYES. Each dinner is specially created by the chef to pair with the wines being served that evening. All menus can be viewed online. Events will include Mosquito Supper Club on Wednesday, January 5; Briquette on Wednesday, January 12; Rosedale on Tuesday, January 25; Broussard’s on Thursdays, March 10, 17, 24 & 31; Palm&Pine on Tuesday, March 15; The Pelican Club on Sunday, March 20; and Saffron NOLA on Tuesday, July 19.
Tickets: $100-$150/Dinner including tax and gratuity
Location: Various local restaurants
City Stars Soirée
Benefits: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans
Event Info: This annual event will feature food from over a dozen local restaurants, libations, music, a silent auction and the Rising Stars will be honored. A Rising Star is a young entrepreneur, 40 and under, who’s the founder, co-founder, owner and/or integral key person of a growing entrepreneurial business who has demonstrated strong entrepreneurial skills with high moral and ethical standards.
Location: JA BizTown
Contact: 504-569-8657, JAGNO.org
Go Red for Women
Benefits: American Heart Association
Event Info.: The “Go Red for Women” experience continues to be the cornerstone of the “Go Red for Women” movement in local communities. This empowering gathering focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke, sharing stories of people impacted by cardiovascular disease and raises critically needed funds to save more lives. “Go Red for Women” has evolved into a global movement and is a driving force in the world of health equity. They accelerate science, advance public health policy, and address the multitude of gender and racial gaps for women in research, healthcare and more, all thanks to supporters.
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Contact: 504-872-3500, AHANewOrleans@heart.org
Benefits: Contemporary Arts Center
Event Info: Since 1986, “SweetArts” has served as the CAC’s annual fundraiser and celebration supporting the mission to present diverse and exciting multidisciplinary contemporary art while recognizing artistic leaders in our community. This February, “SweetArts” returns with “Through the Astral Plane,” a multi-sensory journey that bends time and postulates possibilities of the future as created and fostered through art, fashion and sense of place.
Location: Contemporary Arts Center
Tickets: $150/Ticket, $350/Patron Ticket
Contact: 504-528-3800, CACNO.org/fundraiser/sweetarts-2022
Black and White Gala
Benefits: Hispanic Apostolate
Event Info.: This event will honor Rev. Pedro Nuñez and his collaboration with the Hispanic Community while serving as a fundraiser to benefit Hispanic children attending Catholic schools.
Location: Magnolia Weddings & Events
Contact: 504-467-2550, ApostoladoHispano.org
March 5,12, 19 and 26
National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana Health Fair
Benefits: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana
Event Info.: TBD
Cocktails for KID smART
Benefits: KID smART
Event Info.: This annual fundraiser in support of KID smART’s Creative Schools program will include live music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Sponsors and patrons will receive limited edition giclées by Featured Artist Ron Bechet and Featured Emerging Artist Brent Houzenga.
Location: The Shops at the Contemporary Arts Center
Contact: 504-940-1994, Eventbrite.com/e/cocktails-for-kid-smart-tickets-156009038233, KidsmART.org
World Kidney Day
Benefits: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana
Event Info.: TBD
Children’s World’s Fair
Benefits: Louisiana Children’s Museum
Event Info.: Get your passport book stamped as you visit different countries from around the world during this annual event. The fair will include interactive cultural activities, performances, food, STEM experiments and more.
Location: Louisiana Children’s Museum
Contact: 504-523-1357, LCM.org
Notre Dame Seminary Gala
Benefits: Notre Dame Seminary
Event Info: This annual gala will be held on the grounds of the Seminary and will feature a silent and live auction, food from local restaurants, a dessert room and live music.
Location: Notre Dame Seminary
Tickets: $125/Ticket, $200/Patron Ticket
Contact: 504-866-7426 extension 375, NDS.edu
Red Tie Affair
Benefits: Ochsner Health
Event Info.: This year’s “Red Tie Affair “will benefit the patients and programs of the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute. This celebration for Ochsner cardiology will feature dinner, dancing and much more.
Location: City Park
St. Mary’s Dominican High School Legacy Gala – Seas the Night
Benefits: St. Maryʼs Dominican High School
Event Info.: The Patron Party will start at 7 p.m. and feature the Dominican Jazz Band. The Gala and Silent Auction will follow at 8 p.m., with music by The Benchwarmers.
Tickets: $75/Ticket before February 25, $90/Ticket after; $200/2 Patron Tickets before February 25, $250/2 Patron Tickets after
Location: St. Maryʼs Dominican High School
Contact: 504-934-1490; bidpal.net/stmdhs
Paint the Town Green
Benefits: Raintree Children & Family Services
Event Info.: This annual fundraiser will support at-risk children and youth. This year’s event will take place on St. Patrick’s Day and all 21 and up attendees are encouraged to wear green casual to cocktail attire. There will by live music from The Yat Pack, live and silent auctions and food and drink.
Location: Arbor Room at City Park
Contact: 504-899-9045, RaintreeServices.org
40th Anniversary Lark in the Park
Benefits: Friends of City Park
Event Info.: This year’s anniversary gala will provide a glamorous springtime experience featuring live entertainment; a live auction; a Bryan Subaru raffle; specialty cocktails and spirits; experiential stations; and mission-driven activities; delectable food and drink curated by local restaurants; and more, all to celebrate and support New Orleans City Park. Since 1982, “Lark in the Park” has raised millions of dollars to support park capital improvements, general maintenance and beautification within New Orleans City Park.
Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden
Contact: 504-483-9376, FriendsOfCityPark.com/event/lark-in-the-park
Art in Bloom 2022: In Full Bloom presented by IBERIABANK | First Horizon
Benefits: New Orleans Museum of Art
Event Info.: This annual event will showcase spectacular floral designs created by garden clubs, floral designers and creative talents from New Orleans and beyond. This year’s theme, “In Full Bloom,” will celebrate, through floral expression, the joy of returning to our pre-pandemic way of life. In addition to fabulous floral installations on view for five days at NOMA, “Queen Nefertari’s Egypt” will also be on display during “Art in Bloom.” Nefertari, the royal wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II, is linked to some of the most magnificent monuments of ancient Egypt.
Location: New Orleans Museum of Art
Contact: 504-658-3100, NOMA.org/event/art-in-bloom-2022
Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival
Benefits: Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival
Event Info.: A five-day literary festival that will include writing workshops, theatre events, literary panels, scholars conference, literary walking tours, music events, culinary, cocktail events and much more.
Location: Hotel Monteleone
Contact: 504-581-1144, TennesseeWilliams.net
11th annual HeartGift Heroes Golf Tournament
Benefits: HeartGift Louisiana
Event Info.: This tournament will begin with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. Teams of four will tee off at noon in a scramble format. The afternoon will end with a cocktail party for players and their guests.
Location: Filmore in the Oaks
Contact: 504-676-4323, HeartGift.org
Celebration for Children’s Rights
Benefits: Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
Event Info.: This annual cocktail reception will be held at “The Building,” a beautiful gallery and performance space. Business or business casual attire preferred.
Tickets: Donation of your choice
Location: The Building
Contact: 504-658-6862, LAKidsRights.org
Saints + Sinners LGBTQ+ Literary Festival
Benefits: Saints + Sinners LGBTQ+ Literary Festival
Event Info.: This festival will feature panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBTQ+ literature.
Location: Hotel Monteleone
Contact: 504-581-1144, SASFest.org
Volunteer Activists Awards Luncheon
Benefits: St. Elizabeth’s Guild
Event Info.: This annual event will begin with a Patron Party at 10 a.m., followed by the luncheon, which will include the 2021 Volunteer Activists and Hall of Fame Honorees, followed by a fashion show, a silent auction, raffles, a Parade of Prizes and more. St. Elizabeth’s Guild has and continues to support the many needs and the well-being of various children’s programs serviced by Catholic Charities of New Orleans, as they have since the 1950s.
Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Contact: 504-390-3980, StElizabethsGuild.org
Jewish Roots of Sports Gala
Benefits: Jewish Children’s Regional Service
Event Info.: The 2022 “Jewish Roots of Sports Gala” will celebrate the great achievements of Jewish athletes and professionals from across the United States. This exciting and fun tribute will engage numerous sports notables – athletes, owners, professionals – in person and on video. Sports celebrities such as USA Olympian Kerri Strug, Mississippi State University Athletic Director John Cohen, former WNBA player and past WNBA President Donna Orender and others are participating along with a special message from MLB Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr. The event will also feature a seated three-course dinner, music and a silent auction focused on sports memorabilia, once-in-a-lifetime vacations and sporting experiences. All proceeds from the event will support the needs-based scholarship programs and services of JCRS for Jewish children throughout the Mid-South.
Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Contact: 800-729-5277, JCRS.org
Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Fashion Show 2022
Benefits: The Womens’ Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association
Event Info.: The theme for this year’s annual fundraiser is “Mad Hatter’s Walk on the Wild Side.” The fashion show will be conducted by Ballins LTD. Funds raised in this event go to the ongoing operations of the Historic Guild Home.
Tickets: $130/Ticket; $150/VIP Ticket; $2,000/Sponsorship Table
Location: Metairie Country Club
14th annual Hogs for a Cause
Benefits: Hogs for the Cause
Event Info.: The 14th annual charity barbecue cook-off and music festival will feature local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs competing in multiple categories over two days filled with local beer and fundraising. Live music will include Shakey Graves, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Galactic with special guests, Yonder Mountain String Band and more than 15 others.
Location: UNO Lakefront
33rd Annual New Orleans Film Society Annual Gala
Benefits: New Orleans Film Society
Event Info.: This will be a night replete with gourmet dishes, craft cocktails and entertainment to support independent cinema in New Orleans. The gala is the Film Society’s largest fundraiser and directly supports the work of independent filmmakers.
Benefits: Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
Event Info.: This spring garden party will feature wine pairings, live music, food, specialty cocktails and a silent auction of wine, experiences, art and special items. This event will support the efforts to preserve the two 19th-century historic house museums and to continue immersive educational programs such as open-hearth cooking, school field trips and seasonal exhibitions.
Location: Hermann-Grima House
Contact: 504-274-0744, HGGHH.org
125th Anniversary Gala: We See Tomorrow
Benefits: Kingsley House
Event Info.: This event will be an elegant evening under the stars celebrating Kingsley House’s is 125 years of transformative service to the community and honoring the end of the Kingsley Foundation Capital Campaign.
Location: Kingsley House
Contact: 504-523-6221; KingsleyHouse.org
Benefits: FirstLine Schools/ Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
Event Info: This event is FirstLine Schools’ largest annual fundraising event to provide good food access and a signature garden- and kitchen-based nutrition education program at four FirstLine Pre-K through eighth grade schools. The event will feature tastings from New Orleans restaurants, wines by Presqu’ile Winery, specialty cocktails and more. Guests will be able to enjoy meandering the garden space where children learn the importance of local and seasonal growing, and DIY components and garden value-added products like balms, teas and jams are often available for purchase at the students’ Market Table.
Location: Samuel J. Green Charter School
Tickets: $150/Ticket, Patron and Sponsorship Levels Available
Contact: 504-941-0089, ESYNola.org
New Orleans Medical Mission Fred Mikill Memorial Golf Tournament
Benefits: New Orleans Medical Mission Service
Event Info.: This annual event begins with registration and lunch, and beyond the tournament includes a putting contest, cheater’s ribbon, mulligans, hole-in-one contest, door prizes, goody bags and prizes for first, second and third place teams.
Tickets: $150/Individual, $700/Foursome
Location: Lakewood Golf Club
Salute to Angels Ball
Benefits: National Council of Jewish Women, GNO
Event Info.: National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section will celebrate their 125th Anniversary with a new ball themed “125 years of Looking Back and Leading Forward.”
Location: Higgins Hotel
Contact: 504-861-0044, NCJWNewOrleans.org
36th Annual Fellows Gala
Benefits: Louisiana Bar Foundation
Event Info.: This annual gala is the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser and will be held in honor of the 2021 honorees. Lawyers, judges and professors gather from across the state to support the LBF’s mission to preserve, honor and improve our system of justice by funding, developing or otherwise promoting efforts which enhance the legal profession, increase public understanding of the legal system, and advance the reality of equal justice under the law.
Tickets: $150/Young Lawyer Ticket, $200/Ticket
Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Contact: 504-561-1046, RaisingTheBar.org/gala
Cochon Cotillion XXVI
Benefits: Bridge House / Grace House
Event Info.: “Here Ye, Here Ye!” Bridge House / Grace House cordially invites you to support their mission this year by joining them for the “first unofficial ball” of the 2023 Carnival Season – “Cochon Cotillion XXVI” Presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust & Goldring Family Foundation. Guests will don their best costumes and tacky formal de riguer to join King Bill Metcalf and Queen Karen DeBlieux for an evening of festivities, including the music of ELS and Mike Morris, the “Cochon Cotillion” mini-parade, delicious fare from local restaurants, an open bar, a large silent auction and a raffle.
Tickets: $100/Ticket, $150/Patron Ticket
Location: Mardi Gras World
Contact: 504-821-7134, BridgeHouse.org/events/cochon-cotillion
48th annual Prix d’Elegance Luncheon and Fashion Show
Benefits: Men and Women of Fashion
Event Info.: This annual event, which will introduce the 10 men and 10 women honorees selected by the memberships, will benefit the Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization, which provides critical funds for the nationally award-winning education programs and scholarship funds of the New Orleans Ballet Association | NOBA. Additionally, two honorees, one man and one woman from the memberships of Men and Women of Fashion, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the highest honor awarded by the memberships which recognizes the recipients’ steadfast support of the organization and noteworthy civic engagement. This year also marks the introduction of the Presidents’ Choice Award, presented to Mayor LaToya Cantrell for her extraordinary contributions to the city of New Orleans.
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel
Contact: 504-522-0996, NOBADance.com
Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon
Benefits: Friends of City Park
Event Info.: The New Orleans Town Gardeners and Friends of City Park are joining forces for the fourth year to host the “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon.” Don your finest spring outfit, wear your most creative chapeau and join them for a glass of bubbly followed by a gourmet luncheon.
Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park
Contact: 504-483-9376; FriendsOfCityPark.com/event/heart-of-the-park-hat-luncheon
Zoo-To-Do for Kids
Benefits: Audubon Nature Institute
Event Info.: This annual event will feature children’s entertainment, tasty snacks and sips and fun activities for the kids.
Location: Audubon Zoo
Benefits: NOCCA Foundation
Event Info.: The annual “ART&SOUL” gala generates important funds for the NOCCA Foundation to support NOCCA through programs and initiatives that benefit NOCCA students, faculty and the community. Entertainment will include NOCCA’s talented students and alumni, including the NOCCA Alumni All-Stars, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans and The Crescent City Connection. The live and silent auctions will feature original art from local artists and NOCCA Alumni, staycations, vacations and more. The night will also feature food and drinks from some of our city’s best restaurants and chefs all night long.
Location: NOCCA’s Chevron Forum
Contact: 504-940-2914, NOCCAFoundation.org