New Orleans Arts & Culture

New Orleans is known as a ‘museum city’ with 46 museums and arts and culture attractions. However, the arts and culture scene is rich in live music, all star bands, local artists, theater and many cultural festivals. Soak it up!

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GoNOLA’s Ultimate Guide to Jazz Fest 2014

by Sally Tunmer April 15, 2014 Arts & Culture

How much do we love Jazz Fest? Let us count the ways. Seven days, full of music, food, art, culture and a joie de vivre that can really only be found in New Orleans. It’s a festival like none other, that puts equal emphasis on and care to every layer of the celebration. That being said, there is a lot …

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31 Things To Do In New Orleans While In Town For French Quarter Festival

by Staff April 9, 2014 Arts & Culture

It’s that time again – the time to consume as much New Orleans food, music and culture that’s humanly possible, all within the national historic landmark known as the French Quarter. One of the world’s most iconic neighborhoods will be filled with friends and strangers from near and far to absorb New Orleans concentrated into four days of more fun …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

by Mallory Whitfield April 2, 2014 Arts & Culture

This weekend in New Orleans, there’s lots to do no matter where your interests lie. Sports fans can take in the action all weekend long at WrestleMania, while fans of the arts should check out the New Orleans International Puppet Festival in the Marigny. Jazz lovers can enjoy two free performances from Glen David Andrews as he celebrates his latest …

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Eight Blocks of Fun at the Freret Street Festival in New Orleans

by Paul Broussard March 28, 2014 Arts & Culture

One of the great New Orleans success stories is the transformation of Freret Street from a sleepy, under-occupied commercial strip to a real shopping, dining and entertainment hub in the heart of Uptown New Orleans. The Freret Street Festival happens this year on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and features a diverse musical lineup, this year …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

by Mallory Whitfield March 26, 2014 Arts & Culture

This weekend in New Orleans promises a bevy of culinary events for foodies. From pork to oysters to classic American treats and eats, this weekend is no time to start a diet. Wash it down with a pint, as the Brooklyn Brewery Mash makes its way to the Crescent City. Need a little more culture in your diet? The NOLA …

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Lauren “Fleurty Girl” LeBlanc

by Ann Marshall Thomas March 26, 2014 20 Questions

When she started her popular New Orleans-inspired t-shirt and merchandise line back in 2009, Lauren LeBlanc, a.k.a. Fleurty Girl, was a single mother of three with a $2,000 tax refund. With nothing but talent, hard work, and that $2,000, she began one of the most successful businesses in New Orleans. Lauren embodies the Fleurty Girl persona and brand through her …

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NOLA History: The New Orleans-Haitian Connection

by Edward Branley March 24, 2014 Arts & Culture

San Domingue. Hispanolia. Haiti. Three names for one island. First “discovered” by Christopher Columbus in 1492, Haiti’s history is tumultuous but also full of positive contributions to other cities and societies, significantly New Orleans.

While modern Americans usually associate Haiti with Miami and South Florida, there once was a strong connection between the island and New Orleans. European involvement on …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

by Mallory Whitfield March 19, 2014 Arts & Culture

This weekend in New Orleans promises plenty of cultural experiences in all shapes and sizes. Literature and theatre fans will flock to the many activities that are part of this weekend’s Tennessee Williams Festival in the French Quarter. Music lovers have two great lineups to choose from: electronic, indie and hip hop music will be showcased at BUKU Music + …

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New Orleans St. Joseph’s Altars: A Feast for All

by Elizabeth Pearce March 18, 2014 Arts & Culture

New Orleans is known for its French heritage, but immigrants from dozens of countries have brought with them their own culinary and cultural traditions. One group that had a tremendous impact on the make-up of the city was the Sicilians. Though many Italians settled across the United States in the 19th century, New Orleans was the prime destination for Sicilians. …

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French Quarter Art Galleries: A Royal Street Walking Tour

by Allison Alsup March 18, 2014 Arts & Culture

For over a century, Royal Street in the French Quarter has been associated with fine antiques and exquisite chandeliers, but Royal Street is also home to a significant number of art galleries, and with a growing number of spaces, it’s safe to say Royal Street offers one of the greatest concentration of galleries in the South. The French Quarter has …

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NOLA History: Ten Contributions the Irish Made to New Orleans

by Edward Branley March 17, 2014 Arts & Culture

The Irish are a wandering people. They had to be, what with the conflicts they had at home with their British overlords, as well as the famines that devastated the island in the early 19th Century. New Orleans, along with New York and Baltimore, was one of the ports regularly used by British shipping companies to move raw goods such …

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The Ultimate Virtual Survival Guide to New Orleans Jazz Fest

by Sally Tunmer March 14, 2014 Arts & Culture

So what’s all the Jazz Fest hype about? Watch and listen as Jazz Fest virgins and veterans give us their tips for where to go, what to see, what to bring (or leave at home), what to eat and how to get there. Let these GoNOLA TV Jazz Fest videos be your guide to the best time at the New …

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Cultures Unite at the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

by Paul Broussard March 14, 2014 Arts & Culture

On the edge of the French Quarter, in the Treme neighborhood, Louis Armstrong Park occupies sacred ground for generations of New Orleanians. It’s the home of Congo Square, the birthplace of American music, and the site of the 2014 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, held on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, 2014. This free festival …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

by Mallory Whitfield March 12, 2014 Arts & Culture

This weekend in New Orleans means St. Patrick’s Day festivities galore, beginning Friday night with the Jim Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Parade in the French Quarter, plus the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday. Tracey’s and Parasol’s also both host St. Paddy’s Day block parties all day Saturday and Monday. Fashionistas can look forward to a week full …

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Jon Cleary

by Ann Marshall Thomas March 12, 2014 20 Questions

The first time I met Jon Cleary, he was touring in Japan. I was more than a little surprised to run into a New Orleans music legend in a remote Japanese city.  But Jon is accustomed to touring – he spends about half his time on the road – and he is certainly accustomed to traveling to pursue his art. …

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NOLA History: Mardi Gras Indians on “Super Sunday”

by Edward Branley March 10, 2014 Arts & Culture

We New Orleanians believe that, with everything, there should be “lagniappe,” that little something extra. Just a little something extra out of the kitchen at a restaurant, or perhaps a few donut holes to go with the dozen you just picked up on Saturday morning. Or just that one more encore at the end of a brass band’s set in …

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