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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 Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

Arts & Culture Events Food Music Sports & Recreation Things To Do

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

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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

Arts & Culture Events Food Things To Do

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

20 Questions Arts & Culture

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

Arts & Culture History

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.

St. Louis Cemetery #1, in Faubourg Treme. Many of those buried here were born in San Domingue. (Photo courtesy of Infrogmation)

While modern Americans usually associate …

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

Arts & Culture Events Music Things To Do

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

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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

Arts & Culture Shopping Things To Do

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

Arts & Culture History

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

Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Food Music Travel Video Videos

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

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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

Arts & Culture Events Music Things To Do

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

20 Questions Arts & Culture Music

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”

Arts & Culture History

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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Wednesday at the Square Spring Concert Series Returns

Arts & Culture Events Music Things To Do

Spring marks a very special time of year in New Orleans that brings outdoor festivals and concerts aplenty. While Jazz Fest may draw huge crowds from around the world, locals know that Wednesday at the Square is where it’s at for a mid-week break. This free, 12-week concert series got its start in 1999, and serves as a fundraiser for …

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A Place Made for the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival

Arts & Culture Events Travel

The arts and New Orleans are undeniably connected at the hip. First Opera in North America? New Orleans. Birthplace of American music? New Orleans. Spiritual home and muse for a many a writer? You guessed it, New Orleans. One such writer who was deeply moved by the energy of the city was Tennessee Williams, who after having only been in …

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