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New Orleans: Events and Things to Do

In New Orleans, even Wednesdays seem like Weekends. Live music, festivals, theater, dance, museum exhibitions, sports… the list goes on and on. There’s something fun (and often FREE) every day and every night in New Orleans.

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The Micro-Krewes of New Orleans Mardi Gras

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The image of Mardi Gras that most people know is of super krewes with massive floats and celebrity riders crawling down St. Charles Avenue, past throngs of excited people. But there’s also a smaller — in one case, miniature — side of Carnival that draws out New Orleans’ quirky, DIY side.

During the Carnival season you can catch parades by …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

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Krewe du Vieux makes a historic cross over Canal Street on Saturday – the route may be new, but the wicked satire remains the same with this year’s theme, “Begs for Change.” Friday night brings laughs with the New Orleans Comedy and Art Festival on Freret and the Bushwick Book Club’s interpretation of A Confederacy of Dunces. Other things …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to do in New Orleans This Weekend

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This weekend in New Orleans, Prospect.3 rewards last-minute visitors with closing ceremonies and free admission at the Ogden. Comedy fans looking for a late night show can enjoy John Mulaney’s tenure at the Civic Theatre on Friday; beer lovers should plan to attend the Courtyard Brewery Grand Opening on Saturday. Nurture your sweet tooth on Sunday – Champions Square morphs …

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GoNOLA Guide to Gay Mardi Gras

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Carnival season is upon us in New Orleans, and no one celebrates the season with more pageantry, glamour and laughter than the city’s LGBT community. With decades of history and tradition behind some of the major krewes and balls, which often satirize New Orleans’ old-line Carnival organizations, the joyful music and elaborate costumes of New Orleans’ Gay Mardi Gras are …

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

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This weekend in New Orleans is one of contrast. You’ll find ExhibitBE closing ceremonies in Algiers and a hotel and bar grand opening in the CBD, plus a brass band blowout and a piano legend playing the very same night. Two popular musicals are sure to command (or divide) attention: Jesus Christ Superstar at Le Petit Theatre and Mamma Mia!

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10 New Orleans Music Acts You Have to See in 2015

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Most locals and visitors know the live music stalwarts of New Orleans: King James and the Special Men on Mondays, Rebirth Brass Band on Tuesdays, DJ Soul Sister’s Saturday night HUSTLE dance parties, and plenty of others nearly every day of the week. But you may not know about some bands and musicians who are newer on the scene or …

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

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Many of this weekend’s events revolve around the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial. Battle re-enactments, a commemorative light show, and a symposium at the Old U.S. Mint are just a sampling of the activities you’ll find. The weekend isn’t limited to history: music, live performances, sporting events, and New Orleans Comic Con are all on deck.

All Weekend

1. Wizard

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Free Things to Do in New Orleans in January

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So you might be a little broke post-holiday season — or, all your dough just might be in the form of Starbucks gift cards — but that is OK. From Uptown to Downtown and on side streets in between, you can get a taste, a listen, or a vision of New Orleans culture for no money down.

Free Things to…

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How to Celebrate the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial

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On Jan. 8, 1815, Chalmette, just a few minutes away from New Orleans proper, was the site of one of the most important American military events — the Battle of New Orleans, the final battle of the disastrous War of 1812 (sure, the war was technically over at that point; it ended two weeks prior with the Treaty of Ghent. …

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5 Uniquely New Orleans Ways to Be Healthy in 2015

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Exercising, eating healthier, “detoxing” and other healthy habits typically top people’s new year’s resolutions list. But since we’re in New Orleans, opportunities to indulge lie around every corner.  However, we believe living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying the city’s rich culture are not mutually exclusive. From burning calories with bounce music to races that feel more like parties, here’s our …

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

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The new year kicks off with a bang as New Orleans hosts the 81st annual Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 1. The rest of the weekend offers plenty of things to do, ranging from theatrical parodies of classic Hollywood films, to shows featuring the best in New Orleans-bred comedians and indie rockers.

All Weekend

1. Gone With the Breaking

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How to Celebrate 2014 New Year’s Eve in New Orleans

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New Year’s Eve is a time for big celebrations here in New Orleans. Several venues host parties and celebrations for people of all ages and interests. From the big all-inclusive hotel-hosted celebrations to the live music-centered parties to daytime kids events, there’s bound to be something to suit you and your family’s taste. In the end, the most difficult decision …

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

Cocktail Culture Events Things To Do

This weekend in New Orleans offers plenty of holiday fun, featuring everything from cocktails and small bites from the city’s best bartenders and restaurants at Tales of the Toddy to a special dinner series at Emeril’s, and a tongue-in-cheek holiday show at Mid-City Theatre. You’re sure to have the time of your life as Dirty Dancing comes to the Saenger …

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GoNOLA TV: Exploring Prospect.3

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There’s still time to check out Prospect.3, which has transformed New Orleans into a massive art event, inviting participants to see works in venues all across the city. Open now through Jan. 25, Prospect.3 features works in every medium by legends including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Paul Gauguin, plus artists from the city, the region and around the world. In this …

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GoNOLA Recipes at Home: Pumpkin Hot Buttered Rum

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On Thursday, Dec. 18, you’ll find a trio of spirited events. Tales of the Cocktail puts on its seasonal Tales of the Toddy event at the House of Blues while Emeril’s Restaurant hosts Omagasse, its five-course, off-the-menu dinner series with optional wine pairing. Do festive drinks make you feel like singing? Head to NOLA ChristmasFest for the Karaoke Caroling & …

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

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This weekend in New Orleans offers plenty of festive fun, as holiday events kick off all over town. Bring the whole family downtown for the start of NOLA ChristmasFest at the Convention Center, join the Running of the Santas on Saturday, enjoy holiday tea with Papa Noel aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, or do some holiday shopping the handmade way …

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