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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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Insider’s Guide: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Arts & Culture Events Music Things To Do

Now in its 15th year, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is one of New Orleans’ quintessential music festival experiences. Since its inception, the festival has hosted more than 2,000 musical acts, with a mixture of national headliners and local favorites, and one million attendants. In addition to musicians, the festival frequently features burlesque and circus acts, as well as …

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Prospect.3: A New Orleans Art Scavenger Hunt

Arts & Culture Events Things To Do

Starting Oct. 25, contemporary art invades every corner of New Orleans with Prospect.3, an international art biennial featuring work by 58 artists in 18 venues. Venues include New Orleans art galleries and museums, but you’ll also find art in outdoor spaces and even on a barge on the Mississippi River. There are also community events and parties held in conjunction …

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Celebrating Death Through Life: Día de Los Muertos in New Orleans

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Photo “calavera with hat” courtesy of Angélica Portales
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Would you be caught dead (no pun intended) spending your day in a cemetery? Well, maybe only in New Orleans because our Cities of the Dead command a closer look. But for el Día de los Muertos, commonly known as the Day of the Dead, traditionally people visit the graves of …

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Halloween New Orleans: Party for a Good Cause

Events Nightlife Things To Do

Now in its 31st year, Halloween New Orleans remains one of the major highlights of the local LGBT community’s social calendar. This four-day event — which this year kicks off on Oct. 23 — is the largest gay Halloween celebration in the country and recently earned a featured exhibition in the permanent collection of the Stonewall National Museum and Archives. …

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Halloween in New Orleans: Fun for Little Ones

Events Family Friendly Things To Do

While Halloween offers plenty of fun and scary activities for adults, the holiday built around costuming and acquiring candy is inherently kid-friendly. We rounded up a list of Halloween activities in New Orleans that kids will love but adults should enjoy, as well. Events include traditional Halloween activities, a fundraiser, a haunted house on the water and even a dog-friendly …

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The Mirliton Festival: A Bywater Celebration

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On Oct. 25, the Bywater neighborhood will come alive with local food, art, music and, of course, mirlitons. To get excited about the Mirliton Festival, you’ll first have to know what a mirliton is. The mirliton is a mild flavored, pear shaped fruit that has been traditionally grown in many backyards across the city. In south Louisiana, mirlitons are omnipresent …

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

Events Family Friendly Things To Do

Fall festival season is in full swing this weekend in New Orleans, as the Louisiana Seafood Festival takes place all weekend long at City Park, with Japan Fest at NOMA as an added bonus on Saturday. Celebrate Latin American culture on Sunday at Audubon Zoo with Celebración Latina, or get cultured, Broadway-style at the Saenger Theatre, which hosts the musical …

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2014 International Fest Docks at Port of New Orleans

Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Music Nightlife Things To Do

The third weekend in October is a busy one. If you’re already planning on party-hopping from Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival to Oktoberfest, not to mention haunted happenings Boo at the Zoo and Boo Carre, save time on Saturday for International Fest, running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Port of New Orleans on Oct. 18.

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The Best of Both Worlds: the 2014 Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival

Events Food Music Things To Do

In New Orleans, our best festivals are known nearly as much for their food as they are for their music. However, the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival takes it a step further and gives the food equal billing. Blues and barbecue are natural partners, and it’s only fitting that they’re celebrated together in New Orleans in one supercharged weekend.…

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

Events Things To Do

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in New Orleans, you’re in luck! The fall festival season kicks into full gear with Gretna Heritage Festival all weekend long. Celebrate the arts with gallery openings and more during Art for Art’s Sake on Saturday night, and check out the regional premiere of a new play, Shiner, at AllWays …

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Beer and Brats, Bavarian Style: 2014 New Orleans Oktoberfest

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Although a swig of cold, crisp beer feels right any time of year, it’s even more fitting in October. Pints might accompany us to the Voodoo Experience or Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest, sure, but for an authentic Oktoberfest celebration, head to Kenner, where Deutsches Haus puts on a German heritage event spanning three weekends starting Oct. 10.

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Insider’s Guide: 2014 New Orleans Film Festival

Arts & Culture Events Things To Do

Locals know that the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF), held Oct. 16-23 2014, is a treasure. A festival befitting Hollywood South but without the hefty price tag or impossible-to-access events, NOFF includes a mix of future Oscar winners, Louisiana made-films, and stuff you probably won’t see anywhere else. There’s also a good chance you might run into an actual celebrity, …

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Louisiana Craft Brewers Week: 5 Places to Drink Louisiana Craft Beer

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Louisiana Craft Brewers Week continues through this Sunday, Sept. 28. In celebration, we’re letting you know all about everything Louisiana craft beer. Earlier this week, I told you all about some of our great local breweries, and today we’re talking about great places to drink Louisiana craft beer. New Orleans has quite the reputation (and history) of beer making and …

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

Events Things To Do

From hip-hop on Frenchmen Street to funk rock Uptown, there is plenty of live music to get you moving this weekend in New Orleans. Whether you spend your weekend Stormin’ the Sazerac or watching bearded and mustachioed New Orleanians compete to see who has the fanciest facial hair, it’s bound to be a good time. And don’t forget to drink …

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Coming Soon: The New Southern Food & Beverage Museum

Cocktail Culture Events Family Friendly Food History Restaurants Things To Do

You can learn a lot about a culture through its food and drink. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SOFAB) is a great place to get a taste — literally — of our region, and it’s poised to reopen at a new location on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. On Sept. 29 the museum, formerly located inside the Riverwalk shopping mall, …

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

Events Things To Do

This weekend in New Orleans offers plenty of excuses to party. The New Orleans Burlesque Festival serves up sexy burlesque performances all weekend long, and Saturday offers a way to party in white for a good cause at the Bridal Crawl. Friday night features birthday bashes by two different New Orleans music icons: Mystikal and DJ Soul Sister. Rock out …

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