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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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Easter in New Orleans is Different: Three Ways to Celebrate

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As with many holidays, New Orleans observes Easter in its own special way. Those who practice the Catholic faith recognize Easter as the end of Lent; many others consider the holiday a marker of the transition into spring: Easter presents opportunities both religious and secular to enjoy the holiday. This year, Easter coincides with Passover, which starts on Good Friday, …

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

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Eat, repeat. This weekend in New Orleans is chock full of foodie opportunities, from the annual Hogs for the Cause in City Park to NOLA FoodFest in French Market. An Easter egg hunt in City Park satisfies any candy cravings while a performance from comedian Chris Gethard sates an appetite for comedy. Voracious book readers can attend Tennessee Williams New …

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

Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Things To Do

Capitalize on the gorgeous spring weather with plenty of outdoor events happening in New Orleans this weekend. NOMA starts its Movies in the Garden series with the adventure classic Raiders of the Lost Ark on Friday, while the Congo Square Rhythms Festival and a gardens tour through the Garden District (where else?) provide even more chances for a weekend spent …

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

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Get your green shirts ready – Tracey’s, Parasol’s, and Molly’s at the Market are just a few of the venues hosting St. Patrick’s Day festivities across New Orleans this weekend. The annual Lark in the Park gala takes place on Friday with proceeds benefiting City Park; you can also attend a rose sale in City Park on Saturday morning. Music …

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GoNOLA Tops: Top 5 New Orleans Irish Bars

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Everyone gets an opportunity to be Irish during New Orleans’ St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, when the city returns to the massive block parties and parades that left the streets after Mardi Gras just a mere month before. Even if you’re finally getting back to normal after the Carnival season, you might want to consider falling back off the wagon to …

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A Guide to Literary Adventure in New Orleans

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Expedia Viewfinder teamed up with GoNOLA to highlight ways to experience New Orleans’ literary side.

Sweeping oak trees, bayou shadows and literary geniuses make New Orleans a writer’s dream destination. Between Expedia Viewfinder’s love for exploring a city in new ways and New Orleans’ scholarly scene, it made sense to partner with GoNOLA to create a literary-inspired vacation in the …

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My New Orleans: 20 Questions with G-Eazy

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“When I moved here it was 2007, mixtape Weezy in his prime,” said prolific rapper, songwriter and producer, Gerald Earl Gillum, or G-Eazy. “You’d go to any bar and people knew all the mixtape songs word for word! Lil Wayne played Voodoo Fest the first year I ever went.”

G-Eazy grew up in Oakland, California but came to New Orleans …

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Interview: Saeed Jones, LGBT Editor of Buzzfeed

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A 2013 Pushcart Prize Winner, Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and author of the poetry collection Prelude to Bruise. Jones wrote about New Orleans in the BuzzFeed feature Inside the Oldest Gay-Owned Bookstore in the South, which is about Faubourg Marigny Art and Books on Frenchmen Street. He will be back in the city reading passages …

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

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New Orleans taps into its balletic history this weekend. As one of the very first cities to introduce ballet into theaters, New Orleans also was home to Suzanne Douvillier, the first female choreographer in the United States. Dancers and spectators can enjoy the Fleur de Lis Semi-Finals Ballet Competition starting Friday; on Saturday, the New Orleans Ballet Association presents New …

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

Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Things To Do

We suggest making the weekend after Mardi Gras a low-key one. Take the family to Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Saturday afternoon for Chinese New Year crafts and activities, or enjoy the inaugural Tulane Film Festival on Friday and Saturday. There’s also a bike workshop aimed at commuters and a new exhibit showcasing the private works of Edgar Degas. …

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Lunar New Year (Tet) Celebrations in New Orleans

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One of New Orleans’s largest immigrant waves in the last 40 years has been the Vietnamese. As the Communist regime took over Vietnam in the mid-1970s, the Catholic church resettled several thousand Vietnam natives here in South Louisiana. As with many other local ethnic groups, despite their tenure here, many people of Vietnamese ethnicity maintain their distinct ancestral culture and …

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

Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Nightlife

The second weekend of Mardi Gras provides plenty of opportunity for day-and-night revelry, whether at fetes like the Krewe de Lune Space Ball and Not-So-Superhero Party or the Endymion pre-party, Samedi Gras Festival. Parade-goers can also acquire a new mask at French Market before Fat Tuesday. Looking for something more intimate? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special five-course meal at …

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

Arts & Culture Cocktail Culture Events Family Friendly

Though plenty of fun, parades aren’t all you’ll find in New Orleans this weekend. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum expands its ranks to welcome the Museum of the American Cocktail on Friday, offering visitors a glimpse of iconic beverages past and present. A charity run takes place on Sunday, followed by plenty of live music. Experience Cuba at the …

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6 New Orleans Restaurants for Portable Food on the Parade Route

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Every Mardi Gras season, tens of thousands of people gather along St. Charles Avenue from Napoleon to Lee Circle for family friendly, parade watching fun. And since food is an important part of all New Orleans celebrations, the convenience of dining options along the route means you can grab a quick bite, refill your cup, and get right back to …

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The Ultimate Mardi Gras Bucket List

Events Things To Do

If you’re planning your Mardi Gras itinerary, you likely fall under one of the following categories: You want to put the “Fat” in “Fat” Tuesday and really indulge before the Lenten season, you’re a seasoned local who’s looking for new things to do, or you’re a visitor who wants to get as much in as possible during your Mardi Gras …

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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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