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All Greek to Me: Annual Greek Festival Returns This Weekend


Opa! All other festivals can go to hellenic, as this weekend toasts 44 years of the annual New Orleans Greek Festival on the banks of the Bayou St. John. For just eight bucks, attendees can eat Greek food, learn traditional moves from Hellenic dancers, and tour the cathedral and Agora marketplace. Better yet, festival-goers can do all that with gyro and ouzo in hand. 


7th Ward & Tremé Soirée


The historic neighborhoods of the Tremé and the 7th Ward are arguably the most culturally rich areas of New Orleans. This weekend, an inaugural festival will pay tribute to their traditions with food, music, art, and an epic bar crawl. 


Shuck Yeah: New Orleans Oyster Festival Drops 2017 Details


In just under two weeks, the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival will return for it’s eighth attempt at educating the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, while celebrating the many restaurants and farmers who have made the French Quarter into the Oyster Capital of America. The free fest, which will run June 3-4, will feature food, drinks, crafts, and of course, live music. 


Go Back to the 80’s with HOPfest 2017

30th Anniversary Benefit for HIV Outpatient Clinic



New Orleans is no stranger to festivals — among the ranks of music, food, beer, and film themed happenings, the fourth annual HOPfest offers a fest for a cause. On Saturday (5.20), the one-night event will benefit the HIV Outpatient Program (HOP), a part of University Medical Center. 


Third Eye Film Festival to Come to New Orleans


New Orleans is riding high on the crest of festival season, but after Bayou Boogaloo wraps up, what's a festivalgoer to do? Cinephiles, feminists, and bar mavens alike are in luck, as a new female-focused filmmaker festival will make its debut in the Bywater this Memorial Day Weekend. 


Life and Legacy of Drew Rodrigue To Be Honored at 7th Annual Crawfish & Beer Fest


New Orleanians will raise pint glasses or crawfish tails to honor local football coach Drew Rodrigue and all people affected by Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the Drew Rodrigue Foundation (DRF) announced on Tuesday. The seventh annual Bugs & Brew for Drew Crawfish Cook-Off and Beer Festival will take place on May 20th on Fulton Street, and will benefit the late Drew Rodrigue’s namesake non-profit.


Best of the Fest

NoDef's Guide to Non-Jazz Fest Festivals



For many locals and tourists alike, the Fair Grounds will become a second home for the next seven days, offering a nonstop lineup of music, food, drinks, crafts, and fun.

 

But the party doesn't stop at Jazz Fest — many top NOLA talents will be taking the stage at your favorite venues across the city as part of the many mini festivals kicking off this week. 

 

On the eve on the 48th annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, NoDef offers a round-up of the best fests around town. 


All-Star Country Fest Celebrates the Sounds of Louisiana


For the New Orleanian who just ain’t getting their festival fix when Jazz Fest kicks off this Friday, look no further than a four-day celebration of Southern Americana music. Running April 30-May 3, the 2017 All-Star Country Fest will hop around town at a handful of venues in the Marigny and Bywater. Sponsored by NOLA County, a radio program showcasing Ameripolitan Music on WHIV 102.3FM, All-Star Country Fest features the sounds of Louisiana. The fest offers a lineup of honky-tonk, NOLA soul, rockabilly, Ameripolitan, Zydeco, Cajun, swamp-pop, country blues, and more. 


Bona Drag: Inaugural Bushwig South Festival Comes to NOLA


New Orleans has no shortage of drag royalty and now, in true NOLA fashion, there is a festival to commemorate the boldest and brightest queer performers in town. Brooklyn’s biggest drag fest Bushwig will host its inaugural southern offshoot event on May 13th at Castillo Blanco Art Studios. 


Get Lit at the Second Annual NOLA Poetry Festival


April is the cruelest month no more. For National Poetry Month here in New Orleans, the city welcomes everything from erotica in iambic pentameter (one hopes) to pizza poetry. Tonight marks the start of the second annual New Orleans Poetry Festival, organized by Lavender Ink Press and Trembling Pillow Press. The fest, which will run April 20-23 at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.), will feature four days of readings, panels, bookmaking workshops, walking tours, musical performances, and more odes to the art.


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