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Defender Picks



May 30th

Down on Their Luck Orchestra

Music at the Mint, 2PM

Jazz at the Old U.S. Mint


Craft Happy Hour

Ogden, 6PM

Learn to make paper magnolias with Suzonne Stirling


Vibrational Sound Therapy

Glitter Box, 6PM

Discover the energetic magic of Himalayan Singing Bowls with Faun Fenderson


Monty Banks

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Trad Jazz, rat pack era swing and more



Peristyle in City Park, 6:30PM

High Intensity Interval Training



Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield


Gender 101

LGBT Community Center, 7PM

Expand your understanding of gender


Thinkin' with Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Spring Wrap-Up Show

Arts Estuary 1024, 8PM

Performances and screenings by the artist residents


High Profile

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

NOLA drag stars host a variety talent show, The Stage


May 31st

Abe Thompson

Market Café, 3:30PM

Feat. The Doctors of Funk


Food Waste Collection

Children’s Resource Center, 5PM

Bring your frozen food scraps to be composted


Weird Wine Wednesdays

Spirit Wine, 6PM

Free wine tasting


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Food, drinks, yoga


CeCe Winans

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Part of the “Let Them Fall In Love” tour


Dance for Bathrooms

Three Keys, 8PM

Benefitting Music Box Village


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of But I’m A Cheerleader


Major Bacon

Banks St. Bar, 10PM

Sizzlin blues and free BLTs


Caleb Ryan Martin

Check Point Charlie, 11PM

Acoustic blues and roots


June 1st

Jazz in The Park

Armstrong Park, 4PM

Jon Clearly + the Absolute Monster Gentlemen


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing of My Love Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris


Mardi Gras Concert

Tipitina’s, 6PM

Benefitting Marty Hurley Endowment Center


Summer Of Sustainability

Aquarium Of The Americas, 630PM

Enjoy oysters in a unique setting


Magical Burlesque

The Willow, 7PM

Harry Potter themed burlesque show


Bonnie Bishop

One Eyed Jack’s, 9PM

Sweet country rock



14 Parishes, 9PM

Roasts, toasts and laughs


Una Walkonhorst

The Circle Bar, 930PM

Also feat. Patrick Sylvester


Lost Stars

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Support by Mighty Brother 



June 2nd

Symphony Book Fair

Lakefront Arena, 9AM

Benefitting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


Summer Kick Off Film Party

Second Line Stages, 5PM

Supporting BREASTS the film


Nateus Photography Opening

Cherry Espresso Bar, 6PM

Photos as a medium of self expression, snacks included


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Zoo, 6PM

Showing of the movie Moana


Self Absorbed


A peek inside fifteen artists


Lagniappe Performance Series

Loyola Univeristy @ Marquette Hall, 7PM

Performance by Mikhala W. Iversen


As One

Marigny Opera House, 8PM

A transgender musical odyssey


Joel Wilson

The Building, 9PM

Also featuring Simon Lott as Context Killer



Blue Nile, 11PM

GoGo Brass Funk band 



June 3rd

Grand Opening Party

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

Pouring on all 12 taps


Water Words

New Orleans Public Library, 11AM

Exploring the special role of water in our city and in life


Basics of Beekeeping

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn how to start your own apiary


First Saturday Gallery Openings

Arts District, 6PM

Check out new and returning exhibitions


Harrison Avenue Stroll

Harrison Avenue, 5PM

Food, drinks, fun


Louisiana Wetlands

Carol Robinson Gallery, 5PM

Original art by Dave Ivey


Moonlit Paddle

Manchec Swamp, 545PM

Enjoy an evening of paddling close to home


Final Gala Concert

Jazz and Heritage Center, 8PM

Closing out the Birdfoot Festival


Canine Karaoke

Homedale Inn Bar, 9PM

Supporting the Love A Pit Foundation



Poor Boys Bar, 12AM

Resident DJs, along with special guest


June 4th

June Puppy Social

Louisiana SPCA, 10AM

Toys, treats, low impact agility


Jazz Brunch

Josephine Estelle, 11AM

Live sounds served sunny side up



The Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Presented by Techno Club


Book Discussion

Garden District Book Shop, 12PM

C.D. Colins discusses her memoir


Summer Reading Kick Off

NOPL Youth Services, 1PM

Feat. Roots music and books by Johnette Downing


Saving Abel

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

With support by Akadia and First Fracture


Open Mic and Slam

Ashé Cac, 7PM

Team SNO + Jahman Hill


Edge Film Festival

Zeitgeist Center, 730PM

Short film screenings + awards


Frontier Ruckus

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Enjoy some multi genre rock

Watch: Trombone Shorty's Parking Lot Jam Session with 'Simpsons' Director

It’s been almost a week since Jazz Fest ended, but every day we keep finding goodies from the Fair Grounds. A clip that is making it’s rounds on the internet today features New Orleans’ favorite son Trombone Shorty jamming with David Silverman, a writer and animator best known for directing episodes of The Simpsons. 

Snoop Dogg's Sign Language Interpreter Stole the Show at Jazz Fest

Snoop Dogg lit up the stage, both figuratively and literally, at Jazz Fest last weekend with a pyrotechnic show at the Fair Grounds on Saturday (5.6). The Grammy-winning artist and Martha Stewart's BFF played the Congo Square Stage to a riotous crowd. The attention however, may not have been exclusively for Snoop. 

Jazz Fest Attracts 425,000 Attendees in 2017

The 48th annual Jazz & Heritage Festival came to a close on Sunday (5.7), ending a week’s worth of music, food, crafts, and — perhaps most notably — only one rainy day. This year, Jazz Fest attracted about 425,000 fans to Fair Grounds, according to a press release from the festival's team. 

Jazz Fest - Sunday 5.7 (Photos)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics From the Fest's Final Day

Jazz Fest Weekend Two on Sunday, ending the 48th annual festival on a high note. New Orleans' favorite son Trombone Shorty closed out the fest's biggest stage, but plenty of other top talents performed in the final festival hours. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Photos)

Stephen Charles Nicholson Photographs Jazz Fest's Final Performances

New Orleans' favorite son Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews celebrated the end of an exciting week with several hundred of his closest friends on Sunday (5.7), closing out the Acura Stage for the 48th annual Jazz Fest. Scroll on for photos by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

Entergy Awards $30,000 to American Indian College Fund

American Indian culture is bountiful in Louisiana. The Native American Village at Jazz Fest returned for 2017, offering festivalgoers the chance to explore the heritage of the state's indigenous peoples with daily pow wow performances, educational workshops, and demonstrations on everything from woodcarving to basketweaving. On Friday (5.5), New Orleans-based energy company Entergy made a $30,000 donation to the American Indian College Fund. This is Entergy’s third year awarding the grant, and is part of the company's ongoing dedication to promote empowerment through education. 

Jazz Fest: Saturday Fest Fever (PHOTOS)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics From Saturday (5.6)

Jazz Fest Weekend Two is underway, offering food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. Defying Jazz Fest traditions, Saturday was sunny all day. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

Jazz Fest - Friday 5.5 (Photos)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics

Jazz Fest Weekend Two is underway, offering food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. Friday's bright skies provided the perfect scene at the Fair Grounds for fun in the sun. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

Jazz Fest - Thursday 5.4 (Photos)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics

Jazz Fest Weekend Two kicked off yesterday, offering food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. The overcast skies didn't stop the fun on the Fair Grounds, with kids and adults alike splashing around in the puddles.  Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

All That Jazz (PHOTOS)

Jazz Fest Weekend One

Updated May 4th, 3AM


Before the rain fell down on Fair Grounds last Sunday, Weekend One of the 48th annual Jazz Fest was off to a sunny start with food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

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