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March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri


Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'


New Creations Brass Band

B.M.C., 11am

Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations


Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest


DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 


Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 



House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop


Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 


Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister


Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball


Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party


Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party


Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999


March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA


Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds


Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour


Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy


Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill


Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA


Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide


Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 


Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes


The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music


Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty


Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove


March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food


Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house



Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko


Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician


LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more


Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs


Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters


Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers


Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Indie Lit Fest Spotlights NOLA’s Queer, Trans, POC Poets

2tender4house, a new three-day literary festival, will take place this week with events all over the city. Presented by Tenderness, Yea, and 2fast2house, the inaugural indie fest showcases local queer, trans, and POC poets. The festival’s aim is to highlight New Orleans writers in an effort to build a more inclusive poetry community in the city and beyond. 

Top Taco NOLA Kicks Off First Food Fest

Grab your bottles of Cholula and Crystal, and let’s taco ‘bout a new festival coming to town this week. More than 30 restaurants and over 40 spirits companies will vie for top honors at the inaugural Top Taco New Orleans fest, kicking off Thursday (3.23) at the Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza. 

Preview: Bourbon Festival 2017

A New Fest with an Age Old Spirit

Bourbon and whiskey lovers rejoice! The inaugural New Orleans Bourbon Festival officially kicks off this Friday (3.24), leading revelers into three brim-filled days of spirit-centric tastings, talks, and parties.

Pre-Jazz Fest Show Threadhead Thursday Drops 2017 Lineup

Threadhead Cultural Foundation, a fan-funded arts non-profit company formed out of the love for New Orleans and its culture, just announced the lineup for its annual free fest in City Park. The concert, taking place on the Robert B. Haspel Outdoor Garden Stage in the park's botanical garden, will happen on April 27th from 6PM-10PM. 

Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Include New Orleans on Legendary Tour

TajMo, a supergroup band led by Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo', will play the Orpheum Theater on September 24. Presented by WWOZ and Winter Circle Productions, the show will see two generations of blues guitar giants play hit songs from their respective catalogues as well as new material they've recorded together.

Hanson is Coming to NOLA on Their 25th Anniversary World Tour

Ladies, practice your fangirl screams. Hanson, the 90s pop group composed of three brothers with those luscious blonde locks, is coming to town. Announced Monday, the band’s Middle of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour will take them to the Joy Theater stage on September 15.

New World Rhythms Fest Back This Weekend

Between St. Patrick's Day, St. Joseph's Day, and Super Sunday festivities, this weekend is packed with things to do around the city. If you're looking for a worldly experience without having to leave the French Quarter, venture to Louis Armstrong Park for the tenth annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. The two-day free fest (3.18-3.19) is a celebration of the African diaspora and spotlights NOLA's famous Mardi Gras Indians, with a "battle" between three local tribes. 

Shorty Fest Reveals 2017 Lineup

Trombone Shorty's fifth annual Shorty Fest, benefitting his namesake foundation, announced its lineup today. New Orleans favorite son Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has invited a number of his musical friends to take the stage at House of Blues on May 4, 2017.

Supersoul at Sacred Music Fest This Weekend

The sixth annual Sacred Music Festival will take place this Saturday (3.11), at the New Orleans Healing Center in the Marigny. A day of rituals both spiritual and artistic, the lineup for this free fest guarantees a day of enlightening experience. As the festival’s event page asked, “where else are you going to see Tibetan monks and Mormon elders rocking out to hip hop and medieval chants?” 

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