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Marigny Fetes for a Cause

The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association will let them eat cake, and storm the Bastille this weekend. Fete Marigny is returning to Washington Square Park on Sunday, October 26, for a day of Revolution-era festivities. Along with your own enjoyment, the daylong celebration will also contribute to some needed maintenance at the park on Frenchmen and Royal.

Louisiana Seafood Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Seafood comes ashore this October at the three-day Louisiana Seafood Festival. Today, festival organizers announced a music lineup featuring Benjy Davis, Pat Green, and the Gin Blossoms, plus many local favorites. Nearly two dozen restaurants will contribute the finest in water-dwelling cuisine. Sea (!) the full lineup below:

Pops Goes the 4th

On Legend's Birthday Weekend, Satchmo Summerfest Celebrates Armstrong, New Orleans Jazz

As the Crescent City welcomes the cool front that is giving us relief from the heat, Satchmo SummerFest, New Orleans’ three-day summertime local music showcase, preparing to show off a jazz community that remains in Mint condition. Free and open to the public, the festival shifts the lens upon the roots of jazz music and the life of beloved trumpeter Louis Armstrong, as it celebrates its 14th anniversary with contemporary sounds from local jazz musicians and brass bands.   

Festigals' Fourth

Girlfriend Getaway Says 'It's Time for You'

Bodacious Bras and Stiletto Sprint will be on view around the Quarter this weekend. Lindsay Mack previews Festigals.

Today in NOLA: 6.08.14

A bumper crop of family-friendly Sunday afternoon activities with Creole Tomato Festival at the French Market, author Khaled Hosseini at Octavia Books, and a movie at Audobon Park. On this day in 1939, saxophonist and New Orleans native Sidney Bechet recorded “Summertime,” a jazz classic for the season. Plan your day trip right here:

Ripe n' Ready

French Market Juices Up for Creole Tomato Festival

This weekend is ALL about the Creole tomatoes. The French Market's 28th Annual Creole Tomato Festival begins June 7th and marks the official opening of the Creole tomato season. For the first time in several years, the fest is holding down the weekend solo, no longer sharing the spotlight with the Cajun-Zydeco Fest and the Louisiana Seafood Fest. The two-day festival runs from 10a.m. - 7p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the French Market and is free and open to the public.

Boogaloo View

Bayou St. John Fest's Final Day in Photos

The Bayou Boogaloo closed out another year Sunday with the annual Rubber Duck Derby, and sounds from Rosie Ledet and the Cardinal Sons, among other musical practitioners. NoDef photographers Brandon Robert and Rachel June were on the scene.

Boogaloo in a Few

Photos from Friday Night, Picks and Weather for Saturday

May 17, 2014

The banks of Bayou St. John are once again colored over in Mid-City, as the Bayou Boogaloo got underway Friday night to large crowds. Music  from Big Freedia, King James and the Special Men and Nigel Hall got the crowd ready to fest again. Despite big crowds, the fest managed to keep its neighborhood feel with plenty of families, homeade vessels and many a friendly pet. Photos and a Saturday planner below:

Fiya Fest Lineup Released

As Jazz Fest crowds flock to the Fair Grounds, a mini festival is popping up for the second year along the river. Fiya Fest, a benefit for the Roots of Music, announced their lineup today. The festival is scheduled for Friday, May 2, from 12- 8 p.m. at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.).  

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