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July 21st

Friday Pop Up

Drifter Hotel, 1PM

By Lucille’s Roti Shop


Louisiana Sportsman Show

Superdome, 3PM

Back in NOLA after 12 years


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Moana


Summer Nerd Movie Nights

Tubby & Coo’s, 7PM

A showing of The Neverending Story


John Waters Film Festival


A showing of Pink Flamingos


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

Great food, great music


Comedy F#@k Yeah

The Dragon’s Den, 8PM

Ft. Shane Torres


New Rebel Family

House of Blues, 8PM

Ft. AYO, The Other LA, Akadia, and Ventruss


Mia Borders Trio

Foundation Room, 9:30PM

Open to the public


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Crunchin’ on those notes


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Walter “Wolfman” Washington + The Fortifiers


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Ft. Mikel Douglas + Dozal


July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food


National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more


Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party


Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes


Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green


New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now


Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots



Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more


Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche


Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support


Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto



July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic


Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book


Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books


Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting


Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all


Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager


Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars


Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl


Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim


Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest


Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

Altar-ed State

NoDef's Guide to St. Joseph's Day Parades & Altars

This weekend, as many New Orleanians toast to their Irish heritage and Mardi Gras Indians come out for Super Sunday, the city's considerable Italian population will be celebrating St. Joseph's Day. This day of religious observance honors Joseph, the earthly "father" of Jesus in the Bible. According to legend, St. Joseph saved the Sicilians from from famine by bringing rain to their crop fields; in exchange, the people threw a massive feast. NOLA's significant Sicilian population brough the tradition over many years ago, throwing parades and erecting altars with elaborate food spreads to commemorate the saint. 


One of the central events of the holiday takes place in the French Quarter, as the Italian American Marching Club is set to roll through the streets once again Saturday night. Founded in 1970 by a group of New Orleanians who wanted their Italian heritage showcased in the city, the Marching Club now boasts over 1500 members. The parade kicks off at Canal and Chartres Street at 6PM with pizza, wine, and Italian music. Decked in their customary tuxedos, members of the Marching Club will parade through the Vieux Carre handing out fava beans and silk flowers. Lucky ladies may even get a dance or a serenade. The parade ends at the New Orleans Hilton, where the Club's annual gala will take place. 


The highlight of St. Joseph's Day are the many altars that overtake the city. At the heart of every altar is a statue of Joseph, surrounded by platters of Lenten-approved (oft-meatless) foods, like raw fruits & vegetables, candies, cookies, pastries, and the good luck token of St. Joe's, the fava bean. Donations are accepted at most of the altars as well. Fava beans are usually passed out to passersby, as this is the food that saved many Italians from starving during the famine. Altars are held at many local churches but also at community centers, private homes that open to the public, and even bars like Lost Love Lounge and restaurants like AVO. 


Here is NoDef's list of St. Joe's Day altars in the Orleans Parish: 

  • Academy of the Sacred Heart (4301 St. Charles Ave.) March 20, 9AM-2PM
  • AVO Restaurant (5908 Magazine Street) March 18, 11AM-2PM
  • Beauregard-Keyes House (1113 Chartres St.) March 16-18, 10AM-1PM
  • Blessed Francis X. Seelos Church (3053 Dauphine St.) March 18-19, 9AM-5PM
  • Brother Martin High School (4401 Elysian Fields) March 19, 10AM-6PM
  • De La Salle High School (5300 St. Charles Ave.) March 20, 9AM-4PM
  • Holy Cross School (5500 Paris Ave.) March 20, 9AM-4PM
  • Immaculate Conception Church (130 Baronne St.) March 18-20, 8AM-4PM
  • Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine St.) March 19, 12PM-close
  • Mount Carmel Academy (7027 Milne Blvd.) March 17, 7:30AM-6PM
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe (400 Basin St.) March 19, 7:30AM-4PM
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea Church (1835 St. Roch Ave.) March 17-19, 10AM-4PM
  • Rouses Markets (15 locations) 
  • St. Augustine (1210 Gov. Nicholls St.) March 18, 11AM-till
  • St. Augustine High School (2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave.) March 16-17, 8AM-3PM
  • St. Dominic (775 Harrison Ave.) March 16-17, 9AM-6PM
  • St. Francis of Assisi (6122 1/2 Patton St.) March 18-19, 1PM-4PM
  • St. Gabriel the Archangel (4700 Pineda St.) March 17-20, 9AM-4PM
  • St. Joseph (1802 Tulane Ave.) March 20, 9AM-5PM
  • St. Mary's Assumption Church (923 Josephine St.) March 18-19, 10AM-4PM
  • St. Patrick (724 Camp St.) March 18-19, 8AM-6:30PM
  • St. Raymond (2916 Paris Ave.) March 18-19, 1-5PM
  • St. Rita (8915 Edinburgh St.) March 18-19, 12PM-5PM
  • Xavier University (1 Drexel Dr.) March 16, 8AM-5PM


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