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Defender Picks



July 26th

Gloria Park & the Arrowhead Jazz Band

The Mint, 2PM

Music at the Old U.S. Mint


Kaya Nicole Band

The Maison, 4PM

Samba & Bossa Nova sounds


Mid-Week Mindfulness 

Longue Vue, 6PM

Decompress from the stress


Debachuerous Duets

Allways Lounge, 7PM

5th anniversary of Esoterotica's duets


The Rocketboys

Siberia, 7PM

Feat. The Whistles & The Bells


Space Kadet

Howlin’ Wolf, 8PM

Their New Orleans debut


The Boondock Saints

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A rooftop showing 



Side Bar, 8:30PM

Feat. Eric “Benny” Bloom + David Torkanowsky


The Love Witch

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Free screening of the Anna Biller feminist flick


George Romero Retrospective

Bar Redux, 9PM

Dawn of the Dead, The Crazies, Night of the Living Dead  


Organized Crime & Friends

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Feat. Cliff Hines


Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

Spotted Cat, 10PM

A jazzy midweek show


July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar


Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez


Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan


Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover


Singing In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic


Meek Mill

Lakefront Arena, 8PM

Feat. Yo Gotti + YFN Lucci


Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics



July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


John Waters Film Festival


The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester


Astrology: Basics of Chart Reading

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Demystifying the chart: glyphs, houses, aspects, and more


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz


Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime


Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 



Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke


Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band


Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 


July 29th

Cocktail Treasure Hunt

Chartres House, 10AM

Hosted by the Krewe of Crescent City Dames


Stretch Your Day Out

The Drifter Hotel, 10AM

Poolside yoga


Summer Shrimp Boil-Off

Seaworthy, 2PM

Three chefs compete to make the best boil


Brush Lettering Workshop

Lionheart Prints, 2PM

Learn the art of penmanship


Cool Down Block Party

4100-4300 Magazine St., 5PM

Live music, free drinks, special sales, and more



Pan American Stadium, 6:30PM

Gaffa FC versus Cajun Soccer Club


Hot Summer Nights in the Ice Pit

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

A night of comedy


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8PM

Monthly showcase at HOB


Mythological Hybrids 

Bar Redux, 9PM

Psych-rock sci-fi


Rocky Horror Picture Show

MechaCon Convention, 12AM

Feat. shadow cast, costumes, props 


July 30th

Brunch & Burn

St. Roch Market, 10AM

Yogalates, with food & mimosas to follow


Free Yoga Class

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

$1 off beers for all attendees


Sacred Marketplace

Congo Square, 12PM

Unveiling the refurbished historic marker


Harry Potter's Birthday Party

Tubby & Coo's, 2PM

It's the boy wizard's bday


Cauche Mar & Evers

Castillo Blanco Art Studios, 9PM

Feat. Delish Da Goddess, Ekumen, Pine Box Social



Prytania Theatre, 10PM

Christopher Nolan's mind-bending masterpiece


July 31st

The Well

St. Anna's Episcopal Church, 2PM

A woman's poetry circle


Start-Up Institute for Small Businesses

Urban League of Louisiana, 5:30PM

Start of month-long business training program


Larry Correia

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing and reading from Monster Hunter Siege


Elemental Dignities

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Working with the elements in tarot


August Alsina

House of Blues, 7PM

NOLA-born musician


Helen Gillet

Bacchanal, 7:30PM

Sip some wine and listen to the jazzy starlet 


Burlesque Bingo

Bar Mon Cher, 8PM

Lefty Lucy presents the art of the tease and bingo


Faun and a Pan Flute

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Atlanta musicians take over the Instant Opus series

Best Fête

Celebrate Bastille Day With Parties, Wine, Waiter Races, and More

This weekend (7.14-7.16) offers the chance for New Orleanians to toast the red, white, and blue of a different sort — this time in honor of our French ancestors. Bastille Day (or le quatorze juillet) commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789, an event that ignited the French Revolution. It’s also a chance to celebrate the country’s daughter, La Nouvelle-Orléans. Check out NoDef's list of events below, and laissez les bons temps rouler. 



Bastille Day Fête (NOMA, 6PM)

Named one of the best Bastille Day celebrations in the country, this annual party celebrates the French connection in La Nouvelle-Orléans. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789, an event that ignited the French Revolution. Activities at NOMA include art tours, cooking demos, musical entertainment, and much more. 


Bastille Day Wine Dinner (The Grill Room at the Windsor Court, 6:30PM)

The Grill Room's Chef de Cuisine Gabriel Charpentier hosts a six course French-focused dinner, paired with wines from Alsace, Bordeaux, and Savennieres. 


Bastille Day WIne Dinner (Arnaud's, 7PM)

Arnaud's will open its historic doors for a four course dinner designed by Chef Tommy DiGiovanni. Some of the finest champagne from France, Moet & Chandon, will be flowing. 




Two Mile Race (St. Bernard State Park, 8:15AM)

The Chalmette Track Club presents a morning run around the park. Every runner will receive a Bastille Day t-shirt, and can indulge in French fare like wine and cheese. 


French Cultural Fete (Louisiana Children's Museum, 11AM)

This free museum day kicks off with story time at 11AM in The French Library, complete with French and English tales and games. The rest of the party will offer kid-friendly activities like crafting an illuminated Eiifel Tower with fireworks, bottle cap macaron ornaments, amd coloring the French flag. LCM will also host a French language scavenger hunt through the museum. 


Faubourg St. John Celebration (3100 Ponce de Leon, 4:30PM)

La Nouvelle-Orléans has deep French roots, but there's something special about celebrating in Faubourg St. John, the original neighborhood of the French Creole aristocracy. Venture over for an epic block party, featuring kids acitivities, art markets, and costume costumes for all aspiring Napoleons and Marie Antoinettes. Live music will be supplied by Harmonouche, Ukelele Jake, and High Ground Drifters. Attendees can sample bites from 1000 Figs, Cafe Degas, Fairgrounds Coffee House, Liuzza’s by the Track, Lola’s, Pal’s Lounge, Santa Fe, Swirl Wines, and Toast.




Bartender and Waiters Race (1100 N. Peters St., 4PM)

One of the great traditions of Bastille Day are the annual (and worldwide) waiter races, with NOLA's edition celebrating the thriving F&B industry with the inclusion of bartenders as well to walk (not run!) without spilling any food or drinks from their prepared race trays. Music, food, and market wares will be available at the French Market. 


Vive La France Musical Extravaganza (Trinity Episcopal Church, 5PM)

Have a Bonne Fête Nationale, and round out your Francophile weekend with a free concert highlighting classical and contemporary music of the country. Saxophonist Calvin Johnson will perform, as well as trumpeter Fritzgeral Barrau. Also on the lineup are Phil The Tremolo King & Trio, singer/guitarist Maria Victoire, Albina Prizgintas & Les Amis, Les Bohemiens Instrumental Ensemble, Jean Montes, dancer Nanette Ledet, and NOCHE Harp Ensemble with "Music de Bretagne." 

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