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Garden District Book Shop, 6PM
From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM
Book publishing workshop
Dillrd University, 7PM
Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness
The Carver, 7PM
World soul jazz music
Loyola University, 7PM
Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees
St. Roch Tavern, 8PM
Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke
Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM
Blue Nile, 9PM
Interstellar future funk
Snug Harbor, 10PM
Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM
Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
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.
Hosted by the Convention Center Marriot & The Sugar Mill, Bourbon Fest allows one to pick their own alcoholic adventure, as a whopping 84 spirits are slated for feature throughout the festival — showcasing favorites like Bulleit and Woodford Reserve alongside smaller distillery productions by Virgil Kaine and Tuthilltown Spirits. Moderation will be key for Friday and Saturday’s Grand Tasting at The Sugar Mill, where not only will the venue be transformed into a 1920s style New Orleans speakeasy, but all bourbons will be available to taste.
If partaking in an event that'll leave you with a hangover lasting into the middle of the week doesn't fit your 9-to-5 lifestyle, Saturday afternoon’s lineup can bring one to a state of mental intoxication instead. An impressive list of speakers are scheduled to espouse all things bourbon. Greg Davis, Master Distiller and Director of Distillery Operations for Maker’s Mark, will be hosting Maker’s Farm to Bottle Process. The Women in Bourbon Panel will feature Carla Carlton, Susan Reigler, Peggy Noe Stevens on hand to discuss the ever-expanding role of women within all facets of the industry. Rounding out the list of must-see events, historian Michael Veach will lead audiences through Bourbon’s New Orleans Connection, where the “origin of Bourbon as a whiskey developed to sell in New Orleans” will be explored.
Closing out the weekend will be an Awards Brunch, where the best of the best will be celebrated. Bourbon Fest’s tickets are tiered and offered for each individual event, but the “Connoisseur” packages is NoDef's best bet. Available for both Friday and Saturday, the $189 ticket allows access to all afternoon seminars of your choice as well as an inclusive Grand Tasting experience in the evening. Most seminars have limited room, so reserving a seat is in order. 25% of profits from the festival will be donated to the St. Michael Special School.
Pro-Tip: Thursday the 23rd, in conjunction with Bourbon Fest, many area restaurants will be hosting bourbon dinner pairings priced at $130. See the full list here.
Learn more about the first ever New Orleans Bourbon Festival here.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz