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June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez



June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant



July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


Top of the Hops: Courtyard Brewery Hosts Inaugural Louisiana Hop Festival

On Thursday, Courtyard Brewery will host the first ever Louisiana Hop Festival, a showcase of the best brews from the Boot. The one-day fest will benefit the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, and offers a chance for hopheads, beer snobs, and brew newbies alike to grab a pint and enjoy music, food, and drinks as the work week comes to an end.


“We’re bringing beer culture back to New Orleans,” said Scott Wood, brewer and owner at Courtyard Brewery. Until the 1930s, the Crescent City was one of the foremost cities for the beer industry. In the almost century that has passed, the brewing business is still fledgling. As NoDef shared a few years back, Courtyard Brewery is Wood’s loving ode to the beer biz — so it makes sense that his logical next move would be a statewide celebration of the brewing community. “There are just thirty or so breweries in Louisiana which, relatively speaking, is a far cry from most other states,” explained Wood. “The fest is celebration of our tight knit community. We want to inspire growth in the industry, as well as generate awareness what we are doing at our breweries.” 


The Courtyard team invited a handful of beer houses to participate, but the majority of the 20+ breweries on the roster came aboard through word of mouth. The full roster as of publication includes the Parish Brewing Company, Gnarly Barley Brewing, NOLA Brewing Company, Urban South Brewery, Great Raft Brewing, Bayou Teche Brewing, Second Line Brewing, Chafunkta Brewing Company, Wayward Owl Brewing, 40 Arpent Brewing, Tin Roof Brewing, Mudbug Brewery, Southern Prohibition, Burial Beer Co., Lagunitas Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing, Oskar Blues, Ballast Point Brewing, and Maine Beer / Stone Brewing Company. 


Just a handful of breweries repped are out-of-state companies, with the majority of the list offering a comprehensive look at Louisiana brewery trends. The creed inspiring Louisiana Hop is rising tides float all ships, and Wood believes that a celebration of the local beer industry will inspire more New Orleanians to sip and think on their next pint next time they’re around town. “We want new faces, new people to experience what we do and bring them into the fold.” Part of the way Louisiana Hop Fest will do that is by tapping exclusively specialty or one-off beers, and not featuring any beer offered year round. “It’s not just a drink fest,” explained Wood. “We’re celebrating what drove most of us to get into the industry.” And lest the event’s details mislead you (the festival officially begins at 4:20PM on yes, April 20th), the only thing on hand for consumption is beer. 


Courtyard brewed thirteen beers for the fest. A standout offering at the fest is Imaginary Flowers, a collaborative effort between Wood and Matt Horney, the head brewer at Mandeville’s Old Rail Brewing Company. The sour IPA, featuring subtle tartness blending kiwi and lime, touts the skills of the two seasoned brewmasters. They implemented dry hopping, which means to add the hops into the brew after fermentation, to impart flavor and subtle aromatics without the bitterness that goes with hops. Two versions of the Added Dimension — one brew a hibiscus IPA, the other with coconut — will be on hand, as will be beers with names like Cheddar Hawk and S3ND N00dZ. 


Of course, no NOLA event would be complete without a lineup of food vendors and live music. The brewery’s regular Thursday night vendor Taylor Made Wings will be joined by recent James Beard semifinalist Turkey and the Wolf and Stein’s Market and Deli. “Dan Stein is a champion of craft beer in the city,” said Wood of the deli’s storeowner. “He’s a large part of the modern NOLA craft beer awareness.” Bands set to perform are The Bad Mimosas, Sun Year, De Lune Deluge, Strange Roux, and Wahala Boys feat. Weedie. 


There is no cover for the one-day event, though the Courtyard team is offering a presale package for $25 in person /$26 online, which includes a 16 oz glass, commemorative poster, and eight tasting pours. Kids and dogs are welcome at the event. Find the full event details below. 


Louisiana Hop Festival

Courtyard Brewery, 1020 Erato St. 

April 20, 4:20PM-9PM

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