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  • 1. Essence Music Festival

    Music Festivals

    Held around Independence Day, this three-day festival draws top names in R&B, pop, and hip-hop to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The event...Read More

  • 2. Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

    Tremé | Music

    A $27 million post-Katrina renovation returned the lights to this fabulous stage and restored the sculpture-filled Armstrong Park grounds. With...Read More

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  • 3. Allways Lounge and Theatre

    Faubourg Marigny | Theater

    From contemporary burlesque to Brecht's Threepenny Opera , the Allways provides an enticing array of avant-garde theater and performance art...Read More

  • 4. Anthony Bean Community Theater

    Uptown | Theater

    This community theater also houses an acting school, providing young local actors with an audience. Productions include musical dramatizations...Read More

  • 5. Art for Art's Sake

    Music

    Art lovers and people-watchers alike pack Warehouse District and Magazine Street galleries in early October for the annual Saturday-evening...Read More

  • 6. Bayou Playhouse

    Lockport | Theater

    Theater buffs routinely make the hour's drive from downtown New Orleans to this unique theater that sits on the banks of Bayou Lafourche in...Read More

  • 7. Celebration in the Oaks

    Music

    City Park's majestic oaks, Botanical Gardens, Carousel Garden, and Storyland amusement park are awash in holiday lights and decorations during...Read More

  • 8. Chris Owens' Easter Parade

    Cultural Festivals

    Iconic local entertainer Chris Owens has been putting on her finest feathery hat and leading the Easter Sunday parade for more than 30 years...Read More

  • 9. Christmas New Orleans Style

    Concerts

    Canal Street sparkles with the season's decorations, and historic homes put on their holiday best. St. Louis Cathedral opens its doors for free...Read More

  • 10. Contemporary Arts Center

    Warehouse District | Theater

    The center's theater hosts experimental works, burlesque, productions by local playwrights, musical performances, and multimedia events. ...Read More

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  • 11. Crescent City Lights Youth Theater

    CBD | Theater

    Summer Stages Children's Theater presents kid- and family-oriented productions by budding actors ages 7 to 17 in the Greater New Orleans area. ...Read More

  • 12. Film Buffs Progam

    Uptown | Film

    This Loyola University program screens independent, classic, and foreign films during the school year. ...Read More

  • 13. Friends of Germaine Well Easter Parade

    Cultural Festivals

    Socialite Germaine Wells, step-daughter of the founder of Arnaud's Restaurant (and eventually its owner), started this New York–style Easter...Read More

  • 14. Friends of Music

    Uptown | Music

    This organization brings superior performers from all over the world to Tulane University's Dixon Hall. Concerts take place approximately once...Read More

  • 15. Gay Easter Parade

    Cultural Festivals

    Fashion takes a front seat at this parade, which ambles through the Quarter midafternoon on Easter Sunday, passing gay and gay-owned bars,...Read More

  • 16. Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Cultural Festivals

    For more than 65 years, the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club has put on a Saturday-afternoon-before-St. Paddy's Day parade with floats,...Read More

  • 17. Jefferson Ballet Theatre

    Lakefront | Dance

    This community-based dance school and ballet company stages a few public performances each year, including festive balls and an annual winter...Read More

  • 18. Jefferson Performing Arts Society

    Metairie | Music

    A wonderful fount of culture, if a bit out-of-the-way, the society stages musicals, ballets, recitals, kids' theater, and operas at multiple...Read More

  • 19. Jim Monaghan's St. Patrick's Parade

    Cultural Festivals

    On the Friday night before St. Patty's Day (March 17), this parade kicks off at the well-known Irish bar Molly's at the Market. Horse-drawn...Read More

  • 20. Le Petit Théâtre

    French Quarter | Theater

    The oldest continuously running community theater in the United States occupies a historic building in the French Quarter and puts on quality...Read More

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