New Orleans Performing Arts

For a relatively small city, New Orleans has a remarkably vibrant and varied performing-arts community. While there are many traditional performance venues around town, one of the most exciting movements in recent years is the fringe theater action along Saint Claude Avenue, in the Bywater neighborhood. The annual Fringe Theater Festival brings pop-up performances, but there are also some permanent

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Allways Lounge and Theatre

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

Anthony Bean Community Theater

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

Art for Art's Sake

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

Bayou Playhouse

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

Celebration in the Oaks

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

Chris Owens' Easter Parade

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

Christmas New Orleans Style

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

Contemporary Arts Center

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

Crescent City Lights Youth Theater

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

Essence Music Festival

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


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