The art boutique Miette will feature Mardi Gras float artists displaying and selling their works and pieces this Saturday, Nov. 28 to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to speak with the artists about their craftsmanship, as well as take pictures with the displayed float art.
The Light up NOLA Arts Fête will be have outdoor light installations along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard as part of the second annual Luna Fête, starting this Sunday, Nov. 29, and running to Dec. 5. New Orleans is one of the only three American cities along with New York and Boston that participate in a similar “festival of lights” inspired by the Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France.
The theme of this year’s St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade is “The Hat Pack”. There will be prizes for the best hats, and live music by Bart Ramsey on French accordion with members of the swing band Zazou City. The parade is free and open to the public.
The 2nd District’s 7th Annual Blues Festival will be held at Palmer Park this year, due to construction at Magazine and Napoleon. The event this Saturday, Nov. 21, is free and open to the public.
Lusher Charter School will host open house sessions this Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, at the Lusher Fortier Campus and the Middle School Campus, respectively. Applications for Lusher Charter School’s next school year are due by Jan. 8.
The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill will host a fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 8, to support the Community Commitment Education Center, which provides resources, programs, and weekly classes to the Leonidas neighborhood. Donation includes dinner at The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill and a preview showing of the Community Commitment Education Center’s new video produced by So-Called Media.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum will have a guest scientist address the similarities in South Carolina barbecuing and applying STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering) this Saturday, Nov. 7. The museum will be offering free admission all day Saturday in celebration of the first anniversary of their “Trail of Smoke & Fire” event, which examines barbecue culture throughout the South.
The Holy Name of Jesus School is holding its three-day community fair, Gator Fest, starting this Friday, Nov. 6. The school fair will feature carnival rides, live entertainment, and activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.
Wilson Charter School will hold its “A Family Night of Inspiration In Broadmoor” event this Thursday, Nov. 5. The event is free and will feature a live performance by Kermit Ruffins, as well as free food.
Four mothers who have lost their children to gun violence will share their stories and plans to help their communities end violence Thursday in commemoration of the first year of The Mother’s Circle, part of the Welcome Table New Orleans initiative of the Mayor’s Office.
Casa Borrega will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos early this year with a free masquerade event featuring live Latin dance music by Freddy Omar con Su Banda this Halloween. Food and drink will be on sale, and the entire restaurant will be turned into a multimedia Dia de los Muertos installation.
The Thibodeaux School of Music is hosting a spooky fun night for children of all ages today, Oct. 29. There will be trick-or-treating in the Thibodeaux classrooms, and the Thibodeaux faculty will be playing spooky musical sounds.
Starting today, Oct. 26, the New Orleans Police Department’s Second District is looking for toy donations or donations of $5 to benefit children at the Lafayette Academy Charter School. The toy drive will run until Dec. 11.
The Kiwanis Club of Third District is a civic club that holds weekly meetings at Maple Street Cafe. They will hold a yard sale this Saturday, Oct. 24 to fund scholarships and community projects.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is holding a second line in Audubon Park this Saturday, Oct. 24 to raise funds and awareness for mental illness. NAMI will be accepting donations of gently used and new shoes to send to developing nations as well.
Alliance Française is inviting the community to an apéro francophone at New Orleans Jazz Market this Thursday, Oct. 22. The event is open and free to the public and an opportunity to practice French and learn about options for learning to speak French.
The Encore Shop is a women’s resale clothing shop that supports the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The Encore Shop is having a fundraiser this Tuesday, Oct. 20, and the event will include a designer boutique, live music, food and drink.
Tonight will feature many neighborhoods, churches, and businesses across Uptown hosting block parties to celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime. Some of the biggest celebrations include a park party at the Lawrence Square Basketball Court and 24 Magazine street businesses holding sales and Crime Stoppers give-a-ways.
The School Fair is an annual open house event that provides information on kindergarten and prekindergarten schools for parents of preschool-aged children. Representatives from over 25 schools will have information tables at The School Fair held in the Children’s Hospital Auditorium this Tuesday, Oct. 13.
The Coliseum Square Association is hosting its annual house tour of houses in the Lower Garden District. The tour will visit five architecturally unique houses Sunday, Oct. 18, and Coliseum Square will have food trucks, as well as exhibit and sell paintings and photographs inspired by the Lower Garden District.