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On the Go: September/October 2019

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FRI 27

🆓 Columbia Street Block Party

North Columbia St., Covington. Enjoy live music and DJs throughout the historic St. John district as classic cars fill the streets. 6:30 pm.

🆓 How Do You Cook Dat

Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center. Learn how to make meals featuring ingredients found at the Broadmoor Food Pantry. Call 504.249.5130 to reserve your spot. Repeats every month on the fourth Friday. 11 am–1 pm.

LOVE in the Garden

New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. Join NOMA for its annual soiree with dancing and dining under the stars. Tickets starts at $75. Main event starts at 8 pm.

Gretna Heritage Festival (continues all weekend)

Old Gretna, Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna. Learn about the various cultures of Gretna at this music festival complete with games, activities, food, and drinks. Ticket prices vary. Times vary by day during the festival weekend.


SAT 28

Gleason Gras + Saints Pep Rally

Champions Square. Kick off the Saints season with fellow fans and raise money for Team Gleason. $10 suggested donation. 5–10:30 pm.

‘70s Soul Jam

Saenger Theatre. Soul Jam artists the Stylistics, Delfonics, Emotions, Heatwave, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes bring their smooth tunes to New Orleans for one night only. Ticket prices vary. Show starts at 8 pm.

🆓 Arts Market

Palmer Park. Monthly, open-air arts and local food market. Live music throughout the day. 10 am–4 pm.

🆓 L.O.C.A.L.S Fest

Louis Armstrong Park. Learn about local small businesses and support new startups amidst music and art in the park. Donations encouraged. 11 am–6 pm.

🆓 Hispanic Heritage Festival

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage in the park with performances by Hispanic artists. 1–8 pm.

MAKE Break Boo-tiful Pumpkins

Michael’s, S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. Start Halloween season a month early with this pumpkin decorating workshop. Shop around for a craft pumpkin and use provided supplies to decorate it. 1–3 pm.


SUN 29

Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys

Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Cheer on the Saints as they take on the Cowboys in the dome. Ticket prices vary. Kickoff is at 7:20 pm.


City Park. Take a stroll through the park to raise money in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Participation prices vary by age. Higher registration fees charged on the day of the event. Registration begins at 7 am. Walk begins at 8:30 am.

MAKE Break Fall Floral Pumpkin

Michael’s, S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. Get in the fall spirit with this pumpkin decorating workshop. Shop around for a craft pumpkin and decorate using provided supplies. 2–4 pm.


MON 30

🆓 New Orleans Trombone Choir

East Bank Regional Library. Metairie. Listen to eight trombonists play live. 7–9 pm.





Saenger Theatre. The hit Broadway musical comes to New Orleans just in time for the spooky month of October. Ticket prices vary. Show performances occur throughout the month ending on October 20. Showtimes vary by day.

Finding Focus

Longue Vue House and Gardens. An adaptive yoga session based on the seasonal attractions in the gardens. Physical limits should not keep you from participating. $10 donation suggested. 5:30–6:30 pm.

🆓 Marybeth Lima

East Bank Regional Library. Metaurue. Meet local birder and author Marybeth Lima as she talks about her book “Adventures of a Louisiana Birder.” 7–8:30 pm.



Thursdays at Twilight: Harvey Jesus and Fire

City Park. Louisiana’s premiere dance band will get you on the dance floor with their extensive playlist. $10/person admission. 5–8 pm.



Miranda Lambert: Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour

Smoothie King Center. Country music star goes on tour with supporting artists Maren Morris, Pistol Annies, and Tenille Townes. Ticket prices vary. Show starts at 7 pm.

Scales and Ales

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Dive into a night of delicious cuisine, drinks, and live entertainment to celebrate sharks. 8–11 pm.

🆓 Oktoberfest (continues each Friday & Saturday till October 19)

Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St., New Orleans. Celebrate Oktoberfest at this new spot across from City Park. 4–11 pm, Fridays. 1–11 pm, Saturdays.




New Orleans Museum of Art. Join NOMA’s artist’s choice film series with a screening of American teen musical drama “Fame.” 5–7 pm.

Jefferson Parish Library Literature Fest

East Bank Regional Library. Metairie. 9:30 am–4:30 pm.

Great Pumpkin Event 🎃

Michael’s, S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. Make your very own great pumpkin inspired by your costume or favorite Halloween character. Buy the craft pumpkin and use provided supplies to decorate it. 1–3 pm.

Fall Garden Festival (continues all weekend)

City Park. Visit the Botanical Gardens for exhibits, plant sales, educational programs, and live music. Free for Friends of City Park members and $10/person for general admission. Festival opens at 10 am each day.



Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Cheer on the Saints as they take on the Bucs in the dome. Ticket prices vary. Kickoff at noon.

Celebracion Latina

Audubon Zoo. Experience a true taste of Latin American culture with live music and authentic Latin cuisine from local restaurants. Free admission with Zoo admission or Audubon Nature Institute membership. 11 am–4 pm.



🆓 Big Book Sale (continues all weekend)

Pontchartrain Convention and Civic Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Support Jefferson Public Libraries by buying used books, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, and more at this four-day book sale. Times vary by day.

Thursdays at Twilight: New Orleans Mystics

City Park. Enjoy songs from the Temptations, O’Jays, Marvin Gaye, and Otis Redding in a tribute to Motown. $10/admission. 5–8 pm.

Gracias Christmas Cantata

UNO Lakefront Arena. Witness the showstopping national musical experience that will fill your heart with the Christmas spirit. Visit for more information.


FRI 11

🆓 Gentilly Fest (continues all weekend)

Pontchartrain Park, 6500 Park Dr., New Orleans. Get festive in Gentilly’s annual weekend-long festival. Times vary by day.


SAT 12

🆓 Gretna Oktoberfest

German-American Cultural Center, 519 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna. Celebrate Oktoberfest with authentic German beer, brats, and live music. 10 am–3 pm.

Carnaval Latino

Various locations around the city. Celebrate the Latin culture of all the Americas, carnaval-style. A parade will take place throughout the city and several venues will host Latin artists. For more information, visit

Japan Fest

New Orleans Museum of Art. Participate in the largest celebration of Japanese culture in the Gulf South with traditional dance groups, food, martial arts, and arts. Free for NOMA members. $5/person for non-members. 10 am–4 pm.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Mahalia Jackson Theater. Experience Harry Potter in a brand new way as the theater screens the movie while Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs the score live. Tickets start at $10/person. 7:30 pm.


WED 16

New Orleans Film Festival (continues till October 23)

Various theaters across New Orleans. View and learn about new films from prominent and emerging filmmakers. Ticket prices vary. Showtimes vary.



Thursdays at Twilight: Paul Soniat and Special Guests

City Park. Director of the New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens performs his original songs. $10/person admission. 5–8 pm.

Ghosts in the Oaks (continues all weekend) 🎃

City Park. Storyland and the amusement park transform into a haunted landscape with trick or treating, rides, and a pumpkin patch. General admission 6–9 pm.

Dara Tucker at Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Jazz vocalist and songwriter Dara Tucker performs at the museum. $11/person senior admission. $13.50/person adult admission. 6–8 pm.


FRI 18

“The Sound of Music” (continues till October 27)

Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Watch the classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein brought to life by Jefferson Performing Arts. Tickets start at $20/person. Recurring performances through October 27. Times vary.

Weston Spiro

New Orleans Jazz Museum. Los Angeles native travels to New Orleans to perform piano, electric piano, organ, and vocals inspired by church music. $8/person. 2–3 pm.


SAT 19

Tails But No Black Tie

City Park. The park becomes a country estate filled with the nation’s finest horses, catered food, and an open bar. For more information and ticket sales, visit Gates open at 4 pm.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

City Park. Support breast cancer research by participating in this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Registration costs vary. 7–10 am.

O What a Night!

Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Ogden Museum’s annual black-tie fundraiser will include music, dancing, cocktails, cuisine, and art auctions. Visit for more information and tickets. 6–11 pm.

🆓 Krewe of Boo Parade 🎃

Wear your Halloween costume a little early to go watch New Orleans annual Halloween parade and bring home some throws to add to your costume. Visit to see parade route. 6:30 pm.

Risotto and Cannolis Adult Cooking Night

Culinary Kids, 915 Marigny Ave., Mandeville. Join the Corks and Cooking adult cooking club and staff chef in making risotto and cannolis. BYOB. $60/person advanced registration required. Space is limited. 6–8 pm.

MAKE Break Halloween T-Shirt 🎃

Michael’s, S. Claiborne Ave. Create your own Halloween costume. Buy a T-shirt and use provided supplies to decorate it. 1–3 pm.


SUN 20

Yoga with a Vue

Longue Vue House and Gardens. All-levels yoga hosted in the Longue Vue gardens with a tour for visitors after the session. Free for members. $5 for non-members. 10–11 am.

Halloween Spooktacular 🎃

Roussel Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Attend the orchestra prior to the Saints game. Halloween costumes are welcome. $15/person. 2 pm.



Thursdays at Twilight: Boogiemen Swing Band

City Park. Sway and swing through the night to the music of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, and Harry Connick Jr. $10/person admission. 5–8 pm.

Romantic German Masters

Orpheum Theater. Experience German classics from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra featuring guest cellist Lynn Harrell. Tickets start at $20. 7:30 pm.


FRI 25

“November” (continues each weekend till November 10)

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. A politically incorrect look at the figures who run our country to get you ready for the upcoming election day. Tickets are $35/person. 

“The Color Purple” (continues till October 27)

Mahalia Jackson Theater. The play adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel comes to New Orleans for a weekend of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues. Ticket prices vary. 7:30 pm only Friday. 2 pm matinee, and 7:30 pm showings Saturday and Sunday.

Halloween at City Putt (continues till October 27) 🎃

City Park. Share Halloween treats and candy and test out your mini golf tricks at City Putt. $9/person admission. Recurring daily through October 27. 2–9 pm.

Brews and Boos (continues till October 26) 🎃

City Park. A Halloween-themed party fundraiser for City Park. Halloween costumes are welcome. Ticket prices vary. Repeats the next night. 10:30 pm–1:30 am.


SAT 26

🆓 Bat Festival

Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. Learn all about bats from bat gardening, a lecture, and bat-week recipes. Food trucks and concessions will be available. 10 am–4 pm.

🆓 NORD Fishing Rodeo

Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd. The 1st annual fishing rodeo will feature over 1,000 pounds of catfish in the lagoon, raffle prizes, and other fishing-related fun. 7–9:30 am.

Tour de Cure

UNO Lakefront Arena. Ride, run, walk in the 5K to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. $25 registration in advance. $35 registration day-of race.


SUN 27

Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals

Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Cheer on the Saints as they take on the Cardinals in the dome. Ticket prices vary. Kickoff is at 7:20 pm.

Crawloween (continues till October 28) 🎃

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Get spooked by learning about, and eating, some creepy crawlers. $3 admission, discount if you wear a costume. 10 am–4:30 pm.



“We Will Rock You”

Saenger Theatre. Queen’s musical tells the story of a futuristic world where the two main characters battle to bring back rock n’roll. Ticket prices vary. Show begins at 8 pm.


THURS 31      Happy Halloween 🎃

Thursdays at Twilight: Panorama Spooktacular Show for Halloween 🎃

City Park. Cover band Panorama plays music from New Orleans artists of different genres. Halloween costumes are welcome. $10/person admission. 5–8 pm.

Ancient Spirits 🎃

Orpheum Theater. Get in the spooky spirit with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets start at $20/person. 7:30 pm.


NOTE: 🆓= free or free to enter. Dates and times subject to change. 

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