Events & Festivals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Orleans Oyster Festival is May 30-31 at Woldenberg Park on the Riverfront

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Sonya Thomas wins the 2010 Acme Oyster Eating Contest at the New Orleans Oyster Festival. - NEW ORLEANS OSYTER FESTIVAL
  • Sonya Thomas wins the 2010 Acme Oyster Eating Contest at the New Orleans Oyster Festival.

The New Orleans Oyster Festival features a trio of oyster contests, oysters dishes and plenty of seafood from local restaurants, live music, a craft market and more. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31 at Woldenberg Park on the Riverfront.

The Acme Oyster Eating Contest is at 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Last year, winner Sonya Thomas (pictured) devoured 40 dozen oysters.The P&J Oyster Shucking Contest is at noon Saturday. There's also a largest oyster contest.

More than 20 local restaurants will offer dishes featuring oysters and other seafood and other dishes. Drago's Seafood Restaurant will serve char-broiled oysters. Arnaud's offers shrimp and oyster egg rolls with Creole soy sauce. Borgne offers oyster patties and deviled crab. Jacque's Imo's Cafe serves mushrooms stuffed with oyster dressing and its signature shrimp and alligator cheesecake. Red Fish Grill serves oyster muffulettas and barbecue oyster po-boys. There also are non-seafood items and desserts.

The music lineup includes Treme Brass Band, Colin Lake, Corey Henry's Treme Funketet on Saturday. Sunday features One A-Chord gospel choir, Rockin' Dopsie Rj. and the Zydeco Twisters and Marcia Ball.

The festival was created in 2010 to highlight Louisiana oysters. A portion of proceeds from this year's festival benefit the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana's Oyster Shell Recycling Program, ORA Estuaries and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation's Artificial Reef Program. Admission to the festival is free.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Y@ Speak: disrupting

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Y@ Speak is back from a short break and is ready to disrupt the Twitter industry with sweeping changes in the delivery of great content by continuing to provide the tweets you want, when you want them (on most Mondays, exclusively around noon-ish). In this week's edition, termites are probably still in your shirt, we say goodbye to Monty Williams, Gov. Bobby Jindal does things, and goats go to Bayou Boogaloo.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bicycle Second Line rolls May 17

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2015 at 11:56 AM


Events like Critical Mass—swaths of cyclists gathered to take back the streets—erupt in cities across the country from week to week, with a decidedly political message. But in New Orleans, there's a bicycle second line instead.   

It's Bike Easy's annual, casual, slow ride that leaves from and ends in City Park on May 17, led by the Red Hot Brass Band—think fewer politics, more music. The pace averages seven to 10 miles per hour.

The ride leaves from the lawn in front of the sculpture garden at 10 a.m., though Bike Easy is asking people to register around 9 a.m. It's free and open to the public, with a chance to buy or renew a Bike Easy membership and contribute to the organization's campaign to make New Orleans streets safer for cyclists. If you become a member at the second line, you get a free Bicycle Second Line t-shirt.

The Fraternal Order of Police and the New Orleans Police Department will also be on hand to help people register their bikes. The ride will return to the park around 1 p.m. 

If you don't have a bike, you can rent one at RideTHISBike (231 Dauphine St.), where a portion of the proceeds will go to Bike Easy. 

After the ride, you'll only be a few blocks from Bayou Boogaloo

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Sunday: West Fest Mardi Gras Indian Parade

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 12:52 PM



SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015 - 1:30 P.M.

(Note: This event was originally scheduled for April 19, 2015. Route details below.)

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Sunday: Original Big 7's Annual Mother’s Day Second Line

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 12:41 PM


SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015 1 P.M.-5 P.M.

Original Big 7 Junior Steppers
Original Big 7 Synder Steppers
Original Big 7 New Addition

(Route details below)

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Café Hope and Zatarain’s to host Local Food Fest May 17

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Cafe Hope's outdoor garden will be the site of the second annual Local Food Fest fundraiser May 17.
  • Cafe Hope's outdoor garden will be the site of the second annual Local Food Fest fundraiser May 17.

Marrero’s Café Hope (1101 Barataria Blvd., 504-756-4673) and crawfish spice giant Zatarain’s will be joining forces May 17 when they hold the second annual Local Food Fest at the West Bank nonprofit's outdoor garden. 

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include dishes from more than 20 participating New Orleans restaurants and food vendors, including Coquette, Boucherie, St. James Cheese Company, Maurepas Foods, Angeline, Pizza Delicious, Felix's Oyster House, Steamboat Natchez and Humble Bagel, among others.  Craft beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase. 

While entrance to the festival is free, proceeds from the sales of food and beverages will go towards Café Hope, which works with at-risk youth, training them in culinary arts while teaching valuable life skills during a 16-week program. Students are encouraged to cook with local and sustainable ingredients, sourcing produce from a host of local farms and community gardens.  

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Music Box Roving Village holds final concerts May 8-9

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 5:55 PM

A performance at the Music Box Roving Village. - WILLIAM WIDMER
  • A performance at the Music Box Roving Village.

The final concerts at the Music Box Roving Village (1055 Harrison Ave.) are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. May 8-9, when guitarist, experimental composer and No Wave pioneer Arto Lindsay conducts an orchestra featuring Animal Collective's Josh Dibb, Japanther's Ian Vanek, Meschiya Lake, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Aurora Nealand, Quintron, Sean Yeseult, Earl Scioneaux III and others. The events also feature swing dancers, Caramel Curves Motorcycle Club and Dirty South 504 Boyz Horse Club. The Music Box project combines visual and performance art and music.

The original Music Box, aka Dithyrambalina, aka the musical shantytown, featured miniature homes constructed as musical architecture on a lot in Bywater. Artists Swoon and New Orleans Airlift organized the project and it featured many musical performances, recording sessions and special guests, including My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Wilco's Nils Cline, Thurston Moore, Hamid Drake, Mannie Fresh and many others. The Roving Village is the second iteration of the project (previewed here and here). The Roving Village expo closes May in 10.

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Last call for New Orleans "Emerging Chefs Challenge"

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 11:50 AM

2013 Emerging Chefs Challenge winners Lincoln Owens, Nick Lama and Nick Hufft. - CHERYL GERBER
  • 2013 Emerging Chefs Challenge winners Lincoln Owens, Nick Lama and Nick Hufft.


Nominations are closing tomorrow for Gambit's third annual Emerging Chefs Challenge, the annual event where up-and-coming culinary whizzes present their specialties to members of the public, who then vote on the winner. The 2013 champion was Nick Lama of Gautreau's, and the 2014 winner was Le Foret's Brandon Felder. This year's event will be held July 8.

If you know a local chef who has worked as a head chef or chef/owner for fewer than three years and is currently employed in the New Orleans area, send a brief biography and reasons why he or she should be honored to Deadline is May 7.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Y@ Speak: skywriters in flight, afternoon delight

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM

A skywriter clogged everyone's Instagram feeds as if one person's sky was different from everyone else's, Jazz Fest concluded its second weekend with a small country of crowds, and hey, remember when it rained terrifyingly hard and a train fell off a bridge? Good times. Also in this week's Twitter roundup: libraries, New Orleans Saints news and a vandalized St. Roch Market.

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The Meters, Lenny Kravitz and Anders Osborne at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Anders Osborne performs on the Acura Stage. - WILL COVIELLO
  • Anders Osborne performs on the Acura Stage.

On the closing day of Jazz Fest, the Acura Stage hosted a parade of guitar rock sets. George Porter Jr. kicked off the day with his Runnin' Pardners and returned for a reunion of The Meters. Anders Osborne and Lenny Kravitz also performed before Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue closed the festival.

Fans may have wondered whether Osborne would be able to perform. He tweeted earlier in the week that he had a back problem, and he managed it by playing guitars mounted in set positions on their own stands. Stage hands replaced them stand-and-all throughout the set. The show featured many of the harder-edged rock and rumbling, fuzzy blues he's often brought to Jazz Fest sets, such as "Move Back to Mississippi" and "Dyin' Days," which included a brief detour into Neil Young's "Down By the River." But the set also featured some mellower tunes, such as a song cowritten with John Michael Rouchell called "Tchoupitoulas Street Parade," which Osborne said he was debuting. The end of the set was an extended light reggae jam of "Sarah Anne." 

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