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New Orleans Festivals Guide: March 2014 

click to enlarge The Historic New Orleans Collection opens its courtyard for drinks and performances by Louisiana musicians during its monthly Concerts in the Courtyard series.
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection opens its courtyard for drinks and performances by Louisiana musicians during its monthly Concerts in the Courtyard series.

March

13, 20, 27Thursdays at Twilight (Botanical Garden's Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park, 5 Victory Ave., www.neworleanscitypark.com) — The weekly concert series features music ranging from Motown to jazz, with a different musician or group each week. Hours doors open at 5 p.m. Admission $10 adults, $3 ages 5-12.

14Concerts In the Courtyard (The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., 504-523-4662; www.hnoc.org) — The seventh annual event offers a monthly concert featuring Louisiana musicians playing in the courtyard and three complimentary beverages (beer and wine). Hours 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission $10, free for members.

14-16Louisiana Nursery Festival (4300 Highway 112, Forest Hill, 318-748-6300; www.louisiananurseryfestival.com) — The spring garden festival offers a plant sale, yard decor, garden products, lawn and golf equipment, food booths, entertainment, a parade and carnival rides. Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Admission $18 per day, $15 in advance.

14-16New Orleans Home & Garden Show (Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, 835-6383; www.neworleanshomeshows.com) — The event features cooking demonstrations, arts and antiques appraisals, home and garden products, special activities and more. Hours noon-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission $15 adult, $8 military with ID, free ages 12 and younger.

15Earth Fest (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-481-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org/earth-fest) — The annual festival features live entertainment, food vendors and arts and crafts. Businesses, nonprofit groups and government agencies present exhibits focusing on the environment and conservation. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with zoo admission: $17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 ages 2-12, free for members.

15New Orleans Sacred Music Festival (New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., 504-940-1130; www.neworleanssacredmusicfestival.com) — The third annual Sacred Music Festival features music, food, arts and crafts, educational booths, children's activities, a fire ceremony, Native American blessing and a women's circle. A portion of proceeds benefits The New Orleans Community Outreach program to provide healing center services to vulnerable residents. Hours noon-9 p.m. Admission $20, $15 in advance.

15NOLA Global Youth Festival (Louis Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-994-8459; www.globalyouthfestival.com) — The festival, part of NOLA Global Youth Week, features two stages of all-youth entertainment, a health fair and healthy living expo, job fair, exhibits by outreach organizations, arts and crafts vendors and more. Hours 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission free.

15-16Frisco Fest (San Francisco Plantation, 2646 Highway 44, Garyville, 985-535-2341; www.friscofest.com) — There are more than 100 arts and crafts booths, Cajun and Creole food, a cracklin cooking contest, 5K and 1-mile runs, a car show, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, bungee jump and more at the 11th annual spring festival. Hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free.

19, 26Wednesday at the Square (Lafayette Square, 500 block of St. Charles Avenue, 504-585-1500; www.wednesdayatthesquare.com) — The Wednesday evening concert series features New Orleans musicians, food and arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit the Young Leadership Council. Hours 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission free.

19-20Art in Bloom (New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 504-658-4100; www.noma.org) — The centerpiece of this annual festival is floral arrangements inspired by artworks at NOMA. There also are educational programs, a luncheon, fashion show and preview party. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Wed., 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu. Admission varies.

19-23Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (The Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 581-1144; www.tennesseewilliams.net) — The festival honors the playwright's works and literary life in the city he called his spiritual home. It features two days of master classes, panels, theater, food and music, not to mention writing competitions, a book fair and other parties. Hours vary. Admission varies.

21-22Demon Fest (Northwestern State University, Iberville Field, Natchitoches, 318-357-4398; www.knwdradio.org/demonfest) —Of Montreal headlines a music lineup of mostly indie bands from across the U.S. There also will be food, drinks and activities. Hours noon-midnight. Admission $10, free for NSU/LSMSA/BPCC students with ID.

21-22School House Rock (1600 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504-833-8224; www.slkfschool.com) — School House Rock celebrates the 60th birthday of St. Louis King of France School with food, music, family games, bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall and more. There's also an auction. Hours 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Admission free.

21-22Smokin' Blues and BBQ (Downtown Hammond, 985-969-8172; www.hammondbbq.com) — The annual barbecue festival turns downtown Hammond into a meat eater's mecca. There's live entertainment and a barbecue cook-off, which features teams cooking on-site from the wee hours in the morning till judges come around. Hours TBA. Admission free.

21-23Amite Oyster Festival (Downtown Amite, 985-969-5340; www.amiteoysterfestival.com) — Fresh oysters on the half shell and oyster po-boys are highlights of the menu at this annual festival, which also includes a rodeo, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors and live music. Hours 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

21-23Louisiana Swamp Stomp (Nicholls State University, 331 Madewood Drive, Thibodaux, 985-448-4965; www.nicholls.edu/swamp-stomp) — The sixth annual festival of south Louisiana culture features three days of music, zydeco dance lessons, regional foods, history and culture presentations, arts and crafts, a carnival and a gumbo cook-off on Saturday. Hours 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri., 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission $10 per day, $25 weekend pass.

22Bloomin' On the Bricks (Downtown riverbank, Natchitoches, 318-352-2746; www.natchitoches.net) — The 14th annual spring garden festival is on the riverbank in the city's historic district. There's a plant sale, live music, food, children's activities and vendors selling lawn and garden products, ironwork, yard art and more. Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission free.

22New Orleans International Beer Festival (Champions Square, 1 Lasalle St., 504-587-3663; www.neworleansinternationalbeerfest.com) — There's a cask beer garden, a cider garden, beer seminar, cigar and beer pairing, live music and unlimited sampling of more than 150 craft beers. Hours 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Admission $51.10 general, $30.70 designated driver, $86.85 VIP, $40.90 VIP designated driver.

22-23Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival (Louis Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; www.congosquarerhythms.com) — Featuring the music and dances of Africa, the American Gulf South and the Caribbean, the family friendly festival spotlights the cultural diversity of New Orleans. Haitian, bunk, hip-hop and brass bands will perform. Hours 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

23Dog Day Afternoon Walk-a-Thon & Festival (City Park, Big Lake Lawn, 504-762-3307; www.la-spca.org/dogday) — The event features a walk-a-thon, live music, pet-oriented vendors, food, drinks, games and more. Proceeds benefit the LA/SPCA. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free.

28-29Hogs for the Cause (New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds, 504-583-5550; www.hogsforthecause.org) — The festival, which benefits pediatric brain cancer outreach programs, features music performed on two stages Saturday, food and a pork cook-off. There's also a fundraising gala Friday (see website for details). Hours 4:45 p.m.-till Fri., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat. Admission $25 per day ($15 in advance), $75 VIP pass Fri., $100 VIP pass Sat., $150 VIP pass both days.

28-30Festa Italiana (Rivertown, Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, Kenner, 504-830-3720; www.italianheritagefestival.com) — The annual Italian heritage festival features live music, a genealogical work area, a large arts and crafts market, a St. Joseph's altar, a food and drink area and kids' activities. Hours 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun. Admission $5, free ages 12 and younger.

click to enlarge Antiques and art from dealers around the South are highlights of the Jackson Assembly Antiques and Art Show in March.
  • Antiques and art from dealers around the South are highlights of the Jackson Assembly Antiques and Art Show in March.

28-30Jackson Assembly Antiques and Art Show (1740 Charter Street, Jackson, 225-634-7155; www.jacksonassemblyantiquesshow.com) — The 49th annual invitational show features antique and art dealers from throughout the South. Visitors can tour the 1840 Ellis Cottage, and lunch features home cooking. Proceeds benefit historic preservation projects. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Admission $10, good for all three days.

29-30Food Fest (French Market, 1008 N. Peters St.; 504-888-7608; www.nolafoodfest.com) — Formerly called the New Orleans Roadfood Festival, the festival returns for a sixth year, featuring four blocks of food from more than three dozen home-cooking-style restaurants from all over the country. Hours 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

29-30Spring Arts and Crafts Festival (Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, 225-265-2151; www.oakalleyplantation.com) — The juried show includes 170 vendors from across the U.S. offering art, crafts, furniture, wellness products, pickles and jellies and more. There's also Cajun and Creole food, pony rides and kids' activities. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $5, free ages 9 and younger.

29-30World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off (Northwest Pavilion, 651 Samuel Drive, Eunice, 337-457-2565; www.eunice-la.com) — The 29th annual festival starts with a street dance on Second Street and moves to the Northwest Pavilion Sunday for live Cajun and zydeco music, food (including crawfish, boudin and jambalaya), arts and crafts and an etouffee cook-off. Hours 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Admission free.



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