FOC Events Calendar

FOC Carnival Events

Hidden Treasures: Carnival Edition

Monday & Thursday, February 13 & 16 (6 & 7 p.m. Showings)

LSM Collections Facility: 1000 Chartres Street

Tickets: $20 Members, $25 General Admission

Join Friends of the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum for this one night, behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s Carnival treasures. To order tickets online click book now or call the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939. Space is limited to 20 guests per showing.

Friends of the Cabildo Concert Series

Located at the Old U.S. Mint’s 3rd Floor Performance Space, the 150-person venue hosts some of the most intimate concerts in the City of New Orleans and with some of the best musicians around. For the 2016-20117 season, the Friends will host five concerts at the Mint and will feature Rock, Folk, Blues and Zydeco.

Tickets are always limited for these shows so don’t miss out on these exciting concerts as these musicians are recorded for the Louisiana State Museum Archives. All concerts are at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.


March 10 – Zachary Richard

April 6 – Honey Island Swamp Band (8 p.m.)

Individual Concert Tickets: $20 FOC/LMF Members, $25 G.A.

Big Charity Film Screening

(Two Showings)

Wednesday, March 15th, Old U.S. Mint

5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. moderated by Dr. Charles Chamberlain

Tickets: $10 FOC/LMF Members, $15 General Admission

Friends of the Cabildo will host two screenings of Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital by Alex Glustrom. Released in 2015, follows beginnings of the initial 1736 hospital, to the building of the Art Deco building on Tulane Avenue, to Hurricane Katrina and beyond. Two showings will be available with Dr. Charles Chamberlain and guest on hand for the 7 p.m. showing. Run time is 62 minutes.

Garden District Tour (NEW)

Saturday, March 4th, 10:00 a.m.
Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission
Departure Point: 1452 Jackson Ave. (riverside corner at Prytania St.)

Most residents and visitors alike know of the Garden District as a stunning neighborhood full of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, bounded by Jackson, St. Charles, and Louisiana avenues, and Magazine Street. But do you know who established the Garden District? What part did the NO & Carrollton Railroad play? Why do we always hear tour guides reference “Lafayette” and “Livaudais?” Discover the answers to those questions and more when exploring the Garden District with the Friends of the Cabildo. As we unveil the Garden District’s incredible architecture, and the influence of culture, climate, political events, and famous figures on the area, you will see these grand residences as more than just beautiful houses; they are the enduring statements of mid-nineteenth century Americans in New Orleans.

Creole Neighborhoods Tour

Wednesdays, March 8th, 10:30 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Gates)

Faubourg Marigny was one of the City’s earliest suburbs, located immediately downriver from the Vieux Carré on land subdivided from the plantation of Bernard Marigny de Mandeville, one of New Orleans most colorful historical figures. Today, the Marigny is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city-designated historic district, due to its preservation of Creole cottages and many ornamented shotgun dwellings.

Initially, Esplanade Avenue was designated by the French as a commons. In later years, both the French and Spanish built fortifications there. After the Louisiana Purchase, grand townhouses and mansions were built on this European style boulevard.

New Orleans Music History Tour

Saturday, February 18th, 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 25th, 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Barracks Entrance, across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Experience the storied history of New Orleans music with the FOC’s New Orleans Music History Tour. Begin at the Old U.S. Mint and travel throughout the French Quarter, hear stories and visit locations that have defined the New Orleans music scene for over 100 years. Musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, George Lewis and Danny Barker will be discussed as well as famous music venues such as Preservation Hall and the Palm Court Jazz Club.

South Market District Tour

Sunday, March 5th, 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Rouses, 701 Baronne St., (Corner of Girod and O’Keefe)

A booming area of revitalization at the intersection of the Central Business District, Medical District, and the sports/entertainment corridor of downtown, the South Market District is experiencing a renaissance placing it squarely in the up-and-coming areas of the city. But what was the historical significance of South Market before the construction projects? What are the stories behind the buildings being redeveloped as apartments, condominiums, hotels, and restaurants?

Join the Friends of the Cabildo as we examine the fascinating mix of adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and new construction in the “Old CBD.” This one-time tour of rapidly transforming South Market will provide a unique snapshot of techniques used to resurrect this district while preserving its historic character.

Irish Channel Tour

Saturday, March 25th, 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: St. Vincent’s Guest House
(1507 Magazine Street)

Most New Orleanians have enjoyed a sloppy roast beef poboy at a legendary Irish bar off Magazine Street, or caught cabbages, potatoes and carrots at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But not everyone has stopped to consider the history of the immigrant populations who lived and worked near the docks along the Mississippi River, their culture and traditions forming the foundation of the area we now know as the Irish Channel. The Friends of the Cabildo’s Irish Channel Tour explores this diverse home of working class immigrants, natives and free people of color. From famous churches to Irish bars, unique architecture, famous historic figures and notable festivals, the Irish Channel Tour reveals the many facets of this neighborhood beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Battle of New Orleans Tour

Saturdays, March 11th at 10 a.m.
50 Minute Tour

Tickets: $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Entrance)

The Battle of New Orleans was a defining event in America’s national identity. The Friends of the Cabildo Battle of New Orleans tour offers a fascinating look at the battle away from the battlefield, from lost locations of forts that protected the city, to Jackson’s headquarters, to events in the French Quarter related to the unfolding battle. First developed for the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, the tour continues to draw historians, locals, and guests for a unique perspective on this turning point in American history.

2nd Thursday Lecture Series


March 9 @ 6 p.m. | Old U.S. Mint – 400 Esplanade Avenue
Author Edward Branley
Canal Street: The Transit Hub of New Orleans

Canal Street, the dividng line between uptown and downtown, American and Creole, quickly became the business and shopping nexus of the City of New Orleans. Street rail connected Canal Street with uptown via St. Charles Avenue as early as 1835. By 1861, streetcar lines bringing folks from both sides of Canal Street were connected with a streetcar line on Canal itself. Author Edward J. Branley will explore the evolution of Canal Street as the transit hub of the city, bringing streetcar and bus riders downtown, where they could shop, do business, or simply transfer to other lines to journey into other neighborhoods.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 504.523.3939.


April 13 @ 6 p.m. | Old U.S. Mint – 400 Esplanade Avenue
LSM Jazz Curator David Kunian
Pete Fountain: A New Orleans Icon’s Life Half Fast

Pierre Dewey Fountain, Jr. was born in New Orleans in 1930 (1930-2016) and become one of the most influential musicians to emerge from New Orleans. Fountain began playing clarinet at Esplanade Avenue’s McDonough 28 and by his early teens he was playing gigs on Bourbon Street.  Later joining the Lawrence Welk Show band and then opening multiple clubs around New Orleans (on Bourbon Street and in the Hilton Riverside Hotel), Fountain recorded over 100 albums, was showcased on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 56 times and performed at every Jazz Fest from 1970 until 2014.  Along with his fellow music club owner and long-time friend Al Hirt, they were the key influencers of the Traditional New Orleans Jazz Revival of the 1970s and 80s.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 504.523.3939.

Yoga at the Cabildo

Designed for all levels of practice, for travelers and residents alike, Yoga at the Cabildo is set in a light-filled gallery of one of the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30am to 9:30am Cabildo 2nd-Floor Gallery

$15 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $10 FOC/LMF members

Mats are provided

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