FOC Events Calendar

Irish Channel Tour

Saturday, July 15th at 10 a.m.
Tickets $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: St. Vincent’s Guest House (1507 Magazine St.)

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.

Lower Garden District Tour

Sunday, July 2nd at 9 a.m.
Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission
Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania and Terpsichore streets)

Nineteenth century residential life in New Orleans comes alive through the Friends of the Cabildo Lower Garden District Tour! The district’s extensive collection of 1800s residences- primarily side hall, double-galleried homes in the Greek Revival and Italianate styles – will capture your imagination with both the romance and realities of life in these grand homes in the age before modern conveniences. Bounded by the Crescent City Connection, Mississippi River, Jackson Avenue and St. Charles Avenue, the Lower Garden District was developed as six different faubourgs, and it known for its many irregularly shaped parks. You will gain a new understanding of the history and culture of the area through a review of its architecture, geography and famous residents. 

Treme Cultural Tour

Saturday, June 24th at 9 a.m.
Tickets $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Basin Street Station (501 Basin St.)

This walking tour of Treme provides a rich, detailed perspective on one of the city’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods. Originally known as “back of town,” the old Creole feel of Treme makes it easy to imagine the early 1800s multicultural community formed by immigrants, free people of color, and refugees from Saint-Domingue. An important center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture, Treme is the cherished home of fourth and fifth generation residents who strive to maintain the area’s cultural and social traditions. We will trace the origin and development of Treme through the amazing nineteenth century architecture (including Creole cottages, townhouses, and shotgun houses), geography, and urban influences dating from the subdivision of this land by Claude Treme in the 1790s to the present day. 

Creole Neighborhoods Tour

Wednesday, July 12th, 9 a.m.
Sunday, June 25th & July 30th, 10:30 a.m.
Tickets $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Avenue 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.

Central Business District Tour (Faubourg St. Mary)

Thursday, July 13th, 9 a.m.
Tickets $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Corner of Julia & Camp streets, on the side of the Firestone parking lot. The tour will end at Lafayette Square.

Walking along the busy concrete sidewalks of the Central Business District today, it is difficult to imagine that the streets now shaded by skyscrapers were originally part of Belair, the plantation of city founder Bienville—part of his 1719 land grant which stretched to the present-day Jefferson Parish line. The Friends of the Cabildo Faubourg St. Mary walking tour reveals the history behind the present day commercial district, from the plantation beginnings through the explosive American growth during the 1800s, to the present day revival. This tour provides a historic backdrop for a new appreciation of the American Sector.

FOC Film Series

Old U.S. Mint Performance Space

The 2017-2018 Friends of the Cabildo Film Series will feature five films this season at the Old U.S. Mint Performance. The documentries will cover Louisiana history and culture and some films are not available to the public. Tickets are on sale at the link and all fill season package

2nd Thursday Lecture Series

6-8 p.m. | Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.

July 13 – Sarah Baird – New Orleans Cocktails

August 10 – David Kunian – Women of Note (New Jazz Exhibit at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint)

September 14 – Robert Freeland- The Impact of International Education in New Orleans

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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