Friends of the Cabildo Calendar

Friends of the Cabildo 2023-2024 Film Series

All Films 6:30 p.m.

  • The Film Series is Sponsored by Moises Wine & Bizou Wine Imports
  • Wine Refreshments included with Ticket by Moises Wine
  • Jazz Museum (400 Esplanade) |  Interview Session After All Films
  • ​Feb. 28 (2024) | Big Charity: Death of America’s Oldest Hospital (Q.A. with Dr. James Moises )
  • March 13 (2024) | Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blues (Q.A. with Jazz Curator David Kunian)
  • April 24 (2024) | 1970 Jazz Fest Films with Jon Pult and Band in a Pocket
  • June 12 (2024) | George Dunbar: Mining the Surfaces


Members $10, $15 GA
Season Pass:
$40 Members, $50 GA

3-Part History of Louisiana and New Orleans Music History Class

  • Tickets | $40 GA | $30 Members 
  • Dr. Charles Chamberlain • February 26, 27, 28th (4pm Classes) • Zoom • All Classes Recorded
  • Feb. 26th – Origins of New Orleans Music
  • Feb. 27 – The Rock & Roll and R&B Pinnacle
  • February 28 – From Funk to the Modern Day

Benito Juarez Birthday Wine Tasting & Spanish/Latin American Heritage Gallery Tour

Sunday | March 17 | 2p.m. – 4p.m. | Tickets: $40 GA/$30 FOC Members/Free for Louisiana Teachers

Come Join the Friends as we celebrate Benito Juarez at the Cabildo and tours with Bob Freeland of what is in the Cabildo that pertains to Benito Juarez, Hispanic and Spanish Heritage. Guests will also get to try 3 Spanish wines. Don’t miss out on celebrating the month at the Cabildo!

Neighborhood & Cultural Tours

Reservations are required and limited to 15 total guests on the tours | Tickets $25 G.A. | $20 Members

2/23: Faubourg Marigny II (The Rectangle)- 10am | Departure: Outside Hotel Peter & Paul (2317 Burgundy)

3/1 Treme Cultural Tour- 10am | Departure: Treme Coffee House (1501 St. Philip)

3/8: Bayou St. John- 10am | Departure: Outside the Pitot House (1440 Moss)

3/15: Bywater– 10am | Departure: Outside Hotel Peter & Paul (2317 Burgundy)

3/22: Esplanade Ridge- 10am | Departure: Derbes Mansion (2257 Bayou Rd.) *New Guide, 40-year Esplanade Avenue Resident and Restorer of the Derbes Mansion


Bayou St. John Tour (New Tour)

A French settlement was established on its banks in 1708, ten years before the French Quarter was designated as the new location for the colony. The waterway provided back door access to the colony from Lake Pontchartain, giving French explorers an alternate route to the settlement rather than making the difficult journey up the Mississippi River. Over time, the banks of the bayou bustled with commercial activity and the adjacent neighborhoods thrived. Esplanade Ave. was extended from the River to City Park and Bayou St. John became a recreation destination. The tour will include significant colonial era houses such as the Spanish Custom House and the Pitot House, the historic neighborhood, St. Louis Cemetery #3 and City Park.

Friends of the Cabildo 2023-2024 Concert Series

Tickets On Sale Now | 100 Tickets/Show | All 7pm | All at the New Orleans Jazz Museum 3rd Floor Performance Space

Friends of the Cabildo Concert Series is sponsored by the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund (NOTCF). The mission of the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund is to support cultural industries and culture bearers of the City of New Orleans through partnerships, grants, and programs to advance sustainable tourism.

April 5 | Tim Laughlin Band | $25 Member/$35 GA

Don’t Miss Adult History Classes with Experts. All Lectures Recorded to View Later

May 13 &14 (4pm), 16 & 20 (6pm), 21 (4pm) | 5-Part Neighborhoods of New Orleans Class w/Dr. Karen Leathem, Joyce Miller and Dr. Charles Chamberlain | Zoom | Tickets: $60 | Members $50

May. 13 : Founding Neighborhoods.    May 14 : The Creole Neighborhoods
The Vieux Carre & Faubourg St. Mary     Treme, Marigny, Bywater, 7th Ward

May 16: Uptown Neighborhoods.         May 20: Expansion of the City
Garden District, Uptown and Carrollton.  Broadmore, Mid City, Lakefront

May 21: Suburbs of the Metro Region
Jefferson Parish, St. Bernard and the Northshore

Home Research Seminar: Researching Your New Orleans Property

Lecture with Robert J. Cangelosi, AIA | Saturday | June 22nd | 9:30am | Zoom | Tickets: $40 GA | $30 Members 

If walls could talk, you would know everything you wanted to know about your property, like who previously owned it, those who slept in it, how old it is, and what secrets it holds. Robert Cangelosi Jr., AIA, president of Koch and Wilson Architects, will outline how to develop the history of your property, using primary sources rather than oral traditions and secondary sources, which often are incorrect. Preparation of a “chain of title,” the essential first step in developing a history, will be discussed.


Friends of the Cabildo 2023-2024 Spring Member Lecture Series

Free to Members | Non-Members $10/ All Spring Lectures $25 | All 6pm 

March 12 – Ayurella Horn-Muler – Devoured: The Extraordinary Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Ate the South 

March 19 – John Maxwell Hamilton – The French 75: Iconic New Orleans Cocktails

April 2 – Dr. Peter B. Dedek – The Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History

April 16 – Dr. Eric Criss – The Boss of New Orleans: Martin Behrman and Machine Politics in the Crescent City

April 30 – Miki Pfeffer – The Golden Age of New Orleans Department Store Advertising

May 7 – Burke Bischoff – Po’Boy: Louisiana True

May 14 – Barry J. Anklet – From Behind the Mask: Essays on South Louisiana Mardi Gras Runs


Yoga at the Cabildo

Yoga at the Cabildo will begin classes again starting Saturday, June 17th at 8:30 a.m. at the Cabildo (701 Chartres Street) on beautiful Jackson Square. Adrienne Byrd will be giving classes every Saturday morning for Friends of the Cabildo Members, locals and tourists. Member cost for the class is $10 and non-members its $20. If you have a mat please bring one if not we have some available for free.

Instructor: Adrienne Byrd’s approach to yoga comes from a love of improvisation in dance and music. Each class embarks on a grand tour of the body and the little motions that bring us into and out of the traditional yoga forms.
This fun path of yoga brings levity to the mood and the body while grounding and calming the mind.

2024 Rum Rendezvous Party

Wednesday, May 15th | 6p.m. – 8 p.m. | Palace Cafe

Tickets: $150 ($125 for Members), 40-Year & Younger Professional $125 (Includes Individual FOC Member)

The 2nd Annual Rum Rendezvous will take place on Wednesday, May 15th at Palace Cafe with music, oysters and of course rum. A booming local rum distillery scene and award-winning distributors/blenders from Louisiana be featured with food by Palace Cafe and music by Charlie Halloran and the Tropicales. Don’t miss out on this expanding event every year to support Friends of the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum.

Committed Rum Producers & Tables: Oxbow Rum Distillery, Atelier Vie Rum, Rolling Fork Rum & Spirits Writer Wayne Curtis, Rum Author and Bartender Beachbum Barry, Spirits/Cocktail Writer Matt Pietrek

Silver Sponsor: Bourgeois Bennett, LLC, Villere and Co.


Second Thursday Lecture Series

Thursday, March 14, 2024 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. CST on Zoom

Join us for an evening with Dr. John K. Bardes discussing his forthcoming book The Carceral City: Slavery and the Making of Mass Incarceration in New Orleans, 1803-1930. 
This program will meet over Zoom and is sponsored by the Friends of the Cabildo as part of the Second Thursday Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. The meeting link will be sent to registrants on the day of the program.

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