Friends of the Cabildo Calendar of Events

2019 Ghostly Gallivant Tours & Auction

October 19th and 20th (Tours 12-4 p.m., every 30 Minutes)
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission               
Departure: 1850 House Museum (523 St. Ann Street, Day of the tour Tickets 524-9118)

Friends of the Cabildo will bring back the dead, even better (or worse) than before, with our 33rd Annual Ghostly Gallivant Weekend this October 19th-20thJust in time for Halloween, the Friends of the Cabildo will host our annual ghostly themed French Quarter walking tour, full of frights and fun for the whole family. Our French Quarter walking tour guides will lead guests around the French Quarter as we bring New Orleans ghosts to life in historic locations.

We are also hosting our online Silent Auction where guests can bid on an array of local items directly through our website. Our Silent Auction will be open all throughout the month of October. We promise a good time for all as we raise money to support the Louisiana State Museum. Proceeds from our Ghostly Gallivant and Silent Auction provide the Friends of the Cabildo’s essential support of the Louisiana State Museum and its properties. Now more than ever, financial support from the Friends of the Cabildo is crucial to this important institution.    

Friends of the Cabildo Annual Symposium

6th Annual Friends of the Cabildo Symposium | December 6-7
Friday | 6 p.m. | Keynote Speaker John Barry and Welcome Reception | Cabildo
Saturday | 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Jones Walker Conference Room | 201 St. Charles Ave. | 52nd Floor | Tickets $75 FOC/LMF Members | $85 General Admission

The Mississippi River: A River of Commerce, Controversy and Control
The Mississippi River was formed over 4,000 years ago, but over the last 300 years the river has provided the New World and the United States with levels of commerce that rivals the Nile and the Amazon rivers. Despite it being the trading hub of over 10 states, that hasn’t kept the river from producing controversy and catastrophes. The river was born as a naturally flowing body of water and over the last 100 years that harnessing of the river has provided unprecedented levels of trade and destruction. The Friends of the Cabildo Symposium will investigate the river, specifically, the time periods of the 19th and 20th century and its impact on New Orleans and southern Louisiana. The talks will also look at the environmental impacts of the harnessing of the river in the early 20th century and where the river will be in the 21st century and beyond.

Keynote: John Barry | Author of Rising Tide | 6 p.m. | Cabildo

Full Day Symposium | Saturday | December 7th | 9:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m. | Registration

9:45 a.m. | Torbjörn E. Törnqvist | Tulane University 

11:00 a.m. | Dr. Craig Colten | LSU 

12:00 p.m. | Lunch on Your Own

1:00 p.m. | John Magill | Formerly HNOC 

2:00 p.m. |  River Pilots Panel Discussion

3:00 p.m. | Aron Chang | Tulane University 


FOC Concert Series 2019-2020

Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission (Landreth Concert is $25/$35)                     All Concerts at 7pm | Doors 6:30 p.m. | 150 total seats each show
New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Avenue
Guaranteed Front Row Tickets ($200) | All Shows Package $100 Members, $135 GA

Performance Schedule
November 22 | Tommy McClain & CC Adcock Swamp Pop Songbook
December 19 | 101st Prof. Longhair Birthday Concert w/John “Papa” Gros
January 31 | The Iguanas
March 27 | Sonny Landreth ($25/$35 Tickets)
April 17 | Cedric Watson

Located at the New Orleans Jazz Museum 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 2019-2020 season, the Friends will host concerts featuring Rock, Jazz, 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.

FOC Film Series 2019-2020

Tickets on Sale July 1st
Tickets: $10 Members | $15 General Admission (5:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Showings)                     Limited 100 Seats/Screening
New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Avenue
7 p.m. showing has 20-30 minute interview after screening | All Screening Package | $50

Film Schedule
November 5 | A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story
January 21 | Big Charity: Death of America’s Oldest Hospital
March 17 | Buck Jumping
April 22 | 1970 Jazz Fest Films

The 2019-2020 Friends of the Cabildo Film Series highlights the rich cultural history of New Orleans and southern Louisiana. Topics include Second Lines, Jazz Fest, James Booker, Leroy Jones, Preservation Hall and tragedies such as Charity Hospital. The six-film series has a 5:30 and 7 p.m. every screening and always has an educational talk after the 7 p.m. Tickets are limited so purchase today.

Neighborhood & Cultural Tours

Tours must be purchased ahead of time. Tours that do not have pre-purchased tickets, may be canceled. Day of tickets can be purchased below for the tour.

Lafayette Square & Warehouse District Tour

Saturday (9AM): November 9th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission | 2.5-Hour Tour

Departure Point: Lafayette Square (Henry Clay Statute, Gallier Hall is across the street at 545 St. Charles)

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 Lafayette Square & Warehouse District walking tour reveals the history behind the present day commercial district, from the plantation beginnings through the explosive American growth during the peak years from 1830–1860, to the present day. Marvel at historic buildings on Lafayette Square, St. Charles Avenue, Julia Street, Lee Circle, and more! This tour provides a historic backdrop for a new appreciation of the American Sector.

Garden District Tour

Saturdays (9:30 AM): October 19th, 26th, November 2nd, 9th, 23rd
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.

Battle of New Orleans Tour

Saturdays (11AM): November 9th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission | 2.5 Hour Tour

Departure Point: 1850 House Museum Store (523 St. Ann Street)

The Battle of New Orleans was a defining event in America’s national identity. The Friends of the Caildo 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.

Irish Channel Tour

Saturdays (10AM): November 16th, January 18 (2020)
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission 

Departure Point: Sophie B. Wright Park (Intersection of Magazine & St. Andrews 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.

Esplanade Ridge Tour

Tuesday: October 22nd, Saturday: November 16th (10 a.m. Tours)
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission 

Departure Point: Pagoda Cafe (1403 N. Dorgenois St.)

Discover the Creole splendor of Esplanade Ridge! This is a unique tour of geographic history and architectural highlights. Esplanade Avenue was designed in the French style of grand boulevards as a garden suburb for the wealthy Creoles escaping the “old city”. It was extended block by block from Fort St. Charles at the Mississippi River to modern day City Park despite objections from Bayou Road landowners whose houses were often in the way. Esplanade grew to intersect colonial and pre-colonial Native American pathways that are still present in the tangled street grids of today. Come enjoy these beautiful tree-lined streets and learn about a neighborhood that broke the mold for the development of the city and now serves as one of the most celebrated areas of the city.


Treme Cultural Tour

Tuesday: November 12th, Saturday: November 30th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission | 2.5-Hour Tour

Departure Point: Treme Coffeehouse (1501 St. Philip Street)

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.

Sound Market District Tour

Monday: November 4th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission | 2.5-Hour Tour

Departure Point: Pythian Market (234 Loyola Avenue, corner of Girod)

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 tour of rapidly transforming South Market will provide a unique snapshot of techniques used to resurrect this district while preserving its historic character.

Lower Garden District Tour

Tuesday: October 29 | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission | 2.5-Hour Tour

Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania & Terpsichore St.)

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 Mississippi River Bridge, the Mississippi River, Jackson Avenue, and St. Charles Avenue, the Lower Garden District was developed as six different faubourgs, and it is 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.

Creole Neighborhoods (Marigny) Tour

Monday: November 11 | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission | 2.5-Hour Tour

Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum (Esplanade Avenue Entrance 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.


Second Thursday Lecture Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.

November 14 (6PM): – Dr. Laura Kelley “Indigenous Challenges to Iberian Claims: Native Sovereignty in Spanish Louisiana”

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. Due to exhibit construction at the Cabildo all classes will be at the Presbytere (751 Chartres Street). The building opposite side of the cathedral from the Cabildo.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30am to 9:30am at the Presbytere

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

Mats are provided

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