Events in New Orleans March 22-28 | Events

Congo Square Rhythms & Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is combining two of its annual festivals for two plus days of music at Congo Square. The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival has always focused on brass bands, and one of the stages at this event includes Rebirth Brass Band, Hot 8, Treme, The Stooges Brass Band and more. Congo Square generally hosts a mix of local sounds and African dance, and the Congo Square Rhythms stage features Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Charmaine Neville, Casme, Erica Falls, local African dance groups such as Tekrema and Kumbuka African Dance, a drum circle and more. There is also an art market as well as food and drink vendors. Friday’s festival kick-off event featuring John Boutte, Tanya Boutte, Arsene DeLay and more will be streamed live for free via Events at Congo Square take place from 10:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27. Find details on the foundation’s website.

Tennessee Williams and New Orleans Literary Festival

The festival celebrates the 75th anniversary of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and hosts a wide range of events, such as readings, Tennessee Williams tributes, music, tours, performances and more. Participating writers include Jericho Brown, Ladee Hubbard, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Nathaniel Rich, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Peter Ho Davies and Katy Simpson Smith. Performances include Vinsantos DeFonte’s “Nightingale”, based on Williams’ “Vieux Carré”, and a parody production of Williams’ “Streetcar”, “A Glass Menagerie” and more (see “Saved by the belle”, page 46 ). The festival runs from March 23-27. Visit the festival website for the full schedule and tickets.

Freret Street Festival

The festival features live music and more on a six-block stretch of Rue Freret from Avenue Napoleon. The musical lineup includes Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Erica Falls, Hash Cabbage, The Marc Stone 3, Valerie Sassyfras and more. The street will be lined with food and craft vendors and more. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Visit the festival website for more information.

Marc Broussard and Little Freddie King

The Wednesday at the Square free concert series continues with singer-songwriter Marc Broussard and bluesman Little Freddie King. There’s also an art market and food and drink vendors in Lafayette Square from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. Visit the event website for more details.


Since 2014, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has been collecting oyster shells from New Orleans restaurants for reuse in rebuilding reefs and oyster habitats along the Louisiana coast. CRCL says it has collected more than 10 million pounds of shellfish from more than 30 restaurants. CLRC is hosting Shell-A-Bration, an awareness and fundraising festival for the Oyster Shell Program, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Crescent Park. The evening will be led by the Lost Bayou Ramblers and will feature local restaurants serving oysters and other dishes, beer and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 on the event webpage.

door festival

Pop group X Ambassadors headline Gates Fest, the day-long music and arts festival hosted by the Congregation Gates of Prayer Synagogue in Metairie. Lineup also includes Jon Cleary & The Absolutely Monster Gentlemen, Sweet Crude, John Boutte, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and more. There’s also an artists’ village and beer garden that will donate proceeds to the Team Gleason Foundation. Gates Fest opens at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 27 at 4000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Tickets are $54 on the festival website.

Saints and sinners

Held in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, Saints & Sinners spotlights LGTBQ writers and literature in readings, panel discussions, interviews and more. The lineup includes Jericho Brown, Robert W. Fieseler, Mary Gauthier, David Pevsner, Lisa Doral, Eric Nguyen, Greg Herren, Alicia P. Long, Frank Perez and more. The festival runs from Thursday March 24th to Sunday March 27th, with many events at Hotel Monteleone. Visit the festival website for schedule and tickets.

To chew

Atlanta psych-rock band Chew returns to New Orleans for a show with Loudness War and Secret Cowboy at 9 p.m. Friday, March 25 at Saturn Bar. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Marlboro Musicians

The acclaimed Marlboro Music program, based in Marlboro, Vermont, develops young talent by offering mentorship by master musicians. This chamber music presentation features works by Benjamin Britten and Franz Schubert. At 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 28, at Dixon Hall at Tulane University. Find tickets through the Friends of Music website.

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Mahmoud Chouki’s New World Ensemble

Moroccan composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mahmoud Chouki celebrates his fifth birthday in New Orleans. The New World Ensemble includes saxophonists Khris Royal and Brad Walker, pianist Oscar Rossignoli, drummer Pegro Segundo and many more. There are shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 in Snug Harbor. Tickets $35 on the Snug Harbor website.

small feat

Little Feat are on tour to celebrate the 45th anniversary of their first live album, “Waiting for Columbus”. The recording included some of the band’s most popular songs, such as “Dixie Chicken”, “Spanish Moon”, and “Fat Man in the Bathtub”. Amy Helm, daughter of Levon Helm, also performs. At 8 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at the Saenger Theatre. Find tickets through the Saenger Theater website.

Louisiana Derby

The racing season ends at the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots on Sunday March 27. The highlight of the weekend is the Louisiana Derby, with its $1 million purse, on Saturday, March 26. Other big Saturday races include the Fair Grounds Oaks and New Orleans Classic. Post office time is Saturday noon. For more information, visit the Fair Grounds website.

Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival

Mike Epps headlines a comedy project with Sommore, Lavell Crawford, Gary Owen and Tony Rock at UNO Lakefront Arena. 8 p.m. Friday, March 25. Find tickets through the arena’s website.

Blooming art

The annual Artwork-Inspired Flower and Plant Designs Exhibition features installations throughout the New Orleans Museum of Art. The exhibition runs from Thursday March 24 to Sunday March 27. Visit the museum’s website for tickets and details.


Industrial metal band Ministry top a list of heavy rock stalwarts, including Washington sludge metallers Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at the Fillmore. Find tickets on Ticketmaster.

Leif Vollebek

Canadian indie folk singer Leif Vollebekk released his first live album in February, “New Waves (Live Recordings ’19-’21)”. He’s joined by multi-instrumental Dosh at Gasa Gasa at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Tickets $15 on Ticketweb.

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