NOLA Horror Film Fest
Castillo Blanco Art Studios: 321 St. Claude Ave.
Friday, September 22; 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 23; 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday, September 24; 2 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Are you afraid of the dark? You might be after the New Orleans Horror Film Fest, hosted by Castillo Blanco Art Studios during the last weekend of September. The event is created by horror filmmakers for horror fans and curated by award-winning director JT Seaton and Special FX maestro Charles Lucia. The four-day festival celebrates the craft of the horror genre and features indie films from around the world. If you want something a little less spooky, the schedule also includes time blocks featuring short films in sci-fi, comedy, and a WTF screening on Saturday night. Ticket prices are $14 on Thursday, $20 on Friday and Sunday, and $40 on Saturday. Tickets for shorts and feature blocks can be purchased individually for $8. The full event schedule and film list can be found online.
St. Charles Rockin' River Fest
Edward A. Dufresne Community Center: 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Pkwy.
Friday, October 13; 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 14; 12 p.m.
Let the good times rock and roll! Head out to the St. Charles Rockin’ River Music Fest, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Festivities begin Friday at 5 p.m. with performances by Molly Hatchet, Shooter Jennings, Blackfoot, and Christopher Shayne. Doors open at noon on Saturday and includes shows from Dee Snider, Great White, and Brian Howe. The schedule of local bands participating in the event has yet to be announced. General Admission starts at $20, and other ticketing options can be found online.
FOOD & DRINK
New Orleans Beignet Fest
New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
Saturday, October 7; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Head to City Park for the second annual Beignet Fest on October 7. The all-day event celebrates the iconic New Orleans treat and presents awards for best traditional, sweet, savory, and crowd-favorite beignets. Over a dozen vendors will be present, including Café Beignet, Ruby Slipper, The Howlin’ Wolf Den, and Royal House. The festival doesn’t only taste good, it does good too, with proceeds benefitting the Tres Doux Foundation. The foundation provides grants to local non-profits with the intent to celebrate, embrace, and enhance the lives of children with developmental delays and disabilities. The festival will also feature a musical lineup with performances by Hill Country Hounds, Imagination Movers, One Love Brass Band, Brass-a-holics, and Eric Lindell. Admission to the festival is free; tickets for food and beverages can be purchased onsite.
Chevron NO/AIDS Walk
Crescent Park: 1008 N. Peters St.
Sunday, September 24; 8 a.m.
It’s a walk in the park—and more! Sign up as an individual or a team to participate in the NO/AIDS Walk in Crescent Park. Throughout the 28 years the walk has taken place in New Orleans, participants have raised a whopping $5 million for AIDS care and services provided by the NO/AIDS Task Force. The community-based service organization offers a full spectrum of care for men, women, and families affected by HIV/AIDS at little to no cost. Money raised also contributes to the Task Force’s PrEP clinic, a preventative service offering a daily pill to help people without HIV stay negative. You must register online to participate.
A Taste of the Opera at the French Market
French Market: 1235 N. Peters St.
Sunday, September 24; 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Bellissimo! Feel cultured at the Taste of the Opera Sunday series at the French Market. The concert is hosted by the New Orleans Opera Association and marks the third and final performance in a three-part installment. Three local opera stars will perform a selected preview from the upcoming 2017-18 season. Songs will be included from: Maria de Buenos Aires, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Orpheus in the Underworld, Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera, and Champion: An Opera in Jazz. The free event is open to the public and will be held in the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion located at the corner of St. Phillip and Decatur Streets.
UNO Lakefront Arena: 6801 Franklin Ave.
Tuesday, September 26; 7:30 p.m.
Get your groove on with Arcade Fire. The Canadian indie rock band is including New Orleans as a stop on their Infinite Content 2017 Tour. The tour follows the release of both their new album, Everything Now, and the single by the same name. Formed in 2001, the band gained popularity in 2004 with the critically acclaimed album Funeral. They’ve been a staple in the alternative music scene since and their popularity has only continued to grow. The group has been nominated for numerous awards, and in 2011, they won the Polaris Music Prize for the album The Suburbs. Their multi-instrumental live show is a performance not to be missed! Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased online.
Hotel Storyville Garden: 1261 Esplanade Ave.
Friday, September 29; 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Spice up your life with Papo y Sons for a night of Latin music, food, drinks, and cigars. Born in Cuba, the self-taught Alexis “Papo” Guevara began performing music professionally in 1993. His repertoire spans several genres, including jazz, salsa, and cha-cha. In 2012, Papo emigrated to Louisiana and has since been featured at venues throughout New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Tickets for the show are $10; food and drinks can be purchased onsite.
Miss Gay America
Hyatt Regency: 601 Loyola Ave.
Wednesday, October 4 & Thursday, October 5; 8 p.m.
Friday, October 6; 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 7; 6 p.m.
The Miss Gay America pageant began in 1972 with the crowning of Norman Jones (a.k.a. Norma Kristie). Upon relinquishing his crown, Jones bought the rights to MGA in 1975, and in the following years, elevated the contest into the most prestigious and well-respected pageant system for female impersonators in the world. For the 47th anniversary, New Orleans will host the culmination of 30 preliminary pageants in a four-day spectacle during the first weekend of October. Hopeful queens will compete for the top 10 spots on October 4 and 5 and will be judged in five categories: talent, male interview, evening gown, on-stage question, and pageant presentation. October 6 will feature a Revue show including a talent showcase performance by former MGA winner Suzy Wong. The top 10 contenders will compete for the 2018 title on October 7. Tickets are $15 for preliminary shows, $20 for the Revue, and $45 for the final show.
House of Blues: 225 Decatur St.
Sunday, October 1; 7 p.m.
Sashay away to Dragapalooza at the House of Blues. Instead of lip-syncing for their lives, international celebrity drag queens will be performing a live musical concert with a live band. The first Dragapalooza held in January of this year broke box office records at Hollywood’s El Portal Theatre, selling out shows two nights in a row. The rotating all-star lineup for the New Orleans performance will feature fan favorites Sharon Needles, Ginger Minj, Coco Montreese, Rhea Litre, and Biblegirl. Equal parts concert, theater, fashion show, and cabaret, the show offers an absolutely stunning spectacle. Tickets begin at $35; must be 18 or older to attend.
Art For Art's Sake
Saturday, October 7; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Show some appreciation and celebrate the beginning of the arts season. Since 1980, the annual Art for Art’s Sake street party has attracted artists and enthusiasts alike for a night of music, wine, gallery openings, and shopping. Dozens of galleries, featuring a variety of media, will be open along Magazine and Julia Streets. Cash bars will be featured outside, or you can make a reservation at one of the many fabulous restaurants located Uptown and in the Warehouse District. A full list of participating locations can be found online.