Events Calendar

Panorama JB at Preservation HallFOC Concert Series

Panorama Jazz Band – March 6

Old U.S. Mint – 7 p.m.

($15 FOC-LMF / $25 G.A.)

In our third season of hosting concerts at the incredibly intimate Old U.S. Mint, Friends of the Cabildo is proud to announce local jazz band, the Panorama Jazz Band, will bookend the final concert of the year on Friday, March 6th. The group’s repertoire draws on the most exciting music from around the world: funky New Orleans Jazz, tropical rhythms of the Caribbean and exotic melodies of Eastern Europe.

Tickets are on sale below for all three concerts and a member-discounted rate 3-show package is available. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939. Don’t miss out on these exciting shows as only 150 seats are available for each one!


Panorama Brass Band

dotterWarren GownFrom the Big Apple to the Big Easy: Two Carnival Artist

Members-Only Exhibit Opening

Saturday, March 21st, 6 p.m.

Presbytere (751 Chartres Street)

FOC Members Free/FOC Guest $10

From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: Two Carnival Artists focuses on the work of two highly accomplished Carnival costume designers: Helen Clark Warren and John C. Scheffler.

Membership staff will be on hand for new members to attend. To become a member to the Friends please follow the link,

  FOC Guest Ticket

dotterOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFOC Neighborhood Tours

Faubourg Marigny/Esplanade Tour – March 7, Noon, April 18, 12 p.m., April 29 10 a.m.

Faubourg St. Mary Tour (CBD) – March 21 9 a.m.

Lower CBD Tour – March 22, 10 a.m., April 12, 10 a.m., April 27, 10 a.m.

Lower Garden District Tour – February 28, 10 a.m., March 14, 9 a.m., April 11, 10 a.m., April 28, 10 a.m.

Battle of New Orleans Tour – March 4, 10 a.m., April 4, 10 a.m., May 2, 10 a.m.

New Orleans Music History Tour – TBA

Purchase tickets at (504) 523-3939 or below

On a monthly basis our tour guides step out of the box and give tours that highlight either a section of the city or a theme that is different from our normal tours. Tickets are limited to 15 spots for each tour and no tickets are sold the day of the tour so don’t miss out. Reservations are required.

CBD Tour: Join the Friends of the Cabildo for a special walking tour of the Faubourg St. Mary. This tour was developed by the Friends of the Cabildo for the 2011 American Institute of Architects National Convention. Put on your best walking shoes, bring a bottle of water and a good camera. The Central Business District was originally part of the city founder Bienville called Belair. The land granted to him in 1719 extended to the present day Jefferson Parish line. The plantation house was in the square bounded today by Common, Magazine, Gravier and Tchoupitoulas. In 1726, the Jesuits acquired the lower portion of Bienville’s plantation on which they constructed a plantation house in 1728. Learn the rest of story of the neighborhood and of the buildings located along the route, including museums, Lee Circle, St. Charles, Lafayette Square and streets such as Camp, Poydras and Julia. Meeting Location: Main Entrance of the World War II Museum

Battle of New Orleans Tour: With the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans upcoming January 2015, the FOC has designed a Battle of New Orleans Tour that tells the story that took place in the French Quarter around the Battle. From the lost locations of forts that used to protect the city to Jackson’s Headquarters come out and enjoy learning about the Battle that you will not get from the battlefield. Meeting Location: Old U.S. Mint Barracks Street Gate (Across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Lower Garden District Tour:  The term Lower Garden District (LGD) was coined by the Friends of the Cabildo in 1971 with the publication of New Orleans Architecture Vol.1: The Lower Garden District. Bounded by the Mississippi River Bridge, the Mississippi River, Jackson Ave,  & St. Charles Ave., the LGD developed as six different faubourgs (suburbs) and is known for its many & irregularly shaped parks, the district has an extensive collection of 19th century residences, most of which are side hall, double-galleried residences in the Greek Revival & Italianate style.  Learn the rest of the story of the historic neighborhood, and that of the buildings located along the route! Meeting Location: Muses Statute at Prytania and Terpsichore

Faubourg Marigny/Esplanade Tour: Faubourg Marigny was the one of City’s earliest suburbs, located immediately downriver from the Vieux Carré on land  subdivided  from  the  plantation  of  one  of  New Orleans most  colorful  historical figures. Esplanade Avenue was initially designated by the French as commons, and later both the French and Spanish colonial governments built fortifications on it. After the Louisiana Purchase, and removal of the walls, grand townhouses and mansions were built on this European style boulevard. Today, 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. Meeting Location: Old U.S. Mint Barracks Street Gate (Esplanade Gates)

New Orleans Music History Tour: Experience the storied history of New Orleans music with Friends of the Cabildo. Tours begin at the Old U.S. Mint and travel throughout the French Quarter. Hear the stories and see the places that has defined the New Orleans music scene for over 100 years. Musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, George Lewis and Danny Barker will be discussed as well as famous music venues such as Preservation Hall and the Palm Court Jazz Club. Meeting Location: Old U.S. Mint Barracks Street Gate (Across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Lower Central Business District Tour: Starting from Lafayette Square, this tour will follow the development of the CBD into the 20th century, highlighting the Canal Street and Picayune Place Historic Districts. Canal Street, long considered the retail merchandising heart of the city, began its life in the early 19th century along the path of a planned, but never constructed, canal. Picayune Place is noted for its unparalleled collection of intact 19th century commercial buildings, predominantly in the Greek Revival style. Meeting Location: Henry Clay Statue Lafayette Square

CBD/St. Mary Tour
Member: $20

CBD/St. Mary Tour
General Admission: $25

Battle of New Orleans Tour
Member: $20

Battle of New Orleans Tour
General Admission: $25
Lower Garden District Tour
Member: $20

Lower Garden District Tour
General Admission: $25
Marigny Tour
Member: $20

Marigny Tour
General Admission: $25
Music History Tour
Member: $20

Music History Tour
General Admission: $25
 Lower CBD Tour
Member Tickets: $20.00
Lower CBD Tour
General Admission Tickets: $25.00


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Thursday, April 23rd, 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue)

Cost: $20 FOC Members, $25 General Admission

Join the Friends of the Cabildo  as the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of seven different 16mm film reels from the first Jazz Fest will be shown at the Old U.S. Mint 3rd Floor Performance Space Thursday April 23rd Dr. Charles Chamberlain, will moderate the event as well as a band will be performing in sections that do not have sound.
Don Perry, one of the founders of the New Orleans Jazz Club and a former WDSU cameraman filmed the first festival in 1970 and donated the reels in 1978 to the Louisiana State Museum (LSM). The LSM digitized the films in 2012 allowing them to be preserved for generations of Jazz Fest and music fans. The seven separate films show artists such as Duke Ellington, Pete Fountain, Danny Barker and Mahalia Jackson.

The 1970 Jazz Fest Movies will be screened at the Old U.S. Mint, Thursday April 23rd. Tickets are a donation to the Friends of the Cabildo.  There will be a cash bar for drinks and reservations are required. Tickets are limited to 100 each session.

  FOC Member 6:00 p.m. Ticket

GA 6:00 p.m. Ticket

 FOC Member 7:30 p.m. Ticket

  GA 7:30 p.m. Ticket


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFOC Adult History Class: Neighborhoods of New Orleans

Wednesdays, Starting May 20th, 6 p.m. (5 Weeks)

Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue)

FOC Members $175 / General Admission $200

Have you ever wondered why your neighborhood is shaped the way it is or how it got its name?

Friends of the Cabildo is proud to announce our Adult History Class: Neighborhoods of New Orleans. The five-session class will breakdown neighborhoods of New Orleans from the French Quarter to Bayou St. John to Carrollton.

Historians Karen Leatham, Joyce Miller and John Magill will lecture on the historic New Orleans neighborhoods and explore the stories of their founding, culture and people. Beginning Wednesday, May 20th at 6 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint, the classes will be held for five consecutive Wednesdays. The cost for class is $175 for members and $200 for general admission.

The class sold out last year so submit your admission fee in as soon as possible by calling the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939 or by paying below.

May 20 – French Quarter

May 27 – Faubourg St. Mary, Treme, Bywater

June 3 – Garden District, Jefferson City, Carrollton

June 10 – Mid City, Broadmore, Gentilly

June 17 – Suburbs of New Orleans

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Sunday, May 17th, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

1850 House Museum Store (523 St. Ann Street)

FOC Members $40 (Couples $60) / General Admission $50 (Couples $75)

*Please note that the FOC February/March Newsletter had incorrect tour prices. The correct prices are listed above.

Guests will be able to visit six homes and courtyards in the French Quarter as well as sip refreshments at Madame John’s Legacy. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the 1850 House Museum Store on the day of the event. All self-guided tours take place from the 1850 House where maps will be provided. Ticket sales end at 5:00 p.m.

  FOC Member Courtyard

GA Courtyard

  FOC Member Couple Courtyard

  GA Couple Courtyard

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New Book

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for Modern New Orleans

By Gary Krist

Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite “better half” against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city’s Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world.

FOC members receive a 15% discount on all purchases and we sell the Krewe of Rex Merchandise!

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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 – 8:00am to 9:00am

Saturdays – 8:30am to 9:30am Cabildo 2nd-Floor Gallery

$12 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $8 FOC/LMF members

Mats are provided