FOC Events Calendar

DayOfTheDeadFan_NoTemplate_FrontGhostly Gallivant: Eat, Drink and Be Scary Costume Party

Friday, October 23rd, 7:30 p.m, Cabildo

Tickets: $45 Members & Under 35, $55 General Admission

We are excited to host our fifth Eat, Drink and Be Scary Costume Party at the Cabildo, Friday, October 23rd from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces will be playing Motown Classics and tickets include food, beer and wine for the event. There will be stilt walkers, tarot card readers, crystal readers, a costume contest for a pair of VooDoo Festival weekend passes and more!

Food & Libations from Antoine’s Restaurant, Capedeboscq Catering, Eat New Orleans, Gumbo Shop, Louisiana Caviar Company, NOLA Brewery, Pigeon Catering, Redemption Restaurant, Tableau

Eat, Drink and Be Scary Gala

Ghostly Gallivant Tours

Saturday & Sunday, October 24-25th, 1850 House Museum Store

Tours 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Every Half Hour)

Come enjoy a hilarious tour of the most famous “ghosts” from New Orleans and Louisiana’s History. You’ll visit six different courtyards on a guided tour from the 1850 House Museum Store. Tours leave every half-hour from 1850 House (523 St. Ann Street).

Ghostly Gallivant Tours


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Old U.S. Mint (all shows 7 p.m.)

Tickets: $20 FOC Members/ $25 General Admission

November 13: Charmaine Neville

February 19: Lil’ Buck Sinegal

March 11: Spencer Bohren

The FOC Concert Series, held at the Old U.S. Mint 3rd Floor Performance Space, is unlike any concert series in the city. Limited to just 150 seats, musicians are recorded to be saved in the museum archives for future museum exhibits. With the taping of the shows and the intimate space of the Mint, these performances are unlike any other show that these musicians will perform in any given year or ever. Tickets are always limited for the shows and a four-show package is available as well. To learn more or to purchase tickets by phone contact the Friends of the Cabildo Office at (504) 523-3939 or purchase tickets at the links below.

Charmaine Neville Tickets

Charmaine Neville Concert Tickets

Lil’ Buck Sinegal Tickets

Lil’ Buck Sinegal Concert

Spencer Bohren Ticket
Spencer Bohren Concert


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Faubourg St. Mary Tour

Saturdays, October 10th,  9 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: WWII Museum Main Entrance

Join Friends of the Cabildo for a special walking tour of the Faubourg St. Mary. Now named the Central Business District (CBD), Faubourg St. Mary was originally part of Belair, the plantation of city founder Bienville. 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 Streets. Learn the rest of the story of the historic neighborhood  and the buildings located along the route, including museums, Lee Circle, St. Charles Avenue and Lafayette Square.

Space is limited to 15 spots. Reservations are required for the tour. To purchase tickets, call the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939 or online below.

Faubourg St. Mary Tour

pres-hallNew Orleans Music History Tour

Saturdays, October 17th, November 22nd, 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Barracks Entrance, across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Experience the storied history of the New Orleans music scene 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 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.

New Orleans Music Tour

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Saturdays, October 10th & November 14th, 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Barracks Entrance, across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Battle of New Orleans, the FOC has designed a tour that tells the story from points in the French Quarter that surrounded 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.

Battle of New Orleans Tour

Piety_Bywater_700_Block_Creole_CottageEsplanade/Faubourg Marigny Tour

Saturday, October 10th, Noon, Wednesday, November 11, 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Gates)

Faubourg Marigny, originally bounded by Esplanade, Franklin, and St. Claude avenues and the Mississippi River, was enlarged to the north in 1809 as New Marigny. Between 1836 and 1852, when New Orleans was divided into three municipalities with one mayor, Marigny was the Third Municipality, with its city hall overlooking Washington Square. Today, Marigny is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city-designated historic district overseen by the Historic District/Landmarks Commission. In 2009, the American Planning Association named Marigny one of ten “Great Places in America,” where people want to be – not only to visit, but to live and work.

Esplanade/Faubourg Marigny Tour

Lower Garden District Tour

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Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania and Terpsichore)

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!

Lower Garden District Tour

4500769279_bd5b3a02b4October 2nd Thursday Lectures Series

175th Anniversary Architectural Review of Antoine’s Restaurant

by Harvey George Burns

October 8th, 6 p.m.

Old U.S. Mint – 400 Esplanade Avenue

Free and Open to the Public

For more information, contact Cody Scallions at or 504-568-2123


Bolden_SmallHidden Treasures: Jazz Exhibit Edition

Wednesday, November 4th, 6 p.m. &  7 p.m. showings

Old U.S. Mint

The Louisiana State Museum’s Jazz Collection is one the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. The Jazz Collection chronicles the music and careers of the men and women who created, enhanced and continue in the tradition of New Orleans jazz at the local, national and international levels. It consists of instruments, pictorial sheet music, photographs, records, tapes, manuscripts and other items ranging from Louis Armstrong’s first cornet to a 1917 disc of the first jazz recording ever made. It includes the world’s largest collection of instruments owned and played by important figures in jazz- trumpets, cornets, trombones, clarinets and saxophones played by jazz greats such as Bix Beiderbecke, Edward “Kid” Ory, George Lewis, Sidney Bechet and Dizzy Gillespie.

Museum Historian Karen Leathem and Director of Exhibits Greg Lambousy will present a behind the scenes viewing of the collection for a one night only event at the Old U.S. Mint. Tickets are limited so purchased below on the link or call the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939.

Hidden Treasures: Jazz Exhibit Edition


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Storyville: A Neighborhood of Sin

December 11th-12th, Cabildo/Old U.S. Mint

Friends of the Cabildo is proud to announce it’s second annual symposium, Storyville: A Neighborhood of Sin, set for the weekend of December 11th-12th. The two-day symposium will focus on the former red-light district located on the edge of the French Quarter from 1897-1917.

The weekend’s keynote address will be given by Gary Krist, author of Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for Modern New Orleans. Friday night’s keynote will take place at the Cabildo and a reception for the speakers will take place after.

Beginning on December 12th at the Old U.S. Mint, speakers from around the country will take a deeper look at Sidney Story’s attempt to control crime and prostitution in the city of New Orleans. Speakers include Emily Landau (University of Maryland), Alecia Long (LSU), Bruce Raeburn (Tulane), Larry Powell (Tulane), Katy Coyle (Tulane) and Charles Chamberlain (University of New Orleans).

Tickets are limited for the event so please purchase at the link below. Early Bird Tickets are $75 for members and $90 for general admission and include the Friday and Saturday Presentations.

Symposium Schedule of Events

December 11th, 6 p.m., Cabildo

Keynote Speaker: Gary Krist – Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans

December 12th, 9 a.m., Old U.S. Mint

9 a.m. – Registration

9:30 a.m. – Dr. Charles Chamberlain – Storyville Historical Overview

10:30 a.m. – Katy Coyle – Sex, Smashing and Storyville in the Turn-of-the-Century New Orleans

11:40 a.m. – Bruce Raeburn – The Storyville Diaspora Revisited

1:30 p.m. Dr. Alecia Long – The Great Southern Babylon

2:40 p.m. Dr. Emily Landau – Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans

3:40 p.m. Dr. Lawrence Powell – Symposium Wrap-Up
FOC Storyville Symposium

dotter2015-2016 Event Dates

Ghostly Gallivant Party & Tours, October 23rd-25th – Cabildo/1850 House

Hidden Treasures: Jazz Exhibit Edition, November 4th – Old U.S. Mint

Storyville Symposium, December 11th-12th – Cabildo/Old U.S. Mint

Creole Christmas, December 26th-27th 1850 House

Hidden Treasures: Carnival Edition, January 12th and 14th – 1000 Chartres (LSM Collections)

Rex Den Showing, January 23rd – Rex Den

Hidden Treasures: Women’s History Month Edition, March 16th – Old U.S. Mint

1970 Jazz Fest Movies at the Mint, April 21st – Old U.S. Mint

Spring Home and Courtyard Tour, May 15th -1850 House


1850 House Museum Store

Book Signing: Saturday, October 31st, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Madame Lalaurie (Soft Cover Release)

By Carolyn Long

The legend of Madame Delphine Lalaurie, a wealthy society matron and accused slave torturer, has haunted New Orleans for nearly two hundred years. Her macabre tale is frequently retold, and her French Quarter mansion has been referred to as “the most haunted house in the city.”

Call the store at (504) 524-9118 to reserve a copy to be signed if you can not attend.

Upcoming Signings at the 1850 House Museum Store

October 24th, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sally Asher – Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans

November 7th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Cynthia Nobles – Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook

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

dotterYoga 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.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays

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

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

Mats are provided

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