FOC Events Calendar

tumblr_nc7iyyFiSw1tsne2wo1_1280FOC Concerts – 2015-2016 Series

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

Tickets: $20 FOC Members/ $25 General Admission

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.

Lil’ Buck Sinegal Tickets

Lil’ Buck Sinegal Concert

Spencer Bohren Ticket
Spencer Bohren Concert


Neighborhood/Cultural Tours

Faubourg St. Mary Tour

CBDSaturdays, February 20th, March 12th, (9:30 a.m.)

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: WWII Museum Main Entrance

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 Faubourg St. Mary 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.

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

New Orleans Music History Tour

MusicSaturdays, February 27th, March 12th, March 19th (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

Battle of New Orleans TourMisc_Beluche

Saturday, February 13th (2 p.m.), March 12th (2 p.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

Creole Neighborhoods Tour

MarignySaturday, February 13th (10 a.m.)

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

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

Creole Neighborhoods Tour

Lower Garden District Tour

Lower GardenSaturday, March 12th (10 a.m.)

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania and Terpsichore)

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.

Lower Garden District Tour

Treme History Tour

TremeMonday, February 15th (10 a.m.)

Saturday, February 27th (10 a.m.)

Sunday, March 13th (10 a.m.)

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Basin Street Station (501 Basin Street)

The Friends of the Cabildo walking tour of Treme provides a rich, detailed perspective on one of the city’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods. Originally know 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.
Treme History Tour


dotterHidden Treasures: Women’s History Edition

Wednesday, March 16th

6 p.m. & 7 p.m. Showings, Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue)

Tickets: $15 FOC/LMF Members, $20 General Admission

Please join us at the Old U.S. Mint for a behind the scenes showing by Sarah-Elizabeth Gundlach, curator of the museums Louisiana Historical Center. Learn about some of the women and women’s clubs that played an important role in the history of New Orleans through artifacts rarely seen by the general public. Organizations such as the Junior League and Krews of Iris and Muses will be included.

Tickets are limited and no tickets are sold at the door. Purchase at the link below or by calling the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939.

Hidden Treasures: Women’s History Edition

No February Lecture due to Mardi Gras

March 10th, 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

dotter2015-2016 Event Dates

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, November 7th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Cynthia Nobles – Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook

Author of The “Delta Queen” Cookbook and series editor for The Southern Table, Cynthia LeJeune Nobles is a food columnist for the Advocate of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Acadiana, and a member of the Newcomb College Culinary History Writers Group.

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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