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Family Fun In New Orleans Week of 1/18 – 1/24/19​

Family Fun In New Orleans Week of 1/18 – 1/24/19

historic houses fun in new orleansThis is another exciting week for Families attending Conventions in New Orleans. It is a week full of family fun and educational things to do. Every week Fun In New Orleans offers a list of the many activities focused on Family Friendly Activities. These Activities are Family-Focused. They have been conveniently arranged by Festivals & Entertainment, Museums, Sporting Events, and Other Fun Filled Activities occurring this week. Please consider Subscribing to our Monthly Newsletter or Sharing it with your friends. After your visit we’d love to hear about your experiences!

Friday, January 18th – New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival

The 4th Annual New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival is a celebration of the art, music and cultural importance of handmade stringed instruments. Covering 4 days and 3 venues, the festival is widely considered to be the world’s premier CBG event.

This ticket for Day 3 entitles the purchaser to attend the Friday Morning Builders’ Forum and Contest, the Friday Afternoon Showcase and the Friday Night Spotlight. Talent presented on Friday includes The Mourning Glories, Jeremy Joyce, John Nickel, Travis Bowlin, Drew Cypert, Cool Cat Charlie, Grey Goat Collective and Ben “Gitty” Baker.

For more event information, click here.

Saturday, January 19th – Gone: PhotoNola Exhibition Artist Talk with Nell Dickerson

This is an opportunity for families coming to New Orleans to experience photographer and architect Nell Dickerson’s photo exhibit “Gone” at the Hermann-Grima House. The Exhibit is open daily from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. There is no charge to the public.

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Gone: Nell Dickerson


Photographer and architect Nell Dickerson began her career with exploration of antebellum homesteads. Nell received encouragement from her cousin-in-law, renowned Civil War historian and novelist Shelby Foote. Nell’s passion for forgotten and neglected buildings became a plea for preservation.

About Nell Dickerson

The preservation of southern culture informs Nell Dickerson’s photography. She grew up in the deep South where antebellum ruins sparked her historic preservation passion. She documented that passion in two commercially successful photography books. The first of these two books is GONE: A Photographic Plea for Preservation (Belle Books) debuted in 2011 as #1 on Amazon’s lists for both Photography and Architecture books. Dickerson’s second book PORCH DOGS (John F. Blair Publisher) debuted in 2013 as #1 on Amazon’s list for both Photography and Animals. In 2014, Porch Dogs won both an Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award™ and a Gold Medal. It also won a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Nell’s photographs are exhibited in juried and gallery shows throughout the U.S. and in Europe. To fund her photography, she maintains parallel careers in art direction/set design for movies and project management for architecture.

This is her 10th year at PhotoNOLA. Don’t let your family miss this fun time event in New Orleans.

Saturday, January 19th – Jaws – In Concert

Experience Steven Spielberg’s thrilling masterpiece of suspense on The Mahalia Jackson Theater’s huge HD screen, while John Williams’ iconic score is performed live by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Program duration is approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission. Ticket info here.

Jaws is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios. All rights Reserved.

Sunday, January 20th – 2019 Central City Oyster Jam

Official Event Art, Courtesy of talented local artist Michael Guidry

On January 20th, the Central City Oyster Jam will host a festival celebrating the region’s food and music.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. will be the main event, when “mollusks and music” combine. Celebrating the best that South Louisiana has to offer, Raw Oyster Cult (featuring four original members of The Radiators) will headline. Also performing are Louis Michot, The Iceman Special, and Motel Radio. Plus, there will be an airing of the NFL Conference Championship Game.

Of course, there will be tons of oysters on deck. There will be a raw bar, a VIP bar, a sit-down wine tasting/pairing bar, and an extensive delicious hot food area.

The Oyster Jam takes place at Central City BBQ (1201 S. Rampart St.). Tickets will be available as both General Admission and VIP. Click here for more information about ticket details and to purchase tickets.

A ticket will provide access to the outdoor venue, where attendees will enjoy live music by Motel Radio, Louis Michot of The Lost Bayou Ramblers, Raw Oyster Cult and a late night show with Iceman Special and a kid-friendly area! Exclusive Louisiana oysters and the Oak Street Poboy Festival Award Winning Escargot Poboy will be available for additional purchase! Buy here.

Monday, January 21st – Sunday, January 27th – Taste of TABASCO Week

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Tabasco Country Store in Jackson Square

Celebrate National Hot Sauce Day (January 22) all week with Taste of TABASCO® Week! Dine out at some of the best New Orleans restaurants with special menu items inspired by TABASCO® Sauce.

Included restaurants are: Acme Oyster House, Arnaud’s, Bayona, Boulevard American Bistro, Bourbon House, Brigtsen’s Restaurant, Broussard’s Restaurant, Cafe Degas, Cavan Restaurant & Bar, Curio, Desire Oyster Bar, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Flamingo A-Go-Go, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak, Katie’s Restaurant & Bar, Kingfish, Luke, Maypop, Mondo, Mopho, Morton’s The Steakhouse – New Orleans, Mr. B’s Bistro, NOSH, Palace Cafe, Rosedale, Royal House, Tableau, The Bombay Martini Bar & Restaurant, Tommy’s Cuisine, Tsunami, Tujague’s Restaurant, and Vacherie Restaurant & Bar.

Proceeds from every special Taste of TABASCO® Week menu will benefit the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation.

More information, including awesome recipes made for this event, can be found here.

August 31st, 2018 – December 31st, 2019 – “We Love You, New Orleans” @ The Cabildo

Louisiana State Museum The Cabildo, courtesy of their official Facebook page
The Cabildo

Your visit to New Orleans’ historic French Quarter would not be complete without a stop at Jackson Square, which is where you will find the Cabildo. This elegant Spanish colonial building neighbors St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of America’s history.

In commemoration of the city’s 300th anniversary, the Louisiana State Museum debuted a new exhibition, We Love You, New Orleans!, celebrating people, places, and things that are quintessentially New Orleans including Sidney Bechet’s saxophone, a Mardi Gras Indian suit, memorabilia from Pontchartrain Park, and a K&B sign, among other things.

Hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10AM – 4:30PM.

Ticket Info:

  • Adults – $9
  • Students, senior citizens, active military – $7
  • Children 6 and under – Free
  • Groups of 15 or more (with reservations) – 20 % discount
    School Groups (with reservations) – Free
  • Purchase tickets for two or more museums – 20 % discount
  • AAA membership discount – 10 % discount

You can learn more about the Cabildo and this event here!

October 26th, 2018 – January 27th, 2019 – The Orleans Collection @ New Museum of Art

In honor of New Orleans’ Tri-centennial Year, the New Orleans Museum of Art presents The Orléans Collection. This exhibit will feature forty pieces of artwork. The artwork comes from 

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Orleans Collection

the French Regent, Philippe II, Duke of Orléans’ personal collection. The Orleans’ Collection is an internationally-acclaimed exhibit. It includes pieces by Veronese, Valentin, Poussin, Rubens and Rembrandt. These art pieces formerly graced the walls of the Palais Royal in Paris.

From October through January, celebrate the city’s tri-centennial through the exploration of the Orléans’ Collection.


Viewings of the exhibit will be available daily with the exception of Mondays. The viewing schedule can be found below:

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 10AM – 6PM
  • Friday: 10AM – 9PM
  • Saturday: 10AM – 5PM
  • Sunday: 11AM – 5PM

For more information on The Orléans Collection or the New Orleans Museum of Art, visit here

Saturdays & Sundays: Jazz Brunch at Commander’s Palace

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Commander’s Palace, outside view

Commander’s Palace, nestled in the heart of the historic New Orleans Garden District and steps from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, is the birthplace of the Jazz Brunch – a clever response to famous New Orleans traditions, such as “Dinner at Antoine’s” and “Breakfast at Brennan’s”. This is a one-of-a-kind event and is entirely different from what you would get with the lunch and dinner menu here. It features a special menu and Live New Orleans Jazz by the Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio.

The following items that you can probably expect to see on the menu are the Turtle Soup, Candy Apple Lacquered Quail, the Creole Gumbo, Pecan Roasted Gulf Fish, Cochon De Lait Eggs Benedict, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Sugarcane & Black Pepper Bacon. Oh, and don’t forget the desserts! Get “The Queen of Creole Desserts” known as Creole Bread Pudding Soufflewith a warm whiskey sauce added table side. Both this and the Strawberry Shortcake must be ordered in advance. Also great desserts are Lally’s Praline Parfait, as well as the Pecan Pie a la Mode. Here is a sample menu – there’s something on here that everyone can enjoy, from age 6 to age 90.

Jazz Brunch Hours:

  • Saturday 11AM – 1PM
  • Sunday 10AM – 1:30PM

You’ll want to dress nice for this occasion and especially make sure the kids are dressed in their “Sunday best”.

The official Dress Code:

  • Business Attire
  • Jackets are preferred for gentlemen
  • Collared shirts and closed-toe shoes required for gentlemen
  • No shorts, flip-flops, t-shirts, sweat shirts, or sweat pants
  • Jeans are discouraged

Of course, there is complimentary valet service provided, so that you don’t have to worry about parking.

Other Exciting Things Going On for Families Visiting New Orleans

While in New Orleans this week, there are numerous venues include tours such as walking Tours of the French Quarter, Swamp Tours,

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Families visiting in New Orleans may want to consider a tour of the Historic French Quarter and other exciting things in the city.

Plantation Tours, Cemetery tours, and many others found under our Tours menu tab.
For Families Visiting New Orleans the fun places to go, the food, and activities are endless. Each week, we provide the Fun Happening This Week in New Orleans offering the Family Friendly activities that can be enjoyed by all members of the family. Come back next week for our updates. Consider following us on Social Media and subscribing to our monthly newsletter, Family Fun In New Orleans!

Come on down as the Cajun French from Louisiana say “Laissez les bons temps rouler”, let the good times roll!