This fast-paced weekend in New Orleans is filled with exciting, nonstop events, and we’re just getting started. Featuring everything from Brass Band Fest to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to a basketball championship and more, there’s plenty to keep the good times rolling. We’ve got it all mapped out for you below.
Hamilton – The much-anticipated, Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning musical comes to New Orleans this spring. Telling the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through hip-hop and rap, this musical breathes new life into old history. Catch Hamilton at the Saenger Theater March 12-31. Tickets start at $155.50.
Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll – Based off the 1956 film of the same name and Tennessee Williams’ one-act play “27 Wagons Full of Cotton,” Baby Doll makes its regional premiere at Le Petit Theatre this spring. This controversial dark comedy follows two rival cotton gin owners and their attempts to seduce a young bride called Baby Doll after a suspected fire. The show runs March 15-31 at Le Petit Theatre, and tickets start at $15.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations – The weekend of celebrations starts Thursday with the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club block party in Annunciation Square from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Friday, head to the French Quarter for Molly’s at the Market & Jim Monaghan’s Parade starting on 1107 Decatur St. at 6 p.m. Saturday brings all-day block party celebrations and the Irish Channel Parade starting at Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street at 1 p.m. Enjoy an outdoor St. Patty’s Day Kickoff Party at Gris-Gris from 9 a.m. – till on Saturday complete with live music, green beer, and an Irish Breakfast. Finally, on Sunday, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Downtown Irish Club Parade at 6 p.m. beginning at Bud Rips in the Bywater.
Sun Belt Basketball Championships – Catch the Sun Belt Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships from March 13-17 in the UNO Lakefront Arena. This collegiate basketball tournament follows an 18-game conference schedule across tournament dates. Single session tickets, which allows access to two games per session, can be purchased for $15 here.
Jazz re:freshed presents Ezra Collective – Head to Three Keys at the Ace Hotel for this fun and fresh performance from British jazz group Ezra Collective. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20.
Keith Sonnier Retrospective at NOMA – The New Orleans Museum of Art opens its latest exhibition on March 15, celebrating the life and legacy of Louisiana native Keith Sonnier. The exhibit, Keith Sonnier: Until Today, spotlights 20 key artworks and installations created between 1969 and 2018. Featured are some of Sonnier’s illustrious works in neon, as well as rarely exhibited works in sound, satin, radio waves, and bamboo. Visit the New Orleans Museum of Art through June 2 to view the exhibit. Admission is $15 for adults with free admission for Louisiana residents on Wednesdays, courtesy of the Helis Foundation.
Brass Band Fest – Created as the first of many events to benefit the “Save Our Brass Culture Foundation,” Brass Band Fest celebrates the culture and legacy of New Orleans by giving back to the community. Enjoy this festival on Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Armstrong Park. The event will start with a second line honoring the lives and legacies of deceased brass band musicians. Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Hot 8 Brass Band, and more will perform throughout the day. Tickets are $10.
Super Sunday – Each year on the third Sunday of March, locals gather to celebrate a time-honored New Orleans tradition. On this day, Mardi Gras Indians take to the streets in handmade, elaborate costumes for Super Sunday. They gather at noon and proceed to parade through Central City from A.L. Davis Park. Join the community and witness the pageantry while paying tribute to the deep and rich history of the Mardi Gras Indians this Sunday.
Seeing Music: Film & Conversation Series – The New Orleans Film Society continues with their latest film series, Seeing Music: Film & Conversation with a screening of Buckjumping on Thursday, March 14. Directed by Lily Keber (Bayou Maharajah, 2013), Buckjumping is an ode to the exceptional dance culture in New Orleans and follows six different communities, each one a unique example of tradition, resistance, and collective exaltation of the city. The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Lily Keber and the participants of the documentary. The screening begins at 7 p.m. at the NOCCA Institute and tickets are $10 (free for NOFS members).
Agave Week – Agave Week is a multi-day celebration of all things taco, tequila, and mezcal with seminars, tastings, and festive events from March 10-13. Participate in events like “Tequila 101,” “Margaritas & Mariachi,” and special dinners and tasting rooms throughout the week. Tickets and the schedule for Agave Week can be found here.