Enjoy the Southern Culture of New Orleans

May 17, 2019 by Vanessa Claude

Backstreet Cultural Museum
Photo: cc PunkToad

Get a glimpse of the rich southern culture of New Orleans this October by checking out a few of these locations and events.

Visit a Mini-museum – Backstreet Cultural Museum

The Backstreet Cultural Museum is located in a small, former funeral home in the historic Treme neighborhood. The museum displays the permanent collection of Mardi Gras Indians costumes, second-line parade outfits, jazz funeral photos, and music memorabilia from curator Sylvester Francis. Interested in upcoming parades and festivals happening nearly every weekend in New Orleans? Learn about these at the museum, as well as more NOLA arts and traditions.

View the local art in Jackson Square

Jackson Square is an area where you’ll see tarot readers, street performers, and artists. It has an open-air artist community where their works are hung on the iron railings around the square. Spend time getting your portrait done, buy a new art piece from a local, or have fun watching a street performance.

Jackson Square
Photo: cc Britt Reints

Head to Oktoberfest

New Orleans also has a rich German history. You can celebrate this October with the city’s own version of Oktoberfest, which takes place the first three weekends in the month. Experience some of the best of German culture by drinking a rare beer, trying authentic cuisine, and listening to live music during this celebration.

Enjoy the architecture of the French Quarter

French Quarter
Photo: cc David Ohmer

Explore New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, The French Quarter, with its mix of French Creole and Spanish influenced architecture. You’ll find hints of this on old tiled street names and the French Fleur de Lys emblem noticeable all around the city. There are also Caribbean, African, and other European influences throughout the area. Take in the gorgeous mansions, the colorful Creole houses with their porches and swing chairs, the townhouses with beautiful ironwork balconies, and more!

New Orleans Film Festival

From October 16-24, the New Orleans Film Society will be hosting the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF). You can check out showings in different venues throughout the city. Local filmmakers are showcased during the festival, and their films and any shown during NOFF can qualify for the Oscars in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short.

Check out more things you can do in NOLA.


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