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Classy Entertainment at the 2014 New Orleans Burlesque Fest

Looking for some classy yet sultry fun featuring lascivious performances that reach beyond the bars and clubs of Bourbon St? The New Orleans Burlesque Festival (Sept. 18th-21st) offers all that and more with a handful of unforgettable evening performances and other crowd-pleasing events sure to stir up enticing excitement for all who attend.

Besides the evening shows themselves, the New Orleans Burlesque Festival offers a few extra treats for its lush-loving guests. On Thursday evening, Sept. 18th, the event kicks off with a special opening night party, where attendees can mingle with the stars of the festival.

poster with white background and words Burlesque written in red

Before the headlining shows, the festival presents various daytime events, including book signings, social mixers, burlesque workshops and dance lessons to give attendees a closer look at the magic behind the scenes. Sunday also has a series of events, though the lineup has not yet been released, so check back on the festival website for more information closer to the dates of the fest.

The shows themselves take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19th and 20th, and typically feature about 70 dancers and several chorus girl troupes at Harrah’s Casino (Riverside end of Canal St) in the CBD and House of Blues (225 Decatur St) just a few blocks away in the French Quarter.

Friday night features two shows: Mondo Burlesque at Harrah’s starting at 8 p.m. is a variety show of burlesque entertainers that have graced stages and riled up crowds around the world, and Bad Girls of Burlesque at House of Blues starting at 11 p.m. is another “celebration of the wicked, the wayward and the wanton” in the burlesque scene.

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Fall Festivals in New Orleans : September

The poster for the New Orleans Burlesque Festival


In New Orleans, fall, like spring, is festival season. After a long and hot summer, we are anxious to get outside and enjoy the weather as it turns crisp and cool . To take advantage of this temperate perfection while it lasts, we find  a reason to revel in Big Easy culture every weekend of the month.

This weekend, the New Orleans Museum of Art and its adjacent Sculpture Garden host Where Y’Art (September 7th). The evening will be enlivened by jazz music from saxophonist John Doheny, local restaurant fare from joints like Crepes a la Carte, Green To Go NOLA, and Woody’s Fish Tacos, and of course, art and art activities, all accessible with museum admission.

Next weekend, the Fourth Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival (September 13th-15th), hosted by Harrah’s Casino and the House of Blues, presents enticing dancing talent from around the world, including renowned dancers of the past. In addition to performances, the festival will feature panels, workshops and the Queen of Burlesque competition.

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