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.
To round out this first month of fests, the Fall Garden Festival (September 28th-29th) at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in picturesque City Park features breathtaking botanical works from landscape designers and garden artists. These remarkable works are accompanied, of course, by live music, local food and drinks, and family activities—the necessities of any local event.
And finally, if you’re in the mood for some local films, check out Timecode:NOLA Film Festival (September 28th-29th) at One Eyed Jacks in the French Quarter. This annual fest features a host of movie screenings and the One Reel Super8 competition, in which filmmakers have one week to create a three-minute Super8 film with all editing done on the camera itself.