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Upcoming Events

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“Awash with Color:…

May 1 - 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us for Funky But Better. more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us for Mia Borders and Colin Lake. more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Tribute Band more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Jason D. more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band. more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Marc Stone Band. more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Roddy Romero & The Hub… more

City Park Presents -…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us in the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park for City… more

DISNEY ON ICE…

May 1 - 1, 2016
The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100… more

Disney on Ice: 100…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! The monumental ice skating… more

Irvin Mayfield & The…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Close out your festival weekend with House of Blues New Orleans for Irvin… more

Irvin Mayfield and…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Grammy Award Winning Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra perform… more

Irvin Mayfield Jazz…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Mama's Music

May 01, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

New Orleans Jazz &…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Jazz Fest is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans… more

New Orleans Photo…

May 1 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is proud to be the first venue to … more

PONDEROSA STOMP…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Kick off the day with Awakenings presented by Stumptown Coffee Roasters and… more

SOUTH LOUISIANA SWAMP…

May 1 - 1, 2016
A rich gumbo of So. LA talent takes over Three Keys with Keith Frank and the… more

The Historic New…

May 1 - 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

“Awash with Color:…

May 1 - 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

Guide to the Tales of the Cocktail Festival

Drink it in! That's the theme for this year's Tales of the Cocktails event. Cocktails, spirits, liquors and aperitifs are the headliners of this mixology festival focusing on the knowledge and traditions of the cocktail, bartending and anything involving a drink.

The five-day event, held July 16–20, 2014, will feature a series of seminars, bartender competitions, "spirited" luncheons and dinners, free events and invitation-only events. Tasting rooms will have popular and up-and-coming liquor brands giving out samples of their latest concoctions while liquor specialists will be speaking on panels and hosting the event's seminars.

Don't miss the award ceremony for the sixteen different "Spirited Awards" representing the best in categories like "Best American Cocktail Bar," "World's Best Cocktail Menu" and  "American Bartender of the Year."

tails of the cocktailSave the Date:

July 16-20, 2014

Events:

Here is a rundown of events worth sipping on. Or view the complete event calendar.

Spirited Dinner® Series
On Thursday night, pick from more than 30 local New Orleans restaurants (throughout the French Quarter) that will be participating in the themed dinners. Explore what happens behind the bar at La Petite Grocery for the Secret Life of Bartenders: A Story Filled Spirited Dinner. Or delve into the The 7 Deadly Sins of Cocktails at Windsor Court Hotel. View the full list of Spirited Dinners.

Tasting Rooms

Entrance to the tasting rooms (enticing and packed with libations) is included with all ticket levels.  From dry vermouth to whiskey, cocktail lovers will find their favorite flavors while discovering something new. View the full list of tasting rooms.

Complimentary Events

Many of the seminars' speakers have passed on the knowledge and tradition of their liquid passions with their own books. So head to the Tales of the Cocktail's bookstore to snatch up some new reading material or swing by the Bitters Market to stock your bar with different flavors of bitters from around the world. View the full list of complimentary events.

Where to Stay?

Hotel Monteleone is the main location for many of the events while the Royal Sonesta will also stage an array of the festival's events. Also view a full list of hotel partners.