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Oct 25 - Nov 9, 2016
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An Evening with David…

Oct 25 - 25, 2016
The Orpheum Theater has announced David Sedaris, one of America’s… more

Art is the Driving…

Oct 25 - Dec 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

ART21: Mexico City

Oct 25 - 25, 2016
Join us for a screening of "Mexico City" from season 8 of PBS'… more

Danse Macabre- The…

Oct 25 - 30, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection will be offering a special Halloween-themed… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Oct 25, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Education Gallery…

Oct 25 - Nov 27, 2016
Artists and Sense of Place Residency Show featuring artwork created by students… more

Historic New Orleans…

Oct 25, 2016 - Apr 09, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection is gearing up for an exciting new… more

Ogden Museum of…

Oct 25 - Nov 8, 2016
Each year, the Ogden Museum celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead),… more

Opening Reception for…

Oct 25 - 25, 2016
Join us for The Opening Reception for "Let Them Eat Cake!"This will… more

Pablove Shutterbug…

Oct 25 - 25, 2016
We are celebrating the work of our 2016 New Orleans Pablove Shutterbugs… more

Saenger Theatre…

Oct 25 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Illusionists- Live from Broadway. This mind blowing spectacular… more


Oct 25, 2016 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Oct 26, 2016 - Jan 07, 2026
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Dean's List

Oct 26 - Dec 28, 2016
Dean's List is a variety show of a most unusual kind. This show blends improv,… more

Evenings with Enrique

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
Join us for Evenings with Enrique! This series features entertainment, and… more

Happy's Running Club…

Oct 26 - Dec 28, 2016
Join us every Wednesday  for a  fun 5k or close at the Happy's Irish… more

Le Meridien New…

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
Join us for "Art + Aperitifs," a fun, interactive painting class… more

Light Up the Night…

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
Visiting the city, whether from afar or from just across the bridge? Looking to… more

"Let Them Eat Cake!"…

Oct 25 - Nov 9, 2016
Join us for Exhibition for "Let Them Eat Cake!"  Fine Art… more

The 5th Annual New Orleans Swing Dance Festival Featuring The 12th Annual Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown

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Amy Johnson, Event Director
(504) 223-4802



The 5th Annual New Orleans Swing Dance Festival
Featuring The 12th Annual Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown

An international celebration of jazz music and jazz dances!
Friday, October 4th - Monday, October 7th

NEW ORLEANS, LA---Swing dancers and jazz fans from around the globe will gather in New Orleans on Friday, Oct 4th through Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 as they transport you to a time when swing was king and everybody danced.

Honoring the timeless marriage between jazz dance and live music, this unique festival includes community dance lessons, dance competitions done to live music, outdoor concerts with local bands, a second line parade, after parties and more. The event kicks off the evening of Thursday Oct 3rd with The New Orleans Vintage Fashion & Lifestyle Expo held at The Old US Mint.

Afternoon Events: Working in conjunction with The French Market, the New Orleans Swing Dance Festival host free outdoor concerts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. "The French Market Stomp" will feature live local dance bands, an outdoor dance floor, and exciting swing dance shows. Afternoon concerts include The Smoking Time Jazz Club (Friday), Ben Polcer's Showdown All Stars (Saturday), and The Russell Welch Quartet (Gypsy Jazz) (Sunday).

On Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, from Noon to 1pm at The French Market, there will be FREE Beginning Swing Dance Lessons sponsored by The Nola Jitterbugs.

Evening Events: The Friday Evening Dance takes place at The Scottish Rite Temple with live music by The Tomcats and The Shotgun Jazz Band. The Saturday Evening Dance is at Generations Hall with music by Ben Polcer's Showdown All-Star Band featuring Miss Sophie Lee, The Pfister Sisters, and Meschiya Lake. Sunday's Evening Dance is also at Generations Hall with Meschiya Lake & The Lil Big Horns. Each of these parties will also showcase the world's most exciting and talented swing dancers from across the globe, battling it out for cash prizes and bragging rights.

The official NOLA Swing Dance Festival after party takes place on Sunday Oct 6th after the Generations Hall event starting at 1a.m. at Maison Frenchmen. Music is by 7inch Soul Party, a local, all vinyl dance party spinning vintage R&B, Soul, & Funk records until the sun comes up.    

Closing Event: To end the festivities, dancers trade in their dance shoes for sneakers for the highly anticipated Musician vs. Dancers Baseball Game at St Roch Field on Monday at 3pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Admission: Afternoon events are free to attend. Weekend package tickets to the evening events are sold online on a sliding price scale. A la carte evening event tickets can be purchased at the door for $60 each.

For more information and to purchase tickets: Please visit the official website at

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First Annual New Orleans Vintage Fashion & Lifestyle Expo

Thursday, October 3rd 7pm-12am

The Old US Mint - 400 Esplanade Ave


NEW ORLEANS, LA---An evening of roots music, retro and vintage-inspired fashion shows, vintage cars, vendors of old timey wares, men's & women's vintage clothing, hats, jewelry, accessories and collectibles, historical talks, Chorus Girl showcases, and live music entertainment by Tuba Skinny to finish it all off: We are thrilled to present the first ever gathering of vintage enthusiasts and collectors in New Orleans.

Kicking things off with a leisurely 'Vintage' Bike Ride through the Quarter at 6pm, guests are encouraged to dress in vintage clothing and ride from Louis Armstrong Park to their final destination at the Old US Mint.

Starting at 7pm, guests will pose for photographs in front of war era cars, peruse local vintage vendors' booths, sip on free cocktails until 8pm, and enjoy fashion shows and demonstrations on vintage beauty and etiquette.

So put on your favorite old duds or vintage-inspired threads, buy some if you don't have 'em, dance all night, and find yourself transported to the past!

This night marks the pre-party of the weekend-long New Orleans Swing Dance Festival and Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown. (

Admission: $15 for the next 50 tickets sold, $20 for the next 50, and $25 at the door. VIP tickets/front row seats to all fashion shows are available on the website for $50.

For more information and to purchase tickets: Please visit the official website at

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