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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jun 22 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Art Exhibition: Show…

Jun 22 - 22, 2017
Join us for the exhibit - "Show Us Your Happiest Moments in New… more

Beyond the Canvas:…

Jun 22 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Chicken on the Bone…

Jun 22 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jun 22, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jun 22 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Festigals 2017

Jun 22 - 24, 2017
FestiGals will return to the JW Marriott for its seventh  women's… more

Heart of the House

Jun 22, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

It's Only A Play

Jun 22 - 25, 2017
In an exciting partnership with the local, independent theatre company, The… more

Lilith in Loa…

Jun 22, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 22 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 22 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 22 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Newcomb Art Museum -…

Jun 22 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Southern Rep Theatre…

Jun 22 - 25, 2017
West Texas, 1862. "Hero" is promised his freedom from slavery in… more

Storyville: Madams…

Jun 22 - Dec 9, 2017
Storyville: Madams and Music revives the sights and sounds of New Orleans's… more

The Historic New…

Jun 22 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

BB's Stage Door…

Jun 23 - 25, 2017
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in this three-time… more

Happier Hour Wine…

Jun 23 - 30, 2017
Each week, we feature several wines from around the world along with small… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 23 - Sep 3, 2017
Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans showcases… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jun 22 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Seventeenth Annual Holiday on the Boulevard

December 09 – 10, 2016
  • Location: Ashe Cultural Arts Center
  • Address: 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
  • Phone: 504-613-6655
  • Venue: Ashe Cultural Arts Center

For the seventeenth consecutive year, music and merriment are the order of the day as Ashé Cultural Arts Center lights up the boulevard with musicians, merchants, authors, spoken word artists, and the community, creating an astonishing holiday family festival and marketplace in Central City New Orleans. Located in the Cultural District at 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans, the festival brings together a hefty mix of jazz, hip-hop, r&b, sprinkled with spoken word and incredible young dancers.

On Friday, December 09, Holiday on the Boulevard kicks off with the Imagination Tour.  At the Imagination Tour, participating children travel the continent of Africa. Some are dressed in African attire and become dancers led by Mama Jamilah, while others take to the drums to play rhythms taught by master drummer Luther Gray of Bamboula 2000. That afternoon, the community is invited to learn more about Ashé and its programming at the annual Luncheon and Open House which will be kicked off by the marching band from James M. Singleton Charter School, where Rosemary Martin is the principal.

Meanwhile, the community is invited to sign up for complimentary guided tours of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., led by Worldwide Concepts, Inc. Learn about the bustling changes on the boulevard, its history, and the businesses that have made it their home. Space is limited. Reserve by calling.
Then, stick around for the Ribbon Cutting and Launch of the Ashé Visitors Center. The Ashe Cultural Center has  partnered with Worldwide Concepts, Inc. to bring a full-service tour & travel company to the Boulevard. The launch includes a preview of "Gumbo Nation," Worldwide's cultural extravaganza which speaks to the history and heritage of the peoples of New Orleans and South Louisiana through a narrated tribute in dance, song and rhythm. "Gumbo Nation," also free to the public, features Bamboula 2000, Big Chief Honey and Free Agents Brass Band.

But that's not all. On Saturday, Dec. 10, festival goers will be treated to live concerts, featuring world music by Rudy Mills & the Caribbean Funk Band, old favorites and dance music by Sharon Martin, gospel by The Blessings Community Choir, and the sounds of Ray Wimley & Cool Nasty, a band that literally crosses all genres. There will be a variety of one-of-a-kind gift items and delicious food from an array of talented vendors at the Holiday Marketplace.
With the exception of the Imagination Tour, all entertainment is indoors, free and opened to the public.