26 Things To Do in March in New Orleans
Our top picks of the month's events for March 2014.
The BUKU Music + Art Project kicks off March 21.
Glow stick-toting neo-ravers in furry animal hats, serious hip-hop fans and indie-rock scenesters can all find something to love at the BUKU Music + Art Project, now in its third year.
Headliners at this year’s fest, March 21-22 at Mardi Gras World along the Mississippi River, include The Flaming Lips – known for shows along the festival circuit that typically include confetti bombs and frontman Wayne Coyne riding the crowd in a plastic bubble – French house music purveyor David Guetta and effervescent electro-pop star Ellie Goulding. Rapper Nas, performing his debut album Illmatic in its entirety; post-rock band Explosions in the Sky; the noisy pop-rock of Sleigh Bells and many others round up the lineup. Information, TheBukuProject.com
For those already missing Mardi Gras, scope out the annual gathering of Mardi Gras Indians – dressed to the nines in their full regalia, gathering to meet up with the other Indian “gangs.” In good-spirited competition, the tribes and their Big Chiefs try to top the other gangs with dances and chants. The Super Sunday procession typically begins at A.L. Davis Park on Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street Uptown and is held on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day, March 19.
New Orleans hosts its annual celebration of one of its most famous residents, Tennessee Williams, featuring panel discussions, performances, master classes and more. The 2014 Tennessee Wiliams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s notable guests scheduled to attend include actress, writer and director Diane Ladd, a distant cousin of Williams (see interview with her, pg. 22); Dorothy Allison (Bastard out of Carolina); Lorrie Moore (Self Help, Birds of America); and Hilton Als (White Girls). Guests will get a chance to see some of Williams’ work brought to life; one event includes Williams’ “hotel plays” performed in the rooms of the Hermann-Grima House. Events take place at locations around the French Quarter, March 19-23. Information, TennesseeWilliams.net
March 6. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks in concert, The Parish at House of Blues. Information, HouseOfBlues.com
March 7. Willie Nelson & Family in concert, House of Blues. Information, HouseOfBlues.com
March 11-16. Memphis, Saenger Theatre. Information, SaengerNola.com
March 11. 311 in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information, NewOrleansArena.com
March 12. Broken Bells in concert, Civic Theater. Information, CivicNola.com
March 12-April 6. The Night of the Iguana, Art Klub. Information, SouthernRep.com
March 13. United Way Got Gumbo? Cook-Off, Royal Sonesta Hotel. Information, UnitedWaySELA.org
March 14. Molly’s in the Market St. Patrick’s Day parade, French Quarter. Information, MollysAtTheMarket.net/St-Paddys-Day
March 14. Friends of City Park Lark in the Park, Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Information, FriendsOfCityPark.com
March 15. Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade. Information, IrishChannelNo.org
March 15. Italian American Marching Club parade. Information, IAMCNola.org
March 18. Miley Cyrus, Icona Pop and Sky Ferreria in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information, NewOrleansArena.com
March 19-20. Art in Bloom, New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, noma.org
March 21. Elton John in concert, Smoothie King Center. Information, NewOrleansArena.com
March 21-29. NOLA Project presents Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Le Petit Theatre. Information, NolaProject.com
March 22. Fleur de Tease Burlesque presents “Alice in Burlesque-land,” One Eyed Jacks. Information, FleurDeTease.com
March 22-23. Congo Square Rhythms Festival, Lafayette Square. Information, JazzAndHeritage.org/Congo-Square
March 22-30. New Orleans Spring Fiesta and Historic Home Tours, French Quarter. Information, SpringFiesta.com
March 23. Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade, Metairie. Information, LaIrish-Italian.org
March 28-30. Symphony Book Fair, UNO Human Performance Center. Information, SymphonyVolunteers.org/Book-Fair
March 29. Louisiana Oyster Jubilee, 300 block of Bourbon Street. Information, OysterJubilee.com
March 29. New Orleans Ballet Association presents Joffrey Ballet, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information, NobaDance.com
March 29. Louisiana Derby Day, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Information, FairGroundsRaceCourse.com