Happy holidays river beats family! Now that we’re fully past Halloween, it’s time to gear up for the holiday season. This week in NOLA, there are lots of ways to kindle some holiday cheer. The Roosevelt Hotel’s beloved lobby lighting ceremony is this week, plus the opening of City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks. Too early for holiday cheer? Check out some of the great music and comedy events coming this week! Check out our favorite events from this week in NOLA below.
Here’s What’s Happening This Week in NOLA
Steve Aoki at the Metropolitan
Steve Aoki is an American DJ, record producer, music programmer, and record executive. Aoki has released several Billboard-charting studio albums as well, notably, Wonderland, which was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013.
Hip Hop Orchestra ft. Thee Phantom + Thee Illharmonic Orchestra
When was the last time you witnessed; strings, horns, and piano at a Hip-Hop concert? Add a party-rocking DJ, a soul-stirring female vocalist, and a fire-breathing MC and you have Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic Orchestra in action! Combining the raw energy and passion of hip-hop, with the beautiful sounds of orchestra accompaniment, The Illharmonic has headlined their own performance at the famed Carnegie Hall. The ensemble will be making its New Orleans debut on November 19 at the Howlin Wolf.
JAMFEST 2022 (Rescheduled to 11/26)
JAMNOLA, the cultural funhouse in the Marigny, invites you to come and enjoy JAMFEST – an evening of festive food, drinks, and an art market. The one-day block party will celebrate the New Orleans artists’ community, showcasing works from local artists and vendors. JAMFEST will also benefit the Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans and Son of a Saint. Musical performances include Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph & John Boutte. Guests can also enjoy a take-out-style food court hosted at NOCCA Institute’s Press Street Station (adjacent to JAMNOLA). The event takes place on Saturday, November 26 from 11 am to 5 pm.
The Eagles at Smoothie King Center
The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. With five number-one singles and six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s in North America. After just ten shows in early 2020, the remainder of the band’s “Hotel California” tour was postponed due to COVID-19. The tour resumed in 2021, and continues into 2022, with dates in both the U.S. and Europe.
SIDEPIECE – Kiss & Tell: Second Base Tour at Republic NOLA
SIDEPIECE is the brainchild of Dylan Ragland (Party Favor) and Ricky Mears (Nitti Gritti). At only three years old, SIDEPIECE has already racked up some of the most prestigious awards in dance music, being nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2021, as well as having the #1 most supported dance record in the world in 2020. The duo has rapidly become one of the most sought-after house acts in the industry, playing some of the most iconic venues and festivals around the globe like Lollapalooza, EDC, Tomorrowland, Bonnaroo, HARD Summer, and more.
Barcadia Game Day Block Party
Join Barcadia on Tchoupitoulas to celebrate the Saints’ home game against the Buccaneers. This outdoor block party will have big screens for both indoor and outdoor viewing, drink specials, plus a live afterparty performance with special guest Choppa.
Thanksgiving Dining at NOLA Restaurants
Not looking forward to cooking on turkey day? No worries, there are plenty of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and chefs ready to take care of you. Swing by Commons Club for local gulf fish, traditional turkey, roasted acorn squash; slow-cooked beef short rib, and decadent desserts. Compère Lapin will offer Nina Compton’s family-style feast. And Tujague’s will be serving up a festive, four-course meal.
November 24 | locations & times vary
Celebration in the Oaks Opening Night
City Park’s largest fundraiser, Celebration in the Oaks, is the New Orleans holiday family tradition. This incredible light festival has enchanted Park visitors since the 1980s and is vital to the Park’s maintenance, care, and beautification year-round. Make memories with your loved ones in City Park this holiday season. The opening night of the season takes place on November 24.
Third Annual Thanksgiving Human Horse Races
Do you struggle with ethical concerns going to the racetracks on Thanksgiving day, but don’t know where else to go to mingle with your friends dressed in your finest on Thanksgiving Day Well, then Human Horse Races is made for YOU! The Third Annual Human Horse Races will take place on November 24 at Easton Park. Live music is provided and complimentary cocktails are available. This year they’ll be donating all proceeds to Greeno Equine Sanctuary: a horse farm that is retired horses’ safe forever home.
PJ Morton at The Fillmore New Orleans
PJ Morton is a Grammy-winning R&B singer and producer whose latest project, Gospel According to PJ, earned the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album. Since the breakthrough of his 2017 LP Gumbo, the New Orleans native has led a creative and critically-acclaimed streak of six self-released and self-produced albums, ten Grammy nominations, and back-to-back-to-back wins.
Mark Normand at Joy Theater
Mark Normand is an American stand-up comedian and actor. A New Orleans native, he began performing stand-up locally in 2006. He has performed across the United States and abroad, and has appeared on Conan, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His “All Over The Road” tour will stop at the Joy Theater on Saturday, November 26.
Lobby Lighting Ceremony at the Roosevelt
The public is invited to experience the lobby lighting at The Roosevelt New Orleans, which will take place by 5:15 p.m., followed by a champagne toast. The block-long lobby display will feature more than 112,000 lights, 1,600 feet of garland, and 4,000 glass ornaments adorning the beloved Waldorf Wonderland in the hotel’s grand lobby. This gorgeous display tells a spirited story, showcasing the best of New Orleans and the holidays through a classic theme designed to wow crowds each year.