Below are several public celebrations in the works to commemorate the city's 300th birthday:


Oct. 13 - 2018

"300 Years of Catholicism in New Orleans." Exhibit at the Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. 

Nov. 11

New Orleans Book Festival: Official kickoff to the tricentennial year. The one-day festival will feature historical programs and culminate with fireworks and a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Nov. 14

NOLA 300 Conference: Presentations and panels on the past, present and future of New Orleans. To be held at the Orpheum Theater.

Nov. 18 - Feb. 25

Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. International art exhibition showcasing the work of artists from around the globe. Emphasis will be on art and artists of the Global South.


Jan. 6

Twelfth Night kickoff celebration: First day of the tricentennial carnival season. Mardi Gras-themed fireworks on the river at 9 p.m.

Jan. 7

Tricentennial Mass: 11 a.m. at St. Louis Cathedral.

Feb. 27-May 27

"New Orleans, the Founding Era." Exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection. An exploration of the city's first few decades and its earliest inhabitants. Admission is free.

March 8-11

"Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium." Lectures and programs on how New Orleans came to be inhabited by diverse people and how the concept of home has been central to the culture. Locations include Tulane University, Xavier University, Hotel Monteleone, the Old U.S. Mint and the Historic New Orleans Collection.

March 10

"Up From the Streets." Concert at the Saenger Theater. New Orleans musicians and international artists will tell the story of the city's influence on the world stage.

April 17

Tricentennial Interfaith Prayer Service: St. Louis Cathedral.

April 19-25

Tricentennial Navy Week: U.S. naval vessels will be joined by ships from Canada and tall ships from around the globe for a week-long festival. Free ship tours will be available to the public.

April 20-21

International Weekend: Includes the official welcoming ceremony for international dignitaries and a dinner at Gallier Hall.

April 22

Community Celebration: At Armstrong Park and throughout the city. Includes various service projects and block party events.

May 6

Tricentennial fireworks: Displays likely at City Park and the river to mark the end of the Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Dec. 31

Rockin' New Year's Eve by Dick Clark Productions: Closing night of the tricentennial, countdown to the next 300 years.

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