French Quarter Events with Margarita Bergen
Who better to cover the plethora of neighborhood happenings than socialite Margarita Bergen? To keep up with her you'd need a tanker of expresso and high-dollar roller skates. For we mere mortals, this page makes life simple - it features a roster of upcoming French Quarter events* and snaps from recent happenings in Margarita's Top Shelf.
*We dip into surrounding neighborhoods on occasion!
*We dip into surrounding neighborhoods on occasion!
Upcoming Neighborhood Happenings
Holiday New Orleans Style Concert Series
Below is the complete schedule. Please note many of these don't have FB event pages so they're not on our event feed above. Each is open to the public and free.
St. Louis Cathedral
The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. St. Louis Cathedral is located on Jackson Square in the historic French Quarter.
- Monday, December 9, 6pm - A Preservation Hallidaywith the Preservation All-Stars (Traditional jazz)
- Wednesday, December 11, 6pm - José Fermin Ceballos with Merengue-4 (Latin/Merengue)
- Thursday, December 12, 6pm - Opera Creole (Classical)
- Sunday, December 15, 6pm - Quiana Lynell (Jazz)
- Wednesday, December 18, 6pm - Zulu Gospel Choir (Gospel)
- Thursday, December 19, 6pm - St. Louis Cathedral Christmas Organ Spectacular featuring Loriae Llorca
- Sunday, December 22, 5:30pm - St. Louis Cathedral Concert Choir (Classical)
St Augustine Church
St. Augustine, located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street in historic Treme, is the oldest African-American Catholic church in the country. Free secure parking isavailable in the church’s parking lot — enter from Henriette Delille Street.
- Saturday, December 14, 4pm -Audrey Ferguson and the Voices of Distinction (Gospel)
- Saturday, December 21, 4pm - Loose Cattle (Americana)
Margarita's Top Shelf
top events of the past weeks
Improvisations: The New Orleans Jazz Museum Gala
December 7 at the Jazz Museum
What a lovely Jazzy Night! Mother Nature provided the perfect weather for the Annual New Orleans Jazz Museum Gala: Improvisation! As night fell, guests experienced music, dancing, art, and illuminations. Improvisations featured libations, spectacular New Orleans cuisine, an exciting mix of the finest local and national musical talents, a live silent auction with a selection of coveted items, and a dazzling Sound Collage installation in conjunction with the LUNA Fête Celebration of Light. All proceeds help the Jazz Museum to "globally promote jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms through highly interactive exhibits and support ongoing musical and educational programming."
Founders Ball, 2019
November 22 at the Cabildo
Presented by the Louisiana Museum Foundation, the Louisiana State Museum, and Co-Chairs Jane Scott and Philip Hodges & Sweet and Ben Dupuy, featuring the opening of the exhibition, "Chasing the Butterfly Man: The Search for a lost New Orleans Cabinetmaker, 1810-1825," and honoring the legacies of Joy Nalty Hodges and Patsy and Jack Holden. The Butterfly Man man was an early cabinetmaker surrounded by an aura of mystery. While his legacy of exquisite armories lives on and his cabinets still grace River Road plantation homes to this day, no one knows his identity.
Fais Do-Do fundraiser for French Quarter Advocates
November 9 - 817 St. Philip Street
The historical courtyard of the former orphanage of Mother Francesca Cabrini at 817 St. Phillip in the French Quarter was the site of the Fais Do-Do of the French Quarter Advocates. Patrons enjoyed a lovely evening that featured acclaimed Zydeco band: Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots, as well as delicious Cajun music by Sun Pie Barnes and an open bar.
Jazz and Joie de Vivre, fundraiser for French Quarter Citizens
November 1 at the Bourbon Orleans
The lovely historic ballroom of the Bourbon Orleans was the setting of the 2019 French Quarter Citizen's An evening of “Jazz and Joie de Vivre” with the jazzy music of New Orleans’ own Phillip Manuel. Frances and Rodney Smith, of the historic Soniat House, were the 2019 Gala Honorary Chairs. Also honored were generous hosts, Joe and Becky Jaeger, of the New Orleans Hotel Collection. The jazzy evening started with a lovely patron party and was completed with delicious cuisine provided by many of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, along with an open bar, dancing, and both live and silent auctions. The celebrity auctioneer was my darling longtime friend TV and radio personality Ms. Angela Hill.
Margarita Bergen was born in Santo Domingo, but she was born to be a New Orleanian. She’s a fan of the ballet, symphony, theater, opera and the visual arts – not to mention champagne. Margarita describes herself as a “party animal” and doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to the Quarter’s jazzy social scene. Margarita’s master’s was in education and her career in school administration, but her passion now is celebrating. In a city with so much going on you can’t possibly do it all, here’s the woman who gives it the old college try. She’s fabulous, dahling!