Divas, we’re so excited to welcome you to Divacon and to New Orleans! We’ll all be here together for such a short amount of time, but we want you to make the most of it! In this edition of our Notable NOLA spots, we are thrilled to share some of our favorite things to see and do! Whether you’ve visited once before, live here, or are experiencing our city for the first time, check out these museums, shops, and dance halls, and welcome to New Orleans!
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture is a 5-minute walk away from our French Quarter Clothing Boutique! Stop by to visit their Costume Closet full of sparkling outfits that you can try on for pictures, and view their current exhibit, Goddesses in Bodices, featuring the hand-stitched beaded bustiers and headdresses of the all-female marching krewe, Dames de Perlage.
Garment & New Orleans Museum of Art from Noma.org
Wander up to the bayou and visit the New Orleans Museum of Art to see A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes Fashion Exhibition, running from February 21st through May 28th, 2018! See beautiful experimental gowns, headpieces, and jewelry by avant-garde fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Gypsy Sport, and more. The exquisite pieces in this exhibit investigate symbols of womanhood and challenge conventional notions of beauty. For more information on the exhibit and Alexander McQueen film series, visit NOMA.org!
NOLA Gondola; Trashy Diva Helena Long Dress in New Orleans Botanical Garden
And while you’re in the area, visit gorgeous City Park, home of the NOLA Gondola, Besthoff Sculpture Garden (always free!), and the New Orleans Botanical Garden! This lush, 1,300-acre park has been home to many of our favorite photo shoots. Slip into your favorite Trashy Diva dress and recreate your favorite photograph!
Euclid Records is a meeting place for music lovers and musicians alike! With a rad selection of new and used vinyl, this record store welcomes regulars and first-timers each day. You may wander into a movie night, an in-store performance, or just a great conversation with someone who digs music as much as you do. Stop in to drop off your demo tape, browse 45’s, and have a great time!
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Pharmacy Museum is full of wonders and oddities, the perfect backdrop for Birds of a Feather! Open Tuesday to Saturday, this museum is an oasis of heavy wooden cabinets showcasing its extensive collection of antique medicines. Stop in to study up on tinctures, marvel at invention, and learn a little something about the rich history of pharmacy and healthcare in Louisiana! For more information, visit the Pharmacy Museum’s website.
Put your full skirt to good use with a swing band! There are several hot spots for retro dancing all around town. Crescent City Swing has all the info you need to jitterbug your way from one jazz band to the next, but we especially wanted to point out these three opportunities to dance on Sunday, our final day together, before and/or after our farewell party at W.I.N.O.! All events are free, but be sure to tip the bands, instructors, and bartenders who make it all happen!
508 Frenchmen St
10am-1pm Live Music
618 Frenchmen St.
5pm Lesson, 6-9pm Live Music
2240 St. Claude Ave
8pm Lesson, 9pm-12am Live Music & Dancing
(one drink minimum)
Find out more at Crescent City Swing, and strap on your dancing shoes–we’ll see you out there, divas!
*This schedule is subject to change; please confirm with the venue before attending a live event.
There you have it, divas–more than enough ideas to start plannin’ your trip. We can’t wait to see you at Divacon 2018!
Special thanks to The Noun Project for the cute icons !