Special Events at the Ogden

The Ogden Museum hosts several events throughout the year that celebrates the visual and artistic culture of the South.

Ogden After Hours

Every Thursday night the Ogden Museum is open until 8pm for Ogden After Hours, its weekly entertainment series. OAH is a place for Southern musicians to showcase new work or break into the New Orleans market. Visitors can enjoy music in such genres as blues, jazz, R&B, country, folk, rackabilly, Cajun, bluegrass, Swamp pop, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as enjoy various food pop ups as well as a cash bar. The entertainment series also occasionally includes screening of various films and documentary and readings by Southern authors.

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Magnolia Ball

Each June the Ogden Museum hosts Magnolia Ball, the New Orleans’ event of the summer! Enjoy some of the best bites New Orleans’ chefs have to offer, sip on hand-crafted Southern cocktails, add to your collection with pieces from our silent auction featuring established and up-and-coming Southern artists, and dance the night away in true New Orleans style.

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Louisiana Contemporary

Every August the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in connection with Whitney White Linen Night, hosts its opening reception for its annual exhibition Louisiana Contemporary. Established in 2012, this statewide, juried exhibition promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides exhibition space for the exposition of living artist’s work, and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.

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O What A Night!

Each October the Ogden Museum hosts its annual O What A Night! Dubbed “the Met Ball of the South”, O What A Night! is an unparalleled celebration of Southern art, culture and cuisine. The glamorous black-tie event highlights the important mission of the Ogden Museum: to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. Each year the fundraiser honors someone in the Southern art community for their impact on the community and their work in raising awareness of the unique culture of the South.

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Art of Giving

Every December the Ogden opens the doors to its museum to host the Art of Giving, an annual holiday shopping event featuring selected craftsmen and vendors from the Center for Southern Craft & Design. Visitors can do all of their holiday shopping in one spot and enjoy meeting favorite vendors in person. Featuring original glass works, jewelry, ceramics, woodcrafts, textiles, and books. There will also be cocktails, crafts, music, food and free gift-wrap. Members receive a 15% discount off purchases and free wine.

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