Evenings with Enrique

Evenings with Enrique is back October 5 at the New Orleans Botanical Garden!

Evenings with Enrique returns to the New Orleans Botanical Garden this fall. Every Wednesday in October guests may enjoy extended hours, strolling through the Garden’s 2,000 blooming flowers and plants from around the world while listening to live music and savoring food and beverages from Kitchen in the Garden Eats. Evenings kicks off October 5 and is held every Wednesday through October 26, 2022, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (music until 7:30 p.m.). The event is free for Louisiana residents courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

Evenings with Enrique launched in 2016 at the Botanical Garden and takes place in April and October each year. The series pays homage to renowned artist Enrique Alférez who has over 20 sculptures featured onsite in The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, an 8,000-sq.-ft.-park featuring Alférez’s works set within sweeping footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.

Alférez was a Mexican American artist who lived in New Orleans for almost 70 years. He was active during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and his sculptures can be found throughout New Orleans, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, and throughout City Park.

Live Music Schedule:

  • October 5: Papo y Son Mandao

  • October 12: Trio Macumba

  • October 19: Patrice Fisher and Arpa, with special guests Armando LeDuc-Cortez & Betsy Braud

  • October 26: Javier Gutierrez and Vivaz quartet

Don’t miss the Día de los Muertos Altar in the Botanical Garden Conservatory October 26 through October 30! Free for Louisiana residents courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

Fans of Alférez’s work can also purchase Enrique Alférez: Sculptor by Katie Bowler Young onsite at Evenings with Enrique at the Oscar J. Tolmas Center, the entrance to the Botanical Garden. Published by The Historic New Orleans Collection in 2021, the book chronicles the life of the preeminent artist and was made possible with support from The Helis Foundation and members of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s 2019 Bienville Circle and Laussat Society.