Things To Do

Jean Lafitte in January

Is it 2018 already? Here is what is happening at Jean Lafitte in January!

Battle of New Orleans Talk

Discover 1815’s Battle of New Orleans with a ranger talk 10:45am. and 2:45pm daily. (No talk Monday, Jan 1 or Monday, Jan 15; battlefield visitor center closed for federal holidays) Free. Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. 281-0510 or www.nps.gov/jela.

Battle of New Orleans Anniversary at Chalmette Battlefield

Saturday, January 6, 9:00am-3:00pm
Return to 1815 with campfires, cannons, and living history experts in period dress as civilians and soldiers. Military drills, musket and cannon firing, music, hands-on activities, and period craft demonstrations. All public parking at St. Bernard Parish Government Complex, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Free shuttle buses (wheelchair accessible) from parking area to battlefield. First shuttle leaves parking area for battlefield at 8:45 a.m.; last shuttle leaves parking area for battlefield at 2:15pm. Last shuttle leaves battlefield for parking area at 3:15pm. Full event schedule at www.nps.gov. Free.

Wreath-laying Ceremony

Monday, January 8, 9:30am
Honor the troops who fought at the Battle of New Orleans. Park at the battlefield at 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette; battlefield opens for parking at 9:00am. Free.

Walk the Wetlands

Explore Louisiana swamp and marsh on a ranger-guided walk 10:00am. Wednesday-Sunday. Free. Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero (near Crown Point). 689-3690 ext 10 or www.nps.gov/jela.

Nature Photography Walk

Join local photographer Mike Murphree to discover the secrets of memorable photos, whether you use an expensive camera, a cell phone, or a point-and-shoot. Free but space limited so reservations required (sign up for one or both). 10:30am-12:30pm. Saturdays January 6 and February 10. Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero (near Crown Point). 689-3690 ext 10 or www.nps.gov/jela.

Ranger Talk

Discover New Orleans history and culture with a ranger talk in the visitor center courtyard. 9:30am. Tuesday-Saturday. Free. French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans. 504-589-3882 ext 221 or www.nps.gov/jela.

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