Take pleasure in Artwork & Free Outside Leisure with “Evenings with Enrique,” Each Wednesday in April on the New Orleans Botanical Backyard

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – It’s back! Guests of all ages can enjoy historic outdoor sculptures, a guided tour of the garden, food and entertainment in the Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez sculpture garden in the New Orleans Botanical Garden (NOBG) every Wednesday in April to celebrate the biannual “Evenings with Enrique. “This season’s series runs every Wednesday in April starting April 7th. Regular / Wednesday entry is free for Louisiana residents courtesy of the Helis Foundation every Wednesday throughout the year.

During “Evenings with Enrique”, NOBG will be sure to welcome visitors to the Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez sculpture garden to view the sculptures under enhanced lighting and fire baskets hanging from the branches of the living oak trees and enjoy music by local Latin American artists. You are invited to buy mojitos and groceries in the “kitchen in the garden”. Additional drinks can also be purchased.

The sculptor Enrique Alférez was a Mexican-American artist known for his Art Deco work. He was active during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and his sculptures can still be found across New Orleans, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, and City Park. In October 2015, the NOBG unveiled the Helis Foundation’s Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, an 8,000-square-meter park with Alférez ‘sculptures on expansive footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.

In addition to the special programs in the Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden of the Helis Foundation, NOBG offers yoga on the lawn and meditation in the Japanese garden during the extended hours.

Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing and must wear face covering.

WHEN: The New Orleans Botanical Garden extends its opening hours every Wednesday in April (April 7, 14, 21, and 28) until 8 p.m.

  • Free hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Special programming: 5pm – 8pm

WHERE: 5 Victory Avenue, City Park
Enter through the Oscar J. Tolmas building