Generous Chefs and Restaurants Make Lark Possible

Although Lark Picnic in the Park has a whole new take on the food this year including pre-packaged personal picnics and a seated dinner depending on sponsorship level, attendees will not be disappointed!   Due to the generosity of our restaurant supporters, the event will offer an opportunity to “safely picnic with your pod” under the lavish greenery of the Garden’s 13 acres. 

The Botanical Garden’s resident Chef, Chef Pat White helped to curate the seated dinner with specialty donors like Cajun Caviar. 

SESSION ONE from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Will feature personal picnic baskets curated by Copper Vine, Messina’s Catering, Mirepoix Catering, Bonfire Catering, Langenstein’s, Graze+Friends, re:Borne Bakery, and Karibu Kitchen.

Picnic Delights Includes:

  • Vichyssoise
  • Charcuterie Cups
  • Mini Crudite with Ranch
  • Watermelon, feta, and fresh mint salad with balsamic
  • Creole Tomato Sandwich on Ciabatta
  • Chicken Salad with Pita Chips
  • Charcuterie Cups
  • Zapp’s Potato Chips

SESSION TWO: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Will feature a Cocktail Hour Tour of the Garden presented by Sazerac House (small groups of 8) and a seated dinner with menu by Chef Pat White.

Hors d’oeuvres
Smoked deviled eggs topped with Cajun caviar
Fried green tomato & andouille pie
Beet & goat cheese crostini with grilled garden veggies
Shrimp remoulade & garden greens salad
Grilled fish over “elote” style creamed corn topped w/garden chimichurri & lump crabmeat
Strawberry cornbread topped with whipped creole cream cheese & Steen’s cane syrup featuring Louisiana Strawberries

Treat Your Valentine to an Experience in City Park

Before you panic buy chocolates and flowers this Valentine’s Day, consider giving the gift of experiences this year. Check out this weekend itinerary of events in the Park using your Friends of City Park membership perks:


  • Get lost in the oldest grove of mature live oaks in the world! (Download a map HERE)
  • Warm up with hot chocolate from Café du Monde (10% member discount on purchases)


  • Enjoy a round of mini golf at City Putt ($2 off per person per round)
  • Have a celebratory beverage on the veranda of Filmore in the Oaks Restaurant & Bar (10% member discount on purchases)


  • Flowers and Valentine’s Day go hand-in-hand at the Botanical Gardens (Free admission)
  • Rent a Swan Pedal Boat from Wheel Fun Rentals (20% member discount on rentals).
  • Decorate a Mardi Gras tree with your City Park Peristyle Lion Ornament (Click HERE)

Whether you are celebrating with a significant other, family, or friends, your Friends of City Park membership perks make it easy to show your love on this special day.

Thank you for supporting City Park through your membership, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Community Bag Program

Want an easy way to support our mission?

THIS FEBRUARY, Friends of City Park will receive a $1 donation for each reusable Community Bag purchased at the Winn Dixie, located on 401 North Carrolton Ave. Each bag costs $2.50 and helps support the community and the environment!  #befriendcitypark #shopsustainably #communitybagprogram #friendsofcitypark #neworleans

2020 City Park Ornament: The Peristyle Lion

Our 2020 Ornament is Here!

Designed by India Stewart, this year the Friends of City Park ornament celebrates the beautiful, historic Peristyle in New Orleans City Park and the four majestic lions who guard her.

The ornament is $15 and is the ninth ornament designed by India Stewart.  A limited number of ornaments will be sold for $15 at or in the Oscar J. Tomas Visitor Center gift shop.  For further information, call 504-226-6753.  Shipping and handling will vary based on the size of the order.

About the Peristyle:

The Peristyle was, quite literally, built for parties – parties with dancing, to be exact. In 1907, architect Paul Andry created this neo-classical open-air pavilion with a colonnade, and the structure has been lovingly maintained over the years through several renovation projects, including one by the generous donation of Mea and Vincent Saia in 1989 and the most recent, in 2012.

The Peristyle overlooks picturesque Bayou Metairie and is one of the most popular venues for wedding ceremonies and wedding photos in the park. The site is also ideally suited for picnics and corporate events, including convention and themed parties.

More on it’s rich history:

Built as a platform for dancing, the Peristyle was designed by architect Paul Andry for the price of $15,330 in 1907. The Peristyle, originally called the paristyleum, was renovated in the 1930s in conjunction with other WPA projects. During the WPA improvements a decorative portion was removed from the roof of the Peristyle. There was renovation again in 1989 with a generous donation from Mea and Vincent Saia. The Peristyle and the four lions who guard her underwent another significant renovation in 2012.

Friends of City Park Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar for the Friends of City Park Annual Meeting!

The Annual Meeting for Friends of City Park is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at Filmore in the Oaks Restaurant at 12:30 pm.

Nominating Committee and Election Procedures

As mandated in Friends of City Park Bylaws, the FOCP Nominating Committee, led by McKenzie Hill, has been appointed to nominate candidates for vacancies on the Executive Committee and proposes the following nominations.

Proposed Slate of Officers:

President – Shon Cowan Baker (Previously elected as President-Elect)
President-Elect – Tania Hahn
Secretary – Doug Adams
Treasurer – Shannon Brice (Previously elected as Treasurer-Elect)
Treasurer-Elect – Peggy Scott Laborde

Celebration in the Oaks Member Perks

The Friends of City Park team is hard at work, all thanks to you, fully supporting the Park in every way possible. With the change of Celebration in the Oaks into a driving tour, the Friends of City Park membership perk has been altered for the 2020 season.

Friends of City Park Membership Perk for the 2020 Season will be as follows:

Friends of City Park members receive 1 free admission valid anytime on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays  and unlimited ½ price car or SUV admission valid anytime on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from November 30th through January 3rd except for the week of Christmas: December 21st – 25th.  

For tickets to the Driving Tour please Click HERE and redeem your perk by using the email address associated with your Friends of City Park membership. 

For a speedy check in:

  1. Plan ahead! Renew or Purchase a Friends membership online in advance. Perks are valid for active members only.
  2. Driving Tour Passes must be redeemed online prior to arriving onsite for the driving tour. Redeem 1 free admission and unlimited 1/2 price admission anytime Sunday’s- Thursday’s at (except for the week of Christmas 12/21-12/25) by using the name and email address associated with your Friends membership.
  3. Have your membership card and photo ID ready with your digital or printed QR Code upon arrival to the event.
  4. A named card holder must be present in order to utilize the membership. This means that the name of the person using the membership must be listed on the card and present.

Thank you for being a member!  To join Friends of City Park, you can purchase a membership online by clicking here.

If you are a member and have any questions or want to check the status of your membership, please call our office at (504) 483-9376 or email us at

A note to our Members from Friends of City Park and New Orleans City Park:

Please know these decisions were not made easily or quickly. As this is the Park’s largest fundraiser coupled with the facts of our current struggling financial situation, the Park decided to offer the perk of a free or discounted ticket nights for the more value admission price nights. This was a financial decision. Had this been a year in which every dollar wasn’t even more paramount than usual, that may have been viewed differently – but it’s impossible to make that conjecture. We know this year is difficult for everyone. Please know that is in the forefront of our thoughts each day. That is why we’ve pushed so hard – with minimal incoming revenue and a loss of over 300 employees – to make Celebration in the Oaks happen for the people of New Orleans. We appreciate you as a member of Friends of City Park, a steward of City Park.

Friends’ Online Holiday Auction

Friends’ Online Holiday Auction is LIVE!

This year, you can buy one gift and give twice by supporting the Friends of City Park Online Holiday Auction now through December 14. All proceeds benefit Celebration in the Oaks and New Orleans City Park. From designer jewelry, travel packages, art, and so much more, we have everything on your holiday gift list for the whole family!

Click Here to view the full catalog and Bid Now!

City Park Flying Horse Door Hanger

City Park Flying Horse Door Hanger


Shipping and handling is $8 per order.

Purchase Here!

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