Art markets, comedy nights and drum circles are now found in a new outdoor gathering place, Bayou Backyard, at North Rendon Street and Orleans Avenue.
Friends of Bayou St. John, the nonprofit that produces Mid City Bayou Boogaloo, kicked off Bayou Backyard with an art market on October 1.
“As an outdoor space attached to the Friends of Bayou St. John’s permanent home, Bayou Backyard is a resource for everyone who lives in or loves our Mid City neighborhood as much as we do,” said Friends President Jared Zeller. of the Bayou. St. John and founder of the Bayou Boogaloo festival, in a press release.
The 3,000-square-foot space, once the parking lot for the Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church and briefly a seating area for the former Mayhew Bakery, is lined with football turf and solar-powered.
The solar panels allowed the building to serve as a relief station after Hurricane Ida in 2021.
In addition to hosting the series of events scheduled for October and November, the space will be used as a viewing center for select sporting events.
“Our hope with the Bayou Backyard is that it becomes a place for the community to gather, organize or celebrate,” Zeller said.
The Art Market with a pop-up Bayou Bagel Co. will return on Saturday (October 15) and again on the first and third Saturdays of November (November 5, 19) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Backyard Weekly Comedy Nights continue every Friday until November 18 at 7 p.m. A culinary pop-up by chef Nick Dwoskin begins at 6 p.m. See here for more information on acts and to purchase tickets.
Free, kid-friendly, interactive drumming circles will take place on October 22, November 12, and November 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drums and instructions are provided by Tetrad Drums, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.