What the what, it’s Weekly Wins Wednesday!! This week we’ve got festivals, dance parties, great food, and more. So, you know, a typical week in New Orleans!
Speed Dating at Port Orleans
Tired of swiping? Come meet real people in person for great conversation and simple, old school speed dating! And sorry… we’re not sorry. Nothing quite beats meeting your new person, in person. Skip the screen time and get face to face with someone. No pressure. Just potential. This isn’t your typical speed dating event. You can relax and be yourself! Consider our NOLA Fray emcee your wing woman to help you break the ice all night long! As if dating done right isn’t reason enough to grab a ticket, you’ll also enjoy great food, extended happy hour, and raffle prizes! Grab your tickets today! Cheers to making new friends, or finding true love.
Third Thursday Summer Series Kick Off
The first in a series that will last through the dog days of summer, the Longue Vue historic house museum is opening up their eight acres of stunning gardens to the public, free of charge (though a $5 donation is recommended). Bring along a picnic and bottle of wine and “enjoy a summer evening in the shade of the oaks.” Creole Creamery is providing complimentary ice cream, and Longue Vue is providing lawn games.
Talk to the Hand! 3rd Thursday Totally ‘90s Dance Party, GrandPre’s, 10:00pm- 1:00am
This monthly throwback dance party is always a “retrolicious rewind!” Grab your day glo colors, vinyl pants, and animal print; it’s going to get wild. Get ready to dance and enjoy some great drinks, and good, old Southern Hospitality. Word!
World Yoga Day, City Park Peristyle, 6:00- 7:15pm
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Get ready to Om like you’ve never Om-ed before! Join the Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation as they celebrate the 5th annual World Yoga Summer Solstice 108. Welcome the coming of summer with the entire world as you practice 108 Sun Salutations of various traditions. Bring a mat, a water bottle, and your friends to this free, public class. Namaste!
Flamingo Fest Courtyard Bash, Flamingo A-Go-Go, Friday- Sunday
Sunday is National Pink Flamingo Day, so of course Flamingo A-Go-Go is “flockin’ out with a weekend FULL of flaminglin’ festivities!” Enjoy drink specials, guest bartenders, and live DJs all weekend long. Don’t miss the glitter bar and wackiest flamingo costume contest on Friday, and the doggie costume contest on Sunday. Once you try a Prosecco pop flocktail (Prosecco with a popsicle!), you might never want to leave.
Just Cause- A Boozy Bake Sale for Reproductive Rights
Desserts? Booze? Raising Money to Support Women’s Rights? What’s not to like?! Head to Magazine Merchant House, where over 50 of the city’s best chefs and bartenders (many of which are badass ladies) are whipping up a variety of unparalleled eats and drinks. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood Gulf South and the New Orleans Abortion Fund.
Cajun Zydeco Festival, Louis Armstrong Park, Saturday- Sunday
Festival season is in full swing, and this week’s event is the 13th annual Cajun Zydeco Festival, a uniquely Louisiana experience that includes “the greatest collection of Cajun and Zydeco artists for any festival in the city, and perhaps the state.” Admission is free and includes “a stellar lineup that includes many of Louisiana’s most beloved Cajun and Zydeco performers.” Enjoy plenty of local seafood and shop the large arts market for handmade treasures. There will be activities for the kiddos, and plenty of misting fans to keep everyone cool.
NOLA Caribbean Festival, Central City BBQ, Saturday- Sunday
The Caribbean Fest is “back with a bang” for its 3rd year! Enjoy international artists, bands, and DJs on three different stages that will have you moving and shaking. Chow down on delicious Caribbean food and drinks and shop the arts and crafts tent. Don’t miss the Colour Me Krazy Carnival Parade on Saturday and celebrate in New Orleans style. After all, the Big Easy is “the Caribbean’s northern-most city!”
Sun & Soca Breakfast Party, The Drifter Hotel, 10:00am- 5:00pm
Top off your Caribbean Fest weekend with an awesome pool party at one of Crescent City’s best cool off spots! Splish and splash to the jams of 3 top Caribbean DJs and two live Soca artists, then enjoy celebrity chef Ashley Jonique’s amazing Caribbean fare.
Much Ado About Nothing, Dixon Hall at Tulane, 1:30 pm
Take in a little culture, and then impress all your colleagues and friends as you hurl Shakespearean insults at them, most likely without them even realizing what you mean! One of the most beloved of the Bard’s comedies, Much Ado is “a battle of the sexes, fueled by both friends and enemies,” that will leave you laughing and wondering why you don’t go to the theater more often.
Evening Workout in the Park, Crescent Park, 6:00 pm
Join Community Pilates for a great workout with stunning river views. In this traditional Pilates class you’ll “improve your overall strength, flexibility, mobility, stamina, posture, and energy levels.” Bring a mat and prepare to sweat!
SINGO, NOLA Brewing, 7:30-9:30 pm
“There were some kids who had a dog and Singo was his name-o. S-I-N-G-O!” Wait a second… What is SINGO? It’s what it sounds like- BINGO meets music. Match the song being played with the names on your card to win some cash. Obviously beer will be involved!
Grand Opening- Who Dat Chalmette, Who Dat Coffee Café Chalmette, 10:00am- 12:00pm
One of Bywater’s best-loved cafés is opening up a new shop. Who Dat is known for classic coffee shops favorites, as well as tasty, Cajun inspired breakfast and lunch options. The new location promises the same mission: “provide delicious, high-quality coffee and cuisine, always prepared with LOVE!” Don’t miss the ribbon cutting at 10:00am!
What’s on your agenda this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #FrayLife and #NOLAFray on social!