Congratulations, you’ve made it to hump day. Your reward? A fresh batch of Weekly Wins, of course! This week there are plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, and parade it up. So, you know, a typical week in New Orleans!
Art in Bloom 2019: Illuminations, New Orleans Museum of Art, Wednesday- Sunday
This annual event at NOMA merges art and botany in the most creative and spectacular of ways. Incredible floral designs by over 100 artists will be on display through the weekend, and this year’s theme, Illuminations, is sure to shine! Expect to see displays featuring “botanicals, florals, ephemeral materials, and an inventive use of light” representing “the brilliant future of New Orleans and the radiance of the citizens.” Wednesday’s Patron and Preview Party offers an exclusive sneak peek at the exhibition as well as food and drink and a silent auction.
A Confederacy of Dunces: Off the Page Onto the Stage, Jazz & Heritage Center, 7:00pm
The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival is kicking off by bringing a New Orleans classic “off the page and onto the stage.” See Ignatius, Mancuso, Irene, and all your favorites live and in person. Opening night features a 1960s themed party with food and music, as well as a costume party, so break out the mini skirt and Go Go boots, and you might just win Best Costume. Tickets available online.
Vino on the Bayou, Pitot House, 5:00-7:00pm
Enjoy a lovely spring evening at the beautiful, historic Pitot House, overlooking Bayou St. John. Meet and mingle with neighbors and friends, and enjoy fine wines while supporting the Louisiana Landmarks Society. Win-win!
Peelander-Z with Marina Orchestra and Kawaii AF, One Eyed Jacks, 9:00pm
Aliens hailing from the planet Peelander, Peelander Yellow, Peelander Pink, and Peelander Purple are coming to New Orleans to perform their energetic punk rock jams, and bring you all sorts of stage antics like human bowling, wrestling, and kung-fu action. You don’t want to miss out; after all, “Peelander-Z is the best of the universe!” Tickets available online and at the door.
Hogs for the Cause, UNO Lakefront Festival Grounds, Friday- Saturday
Take over 90 BBQ teams, add more than 20 local and national bands, throw in one worthwhile cause, and you’ve got a recipe for an amazing time! Held annually, Hogs for the Cause is a two day barbecue festival that sees teams from all over the country cooking up their very best barbecue in the hopes of being named Boss Hog. The best part? You get to taste it all! There will be plenty of local beer to accompany the BBQ, and tons of performances to keep you dancing all night. All proceeds benefit children and families suffering from brain cancer, making the food you enjoy all the better!
American Filmmaker Ken Burns at Tulane University, Tulane Uptown, 3:30-4:30pm
American treasure Ken Burns, the prolific and well-respected documentarian, is joining professor of history Walter Isaacson for a moderated discussion on “the people and events that molded our history.” A retrospect from Burns’s documentaries will be shown, highlighting his groundbreaking techniques. In a city with as much history as New Orleans, this free, public event is sure to be as interesting as it is informative.
Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive, Smoothie King Center, 7:00pm
One man, many puppets. Jeff Dunham, one of the country’s top grossing comedians, is bringing his particular style of politically incorrect stand-up and ventriloquism to New Orleans for a show that’s sure to have you reliving the mid-2000s, when you couldn’t turn on Comedy Central without seeing him, or one of his puppets, any time, day or night! Tickets available online.
Congo Square Rhythms Festival, Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Saturday- Sunday
Back for its 12th year, this free festival celebrates “the New Orleans traditions that spring from the African diaspora” and “brings a joyful noise to the spot that those in the know consider the birthplace of American music.” Expect incredible live music, show-stopping African dance, a large arts market, and delicious treats in the Soul Food Court. Don’t miss the Mardi Gras Indian “battle,” one of the highlights of the festival.
Bloody Mary Festival, Martin Wine Cellar Metairie, 11:00am- 1:00pm
Can you even call it brunch if there isn’t a Bloody Mary involved? Sample all kinds of twists on the classic tomato juice cocktail like sriracha and green tomato, while enjoying a brunch buffet spread. It’s like a salad in a glass- that makes it healthy, right?
Classics & Crawfish, The Fly at Audubon Park, 11:00am
Join your #NOLAFray fam and LPO Prelude for a crawfish boil that’s bigger and better than ever! Fill up on all-you-can-eat crawfish (challenge accepted?), beer, and specialty cocktails, then join us for some good, old-fashioned lawn games, all while enjoying the tones of the LPO musicians. Tickets only available online.
Run Through History 5K, Metairie Cemetery, 7:30am
You might’ve run through some unique locals, but how about a historic cemetery? Only in New Orleans, y’all! Join the nation’s largest race held in a cemetery and run or walk the flat, fast 5K course. Finishers receive a custom pin and post-race festivities include food, beverages, and live music. All proceeds benefit Save Our Cemeteries, so you’re getting your sweat on for a good cause.
Goat Yoga: Sunday Soiree, Paradigm Gardens, 9:00-10:30am
Goat Yoga is back this spring for a special 2-class series. Each class includes 45 minutes of goat yoga, and an additional 45 minutes of “extra goat loving, petting, and picture taking time.” Gracious Bakery will be providing complimentary coffee and pastries, and if you weren’t already convinced, there will be new baby goats to play with!
Music Under the Oaks, Audubon Park, 5:00- 6:30pm
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets; Music Under the Oaks is back for a few spring dates! This special, free concert series celebrates the Audubon Park Conservancy in the gorgeous setting of Uptown’s favorite park. The Loyola Jazz Ensemble will be providing the musical entertainment and food and drink are available for purchase.
April Fools Day Parade, The Marigny, 7:00pm
Already missing Mardi Gras? Join Krewe Du Fool in your best Fool’s Gold themed costume for a walking parade through The Marigny. As they say, “come as the biggest fool you known, even if it’s yourself!” The parade will begin at Mimi’s in The Marigny and continue through the neighborhood.
Vietnamese Crawfish Boil, Black Penny, 9:00pm
If you love sucking heads, why not try it Vietnamese style? The crawfish will be boiled with spices and lemongrass butter and comes with all sorts of tasty sides like pineapple, beech mushrooms, Viet sausage, and Dong Phuong bread. How do you say “yum!” in Vietnamese?
Audubon Supper Club Sea Lion & Sustainability Dinner, Audubon Zoo, 6:00pm
Enjoy a three-course meal with wine pairing while making some new four-flippered friends! This fundraiser for sea lion conservation has you eating among the ancient oaks in the sea lion pavilion while learning all about them from the animal care team. Stick around for the Q&A and the raffle- you could take home some artwork of your new marine pals.
Bad Movie Night: Howard the Duck, NOLA Brewing Tap Room, 7:30pm
The Bad Movie society is teaming up with NOLA Brewing to present this “mess of a movie” for your entertainment…er, pleasure? Back before Marvel was the Juggernaut (see what we did there?) it is today, they put out this crazy box office bomb about Howard, an alien duck who comes to Earth and has to save the planet with some newfound earthling friends. The movie may be bad, but you know the beer will be good!
How are you having fun in NOLA this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #NOLAFray and #FrayLife on social!
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