Mardi Gras may be over, but Festival Season is just ramping up! This week there are Fests a-plenty, as well as two parades, some ways to get fit, and some places to get down. Happy Weekly Wins Wednesday, indeed!
Speed Dating at Port Orleans, Port Orleans Brewing Company, 7:00pm
If Tinder’s felt more like a fire extinguisher lately, quit swiping and come out and meet some people IRL. Join your #NOLAFray fam at Port Orleans for an hour of old school speed dating; no weird frills or quirks, just cool people, great food, plenty of beer, and the chance to win some awesome raffle prizes.
Beefin’ Comedy Insult Championship, Hi-Ho Lounge, 8:00pm
Do you remember the nights you stayed up late, so you could watch your favorite celebs get roasted on Comedy Central? Relive the thrill of the Roasts live as “the city’s funniest comics and citizens use their powers for evil to comedically eviscerate each other and celebrities, fictional characters, and anything else thrown at them!”
Patois Film Festival 2019, Broad Theater, Screenings All Weekend
Celebrating its 15th year, the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival will feature fiction and documentary film premieres, screenings, and film discussions, as well as locally made short films, all highlighting social issues such as law enforcement violence, immigration, and transgender liberation. This year’s films come from all over the world, including entries from Palestine, Syria, and Turkey. Check out the full schedule and get tickets online.
tasc +Uptown Fitness Team Challenge, tasc Performance New Orleans, 6:30-7:30pm
Ready to get your butt back in gear after a very long, indulgent Mardi Gras season? Grab your #NOLAFray teammates and hit up this group style workout that involves 6-8 relay races with plenty of strength and aerobic components thrown in. It just might help whip you into shape for game day!
2019 New Orleans Bourbon Festival, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Wednesday- Saturday
Fancy yourself a libation connoisseur? Wish you lived in the days when you could pop down to the secret speakeasy for a nip? This is your fest! Back for its third year, the Bourbon Festival’s mission is to “provide attendees with the opportunity to enjoy exceptional Bourbon and cuisine surrounded by the charm and culture of New Orleans.” Tickets available online.
2019 Louisiana Crawfish Festival, Chalmette, Thursday- Sunday
Held annually since 1975, one of St. Bernard Parish’s biggest festivals draws crawfish lovers from across the state, and across the country! Not only will there be just about any crawfish dish imaginable (crawfish bread! crawfish pies! crawfish everything!), most fresh caught locally, there will also be plenty of live entertainment, a huge arts and crafts market, and a giant midway with carnival games, rides, and snacks like cotton candy. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring strangers- everyone comes together over a big pile of crawfish!
BUKU Music + Art Project, Mardi Gras World, Friday & Saturday
Part music festival, party underground warehouse party, since 2012 BUKU has brought EDM, hip hop, and indie rock artists to New Orleans for an experience unlike any other. This year’s headliners, Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, and Dog Blood (Skrillex & Boys Noize), along with tons of other performers will blur the lines between art, music, performer, and fan. As BUKU puts it, they “believe in those who strive to be dope. Originality, creativity, freedom, and community is our anthem.”
Fête Française French Festival, École Bilingue de la Nouvelle- Orléans, 11:00am-5:00pm
The premier French festival in the city is a one-day celebration that strives to “keep the Francophone heritage alive and well through a variety of food, music, art, entertainment, and more.” This free festival is a celebration of all things French, so you know the food will be amazing, the wine exceptional, and the accents nasally!
Italian-American Parade, French Quarter, 5:00pm
Thought the St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day festivities were over? Think again! The Italian-American marching club will take to the streets of the Quarter to dance, sing, and pass out flowers and fava beans. The party never stops in New Orleans!
Prophylactic Prom, The Art Garage, 8:00-11:00pm
Imagine your high school prom? What was it missing? If the answer is “lots of condoms”- this is the event for you! This benefit for Odyssey House Louisiana, which provides holistic, compassionate care and addiction treatment, is a fun and funky way to raise a little money while having a blast. The winning condom costume will take The Crown of the Prophylactic Prom Court, but have no fear if you’re not crafty; those not in the Prom Court are welcome to wear whatever prom attire (from whatever decade!) they choose. Your ticket includes two drinks, and there will be plenty of snacks and additional beverages, as well as a raffle. Tickets available online.
Irish-Italian Parade, Metairie, 12:00pm
Remember that comment about St. Paddy’s and St. Joseph’s? Yeah, they’re still not over! Rolling for the 37th year, this parade celebrates all things Irish AND Italian, which means twice the throws, and a whole lot of green, white, and red!
SOCA FÊsTE, NOLA Caribbean Festival (Rampart St.), 4:00-10:00pm
This mini festival, sponsored by the NOLA Caribbean Festival, is a “celebration of the pulsating rhythms of Soca music and Caribbean culture.” There will be authentic Caribbean food, drinks, artists, and craft vendors, as well as six top DJs spinning your favorite Soca beats all night.
Gentle Yoga Mondays, Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation, 10:30am
After a busy, festival-filled weekend, why not start your Monday with a gentle class to ease you into the workweek? This all-levels class will help you relax, work on deep breathing, and find your Om.
WARdrobe: An Evening of WWII Vintage Fashions, National WWII Museum, 6:00-7:30pm
The National WWII Museum is teaming up with New Orleans Fashion Week for “an evening of 1940s fashion with a modern twist.” There will be a discussion on aspects of wartime fashion, including many pieces from the museum’s collection, as well as a vintage-inspired fashion show and a performance by New Orleans’ own Victory Belles. Tickets available online.
Urban Fêtes Presents: AIR MAX PARTY NOLA, The Association Bar and Lounge, 8:00pm
There’s a party for pretty much anything, so why not one celebrating shoes? Urban Fêtes is commemorating the iconic Air Max shoe release with a party featuring “delicious bites, custom cocktails, and live art visuals,” as well as DJ Char providing “dope vibes all night.” Entry is free with R.S.V.P.- just make sure to wear your Air Max!
What’s on your can’t miss list this week? Heading out to a festival? Share with us in the comments and tag #NOLAFray and #Fraylife in all your social posts!
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