Another Wednesday means another roundup of Weekly Wins- lucky you! This week there are plenty of festivals, shows, and ways to root for the home team. Read on for our picks of the best events going on this week.
Sunrise Yoga at City Park, Peristyle in City Park, 6:30am
Salute the sunrise in one of the prettiest spots in the city with NOLA Tribe Yoga. This donation-based, 55-minute flow class is open to all levels. In this class, you’ll “peer out over the picturesque pond shimmering under the Spanish-moss draped oak trees and realize that you’re exactly where you need to be (not in bed!).”
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, Various Locations, Wednesday- Sunday
Back for its 27th year, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is a gourmand’s wildest dream come true! Hundreds of wineries and restaurants participate in this weekend-long event, which includes tastings, dinners, seminars, and parties throughout the city. With over 1,000 wines from around the world presented all weekend long, it’s sure to be an unforgettable event. Tickets are available online.
New Orleans Baby Cakes Opening Night, The Shrine on Airline, 7:00pm
Take yourself out to the ball game and root, root, root for the home team at the Baby Cakes home opener! The ‘Cakes are taking on the Round Rock Express, and are sure to railroad over the competition. Take advantage of Thirsty Thursday with specials on beer, and stay after the game for the fireworks show. No ‘Cakes gear to show your Nola pride? Get to the game early- the first 1,000 fans get a free jersey.
#FrayLife Tip: Bring your whole #NOLAFray squad and get inspired for your next softball game- check online for group rates. You can even live like a bunch of high rollers by renting a Hospitality Suite or the Party Shack.
ComedyMania: A WrestleMania Themed Comedy Event, The New Movement, 8:00pm
While professional wrestling might not always be (intentionally) comedic, this show is sure to hit you right in the funny bone for the K-O! After all, it’s billed as “the BIGGEST comedy event inspired by the BIGGEST wrestling show” at the “BEST PLACE TO WATCH COMEDY in the BEST CITY on the PLANET.” With that much hype, you can’t afford to miss out!
Festa Italiana, Williams Blvd. in Kenner, Friday- Sunday
Started 20 years ago by the Kenner Chief of Police, Festa Italiana is a celebration of the rich Italian heritage that helps make the city of Kenner what it is today. Expect plenty of live music, a carnival area with rides, games, and crafts, and, of course, plenty of delicious Italian food. Prego!
Movies in the Park: Hook, Evans Playground, Sundown (5:00-6:00pm)
Brought to you by the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, this free series brings some of your favorite films al fresco. This week’s feature is the Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman classic, Hook, a very different retelling of J.M. Barrie’s beloved literary masterpiece, Peter Pan. Picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets are welcome.
Freret Street Festival, Freret Street, 11:00am- 6:00pm
It’s festival time here in Nola; so if you haven’t ventured out yet, make Freret Street your first fest of the season! With over 200 food and craft vendors, and 25 different bands on 3 stages, you won’t want it to end at 6:00pm! Brick and mortar stores on Freret will also be offering Fest specials all day long.
1st Annual Westmimi’s Dog Show, Mimi’s in the Marigny, 3:00pm
If the storied snobbery of the Westminster dog show isn’t quite your style, head to Mimi’s for a very different take on a dog show! In this inaugural event, celebrity judges will be on hand to dole out all sorts of prizes. Whether your dog is “cute, poised, talented, or none of the above,” you are encouraged to enter your canine comrade in this one-of-a-kind show.
Opening: Chihuly at Arthur Roger Gallery, Arthur Roger Gallery, 6:00- 9:00pm
Renowned worldwide, American glass sculpting master Dale Chihuly is transforming Arthur Roger Gallery into a spectacular wonderland of glass creations. Celebrate and experience the amazing artwork at the opening reception, which is free and open to the public. The show will be on display through June 22nd.
New Orleans Curse Tryouts, Evans Playground, 10:00am- 12:00pm
Fancy yourself a chaser or a seeker? Or maybe you’re more of a beater? If you’re still waiting on your Hogwarts letter to show up (it just got lost in the mail, right?) now’s your chance to join the Wizarding World and try out for Major League Quidditch! The New Orleans Curse, our official MLQ team, is hosting tryouts for anyone who’s ever dreamed of playing the sport of wizards. Register online if you’d like a tryout, or just stop by to watch the fun.
Grand Opening Block Party, Historic New Orleans Collection, 1:00- 5:00pm
Join the Historic New Orleans Collection for a good, old-fashioned (historic!) block party in celebration of the opening of their new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street. This center, a few years and $38 million in the making, presents their first major collection in the new space: Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina. Check out their exhibits for free, and listen to plenty of live music, including the Storyville Stompers Brass Band and Bon Bon Vivant. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
The Final New Orleans Comics and Zine Festival, New Orleans Public Library, Saturday and Sunday
Join NOCAZ for their 6th and final festival, a celebration of self-published artists and thinkers. Local and out-of-town independent artists will be sharing their DIY works that “exist outside of the tired narratives of mainstream comics and push the medium to new limits.” While there, peruse the public library’s collection, and get yourself a card!
Harvest Farmers Market, St. Roch Market, 2:00- 7:00pm
HarvestNola and St. Roch market team up each week to bring you “a variety of farm-fresh goodies, including product, dairy, baked goods, flowers, and more!” Truly eat local with a bounty of beautiful ingredients, all available straight from the source.
Bean Madness 2019 Championship Match, Capulet Bywater, 6:00- 9:00pm
The rest of America may have March Madness, but here in NOLA we have Bean Madness! All season long Krewe of Red Beans has held sing-elimination, double-blind tastings around town looking for the tastiest red beans. This Monday is the final match where the top 2 restaurants will go head to head to determine who has the best beans. There will also be a silent auction and live music. Tickets available online.
Double Dare Live!, The Saenger Theatre, 7:00pm
If you grew up in Nickelodeon’s heyday, you must have fond memories of Double Dare, “the messiest game show on TV.” The nostalgic game show has taken to the road, with “all the slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting hosted by the Double Dare legend himself, Marc Summers.” Check out the show, and you might even become a contestant yourself! Tickets are available online.
Death Cab for Cutie, Orpheum Theater New Orleans, 9:00pm
Indie crooner Ben Gibbard, and his bandmates in Death Cab have been making audiences feel all the feels since 1997 with their emo, alt-rock ballads. Follow them Into the Dark, and they just might Possess Your Heart. Tickets available online.
What are your can’t miss events this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #NOLAFray and #FrayLife on social!
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