Did you hit up some festivals last week? Well, guess what, there are plenty more this week for you to check out! It’s called Festival Season for a reason, after all. This week’s biggest event, French Quarter Fest, is a yearly highlight, so put on your dancing shoes and head downtown!
YLC Wednesdays at the Square, Lafayette Square, 5:00- 8:00pm
Wednesdays at the Square is a free 10-concert series that raises money for the Young Leadership Council’s community service projects. This week, country rocker Eric Lindell is bringing his unique take on American roots music to Lafayette Square. All proceeds from food and drink sales benefit those in need in greater New Orleans.
Evenings with Enrique, New Orleans Botanical Garden, 5:00- 8:00pm
For the month of April, the Botanical Garden hosts this weekly event that celebrates art and music in one of the prettiest settings in the city. Free for all Louisiana residents, thanks to the Helis Foundation, explore the Garden’s gorgeous greenery, then stay after hours to enjoy the guitar, harmonica, and vocal melodies of French expat Raphael Bas in the Enrique sculpture garden.
French Quarter Festival 2019, French Quarter, Thursday- Sunday
Billed as “the world’s largest showcase of Louisiana food, music, and culture,” FQF is one of the biggest and most anticipated festivals of the season. More than 20 stages throughout the Quarter will showcase everthing A Capella to Zydeco while you sample all kinds of tasty drinks and dishes from your favorite Louisiana restaurants. FQF kicks off with a Second Line at 10:00am.
Free Soccer Open Play, Lafitte Greenway, 7:00pm
Whether you’ve been playing soccer for years or haven’t played since you were younger, come join the NOLA Fray crew for pick up! We’ll split up into teams, and take the field. Bring a light and a dark shirt, a water bottle, and athletic shoes (cleats are recommended). Shin guards not required. We’ll provide all the soccer equipment. RSVP on Facebook!
Thirsty! Interactive Cocktail Experience, DrinkLab NOLA, 7:00- 10:00pm
Join mixologist Micah Boyd of Doris Metropolitan for an evening that’s part cocktail class and all parts party! A DJ will be spinning jams all evening while you watch cocktail demonstrations, and then are encouraged to create your own concoctions before burning off the cals on the dance floor. You even get to go home with a gift bag. Score! Tickets available online.
#FrayLife Tip: This is a great event for groups, so bring your whole team for some off-the-field playtime!
Free Crawfish Friday, Borgne, 3:00pm
It’s Lent in New Orleans and that means one thing: crawfish! When you can suck up mudbugs every Friday, you don’t even miss eating meat. Borgne serves up free crawfish every Friday during Lent, and has plenty of happy hour specials to go with them. Time to get crackin’!
Big Easy Blues Festival, UNO Lakefront Arena, 8:00pm
Back for its 12th year, the annual Big Easy Blues Festival is a celebration of all different kinds of Blues music. This year’s fest features Ronnie Bell, Tucka, Pokey Bear, Tyree Neal, Lenny Williams, and LeBrando. Tickets available online.
Record Store Day, Various Locations, All Day
First started in 2008, Record Store Day is a day for record store staff, customers, and artists to “come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.” Events feature special vinyl releases, promos, concerts, and meet and greets. Check out the list of participating local stores online.
5th Annual Rosé Soirée, Martin Wine Cellar, 6:00- 7:30pm
If your favorite t-shirt says “Rosé All Day,” this is the event for you! Don your pinkest attire and head uptown for rosé samplings, cheese pairings, and light bites all curated by their in-house experts.
Blacklight Run New Orleans, Shrine on Airline, 5:00- 10:00pm
Grab a white t-shirt and get ready to glow! The Blacklight Run is “a unique night 5K focused less on speed and more on UV neon glowing fun with friends and family.” Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to participate and light up the night, then hit up the afterparty with music, dancing, free swag, and a whole lot of glow powder.
Thai New Year & Thai Food Festival 2019, Wat Wimuttayaram Buddhist Temple, 9:00am- 4:00pm
A tribute to all things Thai, this annual festival features Thai food, music, and traditional dancing in a setting unlike any other in the city. The temple alone, a slice of Thailand right outside the city center, is worth the trip to the West Bank.
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Ponchatoula, LA, Friday- Sunday
The 48th annual Strawberry Fest, held in historic Ponchatoula, about an hour from the city, promises you’ll have a “BERRY good time!” Live music, delicious strawberry treats, carnival rides, games, and even a strawberry-eating contest? What’s not to love?
Free Cemetery Tour, Lafayette Cemetery #1, 1:00 & 2:00pm
If you love local history with a touch of the macabre (Who doesn’t? This is New Orleans, after all!), head to the Garden District for this free tour. You’ll learn “types of tombs, burial customs, tomb symbolism, Hollywood history, and much more,” from a native New Orleanian. This tour is sponsored by Loupe Tours.
Pints & Poses, Port Orleans Brewing Company, 6:00pm
If you’ve ever wanted to try out beer yoga in a beer garden, check out this free, weekly yoga session taught by Zac Zelazny. The class is open to all levels and pints in hand are highly encouraged. You’ll get Happy Hour prices when you bring your mat in before and after class.
Earth Day at City Park, New Orleans Botanical Garden, 4:00- 7:00pm
Show Mother Earth some love with this donation-based event at the Botanical Garden. The event will have exhibits, live music, crafts, cooking demos, meditation classes, and food and drinks available for purchase, all aimed at teaching us “how we can build a healthier relationship with our natural spaces.”
Earth Day After Party/ Swing in the Oaks, Goldring Woldenberg Great Lawn at City Park, 6:00pm
Cross the street after the Earth Day event, and cap off your evening with a free concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. They’ll be playing your swing favorites, so get ready to dance. Picnics are encouraged, and there will also be food and drink available for purchase.
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