Weekly Wins: Things to Do in New Orleans 4/17 – 4/23

 

 

Why is Wednesday the best day of the week? Because there’s always a new edition of Weekly Wins, of course!

This week there are all sorts of ways to get moving so you can burn off all the Easter candy and adult beverages.

Read on for our top picks of things to do around NOLA this week, and don’t forget to tag us in your own fun using #FrayLife and #NOLAFray on social!

 

Wednesday 4/17

Drinking for Dogs, Wrong Iron on the Greenway, 3- 7 p.m.

Hop on your bike, head to one of the hottest new spots in the city and get your drink on for the dogs! Wrong Iron, a NOLA style beer garden right on the Lafitte Greenway, serves up 50 beers, 10 wines, 5 cocktails and 4 frozen drinks, all on tap. When you enjoy happy hour this Wednesday, a percentage of the sales will be donated to Take Paws Rescue. You can even bring your pup along, as dogs are welcome on the patio.

Speed Dating at Port Orleans, Port Orleans Brewing Company, 7 p.m.

Tired of swiping? Skip the apps and come meet real people in person for great conversation and simple, old-school speed dating. It is a traditional, no frills, no weird quirks, speed dating happy hour guided by your NOLA Fray fam. Daters will enjoy an extended happy hour, great food and the chance to win raffle prizes, so you just might score in more ways than one!

Thursday 4/18

7th Annual New Orleans Giant Puppet Fest, Various Locations, Thursday- Monday

One of the more unique annual Nola festivals, the Giant Puppet Fest, is back for its 7th year celebrating the “mysterious, ancient, and wildly varying art form of Puppetry.” The six day celebration hosts local, national and international artists at venues around the city with shows ranging from kid friendly classics to adults-only puppet slams. Full schedule available online.

Free Soccer Open Play, Lafitte Greenway, 7 p.m.

Whether you’ve been playing soccer for years or haven’t played since you were younger, come join the NOLA Fray crew for a game of pick up! We’ll meet at the large multipurpose field on the Lafitte Greenway at 7 p.m., split up into teams and take the field. Bring both 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.

Friday 4/19

Photo Cred: The Country Club Nola

Urban South Pool Party, The Country Club, 4- 8 p.m.

They say you’re supposed to wait 30 minutes to swim after eating, but they don’t say anything about drinking! Join Urban South Brewery for a dip and some drinks featuring their two new summertime thirst quenchers: Carpe Rose and Lime Cucumber Gose. See you at the cabana!

NIGHT Paddle, Bayou Paddlesports, 7 p.m.

Bayou Paddlesports invites you to “experience the Lunar Effect every full moon on the bayou!” Paddle the calm, peaceful waters of Bayou St. John in the moonlight, then enjoy great food and music with fellow moon gazers. Secure your rental by getting your tickets online.

Saturday 4/20

Crescent City Classic, Downtown, 8 a.m.

Whether you’re running, walking or cheering from the sidelines, the Classic is an annual party not to be missed! Expect over 20,000 people to gather downtown to participate in the 10K, everywhere from “international Elite Athletes to those who walk the entire route carrying cocktails or wearing bunny suits.” The race starts downtown and finishes in City Park with the Michelob Ultra RaceFest, which is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door.

2019 Red Cup Music Fest, Louis Armstrong Park, 12- 8 p.m.

If you’re the type of person who feels no concert is complete without a drink in your hand, this is the fest for you! “Get ready to get lit,” as you’re invited to “experience a day of High Energy and Vibes of Extraordinary Fun.” The music lineup focuses on hip-hop and EDM, and there will be plenty of drinks (and beer pong, obvs!) and food from local chefs.

Bunny Hops, Carousel Gardens & Storyland (City Park), 7:30- 10:30 p.m.

Easter isn’t just for kids anymore! The newest event at City Park takes everything you love about the holiday and subtracts the screaming children. Enjoy open beer bars, all of your favorite Carousel Gardens amusement park rides, a DJ, a dance floor and even an Adult Egg Hunt. They promise not to play ‘Bunny Hop’ too many times! Tickets are available online.

Sunday 4/21

Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, French Quarter, 9:45 a.m.

Start Easter morning with a classic. This historic parade features mule-drawn carriages and old convertibles, which blend right in rolling through the historic French Quarter. The parade ends at St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square in time for the 11 a.m. Easter Mass, and attendees are invited to Antoine’s after mass for the awarding of the Best Easter Bonnet award.

Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade, French Quarter, 1 p.m.

The party doesn’t stop with Easter Mass! Since the 1980s, NOLA icon and parade Grand Duchess Chris Owens has wowed crowds with her parade featuring colorful floats, vintage cars, brass bands and plenty of Easter-themed throws. The parade will begin on Royal Street at St. Louis street and will travel through the Vieux Carre before returning at the hotel for a champagne brunch!

Gay Easter Parade, French Quarter, 4:30 p.m.

Celebrating its 20th year, the Gay Easter Parade seeks to entertain the crowds by “showcasing the fashion and creativity of the entire LGBT community.” This family-friendly parade is open to everyone, so grab your best Easter bonnet and head down to the Quarter.

Monday 4/22

Brewery Bingo, Port Orleans Brewing Company, 7 p.m.

Mondays just got a whole lot better! Join Port Orleans and your NOLA Fray fam in the Tasting Room every Monday night for free Brewery Bingo! With free entry and multiple chances to win, what do you have to lose? Expect free beer, swag and vouchers. Score!

The Holy Mountain Screening, Bar Redux, 9 p.m.

Join Krewe of the Living Dead for a special Easter aka Zombie Jesus Day screening of The Holy Mountain, a 1973 trippy Mexican surreal-fantasy cult classic. This is a fundraiser for KOLD, who aim to “spread weirdness and creativity, and honor the horror genre.” There with be a raffle and donations at the door encouraged.

Tuesday 4/23

Bubbles and Music Bingo New Orleans: Disney Night, American Sports Saloon, 7- 10 p.m.

What’s better than trivia or bingo? Trivia AND bingo at the same time! The bingo cards have album covers instead of numbers, and the MC will play audio clips of your Disney favorites. Get 5 in a row and you win! There will be drinks, food and prizes, so dust off your Mickey ears and prepare to “Go The Distance!”

What’s on your fun to-do list this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #NOLAFray and #Fraylife on social!

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