Weekly Wins: Things to Do in New Orleans 4/24 – 4/30



Happy Weekly Wins Wednesday, Workweek Warriors! This weekend marks the opening of the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which means these wins are all about the music. Break out your dancing shoes- this week’s going to be a party!

Wednesday 04/24

Meditation in the Japanese GardenJust in time for some pre-Jazz Fest mental preparation, get your “Om” on at this session in the New Orleans Botanical Garden Japanese garden by the teachers of Balance Yoga at 6:00pm. “Meditation has been proven to lower stress, improve mood, and even help with sleep. Spending time outdoors is also linked to better sleep and hormonal regulation-“ sounds like a win-win to us! The best part? It’s totally free for Louisiana residents, thanks to the Helis Foundation.

#FrayLife Tip: Once you’ve got yourself centered, amble across the green to the Enrique Alferez Sculpture Garden for live music at the (also free) Evenings with Enrique series.

Mean Girls 15th Anniversary Screening It’s Wednesday, so wear your pink, and head to Second Line Brewing for a screening of everyone’s favorite high school classic at 8:00pm. They may not have Kalteen bars, but Horus Eat Dat will be on hand with sammies, wraps, and cheese fries, and there will be plenty of free popcorn. And did we mention delicious beer? That’s so fetch!

Thursday 04/25

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Jazz Fest Day One This year marks the 50th anniversary of NOLA’s biggest fest, which “was born when Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington spontaneously started singing along as the Eureka Brass Band walked through the Louisiana Heritage Festival.” Between the two weekends (this and next weekend, Thursday – Monday), 500,000 music fans will revel in fantastic music, incredible food, and the spirit of New Orleans at the Fair Grounds. Thursday’s is, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and other notable acts include the Doobie Brothers, Alanis Morissette, and Ciara.

#FrayLife Tip: Looking to save a few bucks? Thursdays are Local Discount days at Jazz Fest. Louisiana residents can purchase $50 tickets are the gate with a valid ID.

Hendrix, Heads, and Tails Great beer, great music, and great food- what’s not to love? Join NOLA Brewing for “a funk tribute to Jimi Hendrix” featuring a full lineup of live musicians from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. McClure’s Barbeque is providing the hot crawfish, and of course there will be plenty of beer.  Save some cash by buying your tickets early online.

Friday 04/26

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Jazz Fest Day Two – Friday’s headliner is Santana. Other notable performers include a few of the Neville brothers, The Head and the Heart, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and The Revivalists.

Nerdy Scavenger Hunt Think you’ve got what it takes to tackle a city- wide scavenger hunt? Head to Bad Wolf Bar on the West Bank with one or two of your buds (max of 3 players per team) for your first clue at 8:00pm. Follow the clues all over the city to collect items, take photos, and get creative with the mysterious clues. The hunt ends back at Bad Wolf with karaoke night and bonus points are awarded if you participate in the Lip Sync Battle! Register online to participate.

Saturday 04/27

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Jazz Fest Day Three Friday’s headliner is Katy Perry. Other notable performers include Better Than Ezra, Leon Bridges, The Preservation Hall Brass Band, Logic, and Boz Scaggs.

30×90 Blueswomen at Porchfest Back for their 11th season, Porchfest is a community party that “brings some music to the neighborhood after that *other* festival is over.” 30×90 Bluewomen will keep the merrymaking going on Saturday night at Bayou St. John, so grab a chair, a cooler, a little cash for the band, and get ready to “dance in the streets with friends and neighbors.” See you at 6:30pm!

Wizards and Witches Beer Festival – Take the Hogwarts Houses and add a little Animal House, and you’ve got this one-of-a-kind festival! At 6:30pm, don your robes and pointed hats and enter the Wizard World, right in the French Quarter at the New Orleans Athletic Club. There will be over 20 “magical” beers to taste, and plenty of enchanted activities, like the “Lair of Secret Cider Potions, Wizards Alley, and Adult Butterscotch Beer Tavern.” On hand to cast a musical spell will be the Sorceress Sisters and DJ DumbleD.  

Sunday 04/28

Jazz Fest Day Four Friday’s headliner is Van Morrison. Other notable performers include Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Bleachers, Royal Teeth, The O’Jays, and Al Green.

Sunday Swim Society Launch Party You’ve got the swimsuit, and the NOPSI Hotel’s got the pool. Kick off the summer local swim season from 2:00 – 6:00pm with a DJ, pool games, and Leinenjugel specials at the pool “Above the Grid.”

DJ PAULY D Break out the hair gel and spray tan, a bit of the Jersey Shore is coming down south at The Metropolitan New Orleans at 9:00pm.  You loved (to hate?) him on the MTV reality show, now Pauly D is an internationally sought after DJ, and with “his unique style and infectious personality, Pauly D puts on a show you don’t want to miss!”

Monday 04/29

Photo Cred: United Bakery Records

United Bakery Records Revue IIIHave you ever listened to a live recording and thought to yourself: “how can I be one of those cheering fans captured on vinyl for all eternity?” Now’s your chance! Twelve New Orleans bands will be commemorated on one record and you’re invited to be a part of the live studio audience at the Marigny Studios at 6:00pm. All proceeds go towards the production of the album and tickets are available online.

Tuesday 04/30

Music Under the Oaks Enjoy the lovely melodies of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Quartet under the beautiful Oaks in Audubon Park. at 5:30pm, pack yourself a picnic, or purchase food and drink there, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a relaxing evening that benefits one of NOLA’s most scenic treasures.

NOLA Free Jazz Fest 2019 Join Meat Knuckle and Jerk Unicorn as “tonight, in the midst of Jazz Fest Season, we celebrate the art of free improvisation and the rich community of improvisers in New Orleans.” This all-improvised set encourages musicians to “jump on and off at their leisure,” so it’s going to be a truly unique show. See you at The Goat at 9:00pm.


Which artists are going to have you moving and grooving this week? Share with us in the comments and be sure to tag #NOLAFray and #FrayLife on social!


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