Weekly Wins Things to Do in New Orleans 5/15 – 5/21



Welcome to Wednesday! You’ve made it halfway through the workweek, and as a reward, you get a fresh batch of Weekly Wins. Congratulations!

We’re still in the height of festival season, and this week has no shortage of fests to attend, including Mid City’s biggest fest, Bayou Boogaloo, as well as a new offering in Louis Armstrong Park. Happy festing!

Wednesday 5/15

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Besthoff Sculpture Garden Expansion Opening Day, City Park, 11:00am- 6:00pm
An event two years in the making, celebrate the grand opening of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion, which originally broke ground in 2017. The expansion features 26 new works, and more than doubles the size of the garden. Just like the original garden, the expansion is completely free and open to the public. Stop by opening day to and enjoy food truck fare from Crepes a la Cart, La Cocinita, and Diva Dog, while you explore the new addition.

Book Lovers Con, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Wednesday- Sunday
Bookworms, unite! This five-day con is “designed with readers in mind;” it’s a place where you can “meet your all-time favorite authors, discover new-to-you authors, and forge relationships with fellow book lovers.” With workshops, panel discussions, mixers, and more, the con will have plenty of opportunities to prove your love for books. Passes available online.

Thursday 5/16

Top Taco 2019, Woldenberg Park, 6:00- 10:00pm
Top Taco is back as “some of the best restaurants in the city battle it out for the Top Taco and Top Tequila Cocktail titles.” Your ticket includes unlimited tacos, tequila, and beer to keep you satiated, as well as live Latin music, DJs, and even luchadores to keep you entertained. Think of it as a festival that celebrates all things Taco! Tickets available online.

Foo Fighters & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Fillmore New Orleans, 7:00pm
When someone says “rock”, odds are one of the first contemporary bands that come to mind is the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl (formerly of Nirvana, no less) and company have been rocking since 1994, and are bringing their vast collection of anthems to Nola. In “Times like These,” we could all use a little Foo.

Friday 05/17

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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, Bayou St. John, Friday- Sunday
Getting tired of the festival scene? This weekend try something a little different with the only festival in town you can float to! Boogaloo, Mid City’s biggest annual festival, is a celebration of our beloved bayou. All weekend long live music will be playing on four separate stages, which can all be enjoyed from a flotilla on the bayou. There’s even a floating bar for floating attendees! Hop up on dry land to enjoy the art market, shopping marketplace, and tons of delicious local food vendors.

Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival, Belle Chasse, Friday- Sunday
No festival is complete without great food, and at the Seafood Festival, great food is the main attraction! Enjoy ample helpings of local seafood and specialties, all fresh from the region. As you indulge, explore the local artisan craft booths, and then check out the carnival games and rides. Burn off all that great food by dancing to plenty of live music, and then enter in the Seafood Queen Pageant!

Saturday 5/18

City Park Challenge Course General Public Day, City Park, 10:00am- 3:30pm
Feel like you’re back at camp and relive the good old days (only with more safety precautions) with a day at City Park’s Challenge Course. Off the beaten path amongst a forest of slash pine and live oaks, you’ll find “a progression of activities, initiative problems, challenges, and trust activities that develop and inspire individuals and groups.” Challenge accepted!

#FrayLife Tip: Bring your whole Nola Fray team- you’ll learn to work better together, and those skills will definitely come in handy on the field!

Nola Soul & Art Festival, Louis Armstrong Park, 11:00am- 8:00pm
Brand new this year, the purpose of this fest is so “the soul of New Orleans will be displayed by two of the Crescent City’s favorite things, music and art.” The stacked lineup of local and national musicians will have you dancing all day long. When you need a little break, you can head to the artisan market, watch some live painting, enjoy food by local vendors, and even try out a wine tasting.

Vino Italiano Festival, Martin Wine Cellar, 6:00- 7:30pm
Back for its third year, this festival is an evening celebrazione of il miglior vino italiano! Over 20 Italian wines will be on hand for sampling, as well as meats, cheese, and light bites. Salute!

Sunday 5/19

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The Official Bayou Boogaloo After Party, The Drifter Hotel, 9:00- 11:00pm
After a long weekend of festing, not much sounds better than taking a relaxing dip. Head to Drifter Hotel for one last Boogaloo, after the Bayou’s over. Hash Cabbage will provide the live soundtrack to this laid back pool party.

Game of Thrones Fantasy League Watch Party, American Sports Saloon, 6:00- 11:00pm
Who will sit on the Iron Throne as the end credits roll for the last time? Targaryen? Lannister? Stark? Sport your favorite house gear and head to American Sports Saloon to see how it all goes down. Fill out a fantasy sheet to guess the night’s events, play some GOT trivia, and watch as it all unfolds onscreen. Forget winter, The End is coming!

Monday 5/20

Drag Queen Bingo at Mimi’s, Mimi’s in the Marigny, 7:30pm

Bingo! Prizes! Drag Queens! What else could you possibly need on a Monday night? Vanessa Carr presents a night of Bingo at one of the Marigny’s best bars. As they say, “it’s going to be a blast, Honey!”

Parks and Rec Trivia Night, Parlay’s, 8:00pm
Party like you’re in Pawnee, Indiana, right here in Nola! “Revel in the gloriousness of JJ’s Diner waffles and mourn the loss of our dear Lil’ Sebastian,” at a night of trivia honoring one of the best sitcoms ever. Costumes are highly encouraged and there will be plenty of prizes including cash, gift cards, and Parks and Rec gear.

Tuesday 5/21

Elevator Pitch: New Musical House Debut, Music Box Village, 6:00- 9:00pm
Join local artists at the debut of Elevator Pitch, the newest musical house addition to the Music Box Village interactive art installation. This newest house was created by Airlift in collaboration with artists Christine Sun Kim and Rick Snow, so “visit to experience Elevator Pitch in harmony with the rest of the sounds of the Music Box Village!”

#FrayLife Glow Yoga & Buddha Belly Beer

This is no ordinary yoga class, because you’ll be GLOWING in the most beautiful park in town! Join NOLA fray to light up the night in glow sticks and paint as we unwind with an hour go yoga followed by a drink at Buddha Belly Bar! We’ll glow against the skyline during golden hour. All levels welcome, so grab some friends and get zen!

How are you blowing off steam this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #FayLife and #NOLAFray on social!



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