Weekly Wins: Things to Do In New Orleans 8/28-9/4



The Saints are marching in…to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. So you can have lunch with them. How cool is that?!

Plus a cat extravaganza, comedy marathon, the most delicious way to spend your labor day, and more.


Wednesday, August 28

Art of the City Book Club
This week’s discussion centers on Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s evocative and important examination of race and family, We Cast a Shadow, and also features artist Rontherin Ratliff. Hosted by Susan Larson, this conversation is put on every month as part of The Helis Foundation’s The Art of the City: Postmodern to Post Katrina exhibition. (The Historic New Orleans Collection // 6-7:30 p.m. // FREE)

51st Annual Meet the Saints Luncheon
Join the New Orleans Saints and The Touchdown Club of New Orleans for the 51st annual Meet the Saints luncheon. Kick off the new NFL season with this fun and personal way to support the Saints. (Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel // 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. // $95+)


Thursday, August 29

The 9th Annual New Orleans Comedy Marathon
Celebrate all things comedic with this three-day-long marathon of stand up, improv, open mic events and more, kicking off this Thursday. It will include some fan favorites from The New Movement like CrapFunding (crowdfund your terrible business idea!), The Wheel of Improv, and just about any hilarious thing you can imagine. (The New Movement // various times // $12-$60)


Friday, August 30

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Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour
Everyone’s favorite boy band is bringing all the nostalgic vibes back this summer with their DNA world tour. Break out your 90s best and get ready to dance to hits like “I Want It That Way” and “Shape of My Heart.” (Smoothie King Center // 8 p.m. // $55+)


Saturday, August 31

CatFest 2019
While you can’t bring your cat to this event, you just may end up leaving with one. This celebration of all things feline features a cat cafe chock full of adoptable cats to cuddle, cat-themed wares for sale, cat agility demonstration, and many more activities that no cat lover will want to miss. (Fuhrmann Auditorium // 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. // $15-$55)


Sunday, September 1

Honey Island Swamp Fest

Wrap up the summer at KBR Lake as you listen to live music, eat great food, enjoy carnival rides, and shop local arts and crafts. Family friendly and full of lively activities, we can hardly think of a better summer sendoff than a lively outdoor festival. (KBR Lake // 10 a.m. // various prices)


Monday, September 2

Labor Day Paella NOLA Pop-Up
Have a leisurely Labor Day at Miel Brewery and Taproom while you sip local brews and enjoy paella from Miel’s friends at Paella NOLA. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish made up of rice, meat, seafood and other spices served in a large and colorful way that makes for a perfect late summer supper. (Miel Brewery and Taproom // 5-9 p.m. // FREE)


Tuesday, September 3

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
Say farewell to summer with one of the most prolific beach rock bands of the past decade. Despite their silly name, Australia’s King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard have released a whopping 14 albums since their inception in 2010, securing an iconic status at a very early spot in their career. And with that many albums in their catalog, you know they’ll provide plenty of jams for you to dance the night away. (Joy Theatre // 7:30 p.m. // $27.50+)


What exciting things do you have planned for this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #NOLAFray and #FrayLife on social!

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