Happy Weekly Wins Wednesday, y’all! This week we’ve got more festivals coming your way, as well as plenty of music (this is New Orleans, after all), and ways to beat the heat.
YLC Wednesdays at the Square, Lafayette Square, 5:00- 8:00 pm
Wednesdays at the Square is a free 10-concert series that raises money for the Young Leadership Council’s community service projects. This week, singer-songwriter Mia Borders is bringing her unique mix of soul, funk, and blues to Lafayette Square, as is funk guitarist Billy Iuso. All proceeds from food and drink sales benefit those in need in greater New Orleans.
Aqua Yoga with Make Movement, The Drifter Hotel, 8:30 pm
We’ve found it; “the best way to wind down your Wednesday on hot summer nights in New Orleans! This all-levels flow class uses gravity and the water to stretch muscles in a way you never thought possible. You’ll build strength and balance without breaking a sweat (thanks H20!). The best part? Floating Shavasana with provided pool noodles! Tickets available online.
Photo Cred: Drifter Hotel Nola
Greek Fest, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Thursday- Sunday
Celebrating its 46th year, Greek Fest is one of the highlights of festival season. Your ticket gets you nonstop entertainment between Greek music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, and tours of the incredible cathedral. The highlight, though, as with any great Nola festival, is the food. Tons of Greek favorites like souvlaki and gyros are served up along with desserts and plenty of drinks. Once you’ve found your favorites, shop the Greek Grocery, so you can recreate them at home. Opa!
#FrayLife Tip: Run the Greek Fest 5K on Friday night, so you can enjoy all the Greek fries and Ouzo daiquiris you want, guilt-free!
Ladies’ Night with the Babycakes, The Shrine on Airline, 7:00 pm
“Oh yes, it’s Ladies’ night, and the feeling’s right,” so head to the Shrine to root for our Babycakes as they take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Enjoy Thirsty Thursday drink specials and themed programming all night. A portion of all ticket sales supports the Junior League of New Orleans. Tickets available online and at the gate.
Memorial Weekend Pool Party, The Country Club, Friday- Monday
The Country Club invites you to “bring your bathing suit and your appetite,” in celebration of Memorial Day. The Cabana Bar and outdoor grill will be serving up cocktails and BBQ to get you in the festive spirit as you lounge around the pool. Just make sure you wait 30 minutes before diving in, or you’ll give your mom a fit!
Free Friday Concert Series, Tipitina’s, 9:00 pm
A local favorite since 1977, Tipitina’s is one of the best clubs in the city for seeing a show. Break out your dancing shoes because this week the Brassaholics are bringing their big band sound to the Crescent City all the way from Wales. Joining them is a hometown hero and “Queen of New Orleans Neo-Soul,” Erica Falls.
2019 Tremé/ 7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival, Robertson Street, Saturday- Sunday
This free festival is a celebration of Tremé and the 7th Ward, “long known as the bedrocks of indigenous art, culture, and history.” Enjoy local music, culinary creations, and peruse the wares of artists and craftspeople, all influenced by one of the most historic neighborhoods in the country.
Harrah’s 20th Anniversary Concert Celebration, Harrah’s Canal Street Plaza, 3:00- 9:00 pm
Harrah’s is kicking off their 20th year in the Big Easy with a free outdoor concert open to the public. Enjoy the far-out sounds of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Little Freddie King, TBC Brass Band, Tin Men, and DJ Rob Nice as you literally dance in the streets! Food and drink will be available for purchase, and of course, the casino will be open for some post-concert gaming.
Ariana Grande: Sweetener World Tour, Smoothie King Center, 8:00 pm
Nickelodeon star turned Pop Princess Grande has emerged as one of the world’s leading recording artists, with her unique style that blends pop with a little bit of everything else. You definitely don’t want to say, “thank u, next,” to one of the year’s biggest concerts. Tickets available online.
Bicycle Second Line, Start in front of NOMA, 10:00am- 1:00pm
Join Bike Easy as they put a unique spin (see what we did there?) on the traditional Second Line parade. This free ride is open to all cyclists, so “dust off that bike, fill up those tires, and meet in City Park to be escorted around New Orleans by a rolling brass band!” Appropriately, the Second Line ends at Second Line Brewing for more live music, food trucks, and fun.
Drag Lunch with the Ladies of Va-Va-Voom, Pythian Market, 12:00- 2:00 pm
Coca Mesa is hosting this sickening drag show featuring performers Taze-Ya Ballz, Gia Giavanni, and Lana O’Day. DJ Senator KEN will keep the tunes flowing while you enjoy bites from 13 different food vendors, and signature libations by Bar 1908. Werk!
Memorial Day at the National WWII Museum, WWII Museum, 10:30 am- 3:00 pm
What better place to remember than at the museum that was built for remembering? Beginning with the US Marine Forces Reserve Band at 10:30 am, the museum is hosting several programs throughout the day to commemorate Memorial Day. The world-class museum exhibits will all be open regular hours as well. From 3:00- 3:05 pm the museum will participate in the National Moment of Silence.
Tremé Memorial Day Block Party, Tuba Fats Square, 3:00- 8:00 pm
At this block party, everyone is your neighbor! New Birth Brass Band, Corey Henry, the Tremé Funktet will be providing the music, and crawfish, other local seafood, and drinks will be available for purchase. After the party, head to the Candlelight Lounge next door for more music, drinks, and dancing.
Come From Away, The Saenger Theatre, 7:30 pm
Part of the Broadway in New Orleans series, one of the country’s best new musicals is coming to town. This show, based on the true story of “the small town that welcomed the world,” has been garnering rave reviews across the US and was named the New York Times Critics’ Pick. “On 9/11 the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.”
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