It’s finally humpday and you know what that means… WEDNESDAY WEEKLY WINS! Every Wednesday here at NOLA Fray, we like to bring you the hottest be-there-or-be-square activities going on in New Orleans. From costume parties to beignet festivals, we have a niche for everyone. Read on, brave wanderer, for your first of many Weekly Wins.
Wednesday, October 3rd
Wednesdays on the Point, Algiers Point, 5:30-8:30 pm
This free concert series takes place each week in Algiers Point. This week check out the local food and beverage vendors, while shopping local artists and businesses, and listening to The Soul Rebels.
Moulin Rouge Screening at The Carpark Cinema, Bayou St. John, 7:00-10:00 pm
The Carpark Cinema is kicking off their first screening in their new space at The Elephant Collective with the Baz Luhrmann classic Moulin Rouge. Screenings are free every Wednesday. Food is available and you’re welcome to BYOB.
Lauryn Hill at the UNO Lakefront Arena, 7:00 pm
It’s been 20 years since The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill landed on the R&B scene and cemented itself as a 90s classic. The 20th anniversary Miseducation of Lauryn Hill tour is stopping in NOLA at the UNO Lakefront arena. Tickets are available online.
Thursday, October 4th
Cocktails in the Courtyard, Degas House, 5:30-8:30 pm
The Degas House welcomes you to kickoff fall at this fundraiser featuring cocktails by Seven Three Distilling, French cuisine by Crêpes à la Cart, and live music by gypsy jazz group Bon Bon Vivant. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online, with all proceeds benefiting the Edgar Degas Foundation.
An Evening with Ellis Marsalis, Dixon Hall at Tulane, 7:00-8:30 pm
At this special free public event, Marsalis, New Orleans’ premier modern jazz pianist, will perform with his quintet and participate in an audience Q&A session.
The Addams Family Screening at Broad Street Cider & Ale, 7:30-10:30 pm
Next up in Broad Street Cider & Ale’s free film screening series is the cult classic The Addams Family. Costumes are definitely encouraged and the cider will be flowing!
Friday, October 5th
Oktoberfest on the Bayou, Deutsches Haus, 4:00-11:00 pm
The three-weekend festival opens Friday with the official First Keg Tap at 4:00 pm, followed by music by Prost until 6:00 pm, a performance by the Pussy Footers, and music by The Brats from 7:00-11:00 pm.
Scales & Ales, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 8:00-11:00 pm
This fundraiser to fight plastic pollution features open bars by Abita Brewing Company and cuisine from various local restaurants. Enjoy the live music as you visit the aquarium’s exhibits, and relax on the aquarium plaza overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Tickets are available online.
Mayday Parade, House of Blues, 6:00 pm
Treat your inner emo kid to a live performance of songs you’ve loved since the MySpace days. Tickets are available online.
Saturday, October 6th
Japan Fest 2018, NOMA, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Hosted by NOMA, the Consulate General of Japan, and the Japan Club of New Orleans, this Japanese culture fest features traditional food, dance, fashion, and more.
Beignet Fest, City Park Festival Grounds, 10:00 am- 6:00 pm
This free festival will have… you guessed it… tons of beignets! Enjoy all sorts of beignet variations from local restaurants, as well as live music and art vendors.
Mermaids & Mayhem 2018: Army of the Dead Sea, Southport Hall, 8:00 pm- Midnight
This annual Halloween party fundraiser by the Sirens of New Orleans features an open bar, costume contest, dance party, and food trucks. Tickets are available online. All proceeds benefit the New Orleans Family Justice Center.
Sunday, October 7th
Music Under the Oaks, Newman Bandstand at Audubon Park, 5:00-6:30 pm
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the sounds of the LP Brass Quintet at this free event open to the public, the first in the fall 2018 series. Food and drink are available for purchase, and feel free to bring your own.
Muffuletta Festival, Nor-Joe Imports, Metairie, 10:00 am- 8:00 pm
The 2nd annual Muffuletta Festival will feature live music, bocce ball, retail and art vendors, Italian culture activities, and, of course, plenty of muffuletta!
Sunday Swing at Allways Lounge, Bywater, 8:00 pm- Midnight
Every Sunday the Allways Lounge offers a free community swing class from 8:00-9:00 pm, followed by dancing to live, local music until midnight. No cover fee, but drinking and tipping is encouraged!
Monday, October 8th
Goat Yoga in the Garden, Paradigm Gardens, CBD, 6:00-7:00 pm
The fall season of Goat Yoga begins on Monday. Enjoy a class by NOLA Tribe Yoga in a lush garden setting with Oatmeal, Raisin, Fats, and Domino the goats! Tickets are available online.
The Ghost Breakers Screening, BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National WWII Museum, 6:00-8:00 pm
Come for the free screening of the Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard classic set in Cuba, and stay for dancing to the Latin band afterwards. Enjoy the free plantain snacks, try the Cuba Libre drink special.
Tuesday, October 9th
Drake Bell at The Willow, Uptown, 8:00 pm- Midnight
You loved him on Drake & Josh; now wax nostalgic about Nickelodeon’s heyday as Drake Bell brings his UNCOVERED tour to New Orleans. Tickets are available online.
Vinyasa & Vino, NOLA Yoga Loft, Lower Garden District, 6:30-9:30 pm
This all-level yoga class is followed by wine and socializing. Bring a friend and your favorite bottle of wine to share!
An Evening of Desire, WYES New Orleans, Delgado, 6:30-9:30 pm
This benefit for the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival begins with a cocktail hour by the NOPSI Hotel, followed by performance works inspired by Tennessee Williams. The themes of the evening are love, desire, and passion. Tickets are available online.
View More Articles By Katie Baer