It’s Weekly Wins Wednesday (and we’re still celebrating Drew Brees’ Monday)! This week is full of festivals, live music, and a Second Line honoring a cat. Only in New Orleans, y’all. Check out the list, so you don’t miss out on all the goings on this week. And don’t forget to share your own weekly wins with us by tagging your fun this week on social with #FrayLife #NOLAFray!
Evenings with Enrique, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, 5:00- 8:00 pm
Every October, the Botanical Garden extends its hours on Wednesday evenings to celebrate Evenings with Enrique, nights of music, food, and art appreciation. Set in the specially lit Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, purchase mojitos and Latin food by La Concinita food truck, and enjoy music by Venezuela’s Manny Arteaga duo. These events are free for Louisiana residents thanks to the Helis Foundation.
Hey Kitty Girl! A Drag Cocktail Popup, Santos Bar, French Quarter, 10:00 pm – 2:00 am
Billed as a “Drag Cocktail Eleganza Extravaganza,” enjoy a local star-studded drag show, craft cocktails by Arnnaud’s French 75 bar, and a dance party, all benefitting BreakOUT! and Planned Parenthood. Tickets are available online, and all proceeds and tips go to charity.
NOLA Social Ride’s Monster Ball Ride, Mid City, 7:00- 10:00 pm
Join the NOLA Social Ride bicycle group on a 10-mile ride through Mid City. Meet up at Clesi’s on Bienville, where there will be food for sale, starting at 7:00 pm. The ride leaves promptly at 8:00pm and will have two stops along the way. BYO refreshments and bike tools, and make sure your bike has lights. Monster Ball attire is strongly encouraged!
Chvrches and Lo Moon at the Joy Theater, CBD, 8:00 pm- Midnight
With the release of their third album, Love is Dead; Chvrches is bringing their particular brand of Scottish indie synth-pop across the country, with a stop at NOLA’s own Joy Theater. The band has partnered with PLUS1, so that $1 from every ticket sold benefits local charity Girls Rock New Orleans and their work empowering young people through music. Tickets are available online.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Lafayette Square Park, CBD, 4:30- 8:30 pm (Also open Sat & Sun)
It’s not a weekend in New Orleans without a festival! This award-winning fest features two stages of music, a dozen of the region’s best barbecue vendors, and a diverse art market. Musicians from all over the country will be performing all weekend long, and the event is free and open to the public, thanks to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation (the same folks who bring you Jazz Fest every year).
Gentilly Fest 2018, Pontchartrain Park, Gentilly, 6:00pm- 10:00pm (also open Sat & Sun)
This annual festival that benefits NOPD, Fire, EMS, Children’s music camps, and other local charities that support the rebuilding and growth of the Gentilly neighborhood features live music, local eats, an art market, family activities, and a health & wellness tent. Join with your neighbors in celebrating the Gentilly area’s resilient culture and community. Admission is free, and donations are encouraged.
October Brew-vie: Young Frankenstein, Port Orleans Brewing Company, Uptown, 7:30- 9:30 pm
Get in the Halloween spirit with a free screening of Mel Brooks’s comedic take on the classic Mary Shelley tale that’s become a classic in its own right. The screening will be in the Biergarten (weather permitting) and friends, dogs, and children are invited, too.
Halloween Costume Sale, The Kingpin, Uptown, 12:00- 5:00 pm
Here in NOLA, we take costumes seriously. Head to the Kingpin bar for your one-stop Halloween shop. There will be multiple vendors with handmade and vintage pieces, including headdresses, masks, crowns, and all sorts of associated accouterments. Grab a cocktail at the bar and shop until you drop.
Backyard Film Fest New Orleans, Bayou St. John, 7:00- 11:00 pm
This one-night-only film festival screens films made by… anyone! The only requirement is that the film was made specifically for the festival, and is less than five minutes long; so expect films made by first-timers and pros alike. This year’s theme is “MACHO,” so it’s sure to be an interesting fest!
Entergy Cat Second Line, Marigny, 9:00 pm- Midnight
This Second Line in celebration of the life of Entergy Cat, a local celeb-kitty who single-handedly took down an Entergy substation this past September, leaving 7,500 people without power, will march through the Marigny and end at RaR Bar. Expect a lot of creative costumes, stuffed animals, and general merriment. Watch from the sidelines, or join in the march, and either way, make sure to wear your feline-inspired finest.
Snout by Snoutwest, Noah’s Park at the Jefferson Parish Westbank Animal Shelter, Harvey, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm
This all-ages music and puppy fest is presented by the Jefferson SPCA. There will be plenty of activities, including agility demonstrations, games, an adoption area, and local vendor booths. Munch on local food, sip brews by Abita Brewing Company and listen to live music by Soul Brass Band, Dave Jordan, and The NIA, and South Jones.
Cajun Brunch & Dance, The Tigermen Den, Bywater, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
The first brunch of the 2018/19 season will feature traditional Cajun dishes straight from the bayou by chef Bernard Pearce, followed by live Zydeco band Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots. Beginner dance lessons start at 12:30 pm and beyond beginner lessons are at 1:30 pm. It’s a Fais do-do not to be missed!
Harry Potter Party New Orleans, The Willow, East Carrollton, 7:00- 11:30 pm
The owl was a little late, but now your acceptance letter has arrived! This Wizarding World themed dance party transforms The Willow into Hogwarts for a night, and will include a costume contest, trivia, Quidditch pong, and plenty of Butterbeer.
Tap Room Yoga, NOLA Brewing Tap Room, Irish Channel, 6:00- 7:00 pm
Come for the yoga, stay for the beer. Every Monday night NOLA Brewing hosts a donation-based yoga class in the warehouse. Afterward, treat yourself to some beer and barbecue. Beers are $1 off for all yoga attendees.
National Red Wine Day Wine Tasting, Pythian Market, CBD, 5:00- 6:00 pm
In honor of National Red Wine Day, Pythian Market is offering a free wine tasting of Bar 1908’s fall wine menu. Jonathan Gray from Uncorked will be there to offer his expertise, and all red wine bottles will be 50% off. While you’re there, grab dinner at one of the thirteen food vendors on site.
Bike Repair Night: Brakes Edition, Dashing Bicycles, Bayou St. John, 6:00 pm
Dashing Bicycles is offering a free class on the ins and outs of bicycle brakes. They’ll cover a wide variety of brake types, and how to keep them maintained.
MST3K at The Broad Theater, Mid City, 7:00- 9:00 pm
Join Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu as they riff a terrible a film live and in-person! They’ll be on hand before and after the show for a meet and greet event, which is included in the ticket price. Tickets are available online.
What are you looking forward to in New Orleans over the next 7 days? Leave us a comment below and let us know what else we should add to our to-do list!
If you want even more fun ideas for things to do this fall, check out NOLA’s best run clubs or take your bike on some of the sweetest rides around the city.
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