Another Wednesday, another edition of Weekly Wins! This week there are tons of live music performances, parades, and parties to add to your calendar- after all, it is Carnival. This week let the good times roll!
Horses, Hops, and Cops 2019, NOPD Mounted Division Stables, 5:00-8:00pm
This annual fundraiser for the NOPD is your chance to tour the NOPD stables, learn about their new horse-breeding program, and meet the internationally famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Admission is free and there will be plenty of food and, of course, beer, for purchase, as well as local vendors and live entertainment.
Duran Duran, The Fillmore, 7:00pm
Are you ready to get “Hungry Like The Wolf?” Break out the shoulder pads and hair gel to see 1980s new wave legends Duran Duran perform synth-pop classics that will have all the Girls (on Film) up and dancing. Tickets available online.
Crawfish Boil at Urban South, Urban South Brewery, 4:00pm
Every Thursday and Sunday Urban South Brewery teams up with Gulf Coast Crawfish Co. to bring you a steaming vat of mudbugs with all the trimmings. For the best deal, bring a friend and split the 4lb serving (including sides)- it’ll leave enough cash in your wallet for plenty of fresh craft beer.
Wearable Arts Showcase Reception, Bywater Art Lofts, 6:00-10:00pm
Looking for a unique look this Carnival season? Celebrate and shop at the reception for this annual Showcase, which features handcrafted Mardi Gras costumes and accessories by 15 local artists who live and work in the Bywater Art Lofts.
Krewe of Cork Nineteenth Annual Parade, French Quarter, 3:00pm
With a name like Cork, there’s only one thing this Krewe could celebrate: wine, of course! Watch them parade through the Quarter with their vino-themed costumes and throws. Are you the type to Rosé All Day? Check out their website, and you can join the Krewe for wine-themed events throughout the year.
OEDIPUS MAX: A Krewe of Vaporwave Rock Opera, Piazza D’italia, 6:00pm
Brought to you with help from the Arts Council of New Orleans, who put on LUNA Fête every holiday season, you’re invited to “join the pseudo-secret artists of Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave as they light up the Piazza D’Italia with a three-act, extremely loud, projection-mapped MASTERPIECE of a Vaporwave Rock Opera, OEDIPUS MAX.” Part-ball, part-opera, part-party; no matter what, it’s going to be a good time.
KISS: End of the Road World Tour, Smoothie King Center, 7:30pm
More cultural institution than a mere band, Gene Simmons and Co. are coming to New Orleans because they know we can “rock and roll all night, and party every day.” Plus, we’re really into costumes and makeup. Talk about a match made in heaven! Tickets available online.
Mardi Gras 5K, Clearview Center, 9:30am
Celebrate the season and work off some of those king cakes and daiquiris by running 5K through Metairie. Along the route you’ll pass by Mardi Gras floats lined up for parades to put you in the Carnival spirit. The New Orleans Track Club puts on this race, and registration is open online to both members and nonmembers.
Krewe of Ponchartrain, Krewe of Choctaw, Krewe of Freret, Knights of Sparta, & Krewe of Pygmalion, Uptown, 1:00pm
Find your way to the Uptown parade route on Saturday, and you’ll get five parades in one! Starting with the Krewe of Ponchartrain’s famous floats like Mr. Mudbug, the world’s largest crawfish, you’re in for a full day of Carnival craziness. Grab some friends and set up a tailgate on the Neutral Ground- just make sure you get there super early to nab a spot!
Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade, French Quarter, 2:00pm
This French Quarter parade has gone to the dogs! This year’s theme, “The Big Bark Theory: Barkus Goes to Comic Con,” means you’ll see pups sporting their best geek chic. In this parade, the canines are king, and humans are just escorts, so don your faux fur and bring Fido along for the season’s cutest parade!
91st Academy Awards Watch Party, Prytania Theater, 6:00pm
The Prytania Theater is rolling out the red carpet to bring Hollywood’s biggest night to New Orleans. There will be trivia (with prizes!) and food and beverages are included with the ticket price. Even if you haven’t seen any of the nominated films, it’s a great excuse to break out the formal wear! Tickets available online.
Fred Armisen Comedy for Musicians but Everyone is Welcome, Joy Theater, 7:00pm
SNL and Portlandia alum Fred Armisen is bringing his stand-up show to New Orleans, and given the title, he’s picked the right city! While there are plenty of jokes musicians, in particular, will appreciate, there’s something for everyone to like about the quirky, unassuming Armisen. Tickets available online.
The Zombies with Liz Brasher, House of Blues, 7:00pm
It’s the Time of the Season to see British Invasion legends The Zombies perform hits like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No” at the House of Blues. They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year, so catch them now and you can say you “knew them when…” Tickets available online.
Yoga & Live Music Divas Edition, Church of Yoga, 6:00pm
DJ Finn Stormo will be spinning bangers by all your favorite divas to accompany an all-levels flow class. Diva costumes are highly encouraged, so match some sequins and glitter to your yoga pants, for a class that’ll have you nama-slay-ing.
CC’s Old Metairie Village Grand Opening, Old Metairie Village Shopping Center, 5:00am
Be one of the first 20 dine-in customers when CC’s opens its doors at 5:00am and get free coffee for a whole year! The first 100 guests get a free coffee, as well as a mug or canister. Stay for the ribbon cutting at 10:00am to enjoy live music, and of course, more coffee.
What’s on your event’s agenda this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #NOLAFray and #Fraylife on social!
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