It’s Weekly Wins Wednesday and this week we’ve got a full lineup of music, food, and festivals. Yup, sounds like New Orleans alright. Have a great week now, ya hear?
National Tequila Day
It’s another tequila sunrise, and this one comes with $4 margaritas all day! “Celebrate your love for the most famous Mexican spirit” at one of Nola’s best Mexican rápido casual restaurantes.Remember, if you don’t start humming Tequila (bah dun dun nun na nun nun nun) by the end of the day, you’re doing something wrong. ( Felipes // 11am-11pm // Free )
Speed Dating at Port Orleans Brewing Company
Tired of swiping? Come meet real people in person for great conversation and simple, old school speed dating! And sorry… we’re not sorry.. nothing quite beats meeting your new person, in person. Skip the screen time and get face to face with someone. No pressure. Just potential. ( Port Orleans Brewing Co // 7pm // $25 )
Free Wine Tasting with Cheese Pairing
What’s better than a nice glass of wine at the end of the workday? How about a free glass of wine at the end of the workday! Sample a variety of wines and add the cheese plate (only $5) for the full experience. Live music starts at 6:30 pm and the Crescent City Farmers’ Market will be in the parking lot starting at 3:00 pm, so you can wine and dine, and even get your grocery shopping taken care of. Score! ( Pearl Wine Co. // 5-7pm // Register )
Back to the 90’s SIN Party, 30/90
Throwback Thursday and Service Industry Night collide to bring you the “freshest night on Frenchman street.” Everyone is invited, and service industry peeps get some “hella dope specials,” so break out your most fly fashions and head to 30/90. It’s definitely gonna be bangin’!( Back to the 90’s SIN Party 30/90 // 9pm-2am // Register )
When I Get Home by Solange Knowles, Film Screening
She may be Bey’s sister, but Solange Knowles is a superstar all on her own merit. Not just a singer-songwriter, Solange is also a visual artist, and this special screening is a director’s cut of When I Get Home, her interdisciplinary performance art film and features new scenes and musical arrangements. ( NOMA // 6:30pm // Free Tickets Online ).
MechaCon Anime Convention
Louisiana’s biggest and longest-running anime and fan convention is back for another year. Not just for hardcore fans, MechaCon is open to everyone with geeky inclinations and will have tons of events throughout the weekend. Not to be missed is the formal cosplay ball, signings with voice actors and industry guests, Artists Alley the charity auction, and the cosplay contest. Going is a no-brainer, the hard part is figuring out what to wear! ( Hyatt Regency // 10 am -5pm // $60)
1st Annual Louisiana Art Car Festival
This inaugural festival celebrates form and function across the lake in scenic Abita Springs. Free registration and free admission mean this fest will bring all kinds of art car enthusiasts together to admire a wide variety of art cars. A panel of artists will recognize outstanding entries. Oh, and did we mention Abita Brewing Company is just down the road? There’s no law against drinking and admiring cars! ( Abita Springs Town Hall Park // 8am-2pm // Free )
Taste of Africa Mini-Fest
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A food truck is like a mini restaurant- think of this fest as the food truck of festivals! Showcasing the history of African heritage and culture in New Orleans, this fest will have tons of great African and Afro-Caribbean food and drink. While you’re chowing down, listen to African music, play games, and watch authentic dancing and drumming performances. ( Deja Vieux Food Park // 4pm-12am // $10)
New Orleans Brass Practice
Have you always thought roller skating was a little too polite? Now’s your chance to try out everyone’s favorite contact rolling sport, roller derby! Local team the New Orleans Brass are looking for new recruits interested in learning the sport. This practice is open to anyone interested, just bring your gear (skates, helmet, pads, and mouthguard), arrive a few minutes early to get set up, and prepare to sweat. ( 3362 Desire Pkwy // 9am // Free )
Free Yoga at Parleaux
Need to add a little more zen to your Sunday? Check out this free, all-levels yoga class, and get yourself an awesome (discounted) beer afterward. This class is open to all and will focus on core strength and breath. Grab your mat and “tell ya mom n’ dem!” ( Parleaux Beer Lab // 11am-12pm // Free )
Mondays just got a whole lot better! Join your #NOLAFray fam in the Tasting Room every Monday night for FREE Brewery Bingo! With free entry and multiple chances to win, you’ve got nothing to lose. Free beer, swag, and vouchers are up for grabs. Win! ( Port Orleans Brewing Company // 7pm // Free )
NOLA Fray Happy Hour
Whether you’ve played with NOLA Fray before, or you’re wondering what we’re about, this is your chance to keep having fun and live your best #FrayLife. We will have tailgate games, raffles, and extended happy hour pricing! Plus, 20% off draft beers will be available for anyone wearing a NOLA Fray shirt. See y’all there! ( Central City BBQ // 5:30-7:30pm // Free )
Live, Bush, and Our Lady Peace, Bold Square Music
Dig out your flannel and Docs and get ready to party like it’s 1995. Not one, but three 90s grunge and alt-rock legends are coming to rock the Big Easy all night long under the stars in front of the Dome. Enjoy all your favorites by Live, Bush, and OLP and celebrate summer in the city, hopefully without any “Lightning Crashes.” Tickets available. ( Champions Square // 7pm // $50 ).
What’s on your Can’t-Miss List this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #NOLAFray and #FrayLife on social!
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