Weekly Wins: Things To Do in NOLA 7/3-7/9



Happy 3rd of July Weekly Wins Wednesday, y’all! We’ve got all sorts of ways for you to Party in the U.S.A. and ring your Liberty Bell this week, including plenty of fireworks and one of the city’s biggest festivals, Essence Fest. 


Wednesday 07/03


Happy 3rd of July

Get the party started a day early with this annual free event in City Park! The Marine Corps Band will keep you entertained with patriotic anthems until 9:00ish when fireworks are launched from the top of the Peristyle. Pack your own picnic, or hit up the concession and snoball stands, just make sure to take advantage of the provided recycling and composting services afterwards.

(Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn // 7pm)


Uncle Sam Jam

Kick off your holiday and “rock the park” in the ‘burbs with a musical celebration of America’s B-day! Check the website for the full list of musical acts, the fireworks launch at 9:00pm, and then the merriment continues with a performance by the Topcats. Outside food is not allowed, but you’ll have plenty to eat and drink thanks to tons of local vendors

(Lafreniere Park Concert Meadow // 3-11pm)


Thursday 07/04

4th Fest & Go Fourth on the River

Grab a good spot early and enjoy live music at 4th Fest before the biggest Independence Day celebration in the city, Go Fourth on the River. Celebrating its 29th year with a… bang (ba dum tssshhh), this free fireworks show is open to the public and can be seen from spots all along the riverfront.



(Crescent Park // 4:30-9:30pm)


Impeachable You: Star-Spangled 4th of July Marathon Reading of the Mueller Report,

Head to Happyland Theater to hear more than 50 local actors and spoken word poets dramatically read the full, unabridged Mueller Report. The event starts Thursday at   and continues until 2 am Friday, so don’t worry you won’t miss out.Tickets are available online, and you can also opt in for a home-cooked breakfast. ‘Merica!


(HappyLand Theater // 6am-2am // $9)


Babycakes Baseball

Why not celebrate America’s birthday by watching America’s pastime? Head to Metairie and root, root, root for our home team as they celebrate Independence Day at the ballpark. July 4th is their official celebration, but there will be fireworks shows after the game on both the 4th and 5th, for a little extra rockets red glare. 


( Shrine on Airline Stadium // 7pm // $5)


Friday 07/05


Essence Festival, Friday-Sunday, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

“Party with a purpose” at the 25th annual Essence Festival. This three-day event, the “largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States,” features panels, workshops, and experiences, and of course a killer music lineup! This year’s headliners include Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, NAS, more. As if that weren’t enough, Saturday’s main stage will feature a conversation with our Forever First Lady herself, Michelle Obama. 



(Mercedes-Benz Superdome // Friday-Sunday // Prices vary) 


Creole Food Festival

You’re invited to celebrate Creole Cuisine, The 2nd annual festival will feature the “best Creole chefs, cuisines, and beverages.” Tickets are available online and include two tasting tickets (more available separately), one drink ticket, and entertainment from a live brass band.



( Mardi Gras Museum of Costume and Culture // 3-7pm // $25-$90)



Saturday 07/06

Puppy Yoga

Get ready for some downward dogs amongst the dogs! The puppies of Take Paws Rescue want you to enjoy a “morning of relaxation and puppy cuddles” in City Park. This all-levels class taught by Melissa Leblanc is open to everyone and is donation based. The only requirement is that you “must love dogs and have a sense of humor!”  



( Peristyle in City Park // 9am)



Black Restaurant Week Soundbites Food Truck Fest

Back for its second year, National Black Restaurant Week is a countrywide celebration of “African-American, Caribbean, and African cuisine and chefs.”t.  This black-owned food truck fest is serving up some of the best food truck fare the city has to offer, which you can enjoy while listening to live DJs all day long. Come hungry!


(Deja Vieux Food Park // 12-8pm // Prices Vary)



Big Freedia and Ben 7 Jerry’s: A Sweet NOLA Partnership

The Queen of Bounce is joining forces with the kings of ice cream for a very sweet partnership! This event, a “day of music, food, and of course FREE ice cream,” includes an exclusive first listen of a new Big Freedia track, hangout time with the Queen Diva herself, and did we mention free ice cream?


( Republic NOLA // 2-5pm // Free)


Sunday 07/07

Brewery Shrimp Boil

They may have switched from crawfish to shrimp, but the Boil’s just as delicious! The first boil drops at noon and keeps coming until they run out. There’s a full food menu to compliment the shrimp, and of course, a full menu of house-brewed beer on tap.

( Port Orleans Brewing Company // 12-4pm // Prices vary)


The Backyard Band: Bringing DC Go-Go to NOLA

The Backyard Band, one of the preeminent DC Go-Go groups is coming down south to do just that. Go-Go, around since the 1960s, blends funk, old school hip-hop, and R&B, in a special style all its own, so prepare to get down on it!


( House of Blues // 10pm // $35)


Monday 07/08


Reel Big Fish & The Aquabats

Calling all Rude Boys and Girls! It’s time to break out the suspenders and get ready to skank. Ska heroes Reel Big Fish are coming to NOLA along with the Aquabats for a show that will bring you back to the 1990s and prove they didn’t “Sell Out.”


( Joy Theater // 7pm // $13.75-$40)


Tuesday 07/09

Summer Sweat with Pure Barre at Canal Place

Get your Summer Sweat on in the comfort of the blasting A/C at this free community workout class! Open to all levels, All you need is a mat and water bottle to enjoy this public class. You can even score $5 off your Uber ride with a link from their Facebook event.    


( Canal Place 3rd Floor // 7pm // Free)


What are you up to this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #NolaFray and #FrayLife on social! 



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