Weekly Wins: Things To Do in NOLA 7/31-8/6



Did you think festival season was over? Not even close! This week we’ve got festivals that celebrate some essential New Orleans staples: a classic jazz musician, contemporary fine art, and our beloved Saints. Get festin’, y’all!   


Wednesday 07/31


Cafe Du Monde Grand Opening

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After much to-do, the Cafe Du Monde in City Park is finally ready to geaux! The grand opening ribbon cutting is at 10:30 am, and then the cafe will be open for regular business hours. Your beignets and chicory coffee are sure to taste extra fresh coming from the completely remodeled and renovated kitchen. After you’ve licked all the powdered sugar off your fingers, check out the City Park gift shop also located in the Casino Building for souvenirs as well as healthy bird and turtle food to feed to the critters in the nearby bayou.  (City Park Casino Building // 10:30am // Free)


Harry Potter Birthday Bash New Orleans,

Break out your broomsticks and head to American Sports Saloon for a “Harry Potter Party like no other!” Honor our hero’s birthday with trivia, games, and of course, plenty of butterbeer. Teams of up to 6 are welcome, so find a few Ravenclaws to dominate a competition so fierce it’ll make the Triwizard Tournament look like a first-year herbology lesson. Prizes are awarded for top trivia teams, game-winners, and best costumes, so make sure to wear your dress robes. (American Sports Saloon // 7-10pm // Free)   


Thursday 08/01


New Orleans Comedy Film Festival Launch Party

Be on the cutting edge of culture with this party that celebrates the birth of the newest nonprofit film festival to hit Hollywood South. Join the festival creators in “toasting to the first day of open submissions,” watch a few locally made comedy shorts, win some raffle prizes, and support this new festival as they fundraise to become a certified nonprofit. (Hi-Ho Lounge // 6-8pm // Free)


Friday 08/02


Satchmo SummerFest

Hometown hero and native son Louis Armstrong is practically synonymous with New Orleans herself. Celebrate all things Satchmo with this three-day festival that features dozens of musicians on three stages, plenty of local fares, and of course, a Second Line parade. “What a Wonderful World,” indeed! (New Orleans Jazz Museum // 11am-9pm// $6)

Saturday 08/03


Hancock Whitney White Linen Night 25

A New Orleans summer staple, White Linen Night is back for its 25th year of “experiencing art, building community, and celebrating culture.” Think a cross between a chic gallery opening and a bangin’ summer block party. More than 20 art galleries and businesses will be open for browsing free art exhibitions, and over 30 food vendors will be out on the street to keep you satiated. (Warehouse District // 5:30-9:30pm // Free)


White Linen After Dark

You saw some cool art, you ate some good food, now you’re ready to dance! Get your groove on in the inspiring setting of the Contemporary Arts Center with jams spun by DJ RQ AWAY. Watch the “Hi, Dentities” Drag Show, enjoy some late-night bites, and hit up the cash bar. Get your tickets for half off by buying online before Saturday. (CAC Camp Street Warehouse// 8pm-12am // $10)


Sunday 08/04


NOTC 56th Anniversary Race

Start your Sunday right with a 3-mile morning race through Metairie celebrating the New Orleans Track Club. All runners and walkers are welcome, and awards go to the top ten overall racers. All pre-registered participants get a sweet pair of NOTC socks (who doesn’t love a good pair of running socks??), so make sure to register online before race day! (Garden of Memories // 7am // $25)


Black and Gold Fan Fest & Open Practice

Calling all Who Dats!! Come get pumped for football season with a free fest just for fans. Listen to live music by the Bucktown All-Stars, hang out with mascots Gumbo and Sir Saint, and watch a performance by the Saintsations. Get some raffle tickets and you just might win free tickets or autographed gear. After the fest, watch the boys in black and gold at an open practice from 7:00- 9:00 pm, and stick around afterward for some autographs. (Yulman Stadium at Tulane // 5-9pm// Free)


Monday 08/05


Move Ya Brass 4th Birthday Snoball Run/ Walk Party

Join the movers and shakers of MYB Krewe for a 2-3 mile run or walk and earn that snoball at the finish line! Meet at the benches by Big Lake for some warm-up stretches, then partner up with krewe members who match your speed. You’ll finish at the Sneauxball mobile stand, so you can cool off with a sweet treat and celebrate another workout in the books.  (City Park // 6-7:30pm // RSVP)


Tuesday 08/06


Trumpet Spotlight Series featuring Wendell Brunious

Have you heard? Tuesdays are for trumpets! Head out for a night of culture with one of the city’s most talented trumpeters. Wendell Brunious and friends will perform at this “state-of-the-art Performance Hall” named for one of Nola’s greats. Tickets are available online, or at the door. (Ellis Marsalis Center for Music // 6:30-7:30pm // $3)


What’s on your Wins list this week? Share with us in the comments and tag #NOLAFray and #FrayLife on social!

Looking for more ways to stay active this week? Check out our #Nola Back To Nature Guide!




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