Festival frenzy hits the Crescent City in a wave of fun, food and frivolity for the full family.
From grand tastings to Vinola and the Tournament of Rosés, NOWFE, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, is just that — a collection of experiences for culinarians, oenophiles and anyone who enjoys the camaraderie of those who do. Events happen throughout the city at various times and prices, culminating in the Grand Tasting at 3 p.m. Saturday at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd., New Orleans. Get a taste of the happenings here.
There are plenty of ways to get into the PRIDE spirit this weekend, including the New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus CONCERT Friday at 7:30 p.m. at UNO, PRIDEFEST Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Phoenix Bar, the Pride PARADE at 6 p.m. in the Marigny and the French Quarter Saturday, FAMILY EQUALITY DAY Sunday at Longue Vue House and Gardens at 10 a.m. There's lots more going on throughout the city, including several entertainment events and specials at local watering holes. Get in the spirit of the celebration here.
The plight of the world's bodies of water is the focus of an innovative theatrical presentation Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center. "OCEAN FILIBUSTER" is a work of immersive performance and participation set in a future where a global senate considers a bill that would end the oceans as they are known. The ocean takes human form to defend itself, joined by a Greek chorus-style singing ensemble. Tickets start at $30. Find out more here.
Celebrating 20 years Saturday at 8 a.m. is the GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive in Destrehan. The bi-weekly River Parishes market will feature music, clowns, kids' activities, cooking demonstrations, gardening information and even info on beekeeping. Plus, there's great fresh produce, prepared foods and much more. Taste the fun of it all here.
The French Market is in seasonal swing for the annual CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL that celebrates with music, food booths, cooking demonstrations, family activities and the chance to purchase a few (or a bunch) of the Creole tomatoes. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Ripe and Ready Second Line and continues through Sunday. Head down to North Peters Street at the riverfront for the fun. Take a bite out the fun here.
The unique, unusual and maybe even unnerving is on display at the ODDITIES AND CURIOSITIES EXPO at 10 a.m. Saturday at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd. From taxidermy to textiles, artwork to animal parts, there's a plethora of eye-popping items to see and purchase. Tickets start at $10, with classes in taxidermy offered at extra costs. Peer into the possibilities here.
Aaiiyeee! Mes chers, the music and fun happen Saturday starting at 11 a.m. at A.L. Davis Park, 2600 LaSalle St., New Orleans when the NOLA ZYDECO FEST celebrates "Dancing With the Ancestors." It starts with a parade, then the music happens, plus vendors and a kids' zone. Hear Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers, Alphonse Ardoin and the Zydeco Kings, Harold Guillory, Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush and Koray Broussard and the Zydeco Unit, plus more. Spread some cornmeal on the dance floor and move those feet here.
Celebrating the legacy of the Mississippi Delta blues, NOLA RIVERFEST kicks off at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. Saturday at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with live music, presentations, panels, tours, food vendors and more. Hear music from Little Freddie King, the Treme-Lafitte Brass Band with Baby Dolls, Shawn Williams and Lynn Drury. Flow on over here for some more information.
"Can you see me now?" That's the theme at 5 p.m. Saturday for the annual WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE when it heads through the Bywater, Marigny and French Quarter. Expect to glimpse (see, leer at, view) riders in various states of coverage (or lack thereof) as the riders draw attention to the issue of bicycle safety. Anyone can see them at Royal and Piety streets (Markey Park) when they take off on their trek. Head over here for some additional information.
Fabulous food, fun times and flawless art all merge for a memorable evening when the Ogden Museum of Southern Arts presents its annual MAGNOLIA BALL Saturday at 8 p.m. at 925 Camp St., New Orleans. The museum celebrates "Know Who We Are: A 20th Anniversary Exhibition" and includes access to the galleries, entertainment and a tony silent auction of incredible items. Tickets start at $125. Meander on over for the Magnolia information here.