As festival season really gets underway, there are so many festivals, events, and fairs taking place all over the New Orleans Metro area, so WWLTV.com thought we should put a list together of some great events the entire family can enjoy this weekend. Below, is a list of things to do this weekend that you won't want to miss.
Festival International de Louisiane - The fest celebrates 28 years of music, art, cuisine, and much more this year with music acts such as The Funk Meters, Bombino, Sierre Leone's Refugee All Stars, Zachary Richard, and more. The fest is held April 23 - 27 in downtown Lafayette and it is free.
Hospice Foundation of the South Crawfish Cook-Off - The Hospice Foundation of the South is holding its all-you-can-eat crawfish cook-off Saturday April 26 at Fritchie Park in Slidell. It's one of St. Tammany Parish's biggest crawfish cook-offs, with live music, a kids zone and more. It goes from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, and it features performances from Cowboy Mouth, Amanda Shaw, Redline and Gypsy River.
Italian Festival - The festival features Italian food, drinks, music and three great days of festival family fun, food, rides with some of the best live entertainment under the sun. Events include the annual Spaghetti Cookoff and a parade. Italian Festival runs April 25 - 27 behind City Hall in Tickfaw, Louisiana.
Lana Del Rey - The singer performs in concert, April 25 at 9 p.m. in Champions Square
Lemonade Day University - The Junior League of New Orleans will host the 2nd annual Lemonade Day University on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for children who have registered for this year’s Lemonade Day Louisiana. Lemonade Day University will take place at Junior League of New Orleans Headquarters, 4319 Carondelet Street in New Orleans. Youth will learn all of the skills they need to successfully operate their own lemonade stand just in time for Lemonade Day Louisiana on Saturday, May 3rd. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign-up at www.louisiana.lemonadeday.org/lemonade-day-university/ no later than 1 p.m. on Friday, April 25.
Party for the Planet - Throughout the month of April, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America will host events to raise awareness about conservation, sustainable living and making our Earth a better place to live. On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Audubon Aquarium will host Party for the Planet, with events including live animal presentations, keeper talks, environmental activities and much more!
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – The 45th annual fest kicks off this weekend with big musical acts such as Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Phish, Arcade Fire, Robin Thicke, String Cheese Incident, Trey Songz, Vampire Weekend, Robert Plant, the Avett Brothers, Charlie Wilson, and many, many more. The fest takes place at the Fair Grounds starting at 11 a.m. each day. Click the following to get more information on the fest, clothing, and posters.
Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale - Sponsored by the LA/SPCA, the event will be held at Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Blvd., from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. LA/SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family. A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends eager to find a new home will be available for adoption. Call 368-5191 for more information.
Buras Vol. Fire Dept. Oilfield Crawfish Boil-off - The cook-off is a charitable event sponsored by the Buras Volunteer Fire Department and the purpose is to raise funds for department improvement projects, such as purchasing small equipment items, in house training, fire prevention at local schools, summer camp, and vacation bible schools. It takes place at Fort Jackson from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Shamarr Fest - A new and powerful addition to post-Jazz Fest revelry, the fest makes its debut this year, running two nights starting at 10 p.m. at Shamrock in Mid City, 4133 S. Carrollton. The roster mirrors Jazz Fest with an eclectic offering of artists that represents the best of New Orleans music and national acts, with Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs headlining. Night one also includes Grammy Award nominees Hot 8 Brass Band and John Popper of Blues Travele. Tickets are $15.
St. Anthony's Blessing of the Fleet Festival - The festival is held the weekend before the Blessing of the Fleet in Lafitte on the St. Anthony church grounds in Lafitte. The event is complete with rides, food, games, and music. Crowning of the court is Friday and the car show takes place Saturday. There will also be great arts and crafts for sale. It starts at 5 p.m. Friday and goes until 11 p.m. Sunday.
Tragedy to Triumph - The event takes place Saturday at Syfa Football Fields, 3104 Terrace Avenue in Slidell, and is a family day in the park, a stop the violence peace rally, and most importantly a benefit flag football tournament for Errol Scott and Mark Womack (killed the day after Christmas in Slidell outside of a bar in a shooting that injured 6 others). Cost $100 per team (10 players). It begins at 10 a.m. and there will be food and drinks available. For more information, email Tragedy2triumphinfo@yahoo.com or call 504-400-3735.
Walk and Ride for Boomers - The AARP Soul Steppers, Doc Griggs, and Bike Easy are hosting a celebration of health and wellness with a walk and ride through City Park. There will be a number of bikes on hand for those who don't have one. The event is free and open to the public, with a focus on boomers and their families. The event takes place Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the City Park Steps of the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day - The Dryades YMCA will host Healthy Kids Day on April 26 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Dryades YMCA, 2220 O. C. Haley Blvd. It is a free community event that aims to help kids maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential. It is a fun-filled day that is free and open to the public featuring: health screenings, games sports, clinics, fitness testing, healthy meals, snacks, space walk, music and other activities.
Zurich Classic - The event features the PGA Tour's biggest names combined with the region's greated food and music all ready to enjoy right on the golf course. It takes place at TPG Louisiana, 1101 LaPalco Boulevard April 24-27 and offers a variety of ticket and hospitality packages starting at $25.
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