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.
Cochon Cotillion XVIII -- Bridge House/Grace House will host its largest fundraising event of the year on Saturday, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World (Eastbank). The Cochon Cotillion is the first unofficial Mardi Gras ball of the 2015 season, and funds raised are used to support Bridge House /Grace House’s substance abuse treatment program for individuals that may not be able to afford it otherwise.
Crawfish & Bluegrass Festival – The 2nd annual festival features art, live music, and 1,000 pounds of crawfish. It runs from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Manning's on Fulton Street Square. Tickets are $32.50.
Fête Française -- An annual event organized by Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, carries the distinction of being the original French Festival in New Orleans. It is a unique opportunity to celebrate the French heritage of the city and showcase all things French: language, cuisine, art and music. It will be held Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., at 821 General Pershing Street (between Magazine and Constance streets. Admission is free.
Freret Street Festival – Sponsored by Freret Market, the fest features over 200 local vendors showcasing local arts, crafts and clothing/accessories, and slightly used dogs and cats for adoption by Zeus’ Place. The festival has now expanded to Jefferson Avenue with live music on 5 Stages, a kids activity area, and festival food courts featuring New Orleans’ finest chefs, complete with picnic seating. Free parking is available in two nearby lots, Napoleon Avenue at S. Robertson Street, and the corner of Magnolia and Cadiz Streets. Complimentary bike valet by Bike Easy is offered at the corner of Freret and Jena and also at Freret and Valmont. Freret Street Festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Freret Street between Napoleon Avenue and Jefferson Avenue.
Hike for KaTREEna Tree Giveaway – The group is giving away 150 live oak trees that were grown from acorns collected from the historic oaks at City Park. The tree giveaway is for District B residents only and there are several hundred other trees being given away as well, all Louisiana grown. Each homeowner can receive up to 2 free trees. The tree giveaway is Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Samuel J. Green Charter School on Valence Street.
International Puppet Festival – For the third year, the Marigny Opera House and Mudlark Public Theatre will present a festival of puppetry, with a different program performed on each of the two weekends, April 4 through 6 and April 10 through 13. This year, audiences can see performances by puppeteers from New Orleans; Portland, Oregon; Asheville, North Carolina; and Italy. The shows include marionettes, shadow puppets, hand puppets and giant-scale puppets. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Seven puppet troupes will present kid-friendly performances at the Marigny Opera House, and four will present late-night, adult-only shows at the Mudlark Public Theatre.
Irish Italian Islenos Parade – POSTPONED until Sunday, April 13 at Noon
Jammin' on Julia -- The event gets in full swing on Saturday, with music, libations and, of course, art on Julia and Camp Streets in the New Orleans Arts District. Starting at 6 P.M. (some galleries close at 8, some at 9). Live music in select galleries in the Arts District on Julia and Camp Streets. The event, presented by the New Orleans Arts District Association, is always a hit with art lovers and collectors.
LA/SPCA Bark at the Park -- Treat your dog and your entire family to a special day out at Zephyr Field Sunday. Bark at the Park starts at 11:30 a.m. and guests are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to the levee to watch the Zephyrs take on the Sky Sox. Tickets are $6 per person, and 50% of the levee ticket proceeds benefit the LA/SPCA.
LA/SPCA Puppy Tales Neighborhood Pet Adoption – The adoption will be held at Rosa Keller Library & Community Center, located at 4300 S. Broad Street, from Noon until 3:00 p.m., and 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 (504) 368-5191 for more information.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Arts and Crafts Fair – The group is hosting its first Arts and Crafts Fair and Summer Water Safety Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is free. The fair will be located at 8001 Lakeshore Drive at The New Canal Lighthouse (next to Landry’s Seafood Restaurant), and features over 30 vendors selling unique, handmade arts & crafts. Food, drinks, snacks and snow-balls will also be available for sale. The Summer Water Safety Day will also take place from 10am-4pm at the New Canal Lighthouse, and important topics such as fishing safety, boating safety, swimming safety, and bike safety will be discussed.
Landry Walker Parade – The school will celebrate both its boys basketball 4A state title as well as a national championship in cheerleading, with a parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the Landry Educational Complex on L.B. Landry Avenue.
New Orleans Mini Maker Faire - This one-day, family-friendly festival will showcase the talent and creativity of local maker culture, and feature a great line up of over 30 makers, maker groups, performers, food vendors, and speakers. The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will feature food, performances, talks, and many hands-on projects and activities for adults and kids of all ages to explore what they can make. It’s free for kids under 16 and $12 for adults. The faire will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Lyons Center,624 Louisiana Avenue.
New Orleans Spring Garden Show -- Now that spring is in full swing, it's time to get serious about landscaping, and there's no better place to pick up beautiful plants and gardening tips than at the New Orleans Spring Garden Show in City Park. The annual show is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $4 for children 5 – 12, and children under 5-years-old are free. For more information on this year's Spring Garden Show, click here.
Café Hope Local Food Fest -- Café Hope, a Southern Louisiana farm-to-table restaurant supporting at-risk youth, hosts its first annual Local Food Fest, on Sunday, in and around Café Hope’s garden. Attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate the food and community of Southern Louisiana that are central to the Café Hope program. Café Hope’s garden, located on the historic Hope Haven campus on the West Bank, will be bustling with live musical performances. Admission is free, and will feature over 20 of New Orleans’ best restaurants, serving special seasonal dishes highlighting locally grown or sourced foods. There will also be planned activities for children such as a petting zoo and magic shows. It takes place from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Café Hope New Orleans, 1101 Barataria Boulevard in Marrero.
Myasthenia Gravis Walk -- The third annual New Orleans Myasthenia Gravis walk is a great opportunity to help raise research funds and awareness for the debilitating disease. The walk takes place in Lafreniere Park in Metairie on Saturday. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the 1-mile or 3-mile walks begin at 10 a.m.
NOMA Easter Egg Hunt -- The New Orleans Museum of Art is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday. Tickets are $15 per person at the door, and children 2 and under get in free. The hunt will be held in the Sculpture Garden in City Park from 11 a.m. until 1p.m. and along with the Easter egg hunt, kids can participate in art activities, face painting, and a petting zoo.
St. Martin’s Mothers' Club Craft Fair – The fair is Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 225 Green Acres Road, in Metairie. The inaugural event features over 75 vendors selling items including original art, crafts, homemade goods, food, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and much more.
St. Matthew the Apostle Crawfish Cook-off -- The sixth annual Crawfish Cook-off for the St. Matthew the Apostle Men's Club is Saturday at 3 p.m., on church grounds at 10021 Jefferson Highway in River Ridge. There will be music by the Top Cats and the Molly Ringwalds, plus 15,000 pounds of crawfish. Tickets are just $25 for adults, $5 for children 5 - 12 years-old, and free for children under the age of 5.
Taste at the Lake 2014 -- Postponed until later date. The extravagant celebration of food, wine, and spirits marks its fourth year, with entertainment by the Yat Pack. A patron party begins at 5:45 p.m., the event is from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m., and proceeds benefit Friends of Lakeview. Bunny Matthews is creating a commemorative poster for the 2014 festival. Admission: $35, $100 for patrons. West Lakeshore Shopping Center, 135 Robert E. Lee Blvd, New Orleans, 504.569.0964.
Tulane University's Crawfest -- Crawfest is a student-run music, food, and arts festival located on Tulane University's uptown campus each year. Up to 12,000 students and community members will enjoy live music, over 18,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, and over 25 local vendors. This year's festival will be held on April 5th from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., admission is free, and it's just $10 for crawfish & drinks for all Tulane non-affiliates.
Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Health Fair -- Saturday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Zulu Headquarters, 732 North Broad Street, the Health Fair will offer free screenings to the community, including high blood pressure, diabetes, PSA, (prostate cancer with blood donation) and cholesterol. The event is free and the public is invited.
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