Weekend festivals, fairs, and events (5/16 - 5/18)

Weekend festivals, fairs, and events (5/16 - 5/18)

Credit: Charlie London

Bayou Boogaloo Fest - photo by Charlie London


by Lesley Simpson


Posted on May 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 2:08 PM

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.

Bayou Boogaloo - Founded during the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina, the Mid City Bayou Boogaloo has shown its commitment to New Orleans through rain or shine, and the 2014 festival is no different. The event will occur Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., rain or shine along the banks of Bayou St. John. Big Freedia, Eric Lindell and Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys are just a few of the musical artists who will perform on three stages. The fest includes diverse offerings from local food vendors and shopping at the Boogaloo Art Market. As always, the free Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is a family-friendly event with a kid's stage, games and activities. For all of the events, click here

Blue Mass - The 12th Annual mass honoring the men and women of Law Enforcement, Fire Service, and EMS in Jefferson Parish, and in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 105 Bonnabel Blvd. in Metairie. First Responders will gather in Melancon Hall for the procession that will begin at 10:15 a.m., followed by the mass. 

Boating Safety Fair - The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Power Squadron will host a boating safety fair, open to the public, in support of National Safe Boating Week at West End Park Saturday. Coast Guard response boats, the New Orleans Fire Department and search-and-rescue demonstrations will be on display highlighting boating safety equipment and education. Refreshments such as hot dogs, soft drinks and water, including information on boating safety education courses and how to volunteer for the Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary will also be available to the public. It will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West End Park, 7601 Breakwater Drive.

Booklovers Giant Book Fair - Meet more than 700 authors who will autograph books, posters and bookmarks. Bring your “keepers” and have them signed! The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event. You may bring in your books from home to get them autographed. However, they must be checked in and stamped (with invisible ink, so there's no damage to your books) before you enter the book fair. Also only two books from home per author are allowed. It takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Marriott in the Grand Ballroom & Mardi Gras Ballroom.

Crawfish Cookin’ for a Cause - The 4th annual all-you-can-eat crawfish cook-off benefiting Project Red Light for Hope and Mary Payton’s Miracle Foundation, prides itself as being dedicated to supporting foundations, families and individuals in the local community that have been affected by catastrophic illness. It takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the Mandeville lakefront, tickets are $35 at the door, and kids 10 and under get in free. Hot dogs, water, lemonade and beer will be available for purchase, and there will be live music from Dave Jordan and Mike Epstein. 

Louisiana Veterans Festival - Hosted by the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, this festival will provide a venue for families and friends to thank our veterans for their service. The Louisiana Veterans Festival will bring high level entertainment, interactive technology, food and drink, amusement rides, unique arts and crafts, and veteran-themed activities. It takes place from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell at tickets are just $5 for veterans, $8 general admission, and children under 12 get in free. Top Cats and Bag of Donuts will provide just some of the music entertainment. 

Moving Wall Vietnam Memorial - An important and moving piece of history will be in the metro area this weekend, a replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, DC, known as the Moving Wall, and it’s making a stop in Kenner. The moving wall is open 24 hours a day in Veterans Park, through Sunday.

Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival - The fest kicks off in Belle Chasse Friday, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary with live music, a car show, a 5K run, great food and the highly anticipated oyster drop. It begins at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday. The music starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. You can check out carnival rides, a car show on Saturday, plus food from dozens of vendors. For more information or directions to the festival, click here.

St. Rita Dad’s Club Crawfish Cook-off - The 1st annual cookoff takes place Saturday at 3 p.m. at St. Rita in Harahan. It’s an All-You-Can-Eat kind of Event, and pre-sale tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 6-12, $25 and $15 at the door, and can be purchased at St. Rita School or Church. Kids 6 and under are free. Teams compete for the best crawfish of Harahan and the public gets to come sample all the secret recipes! There will also be food, drinks, music, and a kids inflatable area to raise money for the St. Rita CYO’s trip to Stuebenville. 

St. Ann Crawfish Rumble - St. Ann School's Men’s Club of Jefferson Parish invites you to the 5th Annual Crawfish Rumble, to be held rain or shine on the blacktop at St. Ann School, 4900 Loveland St. off Transcontinental in Metairie on Saturday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Dine on crawfish and fixins prepared by some of the area’s best boilers. Hot dogs, soda, water, snowballs and beer will be available for purchase. Sing and dance along with live music from The Flashback Chameleons. Kids are welcome to play in the special fun zone. It will be fun for the entire family! Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 10-15, and kids 9 years & younger are free.

St. Paul Spring Fest in the Marigny - St. Paul Lutheran School is proud to present its 1st annual spring festival in the heart of the Marigny community. The Saturday festival includes music, games & attractions, kids’ performances, food, & more. Special performance by St. Paul Lutheran Drum Circle & Cheerleaders. Kids will enjoy the adventures of a rock climbing wall and a 17-foot Monster truck. Parents will be entertained with live music; and, be submerged with the smell and sampling of the PTL’s highly acclaimed cuisine. The fest runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 2624 Burgundy Street.

Zulu Celebrates 105 Years - The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Inc. is celebrating 105 years this weekend by having several activities the public is invited to attend. The celebration will begin with a Zulu Black and Gold Softball Game on Saturday, 3 p.m., at the Easton Playground located at 3141 Toulouse & N. Lopez Streets. There will also be a 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday beginning at 819 S. Broad, call (504) 822-8000 for more. And on Sunday, the final celebration event will be the annual Zulu Anniversary Religious Service, Sunday, 11 a.m. at the St. James Methodist Church of Louisiana, located at 1925 Ursulines Avenue.

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If you are a festival or event organizer and would like to be included in future lists, please send an email with event details and description, along with contact information to festivals@wwltv.com.