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.
Book Sale -- Friends of Jefferson Parish Public Library Book Sale will host its Big Book Sale this weekend at the Pontchartrain Center. The semi-annual event has raised more than $1 million for the library in the past 20 years and offers up to 100,000 books at great prices. The book sale begins at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon on Sunday.
Caring Bunny Easter Bunny Meeting -- The Esplanade Mall is proud to once again host Caring Bunny, which offers children with special needs an opportunity to visit the Bunny in a subdued environment. On Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny.
City Park Easter Egg Hunt -- Keep your eyes peeled for more than 15,000 candy-filled Easter eggs hidden throughout the Carousel Garden in City Park, as kids are invited to the amusement park where they can hunt for the eggs, get their faces painted and meet the Easter bunny. The egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. and tickets are $4 a person.
Crawfish Boil on the Lake -- Start Friday on the front lawn of The Treasure Chest in Laketown at 6:30 p.m. for crawfish and fixins. It’s just $10 per plate for B Connected Card members and $15 for non-members. There is no cost to enjoy a concert from the Top Cats, which ends at 10 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunt (N.O. East) -- The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) will host a family-friendly Easter Egg Hunt at Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., on Saturday. Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and children ages 10 and under are invited to join the Easter Bunny and are encouraged to bring their baskets to the Easter Egg Hunt. Eggs will be filled with candy and prizes. Family-fun activities include face painters, space walks, bubble stations and games.
Easter at the Park – The an annual Easter event brings out hundreds of local families for a fun time, and this year, Marlin Gusman's Easter at the Park is Saturday at The Fly behind Audubon Zoo. The event is free to the public and kids can participate in an egg hunt and other games such as potato sack races. Easter at the Park starts at 10 a.m., the egg hunt begins at 11 a.m., and then just after noon, the Audubon Zoo's Riverview entrance will open for free admission to the zoo.
French Quarter Festival – Taking place Thursday through Sunday, it’s the largest free festival in the country and this year it will be bigger and better than ever before, with 4 days of some of New Orleans’ best food and music. There will be stages sprinkled all over the French Quarter, as well as food and souvenir booths. For more information from WWL-TV segments, click here.
Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration -- The 16th annual event takes place Friday-Saturday, throughout the town of Grand Isle. See songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and in the marshes and raptors overhead. Grand Isle is an essential stop for songbirds during their spring and fall migrations across the Gulf of Mexico. The celebration is held annually to correspond with peak bird migration in April. Last year, 168 different bird species were identified during the three-day event.
Irish Italian Islenos Parade – The St. Bernard Parish parade which was canceled last weekend due to weather concerns, will roll this Sunday. Walkers are getting started at 11 a.m. at the St. Bernard Civic Center, followed by 46 floats and more than 30 other groups. Parade goers will catch over 300,000 pounds of produce, including cabbage, potatoes, onions, and carrots.
IRONKIDS Race -- UnitedHealthcare is teaming up with IRONKIDS for the UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS New Orleans youth race to inspire and motivate young people to lead active, positive and healthy lifestyles. It will take place Saturday, at 9 a.m. at South Shore Marina, 6701 Stars & Stripes Blvd. in New Orleans. The fun-run (¼ mile, ½ mile and 1 mile course) is an age-appropriate race for “triathletes to be” and will take place during the IRONMAN 70.3. The cost for registration and to participate is $15 for kids ages 3 to 15.
Jewelry Show -- The AKS Gem Show will be open to the public all weekend at the Pontchartrain Center. This wholesale show features fine jewelry, fashion jewelry, beads, beading supplies, findings, gold, silver, charms, designer cabochons, gemstones, pearls, and more. The entry fee is $5 for the show, which begins at 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday.
Louisiana SPCA's Palm Sunday Rabies Drive -- Every spring, New Orleans residents get a break on the cost of rabies shots for their pets at the Louisiana SPCA's Palm Sunday Rabies Drive. The drive is Sunday, and you can bring your pet to any of 9 firehouses in New Orleans from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., and the cost of the vaccinations is $15 per pet. Only cash will be accepted. For more information, call 368-5191, or click here.
MDA Muscle Walk -- More than 500 people are registered to take a small step to make a big difference for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the annual walk, to help pay tribute to, and raise funds for local children and adults served by MDA. The “Krewe of MDA” Muscle Walk is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, at Zephyr Field in Metairie. For registration information, the link above or call the local MDA office at 504-455-4460.
Palm Sunday Procession -- In an ancient tradition not often seen in New Orleans anymore, St. Anna's Episcopal Church will conduct its traditional Palm Sunday procession. This little church, a part of the Treme, French Quarter, Marigny neighborhoods, turns a procession into a second line. The public is welcomed to join in the procession, worship service, and experience the centuries old legacy of blessed Palms on Sunday. The procession will form at 9:30 a.m., 1313 Esplande, and start at 10:00 a.m. and march through historic neighborhoods.
Palm Sunday Concert at Dillard -- Dillard University’s Concert Choir, The Korean United Methodist Church Choir, and Dillard’s Vision Quest Mimes will perform during “Praises”, a joint Palm Sunday Concert. It takes place Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd at the Lawless Memorial Chapel. Admission is free.
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival – For over 40 years the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival has been attracting both young and old to its annual celebration of the legendary delicacy – the plump, juicy, sweet, Ponchatoula Strawberry. The fest has provided a venue as the largest fund-raiser for non-profit and charitable organizations since the early 70s, and prides itself as being one of the only festivals in which non-profit organizations are the only vendors on the official festival grounds. Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival gets going this weekend, Friday through Sunday, in Memorial Park, and is a free family friendly outdoor festival, filled with lots of great food, games, entertainment, and fun for people of all ages to enjoy. Organizers promise attendees “a berry good time.” For more information, call 1-800-917-7045 or click here for their segment on WWL-TV.
Prom Dress Giveaway -- The Ladies First Foundation will try to make sure every girl has a beautiful prom dress, as the organization collected 300 dresses and are ready to hand them out to high school students in need. Girls can get a dress at the East New Orleans Regional Library on Read Boulevard Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., and make sure you bring a valid student ID card, or proof of enrollment. Girls must also be accompanied by an adult.
Raffle House Easter Egg Hunt and Early Bird Raffle -- The St. Tammany Home Builders Association (STHBA) will host its annual Raffle House Easter Egg Hunt in conjunction with the 2014 “Raising the Roof for Charity” Raffle House. The event promises a fun-filled family day with an egg hunt and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. The fun takes place Saturday, with the Egg Hunt at the Park directly behind the Raffle House at 11 a.m., then at 11:45 a.m. the drawing takes place for a free Raffle House Ticket at the Raffle House, 348 Ormond Drive, TerraBella Village in Covington.
Run or Dye Race -- The Run or Dye ‘Your City. Your Color. Your Vote.’ Give Love Tour is bringing the colors of the rainbow, or New Orleans, to the Lake Front Arena on Saturday, as the color-blasted 5k will kick off at 9 a.m. and feature custom-colored showers of safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye at least five Dye Stations for a day of full color fun.
St. Tammany Eggstravaganza – Sunday, the annual Eggstravanza and Rubber Duck Regatta offers an egg hunt and other fun and games for kids. The event is from noon until 3:30 p.m. at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Mandeville. Tickets are $1 for anyone over 3-years-old, and all proceeds are going to help build a Kids Town railroad-themed playground.
Spring Concert at St. Louis Cathedral -- If you're looking for a way to get out of the heat on Sunday in the French Quarter, you might want to check out the Spring Concert at Saint Louis Cathedral. The Cathedral's annual concert choir, orchestra and soloists will perform Beethoven's Mass in c-major, opus-86. It starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free and open to the public.
Step Up for Children Gala-- The Jefferson Children's Advocacy Center reaches out into the community to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to help the child victims of abuse and neglect, as well as those who've witnessed violent crimes. The group’s 2014 Step Up for Children Gala will be Saturday at the Treasure Chest Casino. The evening gets started with a patron party from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., the gala is from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., and for more information or to order tickets, call 364-3857 or click here for their segment on WWL-TV.
Team Up Against Violence Rally -- De La Salle High School has partnered with Archbishop Rummel High School to invite New Orleans youth to a peace rally aptly named Team Up Against Violence. At the rally, local public figures will speak to the students about peace campaigns and about their unique personal experiences. Speakers include Archbishop Gregory Aymond, U.S. Attorney General Kenneth Polite, Ryan Perriloux of the New Orleans Voodoo football team, and Walter Bonam, a local victim of violence. The event if free and open to all students, and will take place Saturday from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrolton Avenue.
Teen Fun Challenge -- On Saturday, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) Teen Council will host the Teen Fun Challenge on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). The Challenge is an afternoon of fun fitness games, stress reduction techniques, learning and nutrition education for teens at Joe W. Brown Memorial Park Track in New Orleans East, 5601 Read Blvd. from noon to 2 p.m. Activities are free and open to the public.
Teen Night -- Just four months after being selected to the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in Kenner, the 21-member group has organized Teen Night, just for teenagers, its first fund-raiser to raise money to rebuild the Veterans Park Playground. The fun begins at 5 p.m., tickets cost $10, and the teen-friendly entertainment includes karaoke, laser shows, plenty of games and an 8 p.m. outdoor showing of the popular movie Pitch Perfect.
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