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.
First Fridays on Fulton - Harrah's New Orleans will be re-launching their event series Friday in the 500 block of Fulton Street. This post fest edition will feature sounds by DJ Mike Swift and live performance by Mia Borders and The Hot 8 Brass Band and will include seasonal cocktails and some fest-inspired foods by Manning's Restaurant, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Grand Isle, and Gordon Biersch. Tickets start at $20.
Fiya Fest - The benefit for The Roots of Music includes a large-scale crawfish boil and three stages of live music. The cost of your ticket includes performances by over 95 amazing artists plus delicious boiled crawfish to keep your FIYA fueled for the funk. It all takes place Friday from noon unitl 8 p.m. at Mardi Gras World (east bank). Fiya Fest is all about raising funds and awareness to help The Roots of Music in their mission of teaching and empowering New Orleans’ youth through music education, academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the city's unique musical and cultural heritage.
Grand Isle Car and Bike Show - Show model cars and bikes are invited to cruise the beach "Grand Isle Style" Saturday at the Grand Isle Tarpon Pavillion, 4500 LA Highway 1 in Grand Isle. General admission is free for visitors who would like to view the cars and the event also include live music, food, drinks, and a 50/50 auction.
Greater New Orleans Bromeliad Society Show and Sale - This weekend a very interesting plant show is returning to Lakeside Shopping Center, which features hundreds of the area's distinctly beautiful plants. It starts Friday morning at the Lakeside Shopping Center and runs from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information from the Eyewitness Morning News, click here.
Lemonade Day Louisiana - It's a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada in 2011 – including ours! Lemonade Day was brought to Louisiana in 2010 by Entrepreneurs John Georges and Todd Graves who both received their first taste of business by operating their own lemonade stand as kids. For more information from the Eyewitness Morning News, click here.
Levees.org Guided Levee Disaster Bike Tour - Sunday, the non profit grassroots group Levees.org hosts its 3rd annual guided bike tour which is free and begins and ends at City Park from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., giving cyclists plenty of time to make it to Jazz Fest. The 2-hour tour is a healthy way to find out more about the worst civil engineering disaster in the history of the United States. For a map of the route, click here.
Music in the Park, Movies in the Park - A month of free movies and great music begins this weekend with Music in the Park on Friday and Movies in the Park on Saturday. Both family-friendly events are free and will be held at Heritage Park, 2015 4th Street in Rivertown, Kenner - weather permitting. The band Category 6 will perform from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Smurfs 2 will be shown on a 25-foot outdoor movie screen starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
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.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic School and Church Tomato Festival - The festival, on the school grounds in Chalmette, 2305 Fenelon St., will feature food, rides, games and live music with a theme of “On the Bayou.” It runs 6 p.m. until midnight on Friday, 11:30 a.m. until midnight and 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday. Great food including raw and grilled oysters, barbecued shrimp, jambalaya, shrimp fettuccine, crawfish fried rice, pizza, chicken strips, hamburgers, hot dogs funnel cakes, and Tomato a la Chalmette, a dish of green tomatoes breaded and deep fried, then topped with a creamy garlic shrimp sauce, will be served. Armbands for rides are $15 in advance and $20 at the fair, and a weekend armband also will be sold for $45 in advance and $50 at the fair. For information, call the school at (504) 271-2953.
Plaquemines Parish Clean Up Day - Join Plaquemines Parish residents, civic associations for the parish clean up day. Groups will be meeting Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Belle Chasse Auditorium. Lunch, water, Gatorade, and gloves will be provided. No sign up is required but interested parties should call (504) 297-5560.
Shamarr Fest - A new and powerful addition to post-Jazz Fest revelry, the fest makes its debut this year, Saturday 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, and other great music acts such as G. Love, Most Wanted Brass Band, and Rebirth Brass Band. Tickets are $15.
St. Bernard Rabies and Microchip Drive - The event is scheduled for Saturday at the St. Bernard Parish Animal Services, 5455 East Judge Perez Drive in Violet. Dog and cat owners may have their animals vaccinated against rabies and receive a rabies tag and parish tag for $15 per pet and microchips for $15 per pet. Cash only. The drive begins at 12 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m. and no appointment is necessary. For information, call the animal shelter at (504) 278-1534.
Terrebonne Sportsmen's League Youth Fishing Rodeo - The 13th annual rodeo is Saturday at the Pointe-aux-Chenes Marina in Houma from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. for kids 4-15-years-old and it's free. For more information, call 985-688-3405.
Thibodaux Firemen's Fair - The annual fair is a festival put on and funded by the volunteers of the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Deptartment and year after year, the department raises money through this fundraiser to help support the departments needs throughout the need. It starts Thursday evening with pay-one-price rides, live entertainment, and good ole South Louisiana Food, and runs through Sunday, with a 5k Race Saturday morning, and on Sunday morning, a Parade of Firemen that passes through the City of Thibodaux and ends at the fairgrounds.
Whitney Zoo-To-Do - It's an affair to remember as you dance the night away to an out of this world band, Party on the Moon, and enjoy premium cocktails, delicious food from local restaurants, the Luxury Car Raffle and a fabulous silent auction. All proceeds will help underwrite Gator Run, Audubon Zoo’s new lazy river with surprises around every turn. Zoo-To-Do takes place Friday on the Audubon Zoo Grounds from 8 p.m. until midnight. For more information from the Eyewitness Morning News, click here.
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