Food, drink, and music—these are the elements of a perfect New Orleans weekend…or weekday, come to think of it. Here are five opportunities to get one, two, or all three of those elements into your day.
Jazz in the Park: Let’s start with the neighborhood favorite. Throughout September and October, Louis Armstrong Park in the Treme hosts free concerts every Thursday evening. The music starts at 4 p.m.—don’t be late!
Courtesy of Jazz in the Park
Burlesque Festival: Embracing the naughtier side of entertainment, this festival’s shows range from the gothic to the comic (Sept. 15–18). See this year’s Queen of Burlesque crowned at Friday night’s competition at the Civic Theatre.
Courtesy of Nolapus.com
NOLA on Tap: This fundraiser-disguised-as-beer-fest takes over City Park on Saturday, September 24. Nearly 400 different brews will be poured, and this year, they’re using digital payment bracelets (like Fitbit, only for beer!). Check out the Barktoberfest tent, which offers shade, water, and treats for dogs and their people. (The funds the festival raises support the Louisiana SPCA.)
Courtesy of the Louisiana SPCA
Fried Chicken Festival: The first-ever (official) celebration of fried chicken come to the CBD’s Lafayette Square on Sunday, September 25, with 20 restaurants bringing their best game. Oh, and there’ll live music too. (You’re surprised?)
Courtesy of Mike DelGaudio/Flickr
Bear Creek Bayou: Another debut, this music festival is setting up shop September 30 and October 1 in Mardi Gras World, where the floats are built every year. Headliners include The Flaming Lips and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. We suspect beverages and snacks just might be available too.
Courtesy of Bear Creek Bayou