A culturally robust weekend is on the books — and some cooler weather comes along with it. All weekend, enjoy two debuts: Bear Creek Bayou music festival comes to New Orleans, and the permanent installation of last year’s Roving Music Residencies, called Music Box Village, opens in the Bywater. Art for Art’s Sake on Saturday celebrates local shops and galleries, and Treme Fall Festival spotlights that neighborhood’s historic musical traditions. Last, the early bird gets the, um, bird on Saturday morning with a birdwatching class in City Park’s Couturie Forest.
2. Music Box Village Opening — On Friday and Saturday, the New Orleans Airlift presents the opening of the Music Box Village, 4557 N. Rampart St. This interactive sonic village rings in the occasion with performances from international and local musicians, including New Orleans-based Quintron; an underground producer and rapper from Cuba; a Taiwanese sound artist; a darbuka player from Istanbul; and additional artists hailing from 17 different countries. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets $20.
3. Art for Art’s Sake — The Contemporary Arts Center hosts this multi-neighborhood event, spanning the Warehouse District and Uptown along thoroughfares like Julia Street, Magazine Street, and St. Charles Avenue. Standout stop-ins include the Ogden Museum, SOPO’s grand re-opening at the Ellen Macomber Gallery, and the artistic eyewear (on display for the first time in more than 10 years) of St. Charles Vision’s “Raise Your Glasses” exhibition, held at the Lighthouse Gallery on Camp Street. Free.
4. Treme Fall Festival — In addition to a Sunday event at St. Augustine Church, Treme Fall Festival programming revolves around Saturday’s main offerings, including music from Kermit Ruffins and more. Though admission is free, a donation is strongly encouraged to help raise funds for the historic church.
5. Birdwatching Class in Couturie Forest — Expert naturalist Mark Meunier helps you spot City Park‘s feathered dwellers and alerts you to their calls during this three-hour class starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The class is $10; to register, call (504) 483-9473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.