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Weekend Picks: Bayou Boogaloo, Cat Art and Film Fest, and More

Party on the bayou! Or, with a bunch of cats.

Bayou Boogaloo takes over Bayou St. John. Photo: Paul Broussard

Boogie on down to Bayou St. John this weekend at Bayou Boogaloo packed with music, food, and colorful sights all weekend long. Or perhaps you fancy a step back in time instead? Enter the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s Roarin’ ’20s Party. You can also catch The Ritz-Carlton’s “Mudbugs and Bubbles” feast, or two smaller festivals on Saturday.

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1. Bayou Boogaloo — One of NOLA’s funkiest free fests kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. Food, music, art, boat races, and a whole lot more await on the banks of Bayou St. John.

Southern Food and Beverage Museum (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

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2. Roarin’ ’20s Party — Pull out your best flapper dress and head to SoFAB Saturday night at 8 p.m. for a step back in time. A silent auction, open bar, and music by Benny Grunch and the Bunch benefit the foundation. Tickets start at $60.

3. Mudbugs and Bubbles — Saturday is your last chance to enjoy The Ritz-Carlton’s all-you-can eat crawfish boil with unlimited champagne from Veuve Clicquot. The party starts at noon in the hotel’s third-floor courtyard, with live music and a “crawfish concierge.” Don’t forget to make a reservation; spots are $50 each.

The Old U.S. Mint (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

4. Guitar Fiesta — This week’s International Guitar Festival culminates with a celebration at the Old U.S. Mint starting Saturday at 11 a.m. Live music (of course), food, drinks, and a whole lot of dancing can be expected. Bring your chairs and blankets! Free.

5. Cat Art and Film Festival — Truly an “Only in New Orleans” event. Delgado Community College hosts this quirky event featuring cat videos, themed art, and jewelry. Workshops will also be provided, with proceeds benefiting Art for Cats’ Sake whose mission is to help fund finding cures for feline diseases. Tickets start at $5.

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