One perk of the end of the long weekend? A short week leading to new weekend activities. You’ll be happy as a clam, er, oyster, this weekend when Oyster Fest heads to Woldenberg Park on Saturday and Sunday. Wake up refreshed on Saturday with jazz yoga at the Old U.S. Mint, then help out a good cause at Second Harvest’s Rubber Duck Derby. Throw in a little cardio with the Crescent City Connection Bridge Run, or Ace Hotel’s last Swing Sunday at Three Keys.
1. Oyster Festival — Get your mollusk fix along the river Saturday and Sunday at the New Orleans Oyster Festival. This free fest showcases the importance of coastal conservation while celebrating its seafood bounties with food demonstrations, an eating contest, live music, and more. Free.
2. Jazz Yoga — Yoga, NOLA-style. Pull on your comfy clothes and stretch out at the Old U.S. Mint Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Instructor Susan Landry leads this yoga class accompanied by meditational jazz piano from pianist Peter Nu. Don’t forget your yoga mat! Free.
3. Second Harvest Rubber Duck Derby — The annual fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank has returned to Big Lake in City Park! Participants can adopt a duck or a chance to win one of 10 prizes. New Orleans firefighters use fire hoses to make waves and move ducks towards the finish line, with the first 10 to cross the line deemed winners. Ducks start at $5 each.
4. Crescent City Connection Bridge Run — You’ve seen the mighty bridge crossing the Mississippi River, but have you ever ran across it? At 7 p.m. on Saturday, runners take their mark to race four miles with a breathtaking view of the NOLA skyline. Registration fee is $35.
5. Last Sunday Swing at Three Keys — It’s your final chance to acquire some swing dancin’ skills inside Ace Hotel. Join the crew as they bid their Sunday Swing event goodbye with great music, a mix and match dance competition, and a cash money prize!