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Weekend Picks: Creole Tomato Fest, Pride, and More

A touch of fest, a touch of brunch, and a whole lot of fun.

The French Quarter decked out for Pride. Photo: Paul Broussard

The city brims with Pride this weekend with several events celebrating the LGBTQ community. Tomatoes (yes, tomatoes) are also at the forefront of your weekend plans with two days of juicy, tempting goodness at the French Market’s annual Creole Tomato Festival. Spend a low-key Friday night at the New Orleans Museum of Art, then turn up on Saturday with dance moves and booze at the 610 Stompers Ball Crawl. Sunday is for brunch: choose from standout options in Audubon Park or the Bywater.

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1. Creole Tomato Fest  — The historic French Market offers a juicy lineup this weekend as they pay homage to the Creole tomato on Saturday and Sunday. A Bloody Mary market, live music, cooking demos, and contests are just a part of the show. You have two days, so make sure to check off these 10 things while you’re there! Free.

2. New Orleans Pride — Kicking off Wednesday with a night of Cabaret, Pride proves love is love with a weekend of festivities. A block party, parade, and plenty of dancing are sure to keep you on your toes all while spreading the message of equality and acceptance. Find more details here. 

The New Orleans Museum of Art. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

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3. Friday Nights at NOMA — Clear your calendar and spend some quality time with City Park’s spectacular art museum. Friday Nights at NOMA kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with an art-on-the-spot activity table followed by music by The Abita Stumps and a gallery talk with curator Russell Lord. Regular admission prices apply.

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4. 610 Stompers Annual Ball Crawl — What’s better than a Saturday night with some of the best dancers in town? A Saturday night bar hopping with some of the best dancers in town. Join the 610 Stompers for “610 Barwatch,” the group’s 8th annual Ball Crawl, complete with contests and prizes. Don your best Baywatch outfit and meet them at Barcadia at noon. Tickets start at $45.

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5. Cajun Brunch and Dance at Tigermen Den — It’s the last Cajun brunch and dance of the season! Get warmed up and head to the Bywater for a Sunday of good food and two-stepping. Dance lessons being at 1 p.m. for beginners. Entrance is $10.

A beautiful oak tree in Audubon Park. Photo: Rebecca Todd

Lagniappe

1920s Jazz Picnic Brunch — We can’t imagine a more picturesque afternoon than one spent with a picnic brunch in Audubon Park, but local vintage clothing shop Century Girl just turned things up a notch. This Sunday, head to Audubon Park in your finest 1920s dress for an afternoon of live music and vintage nostalgia starting at 10 a.m.

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