Who says summer is winding down? Not us — we’ve still got plans. Maybe you’ve reveled in the summer all along. Or perhaps you’ve been working hard and waiting for your chance to break free. Either way, we’ve got some things for you to make the summer last.
Music lovers, runners, yogis. There’s something for everyone this weekend. Air your dirty laundry and roam Royal Street for Dirty Linen Night. Take in the sounds at Tipitina’s Foundation Free Fridays. Get creative, find a rad, red dress, and join the locals for the Red Dress Run. Steal the summer sounds away at The Ace Hotel’s Three Keys. And if you’d rather just chill, roll out your mat and head to Music at the Mint for Jazz Yoga. Jazz and yoga? Yes. Namaste, y’all.
1. Foundation Free Fridays — Locals love Tipitina’s Foundation Fridays, and we know you will, too. This weekend’s show features Gravity A and The N’awlins Johnnys. Doors open at 9 p.m. and showtime is at 10 p.m. This show is for the 21+ only. Tipitina’s, otherwise known as “Tip’s” is located at 501 Napoleon Ave.
2. Dirty Linen Night — Dirty Linen is happening this Saturday between the 200-1000 blocks of Royal Street. Roam in and out of the art galleries along in your dirtiest linen. It begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. (ish). Admission is free, and bracelets can be purchased for food and drinks.
3. Summer Saturdays at Three Keys — Head downtown to the Ace Hotel, lounge at the rooftop pool, and then stick around for Summer Saturday at the Three Keys, an acoustic oasis located within the Ace. This Saturday’s free show features sounds from Gov’t Majik and Afrobeat Orchesta with Rhythmic Alchemy starting at 10 p.m. The Ace Hotel is located at 600 Carondelet St.
4. Jazz Yoga — What could be better than beginning a summer Saturday with a little jazz and zen? Jazz Yoga at Music at the Mint (400 Esplanade Ave.) will be held from 10 – 11 a.m. Bring your mat to class with instructor Susan Landry, and enjoy meditational jazz piano by Peter Nu. The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park sponsors this free public class.
5. New Orleans Red Dress Run — Join the New Orleans Hash House Harriers for a run with a cause. Proceeds from the run benefit several New Orleans nonprofit organizations. Online registration for the event is closed, but you can still sign up at the expo on Thursday from 4:30 – 9 p.m. and on Friday from 4 – 9 p.m. at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Note: Cash only at expo and day of registration. The run typically starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, but people gather starting at about 9 a.m. — and don’t you dare forget to wear a red dress!
610 Stompers Auditions — Who doesn’t love a man with moves? Dance moves. Come out and watch auditions for the 610 Stompers, New Orleans’ beloved “ordinary men with extraordinary moves” this weekend. The all-male dance team will hold auditions downtown on Saturday and Sunday at Harrah’s Casino on Canal Street. Registration begins at 12 p.m., and auditions will last until 6 p.m. Auditions are open to all males ages 21 and up. The audience is invited to watch for a $10 donation.
*Editor’s Note: Be on the lookout all weekend long for prix fixe menus during Coolinary, the annual tradition that celebrates the best of New Orleans cuisine during the month of August.