This weekend in New Orleans offers plenty to do, as always. Art lovers have plenty of choices, with Prospect.3 opening festivities all weekend long, plus a special exhibit of photography by local children at DuMois Gallery. There’s no excuse not to take advantage of beautiful October weather on Saturday with two different free festivals on tap: Mirliton Festival in the Bywater and Brews & Brats on the River downtown. Get in the Halloween spirit with Gwar at House of Blues on Friday night, The Rocky Horror Show at Allways Lounge on Saturday night, or take advantage of Halloween shopping on Sunday.
1. Prospect.3 Opening Weekend – The international art biennial Prospect.3 opens with events around town all weekend long. Highlights of this weekend’s festivities include Sunday night’s Amen Amen! The 17 Wards of Wonder, a party in three parts hosted by Solange, SZA, and Katey Red, which will feature Dinner Lab, a “Bounce Bus” experience, and a “Ball Out Beaucoup” warehouse party with a special live performance by Kelis.
Friday October 24
2. Gwar at House of Blues – Get in the mood for Halloween with sci-fi inspired shock rockers Gwar, who will perform at House of Blues this Friday night at 8:30 p.m. Guests Decapitated and American Sharks will open the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at HouseofBlues.com or by calling the box office at (504) 310-4999.
Saturday, October 25
3. Mirliton Festival – The Bywater Neighborhood Association hosts their 25th Annual Mirliton Festival this Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The neighborhood-wide event features mirliton dishes at area restaurants, live music at Markey Park, and a special Piety Street Market at The Old Ironworks (612 Piety Street).
4. Brews and Brats on the River – The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk hosts an inaugural riverfront Oktoberfest-inspired beer festival, Brews & Brats on the River, this Saturday from noon til 8 p.m. The event will feature live music, a traditional German beer garden by Paulaner, bratwursts from Bratz Y’all, and more. A fireworks show, sponsored by Harrah’s, will take place at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
5. The Rocky Horror Show – The Allways Lounge hosts a “No Wigs Allowed!” live musical production of The Rocky Horror Show, which promises a fresh take on the cult classic, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Shows run every Saturday at midnight and Mondays at 8 p.m. through Nov. 15. Advance tickets are available for $10-$20 through Brown Paper Tickets.
6. Pablove Shutterbugs – Du Mois Gallery (4609 Freret Street) hosts the Pablove Shutterbugs photography exhibit, with an opening reception with silent auction on Thursday, October 23 from 6-10pm. The exhibit features photographs taken by children living with cancer who have participated in The Pablove Foundation’s photography program. The above photograph of St. Roch Cemetery, taken by Juliett, a 14-year-old girl in treatment at Children’s Hospital, is an example of what will be on display. The event is free to the public. The show will remain on display through Dec. 13, 2014, as part of Photo NOLA.
7. Halloween Festivities – Looking for a last-minute Halloween costume? The New Orleans Healing Center hosts the 19th Annual Halloween Costume Boo-tique on Sunday, Oct. 26, featuring vintage and handmade costumes and accessories from local designers. Also on Sunday, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk hosts BOO DAT: A Spooktacular Sunday from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., with all-ages trick-or-treating for anyone wearing black and gold or a Halloween costume, plus a costume contest, cookie and cupcake decorating, and more.