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Weekend Picks: Bayou Classic, Celebration in the Oaks & More

Five days of festivities culminate in the 41st annual Bayou Classic football game on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo: Cheryl Gerber and NewOrleansOnline.com
Five days of festivities culminate in the 41st annual Bayou Classic football game on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo: Cheryl Gerber and NewOrleansOnline.com

Thanksgiving week is here, and we couldn’t be more excited to kick off the holiday season in New Orleans. Before we start the countdown to Christmas, let’s not skip over Thanksgiving and all that New Orleans has to offer on this food-lover’s favorite holiday. Then, we’ll welcome the holiday season with the opening of Celebration in the Oaks on Friday. Partake in an age old New Orleans tradition by attending Bayou Classic on Saturday, and enjoy the Palmer Park Arts Market on Saturday and Sunday. Join top Latin chefs of New Orleans for a benefit dinner for Puerto Rico on Sunday evening. The holiday season is upon us, and we’re ready to begin celebrating.

The miniature train exhibit at Celebration in the Oaks is a fun sight to see for all ages. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

FRIDAY

Celebration in the Oaks – Lighting up City Park for the 31st year, this beloved holiday event opens Friday. You’ll have until January 1st to check this off your holiday bucket list, but why not get into the spirit now? We recommend getting your tickets in advance and making sure to check out these spots once inside the park. Tickets to Celebration in the Oaks are $9.

Bayou Classic (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

SATURDAY

Bayou Classic – The rivalry returns. A New Orleans tradition, this Saturday will see the Grambling State Tigers take on the Southern University Jaguars in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The competition begins at 4 p.m., but not before the Greek Show and Battle of the Bands on Friday and the Bayou Classic Parade on Saturday morning. Read more about the fanfare here and make sure to make your way to the Dome to see who comes out on top this year. Tickets to the game start at $16.

Palmer Park is home to the Arts Market New Orleans (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Arts Market New Orleans – The monthly Palmer Park Arts Market returns this weekend, giving you a chance to get ahead on your holiday shopping while supporting local vendors. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., browse from over 80 artists and their selections of paintings, photography, glasswork, ceramics, and more. Enjoy the market while listening to live local music and sampling food prepared by local vendors. Go ahead, hop on the Saint Charles Avenue streetcar and head to Palmer Park for a good time.

SUNDAY

Latino Chefs Benefit for Puerto Rico – Join the top Latin chefs in New Orleans for a dinner benefitting Puerto Rico on Sunday evening. Chefs from Bacchanal, Baru, Casa Borrega, Brasa, La Boca, Meril, and Sobou will join forces to create a delicious menu of Latin cuisine. The event also features authentic live music from the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Tickets are $100, but 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Doctors 4 Puerto Rico. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Paradigm Gardens on 1131 S. Rampart St.

Borgne is one New Orleans restaurant open on Thanksgiving Day. (Photo courtesy Graham Blackall)

LAGNIAPPE

Celebrate Thanksgiving, New Orleans-style – Before we head into full holiday-mode, we can’t forget about Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday centered around gratitude and food, and boy are we grateful for all the food down here in NOLA. If you’re not cooking or if you’re looking to head out for, say, a second meal, check out these restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. From traditional dinners to late-night eats, stop by one of these spots to celebrate the day.

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