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Weekend Picks: Oak Street Po-Boy Fest, New Orleans Book Fest, and More

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Every weekend in New Orleans offers something special. But we are especially excited about this weekend’s eclectic offerings. Want to see some magic? The Illusionists featuring magician Adam Trent is performing at the Saenger on Thursday night. Marvel at the dancers from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performances on Friday and Saturday. Book lovers rejoice at the New Orleans Book Festival, the kickoff event for the Tricentennial celebration. Wine lovers can delight in Wine on the River on Saturday. Oak Street Po-Boy festival on Sunday brings you all the po-boys you can eat. Art lovers, be sure see the new exhibition, Sin Titulo, at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery featuring seven Mexican contemporary artists. If you’re looking for little zen, check out Mats & Mimosas on Sunday. Need we say more? Here’s to the weekend, y’all!

Roar! will be one of the performers featured at the This is NOLA series at the Joy Theater. (Photo: B. Hockensmith)

FRIDAY

This is NOLA – The Joy Theater is relaunching this event series that showcases contemporary New Orleans culture through music, film, visual art, and cuisine. Food trucks and live art will also be a part of the experience. Admission is free with an RSVP, doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – The contemporary dance group comes to New Orleans this weekend for a series of intimate performances. A part of the New Orleans Ballet Association’s 2017/2018 season, these performances will have you heading to the Freda Lupin Memorial Hall on NOCCA’s campus at 2800 Chartres Street. With a much more intimate venue, you’re in for a treat as you witness the breathtaking program up close. Performances are Friday 8 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Big Lake at City Park is home to New Orleans Book Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)

SATURDAY

New Orleans Book Festival – This festival celebrating literacy is perfect for the entire family. Head to Big Lake at City Park beginning Saturday at 1 p.m., to browse the books, meet the authors, and enjoy readings for children and adults alike. Then, stay for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performance at 5:30 p.m. and the closing fireworks show at 7 p.m. While you’re at the fest, be sure to keep an eye out for our GoNOLA find, one of three NOLA 300 statues installed for the city’s Tricentennial celebration.

Wine on the River New Orleans – If you love a good bottle of wine with a great view, (who doesn’t?) head to Wine on the River. Located on the Riverfront at the Audubon Aquarium Plaza, guests will sample dozens of wines from national and international vineyards while enjoying music, food, and art from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday. General admission tickets are $49 and the event benefits the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.

SUNDAY

Mats & Mimosas – It’s a good time for a good cause. This Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., head to the Royal Frenchmen Hotel for Mats & Mimosas. Grab a group of friends for this barre/ yoga/ pilates fusion class, then indulge afterwards. Your $25 ticket also includes a mimosa and a donation to the UNICEF Puerto Rico donation fund.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Oak Street Po-Boy Fest – The festival originally scheduled for October is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited. This Sunday, head to Oak Street and South Carrollton from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for your all of your po-boy desires. Whether your style is classic shrimp or the more adventurous alligator po-boy, you’ll find the po-boys of your dreams here. Admission to the fest is free, but the purchase of a $5 wristband is required to purchase po-boys.

LAGNIAPPE

The Illusionists present Adam Trent – This Thursday at the Saenger Theater, the best-selling magic show returns to New Orleans for a fun show of magic, comedy, and immersive entertainment. This time Adam Trent headlines the show bringing never-before-seen material. Tickets start at $29.50. 1111 Canal St, New Orleans.

Sin Titulo – This exhibition presented in conjunction with the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, opened last week and runs through December 30. Coinciding with the Tricentennial, the exhibit is focused on the centuries-old bond between New Orleans and Mexico. Seven contemporary Mexican artists highlight the traces of Mexican heritage that can be found throughout New Orleans today. The exhibit is located in two places, the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400A Julia St., and the Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico, 901 Convention Center Boulevard Suite 118.  

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