This weekend brings the first taste of the holiday season, starting with Celebration in the Oaks. Be among the first to see the spectacular lights display at Jingle Bells and Beer and the Family Party. Festivals abound this weekend with Hell Yes Fest, Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, and Central City Boucherie. One show opens and another closes, as the King and I makes its New Orleans debut Tuesday and Concerts in the Courtyard ends its Fall 2017 series with one last performance on Friday. Be on the lookout for art all over the city with Prospect.4 opening on Saturday. The holidays may be right around the corner, but we’re not done with fall just yet.
Hell Yes Fest – Running November 15-19, this five-day comedy festival is the largest in the Gulf South. Featuring local and national performers, Hell Yes Fest packs in the laughs with dozens of shows that highlight up-and-coming performers, veteran comedians, and even young talent. See improv comedy, standup, sketch, and more as well as film, food, and other surprises. Shows are $10 each, but an all-fest wristband is $50.
Concerts in the Courtyard – This Friday sees the end of the Fall 2017 Concerts in the Courtyard series. Presented by the Historic New Orleans Collection, this Friday features Javier Olondo and AsheSon as the final acts. Come down to 533 Royal St. and enjoy the music, drinks, and exhibits open during the show. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $10.
Jingle Bells and Beer – Can’t wait to go to this year’s Celebration in the Oaks? With Jingle Bells and Beer, the wait is over. Be among the first to preview the lights on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. in City Park. Tickets are $40, which include access to Celebration in the Oaks along with carnival rides, open beer bars, food, and live entertainment. While this event is 21+, the Family Party on Sunday offers the same access while catering to kids.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Tremé Creole Gumbo Fest – The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is back for its 10th year of festing and feasting. Along with all the gumbo you can eat, this fest features a lineup of brass bands as well as an arts market, cooking demonstrations, panels, and kids activities. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days in Armstrong Park with an extension of the festival in Congo Square. Admission is free.
Central City Boucherie – Presented by the Central City BBQ Foundation, Central City Boucherie is a new festival that will give patrons an up-close-and-personal look at the hog-butchering process. Saturday is the boucherie and Sunday will feature the dishes prepared. There’s live entertainment on both days and general admission is $10. The boucherie will be held at Central City BBQ on South Rampart.
The King and I – Broadway in New Orleans brings the King and I to the Saenger Theater November 14-19. This musical tells the tale of a British schoolteacher brought to Bangkok at the request of the king. It’s a show you won’t want to miss. Ticket prices start at $31.
Prospect.4 – Starting Saturday and running until February 25, Prospect.4 is the fourth installment of the contemporary art triennial that exhibits art all over the city. This year’s installment titled, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, coincides with New Orleans’ Tricentennial, highlighting the culture that makes this city so unique. Check out the Prospect.4 map to find out where the exhibits will be and read our 20 Questions with Interim Director Ylva Rouse to learn more about the exhibits.