Get your handkerchiefs and hats out, because there’s still plenty to do this summer, y’all. Julia Street will transform into a magnificent sea of white at Whitney White Linen Night this weekend, and Satchmo SummerFest will be poppin’, as usual. If mid-summer nights aren’t your thing, don’t fret. There are lots of other things to get into. “Hairspray” is screening at the John Waters Film Fest at the New Orleans Museum of Art for the musical lovers. Where Y’Art Art Crush is bringing us an exhibition you’re sure to love. And for those of you who love to spend your spare time hunting for hidden treasures, the New Orleans Antiques Forum is on, too. Check it all out and let us know where you’re headed this weekend.
1. Satchmo SummerFest — The annual fest kicks off on Friday at noon with a stellar lineup that you’ll love. James Andrews, Hot 8 Brass Band, and the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, to name a few. The festival takes place in the French Quarter and admission is $5. Food and drinks are available to purchase.
2. GYPSY Play at Tulane — The Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane presents a special screening of GYPSY for the 50th anniversary of the broadway play that is lauded as one of the greatest musicals of all time by many people. Tickets range from $26-$36 with shows happening at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
3. John Waters Film Fest — Five films by iconic movie director and artist John Waters will be screened throughout the summer for the John Waters film fest at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). This weekend features the hit musical “Hairspray” starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and admission is free to NOMA members.
4. Where Y’Art Art Crush — Slip away from the crowds on Julia St. and sneak into the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery starting at 7 p.m. for a two-part exhibition curated by artist Dabito and featuring the Coles Williams band. Admission is free.
5. White Linen Night — Don your freshest, whitest duds, and join the free block party along Julia Street starting at 6 p.m. — galleries stay open late, and many offer snacks and complimentary drinks. Or, take a break from the heat, and step into the CAC’s Cool-Down Lounge at The Lighthouse from 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the Cool-Down Lounge are $40 and include two complimentary drinks, light bites, private bathroom access, and entry to the afterparty at the CAC. Food and beverage tickets can be purchased on-site for $12 for 10 tickets. The after-party is at the CAC from 9 p.m. -midnight. Tickets available for $10.
New Orleans Antiques Forum — Expert and novice antiques collectors alike learn everything you can imagine at the annual Antiques Forum, happening all weekend. Each year, it focuses on a theme related to a particular period, region, culture, or design motif. This year, the focus is hand crafted artisans of the South. How appropriate! The main event is sold out, but there are still plenty of opportunities to mingle with the presenters, attendees, and antiques aficionados.