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Weekend Picks: Fried Chicken Fest, NOLA On Tap, and More

An inaugural fest, beer and pups in City Park, and more.

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The Saenger Theater. (Photo: Paul Broussard)
The iconic Sazerac drink and bar. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Yes, the Beyonce concert is this weekend. No, that’s not the only thing happening. Longue Vue’s Grand Golden Gamble is an Elvis-themed fete for a cause, while the inaugural Fried Chicken Fest lets you indulge in the crispiest and most addictive preparation of the protein staple. Beer and dog lovers can jointly appreciate NOLA On Tap, and you’ve got all weekend to do-re-mi like a von Trapp during the Saenger’s live Broadway production of “The Sound of Music.”

One more thing: we think Bey would give her stamp approval for the Stormin’ of the Sazerac on Friday: it celebrates all the (single) ladies who in 1949 stormed the Sazerac Bar, which previously was only open to women on Mardi Gras Day.


1. Stormin’ of the Sazerac — While we can all appreciate a good Sazerac, that wasn’t always the case. Mardi Gras Day aside, women weren’t allowed in the Roosevelt Hotel‘s famous Sazerac bar until 1949, when a group of women stormed the bar and demanded equal treatment. Today, the hotel honors their efforts through the annual re-creation of the Stormin’ of the Sazerac. This year’s “storm” features a ladies-only luncheon, a second line, and more. Tickets $49.

Dogs at NOLA on Tap. (Photo: Nora McGunnigle)


2. NOLA on Tap This event benefitting the LASPCA is a fall favorite. Check out our detailed guide here, and remember the new changes this year: admission is $5, and you’ll now receive an RFID wristband to help streamline purchases.


3. Fried Chicken Fest Though you can make fried chicken at home, this inaugural fest is the perfect excuse to forego the extra effort. Sample fried chicken from local restaurants like Milkfish, Cafe Reconcile, and more in Lafayette Square from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Free.

Longue Vue House & Gardens (Photo: George Long)

4. Grand Golden Gamble at Longue Vue House & Gardens  From 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, the historic estate hosts its fall fundraiser, an Elvis-themed soiree featuring an impersonator and a raffle with three winners splitting a prize of $4,000 in gold coins (so Elvis). Tickets are $50. Not feeling lucky? You can also attend the museum for free on Saturday as part of Museum Day Live!, a Smithsonian Magazine initiative. More details here.

All Weekend

5. “The Sound of Music” — Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s absolute classic comes to the Saenger for a Friday night showing (8 p.m.) plus twice-daily shows on Saturday (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). Tickets from $50.