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Weekend Picks: Bayou Classic, “The Grinch,” and more

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo via

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for the usual suspects: our friends, our family, all of New Orleans’ incredible food. But we’re also pleased there’s so much to do over the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

Turkey Day Race participants will run through scenic City Park. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


1. Dine out for Thanksgiving — Skip the hot stove and dirty dishes. We’ve got you covered with restaurants open on Thanksgiving for all your feasting needs.

2. Turkey Day Race Earn your seconds with this 8:30 a.m. race, celebrating its 109th year in action. The course takes you through City Park and is arguably the most scenic way to start your holiday. What’s more, proceeds from registration ($35 day-of) benefit Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans.

The lobby at the Ace Hotel. (Photo: Fran Parente)


3. NOLA MADE at the Ace Hotel – Browse this premier holiday shopping marketplace that will showcase the “new” New Orleans from 4-7 p.m. You won’t even need coffee with Stumptown Coffee on site at this trendy hotel.

The Saenger Theater hosts “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from Nov. 22-27. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

All Weekend

4. Bayou Classic There’s a parade, a football game, career fair, and more at this annual rivalry event. Go team!

5. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” The Saenger Theater presents this holiday classic Nov. 22 through Nov. 27 with various matinee, early evening, and evening showings. Tickets from $26.25 online.


Battle of the DJs The Historic Carver Theater hosts this 9 p.m. battle, which includes Mannie Fresh, on Saturday (doors at 8 p.m.). General admission tickets are $25 online.