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Weekend Picks: Congo Square Sacred Marketplace, a Seaworthy Boil, and More

See what’s happening in New Orleans this weekend, from a shrimp boil from top chefs to the reopening of the Congo Square Marketplace.

New Orleans Magazine Street Restaurants
Shops and restaurants on Magazine Street. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Kiss July goodbye this weekend by starting something new: the first Congo Square Sacred Marketplace on Sunday at 3 p.m. begins with an unveiling of the refurbished Congo Square Market and marks the first of a monthly marketplace open to the public. Seaworthy hosts a shrimp boil with tastings and live DJs, a “cool down block party” benefits local animals, and the Hollygrove Market hosts a kombucha-making class. If you can start your weekend a little early (Summer Friday, anyone?), the Roosevelt Hotel celebrates National Scotch Day on Thursday with deals and steals on a sought-after whiskey. Details below.


1. Foundation Free Fridays at Tipitina’s Get to Tip’s around 9 for a free summertime show. This week’s concert features Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers plus Khris Royal and Dark Matter. Free.

Magazine Street between Napoleon Avenue and Marengo Street. (Photo By: Rebecca Ratliff)


2. Magazine Street Cool Down Block Party On Magazine Street from Napoleon to Marengo, businesses will stay open late and offer special discounts, live music, free drinks, and more. The cutest part? N.O. Fleas Market and the LASPCA will have dogs ready for adoption that you can meet and play with. Free.

3. Kombucha and Water Kefir 101 Learn what the health buzz is all about, and learn to make it yourself. Hollygrove Market hosts this educational class starting promptly at 10 a.m. $15.

4. Seaworthy Shrimp Boil The Ace Hotel’s seafood restaurant hosts local chefs in a boil competition starting at 2 p.m. Chefs from Josephine Estelle, Grand Isle, and (of course) Seaworthy will throw down for who can produce the most tempting boil. Tastings, beer, and live DJs all add to the fun. Tickets are $30 and benefit the Audubon GULF.

Drummers in Congo Square. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


5. Congo Square Sacred Marketplace Opening — A refurbished Congo Square marketplace opens on Sunday at noon, kicking off a new monthly market showcasing vendors with products and food from the African diaspora. Live performances add to the festive, reflective atmosphere. Free.

The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


National Scotch Day at The Roosevelt New Orleans — On Thursday, the Roosevelt is presenting scotch flights of The Macallan whisky aged at 12, 15, and 18 years old for $45. This is definitely a deal: a bottle of 18-year-old Macallan is about $250. The three tastings will be 1 oz. pours. Cheers to a Thirsty Thursday!

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