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.
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.
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.
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!