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Weekend Picks: Jazz Fest, a Harry Potter Disco, and More

Two words: Jazz Fest!

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A jazz funeral for musician Uncle Lionel Batiste with the Treme Brass Band and friends during the 2013 Jazz Fest. (Photo courtesy of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell)

The always-anticipated New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest arrives this weekend in Mid-City, bringing big name acts like Usher, Maroon 5, and more. “BreakFest” at Bayou Beer Garden also sets up shop on Sunday to fill your belly before a day of fest-fueled fun, and Twelve Mile Limit hosts a Harry Potter Disco. Trying to avoid the Mid-City mania? Head to Trombone Shorty’s Treme Threauxdown on Saturday, or add some midweek fun with Crawfish Fest.

The Acura Stage at Jazz Fest always draws a crowd. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


1. Jazz Fest — Music, food, and an unforgettable experience at the New Orleans Fairgrounds returns for its 48th year. New to the scene? Our Insider’s Guide has all you need to know to fest like a pro. Tickets start at $70.


2. Cooking Demo with Chef Badr Fayez  From 1 to 2 p.m., head to Southern Food and Beverage Museum for a cooking demonstration from Saudi Arabian Chef Badr Fayez. Free.

3. Trombone Shorty’s Treme Threauxdown — Can’t make it to Jazz Fest to see Trombone Shorty on Sunday? The Saenger hosts the NOLA native Saturday night at 8 p.m. for his third-annual Treme Threauxdown featuring Dumpstafunk and other guests.Tickets start at $50.

4. Chamber of Sequins: A Harry Potter Disco — Pull out your Hogwarts robes and wand! Twelve Mile Limit hosts a Harry Potter disco with specialty cocktails, trivia, and a costume contest. Free.

The Saenger Theater. (Photo by Rebecca Ratliff)


5. BreakFest — Head to Bayou Beer Garden both Sundays of Jazz Fest for the first ever BreakFest! Local artists, a breakfast spread, mimosas, and more will be on site to prep fest-goers for a day at the Fairgrounds. Tickets start at $25.

Central City BBQ on South Rampart. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Crawfish Fest — Still craving some festin’ come Monday? Make your way to Central City BBQ Monday through Wednesday for a true feast for the senses. Every day from 3 to 10 p.m., over 5,000 pounds of crawfish will be prepared on site, along with live music beer, and an Ultimate Crawfish Cook-off. Tickets start at $45.

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