Part deux of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival brings big name acts like Stevie Wonder, Meghan Trainor, and Kings of Leon to the Fairgrounds for one last hurrah. You can still catch some music after the festival at Republic or the New Orleans Jazz Market, or fuel your artistic side with Jammin’ on Julia. Fulton Street gets turned into a Kentucky-esque fest for the derby, while dear ol’ NOLA turns 299 on Sunday. And don’t forget Cinco de Mayo on Friday! Check it out:
2. The Collective at New Orleans Jazz Market — On Friday and Saturday, head to the New Orleans Jazz Market on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. for Jazz Fest after-shows. Friday admission is $10 and features Nayo Jones at 8:30 p.m. and DJ Raj Smoove at 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, catch the Swamp Donkeys at 7 and New Breed Brass Band at 10 p.m. — no cover!
3. Jammin’ on Julia — The New Orleans Arts District Association hosts their annual Jammin’ on Julia fundraiser Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Expect food, refreshments, local music, and an art raffle. Free.
4. Derby on Fulton — At 1 p.m., Fulton Street offers drinks, food, games, and live music for their third annual Derby on Fulton celebration. A “Best Hat” contest hosted by Fleur de Paris encourages you to wear your best derby outfit! Benefits the NOPD Mounted Patrol. Free. (You can also catch Kentucky Derby vibes at Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak starting at noon).
5. Birthday party at Monkey Board — A certain city turns 299 this weekend, and Monkey Board at the Troubadour Hotel is celebrating at their rooftop lounge. Music, food, and drinks will be served from 1 to 4 p.m.
Nolafunk during Jazzfest — Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, and The Soul Rebels keep the party spirit alive after Jazz Fest on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight with live music at Republic NOLA. Tickets $29.50
Basin Street Records 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration — On Friday at 8:30 p.m. (doors at 7), the Little Gem Saloon hosts Basin Street Records’ 20th anniversary party. Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Henry Butler, Dr. Michael White Quartet, and Davell Crawford & One Foot in the Blues all perform — plus don’t miss “The Battle” pitting Kermit Ruffins against Irvin Mayfield in an epic music showdown. Tickets are $25.