Festival season is in full swing here in New Orleans, and this weekend proves no different. Sample over 100 different bourbons at New Orleans Bourbon Festival this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Then, continue the fun on Sunday with the kick off of the first-ever Agave Week, a celebration of tequila. If music festivals are more your style, the BUKU Music + Art Project is this weekend too. Kick back midweek and enjoy the opening of “The Best of Sinatra” at the National World War II Museum. Or, celebrate the Tricentennial by learning about a New Orleans comic book hero at Loyola University’s Cultural Conversations Series on Thursday. Finally, head to the Ogden Museum for more Tricentennial fun on Saturday with activities and entertainment for the whole family.
Holi Hai – Festival of Colors w/ Jai Ho! Dance Party – Celebrate India’s festival of colors known as Holi Festival with this party at the Howlin’ Wolf on Friday. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the event features Bollywood dance lessons, drink specials, dance performances, and a color throw at 11 p.m. Come dressed in white and ready to be drenched in color powders given to you upon arrival. Tickets to the event are $12 in advance and $20 at the door.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
New Orleans Bourbon Festival – Bourbon Fest is back in its second year, and we’ll be celebrating even before the weekend begins. From March 8-10, you’ll have the chance to experience seminars, pairing dinners, a bourbon cocktail competition, grand tastings, and more in downtown New Orleans. Taking place at the Contemporary Arts Center and Le Méridien hotel, this year’s theme is “Bourbon Generations” and the festival will feature over 100 bourbons over the three-day weekend of festivities. Ticket prices start at $59 and the schedule of events can be found here.
BUKU Music + Art Project – BUKU Music + Art Project is a two-day alternative music festival that highlights EDM, hip-hop, and indie rock. This year, the festival returns for its seventh incarnation with headliners Bassnectar, Migos, SZA, MGMT, and Lil Uzi Vert. From March 9-10, head to Mardi Gras World for all the music, art, food and drinks, and culture that comes with this unique festival. Tickets start at $100.
Free Family Day: A Tricentennial Celebration – This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., head to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for a free day of art activities and entertainment for the whole family. With free admission, you’ll have the chance to explore the Ogden’s latest exhibits while the kids create their own works of art at activity stations. Food and drink will be available for purchase at this event.
Happy Beerday – It’s City Park’s way of saying “Happy Birthday” to the city of New Orleans as it turns 300. Head to the park this Saturday for a night of open beer bars, unlimited amusement park rides, a fish fry, give-a-ways, and bottle concierge service. The event is $30 per person and kicks off at 7:30 p.m. You won’t want to miss this birthday party!
Agave Week – Experience the first-ever installment of Agave Week, a six-day celebration of tequila and mescal throughout the Crescent City. Agave Week kicks off this Sunday with “The World’s Largest Bloody Maria Brunch” at Superior Grill. This precedes a week of events slated to include pairing dinners at restaurants throughout the city, a tequila launch party, a margarita mix-off, and more. The events conclude on Thursday, March 15, with the pinnacle event, Top Taco. Ticket prices vary and can be found here.
The Best of Sinatra – BB’s Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum opens “The Best of Sinatra” this Wednesday, March 7. The show kicks off at 11:45 a.m. and is a salute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” featuring Spencer Racca backed by the Museum’s Victory Trio. The matinee will feature Sinatra’s classic hits including Fly Me to the Moon, All of Me, One for My Baby, Come Fly with Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, My Way, and New York, New York while you enjoy a menu prepared by the American Sector Restaurant + Bar. If you can’t catch the show this Wednesday, don’t fret – there are plenty of chances to see this show which runs weekly until June. Tickets are $40.
Cultural Conversations Series: Krazy Kat – Loyola University’s celebration of the Tricentennial begins with this free series on the history and culture of New Orleans this Thursday, March 8. The first installment is “Krazy Kat: New Orleans and the Birth of the Modern Comic Strip” with New Orleans author Michael Tisserand. Learn about George Herriman’s “Krazy Kat,” the comic strip that influenced everything from Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse to the “Peanuts.” The talk will also explore George’s childhood and background growing up in the historic Tremé neighborhood here in New Orleans. The session is located in The Whitney Room in Thomas Hall on Loyola’s campus and begins at 7 p.m.
There’s always great live music going on in this city, and this weekend we’re highlighting The Pinettes Brass Band, Jam Brass Band, and Juju Child & The Hypnotic Roots Band, each great brass and blues bands with individual shows this weekend. The Pinettes Brass Band performs at 9 p.m. on Friday at Bullet’s Sports Bar. At Balcony Music Club (BMC) in the French Quarter, you’ll find Jam Brass Band on Saturday performing near midnight. Then on Sunday, check out Juju Child & The Hypnotic Roots Band performing at Three Keys at the Ace Hotel at 9 p.m. for Blues Night.