This weekend in New Orleans is one of our busiest yet. From festivals to Easter festivities, we’re already booked before the weekend begins. By way of festivals, there’s too many to name in this introduction paragraph. You’ll have to take the leap and read it all below. If you’re all ‘fested-out’ (if there is such a thing), this may be the weekend to kick back and enjoy a day in the park. But beware – anywhere you go this weekend in NOLA, you’re bound to run into a festival. You know what they say: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
Tennessee Williams Literary Festival – From March 21-25, you’ll have the chance to see the city through the eyes of Tennessee Williams. Enjoy literary discussions, walking tours, a writer’s craft series, staged readings and theater productions, and, of course, the Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest (a festival favorite). Check out the schedule for the times, dates, locations, and prices of each event. Then, head downtown and enjoy the best that this festival has to offer.
Indie Chefs Week – Dine in style at Indie Chefs Week. This traveling food festival makes its stop in New Orleans from March 22-25, bringing 24 chefs with it and offering diners a world-class dining experience. The festival highlights the talents of up-and-coming chefs through a series of dinners held at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine located at 300 North Broad St. Tickets start at $125. Check out the schedule, and prepare for a memorable evening of world-class cuisine.
A Queen Within: Stories that Re-Imagine Gender, Conformity, Royalty, and Power – Bring Your Own and the New Orleans Museum of Art present an evening of live storytelling, music, and more in the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden this Friday, March 23. In conjunction with NOMA’s exhibit A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, the evening will feature tales of queens and female empowerment, all told by storytellers in a live, unscripted, and true format. Admission is free for NOMA members and $5 for non-members. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. at 1 Collins Diboll Circle in City Park.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Hogs for the Cause – It’s time for some barbecue, y’all. Hogs for the Cause is celebrating its 10th year on March 23 and 24 at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds. Events at this year’s festival include Bacon Night on Friday and the Team Competition on Saturday, where 85 teams will battle it out for the festival’s top awards. Pig out while enjoying a great live music lineup, like headliners North Mississippi Osborne or the Turnpike Troubadours. General admission tickets start at $25 each day.
City Park Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival – This freshwater fishing rodeo is back for its 71st anniversary this Saturday, March 24 at 1 Palm Drive in City Park. This year, the festival is bringing back “Boats on the Bayou,” giving anglers in kayaks, canoes, and other non-motorized fishing vessels the chance to compete for trophies. If you’d rather stay on land, there’s room for you along the banks of the lagoons at the Big Bass Rodeo. In addition to fishing, there will be live music, a kid’s area with casting lessons, a fishing gear raffle, educational exhibits, and more. The Fishtival is free, and entry fees to compete for prizes vary.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Easter Family Fun – Easter Sunday may be next weekend, but this is the weekend to gather the kids and head out to the festivities happening around town. On Saturday and Sunday, head to the City Park Egg Scramble where over 36,000 eggs will be hidden. Admission is $10 and the event takes place at the City Park Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Right across the pond on Saturday is the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Egg Hunt and Family Festival in the Sculpture Garden, where admission is $12 in advance for non-members.
Also on Saturday is the Easter Egg Hunt at the Fly where you’ll have a chance to receive free, same-day admission to the Audubon Zoo. This event is free and takes place at the Fly on 6500 Magazine St. Finally, hop aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen for the annual Hoppin’ Down the River Cruise with Bourgeois the Bunny on Saturday. Ticket prices for this event are $59 for adults and $39 for children, and the cruise boards at 1 Poydras St.
The Bloody Mary Festival – This Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a few Bloody Mary’s at the Howlin’ Wolf, located at 907 South Peters St. Local bars and restaurants come together to serve their best version of the drink where the top will reign supreme. In addition to tasting the drink that will earn the prestigious title of “Best Bloody Mary in NOLA,” your ticket includes tastes of local food and beverage products, live music, and more. Tickets are $45.
Super Sunday – Due to rain in the forecast, Super Sunday was rescheduled to this Sunday, March 25. Despite the wait, the much-anticipated event it finally here, and we’re ready to take to the streets to celebrate. Super Sunday celebrates the tradition and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians. Head to AL Davis Park at 11 a.m. at 2600 Lasalle Street on Sunday to see the intricate suits up close and in-person and meet the tribes first-hand. Then, join in the procession through Central City beginning at 1 p.m.
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week – While events for NOEW began on Monday, this week celebrating entrepreneurs stretches into Friday. The NOEW Summit in particular is held on Thursday and Friday where attendees will have the chance to hear from speakers, attend a live Shark Tank-like pitch session, and mingle during the closing party. Celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship during a week that will leave you inspired and energized. NOEW is free, but pre-registration to events is recommended. The Summit takes place at the Contemporary Arts Center located at 900 Camp St.
New Orleans Fashion Week – New Orleans Fashion Week kicked off last Sunday, but events continue well into the weekend. Enjoy featured Retailer & Runway Shows both Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Monastery New Orleans on 1236 North Rampart St. Saturday sees the Official Wrap Party following the Runway Shows. Tickets for the Runway Shows start at $50, and the after parties do not require a ticket.