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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

Cheers to the weekend! On Friday night, NOLA Brewing Tap Room will celebrate “six years of beers” with musical guests and plenty of brews. This weekend also offers an opportunity for kids to learn the basics of gardening at a class co-hosted by the National Environmental Education Foundation and the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Cultural festivals make the scene, too: Soul Fest, the International Children’s Film Festival, and the Tulane Black Arts Festival all run concurrently in New Orleans this weekend.

The NOLA Brewing Tap Room (photo: Paul Broussard)


1. Six Years of Beers at NOLA Brewing Tap Room – From 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., NOLA Brewery will host its sixth anniversary party, complete with music from New Orleans Suspects, Gravity A, and Tauk. Food is available for purchase in addition to the brewery’s typical ales. They have also created a refreshing new brew in limited release – a sour ale with peaches aged in white wine barrels toasts six years. Tickets are $10 and are available online.


2. Growing Gardeners – Children ages 6 to 9 can participate in an educational, hands-on gardening workshop at the New Orleans Botanical Garden. This Growing Gardeners class focuses on watersheds (we’re in the Lower Mississippi-New Orleans watershed, for reference) and the impact of water pollution.   

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3. Soul Fest – Free with regular zoo admission, Soul Fest runs from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Audubon Zoo. Irvin Mayfield headlines the festival, which also includes acts like the Soul Rebels, Zena Moses & Rue Fiya, and Glen David Andrews. Soul food from local restaurants, international crafts for kids, and health information tables round out the festive atmosphere. Find more information about zoo ticket prices online.

4. 7th Annual New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival – The New Orleans Film Society and the New Orleans Public Library co-host this kid-friendly film festival that includes workshops, 50 short films, and 3 feature films (including The Lego Movie) on Friday and Saturday. Head to the main branch of the library on Loyola Avenue for this free festival – it also includes activities like storyboarding and a stop-motion animation workshop in addition to a “Tales for Teens” segment on Saturday.

 5. Tulane Black Arts Festival – The Tulane Black Student Union hosts an immersive cultural festival that includes arts, music, poetry, film screenings, workshops, and a gospel dinner. Over the course of the festival, which kicks off on Friday and runs through March 16, spectators can hear speaker like Spike Lee (he’ll deliver the keynote address on March 16) plus performers like Katey Red and Irma Thomas. View a complete festival schedule here.

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