As another weekend approaches, you may be hoping for some guidance in narrowing down your weekend plans. Lucky for you, we are on top of it. From New Orleans music in the French Quarter to aquarium fundraisers, and even some international burlesque adventures, New Orleans is ready to entertain, as always. Check out our picks for the best New Orleans events this weekend and join the party.
Friday, September 20
1. Scales and Ales – For their fourth annual Scales and Ales, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is back to fund raise in style. This aquatic shindig will have “Bites and Brews” that will include delicious New Orleans food from over 30 of the city’s best restaurants and plenty of libations, along with live entertainment from Atlanta’s Simply Irresistible Band and the Sirens of New Orleans.
2. New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Throwback – This New Orleans event at legendary music venue Tipitina’s is packing some heavy hitters. The New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Throwback concert features Grammy-award winning jazz musician Irvin Mayfield with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Special guests Davell Crawford, Irma Thomas, and Charmaine Neville will also be gracing the stage, making for an epic night of New Orleans music.
3. Concerts in the Courtyard with Brass-A-Holics – For a quintessential New Orleans night on the town, Concerts in the Courtyard has got all the right components. This three-part concert series presented by the Historic New Orleans Collection features beloved New Orleans music acts performing monthly through November 15. The Brass-A-Holics will be laying it down for the kick-off concert and $10 gets you into the French Quarter courtyard gig and three complementary cocktails supplied by Criollo Restaurant. Yes please!
Saturday, September 21
4. GNO Pagan Pride Day – Greater New Orleans Pagan Pride Day is a celebration of New Orleans’ spiritual heritage and the harvest season at Café Istanbul on St. Claude. There will be psychic and tarot card readers; expert astrology, reiki, and paranormal self-defense lectures and practices; African drumming; and belly dancing, to name a few festival highlights. Local New Orleans food vendors will be there, as well as live music and art and mystical item vendors. Explore a different side of New Orleans and its history at this one-of-a-kind New Orleans event.
Friday and Saturday
5. New Orleans Burlesque Festival – Rick Delaup and Fleurty Girl present the 5th annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival this weekend, and this affair will feature burlesque dancers from around the world, all here in New Orleans to spice up your life. Comedians, music acts, and more make for a sultry night of live performance. Stick around for the end of the festival, too, when they crown the “Queen of Burlesque.”
Lagniappe: Another New Orleans event that can’t be missed is Slow Pickle, the second evening in the series Slow Food NOLApertivo. This night of fermented foods and cocktails will feature “good, clean, and fair” fermented foods from restaurants like Café Carmo and Cleaver & Co., as well as Shrub cocktails from Glazer mixologist Star Hodgson.