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

Eat, repeat. This weekend in New Orleans is chock full of foodie opportunities, from the annual Hogs for the Cause in City Park to NOLA FoodFest in French Market. An Easter egg hunt in City Park satisfies any candy cravings while a performance from comedian Chris Gethard sates an appetite for comedy. Voracious book readers can attend Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival happening all weekend – the impressive list of attendees includes Dan Baum, Rick Bragg, and Allen Toussaint, among many others.

Hogs for the Cause will take place this weekend. Photo courtesy: Hogs for the Cause on Facebook
Hogs for the Cause will take place this weekend. Photo courtesy: Hogs for the Cause on Facebook


1. Hogs for the Cause – The seventh annual barbecue festival runs at City “Pork” Festival Grounds from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Drive-By Truckers headline while acts like The Wood Brothers, Little Freddie King, and many others will perform. Tickets start at $20 online with proceeds aiding families dealing with the economic impact of pediatric brain cancer.

2. Chris Gethard at The New Movement – Unknown, random fans of Chris Gethard’s self-titled public access show often end up as cast members. Perhaps he’ll be scouting for talent when he performs at The New Movement on Friday at 9 p.m. The actor, comedian, and talk-show host takes the stage as part of Brooklyn Brewery Mash; purchase tickets online for $15.


3. Easter Egg Hunt in City Park – Sleuthing children ages 8 and under can search for more than 15,000 eggs scattered in City Park as part of the park’s annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. (gates open at 9 a.m.). Face painting, entertainment, and the Easter Bunny himself are all on hand, plus a “little kid” area specifically for toddlers. A provided egg carton that holds 12 eggs is included with admission. Tickets are $4 online – advance purchase is recommended to avoid long lines.

All Weekend

4. NOLA FoodFest – Chefs from across the country will prepare their hometown specialties at French Market on Saturday and Sunday. The free festival includes New Orleans cuisine as well (a beignet eating contest on Sunday at 12:30 and food from Antoine’s Restaurant are highlights). Come hungry – the festival donates a portion of proceeds to Café Reconcile.

5. Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival – A dizzying array of speakers and venues all honor the playwright’s work and life in the city. Master classes, walking tours, a book fair, writing competitions, and panels are all part of the comprehensive program. Tickets start at $10; visit the festival’s website for more information.

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