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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

The "Stella! Shouting Contest" at Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Festival season in New Orleans is here which means the upcoming weekends are going to be busy! Whether you’re at the Tennessee William Literary Fest, enjoying Armstrong Park at the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, chowing on grub in the French Quarter at Food Fest, supporting pediatric brain cancer at Hogs for the Cause or just enjoying the Freedom Ride at the Marigny Opera House, we are sure there is an event for everyone. So get outside and enjoy the weekend, NOLA!

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

All Weekend

1. Tennessee Williams Festival – Hope you’re ready for an awesome five day literary extravaganza! Starting today, the freshest names in the literary, theatrical and cultural spheres will all head in to the historic French Quarter in celebration. This year’s lineup includes four Pulitzer Prize winners and a full roster of other artists, writers and talents. You can see the entire schedule on the Tennessee Williams Festival website. You can also see also browse the interactive program, buy tickets and get to know the speakers all in one click! If you’d like to read a bit more, check out our recent blog post covering everything from the background and history of Tennessee Williams, to this year’s events!

Friday and Saturday

2. Freedom Ride – A performance of vignettes from the opera Freedom Ride will be performed on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Marigny Opera House. The opera has been nominated for the Big Easy Awards twice and is certain to be a crowd pleaser. Composer Dan Shore will also debut new material for the opera that has only been previewed at certain venues. Tickets are on sale at the door and they ask that you pay in cash or check only. General admission is $15 and admission for students and seniors is $10.

N’Fungola Sibo Dance Theater at the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Saturday and Sunday

3. Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival – This weekend will host one of the most culturally rich events of the season! The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage foundation presents its annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival showcasing music and culture from around the globe. You’ll also be able to catch the Stooges Brass Band and New Orleans based Africa Brass! The festival will take place in Congo Square in Armstrong Park on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and there will also be an array of food and art vendors. If you’re interested in learning more about the historic Congo Square and this event, be sure to check out our GoNOLA Radio Congo Square episode.

4. Food Fest – New Orleans is known for its delicious food and at this street festival, you can taste not only plenty of New Orleans eats but also samples of food from around the country! On Saturday and Sunday you will find four blocks of the French Market lined with dozens of unique food vendors. It’s pretty much a foodie’s dream. So get your taste buds ready to eat anything from Texas pit barbecue to pecan pie! Admission is free, so just bring your appetite!

Saturday, March 23

5. Hogs for the Cause – This year the Hogs for the Cause will present their fifth annual fundraiser and cook-off in support of pediatric brain cancer. If you join them, not only will you be supporting a great cause but you’ll also be in for a great time! The music line up includes Anders OsborneRebirth Brass Band and The Revivalists and there will be a smorgasbord of different pork preparations to sample all over the festival grounds. Even if you’re not a huge pork eater, you can still grab a delicious brew from NOLA brewing, St. James Cheese Company and Sucre sweets! Tickets to the event can be purchased online. Find out more of what you can expect from Hogs for the Cause this year!

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