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NOLA Recommends: 5 Fun Things to Do This Week in New Orleans

If you’re in New Orleans this week, congratulations! From the French Quarter to the Marigny, there’s always something fun to see and do in our city–whether you’re a visitor or a die-hard local. Check out our list of events for the coming week–you’re sure to find lots of fun activities to fill your schedule. And check back with us next Thursday for next week’s list!

Thursday, November 11

New Orleans Indie Rock Festival
Love the sounds of Indie Rock? Then this is your weekend–because it’s time for New Orleans Indie Rock (NOIR) Collective‘s fourth annual festival! The event kicks off Thursday at Saturn Bar (3067 St Claude Avenue) in NOLA’s bohemian Bywater neighborhood: Jean Eric and Royal Teeth will play. Friday, head to the upstairs of Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen Street) to hear Sun Hotel, Vox and the Hound, and Smiley With A Knife. And finish your weekend right on Saturday at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse Street) in the Quarter with Empress Hotel, King Rey, and Big History. Afterparty at The Saint (961 Saint Mary St)! Each night begins at 10:00 pm and costs $7, or you can buy a weekend pass for $11. $2 Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and free “Four the Birds” sampler CD all weekend long to festival-goers. 18+.

Uncork the Cure: Champagne Tasting Party
Having a few drinks is part of any visit to New Orleans–but now you can drink for a good cause, too! Thursday, the Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presents Uncork the Cure, a champagne party at Republic, one of NOLA’s most popular night spots. Sip champagne and sparkling wines, and enjoy signature dishes from some of the city’s best restaurants, including Boucherie, Jacques-Imo’s, and La Cote Brasserie. You’ll also have the chance to bid in a silent auction, and enjoy entertainment by Cynthia Chin and The Mighty Mirliton Band. Valet parking available. 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. $45. Buy tickets online.
Republic New Orleans
828 S Peters St

Friday, November 12

Prospect 1.5 New Orleans
Prospect New Orleans, a fifteen-week program of art exhibitions, symposiums, and public events, started this week. Take advantage of this celebration of the city’s contemporary art scene by checking out some of the great gallery openings going on this weekend! On Friday, check out the Catapult opening at T-Lot (1940 St. Claude Avenue) from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. It’s a group exhibition featuring outdoor installations by artists Angela Berry, Hannah Chalew, Georgia Kennedy, Stephen Kwok, Natalie McLaurin and others. On Saturday, you can stop by the Opening Reception at Good Children Gallery (4037 St. Claude Ave) from 6:00 pm – 9:00. pm. Keith Boadwee, Erin Allen, Issac Gray, and Rashaad Newsome are featured.  And don’t forget: you can also peek inside the studios of New Orleans artists! Keep your eye on GoNOLA, and on Prospect 1.5’s website, for more great Prospect events throughout the winter season!

Saturday, November 13

Broad Street Brewhaha
You might not realize it, but the art of brewing has been integral to the culture of New Orleans–both coffee and beer! This Saturday, come and celebrate those traditions at the second annual Broad Street Brewhaha in the Crescent City’s old Brewery District. You can drink beers from Abita, NOLA Brewing, Lazy Magnolia, Heiner Brau, and Bayou Teche. Be sure to sample coffee from Coffee Roasters of New Orleans, too! The cost is $10 for a sample card, which gets you ten 3-ounce drink samples. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Roof of the former Schwegmann’s Grocery
300 N Broad Street

New Orleans Airlift Party
An event like no other! Come to one of NOLA’s most interesting event spaces, the Candle Factory, and experience a stunning array of art and music! Airlift and Prospect 1.5 present an installation by international street artist SWOON. But that’s not all–you’ll jam to local bounce superstar Big Freedia and her DJ, Rusty Lazer! There will also be appearances by NOLA natives MC Sweet Tea and CHRISTEENE. As a grand finale, you’ll be enthralled by the New Orleans Society for Tableau Vivant, in a tableau featuring otherworldly flora and fauna, fire, and the fall of Rome. $5-$10 suggested donation. 9:00 pm-until.
The Candle Factory
4537 N. Robertson (at Japonica St)

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