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NOLA Recommends: 5 Things to do This Week in New Orleans

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival
Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

In New Orleans this week? You’ll find plenty of fun things to do during your stay–after all, Christmas is almost here, and everyone is celebrating! Whether you prefer to watch a live band play their favorite seasonal tunes or take a pub tour of the city (while dressed as Santa Claus, of course), you’re sure to have a jolly time!

All this weekend

See a Holiday Show!
This holiday season, many of New Orleans local theaters are putting on productions to get us into the spirit–or just keep us on our toes! Le Chat Noir is offering two hilarious Christmas plays–the modern comedy classic The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris (Thursday and Monday at 8:00pm), and a music hall take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Scrooge in Rouge (Friday/Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 6:00pm). Want something a little more fabulous? Try Snowgirls at Southern Rep (located on the third floor of the Shops at Canal Place). It’s playing Friday/Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 6:00pm. And if you’re mood’s a bit more dark than festive, there’s still Brecht’s famous musical, The Threepenny Opera, at the All-Ways Lounge (Thursday-Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 6:00pm).

Thursday, December 9

2nd Annual Bye-Bye Hurricane Season Party
In a city that celebrates everything, you know we’ll be celebrating the end of hurricane season, and, more importantly, the wonderful things about the city we love and the people who keep it safe. This event contributes to Evacuteer, a nonprofit organization that is vital to New Orleans’ evacuation strategies. For just $25, enjoy live music by The Revivalists, delicious food and beverages by local distributors, and a special toast by a super-secret celebrity! 7:00pm at Republic. You can purchase tickets online.
Republic New Orleans
828 S Peters St

Friday, December 10

Christmas with Aaron Neville and his Quintet
Celebrate the holidays with New Orleans favorite Aaron Neville at the House of Blues! One of the most visible musicians in the city, Aaron Neville has won four Grammys. His music ranges from funk to jazz to soul, and his Christmas event is one you can’t miss! This show also features his brother, Charles Neville, whose talent on the saxophone is legendary. Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00. Tickets are $33.50 and are available online.
House of Blues
225 Decatur Street

Saturday, December 11

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Nothing makes December in New Orleans bright like a hot pot of delicious gumbo! And this Saturday, you’ll have the chance to sample many varieties by local restaurants, gaze as chefs demonstrate their technique, and listen to music by some of New Orleans greats, including Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte, and Glen David Andrews! The event takes place at the Jazz and Heritage Center on both Saturday, December 11, and Sunday, December 12, from 10:30am-6:30pm both days. Admission is free–just bring your appetite for great New Orleans culture!
Jazz and Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart St

Very Bad Santa Pub Crawl
Whether you’re dressed as Santa, an Elf, or just your most festive red and white, you can’t miss this grown-up night of fun and libations taking place all over the Crescent City! The crawl starts at 5:00pm in Washington Square and takes you to bars across New Orleans, from Coyote Ugly to Carousel Bar, even crossing the river to Algiers! The event finishes at the Country Club in the Bywater. The crawl itself is free, and most bars have promised happy hour specials, food, and other surprises. For a full bar listing, check the event website.
Washington Square

These are our picks for fun things to do this week here in New Orleans. What’s on your list? Let us know with a comment below.

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