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NOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do This Week in NOLA

New Orleans School of Cooking (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Halloween may be behind us, but it’s still a great week to be in New Orleans! Clean off your makeup, take a deep breath, and step outside–there’s a world of fun things to do! Take a look at our list of just a few of the fun events going on in the city this week. And check back with us on Thursday for the GoNOLA suggestions for the weekend!

Monday. November 1

All Saints Day in New Orleans
All Saints Day, also known as Day of the Dead, is celebrated all around the world, and certainly in New Orleans. It’s a time to celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us, and honor our family members who have passed on. If you’d like to respectfully get in the spirit (and perhaps learn a thing or two), head to one of our cemeteries. Many families will leave offerings of food and flowers out near their dead loved ones’ tombs. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is within walking distance from the French Quarter (though it’s advisable to go with a group and during the daytime), and Uptown, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is gorgeous. Tonight, head to Frenchmen Street in the Marigny–you’re sure to spot Day of the Dead revelers, and probably a few post-Halloween hair-of-the-dog drink specials, too!
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
St Louis St and Basin St
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
1427 Sixth St.

Tuesday, November 2

Irish Channel Stout Premiere
NOLA Brewing–creator of NOLA Brown and Blonde Ales, as well as Hopitoulas IPA– is showcasing its newest beer!  Join the fun at Le Bon Temps Roule and sample the new Irish Channel Stout.  It’s an American-style stout with sweet malt flavors of caramel and chocolate, complimented by a crisp bitterness.  It’s smooth, dark, and delectable!  And while you drink, take in the sounds of Colin Lake!  Free, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Le Bon Temps Roule
4801 Magazine St

The Improv Chronicles
From the back alleys of New Orleans comes…Stupid Time Machine! This edgy long-form improv group gives a performance every week at The Factory–and between their live sketch comedy and their videos, you can expect a no-holds-barred evening of laughs! Roll the dice to see how much you pay ($1-$6); biggest group gets a free bucket of beer. 8:30 pm.
The Factory
8314 Oak St

Wednesday, November 3

Tin Men at d.b.a.
This week, stop in for a Frenchmen Street tradition! On many lucky Wednesdays, you can catch New Orleans’ own Tin Men at d.b.a.–this week is no exception. Featuring the talents of NOLA darlings Alex McMurray, Washboard Chaz, and Matt Perrine, the band’s jazz-rock sound and often-sarcastic lyrics make it a city favorite. And d.b.a. is a great place to have a drink, hear some local music, and watch the bustle of Frenchman Street–any day of the week. $5 – 7:00 pm.
618 Frenchmen St

New Orleans-Style Cooking Classes
New Orleans’ food is unique throughout the world–now, learn to cook like we do! Every weekday, the New Orleans School of Cooking offers cooking demonstrations and lots of generous samples! You’ll learn how to cook four classic New Orleans dishes, including gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. There are two sessions on Wednesday, a 10:00 am-12:30 pm ($27) and a 2:00 pm-4:00 pm ($22). Visit their website for more schedules and menus, and to make reservations!
The New Orleans School of Cooking
524 Saint Louis St.

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