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

The grand reopening of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum sets up the weekend for one that is full of food. In addition to pastry demonstrations and cooking lectures at SoFAB, crawfish abounds in Bucktown with Sunday’s Pinch A Palooza festival. Celebrating Earth Day early, a planet-friendly “solar derby” and festival are at Palmer Park. Performing arts gets its due, too, starting with dance at the Marigny Opera House all weekend. Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will perform at Mahalia Jackson Theater; The Joy Theater hosts Alan Cumming on Saturday.

All Weekend

1. SoFaB Grand Reopening – The Southern Food and Beverage Museum celebrates its grand reopening on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. A gala on Friday evening kicks off a weekend of free activities. Attend a fish demonstration on Saturday at 2 p.m. from G.W. Fins, or check out a pastry demonstration at the same time on Sunday. More information online.


2. Earth Day Festival & Solar Derby – The Louisiana Bucket Brigade hosts an Earth Day Festival & Solar Derby at Palmer Park. A racetrack with carts powered only by the sun is fun for kids; adults can enjoy food vendors and live entertainment.

3. Alan Cumming: Uncut – The Scottish actor’s Tony award-winning role in Cabaret inspired his latest show, a one-man cabaret show that includes comedy and songs from pop and Broadway. Tickets start at $45 online.


4. Pinch A Palooza – On Sunday, Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown hosts Pinch a Palooza, a free festival and crawfish-eating contest. Crawfish in all forms make the plate: boiled, of course, plus fried tails, crawfish balls, and crawfish nachos. Two stages showcase musical performances and an appearance from the Mardi Gras Indians; a crawfish race for kids lets them root for their favorite crustacean. Register online for the crawfish-eating competition.

5. Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally – The husband-wife duo presents their edgy “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe” tour at the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts on Sunday at 7 p.m. Fresh off of Parks and Recreation’s series finale, Offerman is hopefully somewhat less ornery than his oft-quoted character on the show, Ron Swanson. Standard admission is about $52; purchase tickets online.


Marigny Opera House Dance CompanyThe Marigny Opera House Dance Company’s inaugural season continues with three works by in-house choreographers. Live music via a pianist, violinist, and wind quintet creates an enchanting mood. Tickets are $30 general admission and $20 for seniors and students.

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