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

Just two weeks after Jazz Fest, Mid-City lets forth the music, food, and artwork once more for Bayou Boogaloo, happening all weekend. American Craft Beer Week offers hoppy opportunities at bars across the city – get one to go, perhaps, and enjoy as you walk through historic buildings during the Faubourg Marigny home tour on Sunday. More music is available in New Orleans this weekend, as is typical of the Crescent City: The Historic New Orleans Collection museum hosts its Concerts in the Courtyard event on Friday, while Siberia holds a birthday party for Katey Red on Sunday night. Performances from Bette Midler, Built to Spill, and comedian Marc Maron are all this weekend, too.

All Weekend

1. Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo The Bayou St. John neighborhood in Mid-City hosts the 10th anniversary of this free music and culture festival. Wild Magnolias, Mannie Fresh, and many others will perform. The event also includes a floating root beer float bar all weekend (!) and a 5K run/walk on Saturday.

2. American Craft Beer Week – As the national week draws to a close, several bars in the city are offering unique brews through May 17. Find specials at both Bulldog locations (Mid-City and Uptown), Cooter Brown’s, The Avenue Pub, Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse, Courtyard Brewery, and many others. Prices and times vary; review the complete calendar here.


3. THNOC Concerts in the Courtyard – On Friday at 6 p.m., The Historic New Orleans Collection hosts a swinging jazz performance from Banu Gibson as part of its Concerts in the Courtyard series. White wine, beer, soft drinks, and cocktails are available in the museum’s beautiful courtyard setting. Tickets are $10 (free for THNOC members) and include three beverages. Doors at 5:30 p.m.


4. Faubourg Marigny Home Tour – Review seven historic buildings of the literally and metaphorically vivid Marigny neighborhood during a self-guided tour on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. beginning in Washington Square Park. The tour includes the Etoile Polaire, Louisiana’s oldest Masonic lodge. Tickets start at $15; contact for more information.

5. Katey Red Birthday Bash – Celebrate rapper and sissy bounce pioneer Katey Red’s birthday at Siberia on Sunday starting at 10 p.m. Big Freedia, BJ So Cole, Sea Battle, and other musicians will serenade the birthday girl. Tickets are $10 plus processing fees online.


Built to Spill – The indie rock band plays Howlin’ Wolf on Sunday, one of many national acts to head to town this summer. Tickets are $22 online.

Marc Maron – Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron takes over The Joy Theater on Sunday with doors at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25 online.

Bette Midler – Singer Bette Midler performs at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday at 8 p.m. as part of her national tour, Divine Intervention. Expect a mix of old hits and new material from the Divine Miss M. Tickets start at about $50 online.

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