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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

This weekend in New Orleans promises a lot of delicious food and spectator sports to take part in – if you consider dancing and parading a sport. Mardi Gras graces us with an off season appearance, Friday Night Fights is back and ready to rumble, plus there’s a competition for New Orleans’ best burger, a dance marathon and a festival featuring lobster and some of New Orleans’ best local music.

Friday, August 24

1. Friday Night Fights – If your Friday nights need a bit – or a whole lot – of livening, Friday Night Fights will fill that void real quick. The amateur boxing league returns in New Orleans to the Freret Market, on the corner of Freret and Napoleon streets. Boxing is just one component of this event. Adding to the fanfare will be dancing, burlesque, music and food. This Friday’s theme is the “Sexy Summer Show,” so ladies’ and men’s swimwear is encouraged attire. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Saturday, August 25:

2. Midsummer Mardi Gras – For those of us who just can’t get enough of Mardi Gras – which is pretty much everyone in New Orleans – fulfill your Carnival cravings this Saturday night at the Krewe of OAK’s Midsummer Mardi Gras. This year’s theme is “Motorboating on Oak.” The krewe, various New Orleans marching clubs and spectators will convene at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street. The parade will wind around the Carrollton neighborhood Uptown, ending back at the Maple Leaf.

3. Louisiana Bucket Brigade Dance-A-Thon – Like dancing? Like New Orleans Jazz music? Like the environment? Hopefully all the answers to these questions are “yes.” If so, come dance the night away – literally – at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s Dance-A-Thon. All money raised will go towards the LA Bucket Brigade’s clean air initiatives. Individuals, couples and teams can sign up to collect pledges for each hour they stay active on the dance floor. There will be music provided by the Stooges Brass Band, DJs, Cajun and Latin dancing lessons and more. The Dance-A-Thon is from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at Cafe Instanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center.

4. Slobster Fest – Come on out to Slobster Fest this Saturday and Sunday for two days of great local music, art and food. There’s a solid music lineup on each day, featuring The Revivalists, Eric Lindell and Amanda Shaw on Saturday and Honey Island Swamp Band, Bonerama, Mississippi Rail Co. and Sons of Bill on Sunday. Boiled lobsters are the star of the food spread, but there are sure to be other delicious food options as well.

Sunday, August 26

5. Burgers, Bourbon and Beer – A trifecta of delicious comes to a head this Sunday for Burgers, Bourbon and Beer. Generations Hall will be the coliseum hosting local restaurant gladiators, Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon Housse, Cheeseburger Eddie’s, The Company Burger, Cowbell, Phil’s Grill, Straight Stick Ranch Co., Sylvain and Tru Burger will battle it out for the best New Orleans burger title. Each contestant will pair America’s favorite sandwich with a carefully selected beer or bourbon for the judges and public to taste. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door and all proceeds go to support the Second Harvest Food Bank.

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