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

This weekend in New Orleans is all about the art of the mixed drink, as Tales of the Cocktail celebrates its 12th year. Look forward to a weekend full of spirits industry events, plus parties perfect for cocktail enthusiasts, like the Pig & Punch party on Sunday afternoon. Grab a to-go cup for the Daiquiri Day Parade on Saturday, take a trip back in time with a Motown themed musical at Le Petit Theatre, and don’t miss the drama at Beyonce and Jay-Z’s On the Run Tour Sunday night.

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Tales of the Cocktail features a weekend full of industry seminars and educational cocktail events. Image courtesy talesofthecocktail.com.

All Weekend

1. Tales of the Cocktail – The world’s premiere cocktail industry event returns for the 12th year with festivities and educational seminars all weekend long. Cocktail enthusiasts can get in on the action at events like Las Vegas Invades, a happy hour hosted by Harrah’s which features showgirls, Rat Pack-style entertainment, and top-notch Las Vegas bartenders serving up drinks. This year’s event also adds Tales Restaurant Week, with participating restaurants serving up prix fixe menu specials and cocktail pairings.

2. Under the Boardwalk – Visit the newly restored Le Petit Theatre in the French Quarter and take a trip back in time this weekend with Under the Boardwalk, an original musical highlighting music of the 1950s and 1960s. The show features the Big Easy Buddies quartet, who sing tunes from the Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, and all of your favorite Doo-Wop and Motown stars. Performances run now through July 26; visit lepetittheatre.com for ticket information.

Saturday, July 19

daiquiri day parade new orleans3. Daiquiri Day Parade – Celebrate National Daiquiri Day with the inaugural Daiquiri Day Parade this Saturday. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. outside of Gene’s Daiquiris near the corner of Elysian Fields Ave and St. Claude. The parade will feature Goodchildren Marching Band along with local dance troupes The Organ Grinders, Roux La La, and the NOLA Chorus Girls. Visit the Daiquiri Day Parade website for the official route.

Sunday, July 20

4. 5th Annual Pig & Punch – Spend Sunday afternoon partying for a great cause at the 5th Annual Pig & Punch. This festival within a festival is a special Tales of the Cocktail event, which takes place at Washington Square Park in the Marigny Triangle. It features world-class pork dishes, giant trash-cans full of expertly prepared punch, and it serves as a charity fundraiser for New Orleans schools. You don’t need tickets to attend, but plan to buy an event t-shirt for $30. T-shirt sales go to KIPP Charter Schools and get you access to food and drink.

5. Beyonce and Jay-Z’s On the Run Tour – Beyoncé and Jay-Z make a New Orleans stop on their On the Run Tour this Sunday night. The spectacle promises elaborate costumes and lots of excitement, as the duo’s rocky relationship has made for lots of headlines during the tour. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Check Ticketmaster for ticket information.

Mallory Whitfield is an artist, speaker, and author based in New Orleans. In 2016, she was honored to be included in the 19th class of Gambit’s 40 Under 40, which salutes the brightest innovators, artists, and professionals in New Orleans. She currently hosts the Badass Creatives podcast, which features marketing and business advice for creatives, as well as interviews with a diverse range of handmade artists, performers, makers, and creative entrepreneurs. During Mardi Gras, you can usually find her parading with Noisician Coalition in Muses or with The 501st Legion in Tucks.

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