It’s getting towards the end of the week and the questions that are top of mind for many are “Where am I meeting my friends this weekend, and what are we eating?” Because there are endless opportunities for food, music, and fun in New Orleans, sometimes you may need a little help deciding how best to feed your soul in this fine city. We’ve done some filtering for you and give you these local favorites as our top picks of the weekend.
1. Bayou Boogaloo – Because there’s no such thing as too much live music, we recommend Bayou Boogaloo all weekend long. Take your kids, or borrow someone else’s, because the whole family’s welcome to fill up on New Orleans food and music. Catch 30 local legends, including Rebirth Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band, doing what they do best, on multiple outdoor stages. Set along Bayou St. John, this weekend of New Orleans soul will dance you into summer mode. Oh yeah, and it’s free, so it’s a no-brainer.
2. The Dalai Lama Visits New Orleans – This weekend New Orleans is honored to welcome His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for his first trip to the Crescent City. He will be here for a weekend conference of talks and outreach, speaking on “Resilience: Strength Through Compassion and Connection,” a theme very near and dear to New Orleanians’ hearts. His Holiness will be speaking at different venues around the city, so take a look at the schedule of events to come hear his wisdom on compassion and peace.
Friday, May 17
3. Beasts of the Southern Wild Outdoor Screening – Get your your folding chair and a blanket ready, which you obviously keep in your car on a regular basis in NOLA, and catch a flick this Friday at 8 p.m. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the New Orleans Film Society have teamed up again, and will be showing the Academy Award-nominated “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” We are especially proud of this film down here in New Orleans because in addition to its international attention and Oscar nods, the independent success was shot locally and boasts a cast and crew full of New Orleans and Louisiana talent. Tickets are $6 and there will be plenty of local food and beverage vendors.
Sunday, May 19
4. Amy Schumer at House of Blues – Great talent and hot stars come through New Orleans on a regular basis, and Sunday night we have one of Entertainment Weekly and Los Angeles Times’ television “Faces to Watch in 2013” taking the stage at the iconic House of Blues. Comedian and actress Amy Schumer just debuted her own series on Comedy Central called “Inside Amy Schumer.” The show is a provocative mix of Schumer’s rebellious stand-up, scripted scenes, and street interviews, and her House of Blues performance will be a chance to catch Amy live as she performs her stand-up for the series. Tickets are $35 and the show starts at 9:30 p.m.
5. My House NOLA and The Rusty Nail Present: A Food Truck Soiree – One of the ways to know you are getting some of the best, home-cooked cuisine in New Orleans – the stuff the locals eat – is to hit up our growing group of gourmet food trucks. And since we love a good gathering of like-minded folks, My House NOLA has organized another Food Truck Soiree, hosted by The Rusty Nail. You’ll be able to nosh on treats from not one, but nine food trucks parked at the Rusty Nail, one of the hottest bars in town. The Fat Falafel, Brigade Coffee, NOLA Girl, Empanada Intifada, Foodie Call, Frencheeze, Beignet Roule, La Cocinita, and Grilling Shelling will all be there for your dining pleasure. Join the culinary soiree this Sunday from 12 – 7 p.m.