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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do in New Orleans this Weekend

Bayou Beer Garden (Photo: Paul Broussard)

As the New Orleans festival season kicks into high gear, there is no shortage of incredible events to enjoy everyday in this cultural heaven that we call home. The weather is still teetering between the Fall breeze and the Summer sun and we’re left to enjoy the beautiful in-between that is Springtime in NOLA.  So get out there and enjoy every minute! Here is a taste of what’s happening in New Orleans this weekend.

Thursday, April 14th
The Raveonettes – Dubbed by Jonathan Pierce of indie pop trio The Drums as “the modern king and queen of melody and mood,” The Raveonettes are a Danish duo that are not to be missed. Catch them at Republic, an intimate venue that is sure to highlight the band’s energy.

Doors open at 9:00PM; Show starts at 10:00PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

828 South Peters Street

Bayou Beer Garden (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Friday, April 15th
A Taste of Mid-City – A neighborhood crawl that features a sample of the area’s top restaurants. Attendees meet at the Bayou Beer Garden for their map, credentials, and a menu of their tastings for the evening.  Groups will depart from the Beer Garden starting at 6:15PM and will do so every 15 minutes until 7:00PM.  The tour ends back at the Bayou Beer Garden with a live brass band concert from NuBirth Brass Band and an after party.

Tickets are $40.  Must be 21 years of age to participate.

A Taste of Mid-City
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway

Saturday, April 16th
Leroy Jones Quartet – Legendary jazz trumpeter and New Orleans native Leroy Jones will be performing with his quartet at 9:30PM at the Hermes Bar in Antoine’s Restaurant.  Jones has released a series of highly regarded CDs and is also a featured performer in the Harry Connick Orchestra. It’s a unique opportunity to see an incredible quartet in a legendary restaurant!

713 St. Louis Street

Sunday, April 17th
NOLA Brewing Presents: Easter Keg Hunt 2011 –
Sad that you’re over the age limit for the neighborhood Easter EGG hunt? NOLA Brewing has your solution! Register for their 3rd Annual Easter KEG hunt and embark on a scavenger hunt across the city.  The top secret starting location will be emailed to registered participants before the event. Once the event officially starts at 1:00PM on Sunday teams of 2-6 people will follow clues that test their New Orleans trivia knowledge.  The final destination bears your reward: a place to kick back, relax and enjoy free NOLA Brewing beer!

Cost is $10 per person.  Funds raised will go to The Gulf Restoration Network.

Monday, April 18th
Papa Grows Funk – Catch them live at The Maple Leaf Bar at 10:30PM.  Don’t let the late start time on a Monday night steer you away – it’s absolutely worth it to catch this New Orleans band in this classic New Orleans venue!

8316 Oak Street

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