It’s the first weekend post Jazz Fest, and I know that many of you are still re-living The Radiators‘ farewell performance and wondering what there is to do in New Orleans now that the Gentilly stage has been packed up. Before your festival autopilot kicks in and you drive unknowingly to the fairgrounds, check out my picks for five awesome events happening this weekend. Don’t worry, your festin’ needs will still be met as most of them involve food, cocktails and live music.
Thursday, May 12th:
1. Ogden After Hours: Lars Edegran and Tom Sancton: The Ogden museum is home to the celebration of Southern culture, and nothing exemplifies that more than their Ogden After Hours series. This Thursday from 6PM – 8PM you can enjoy music from Lars Edegran, Dixieland jazz musician and bandleader, and jazz musician Tom Sancton as you’re surrounded by the museum’s incredible collection.
2. Moonlight and Magnolias: A rare opportunity to take an evening tour of eleven of the French Quarter‘s most beautiful courtyards. Highlights include Beauregard-Keyes House, Madame John’s Legacy and many private residences. Tour is from 6PM – 9PM and tickets are $25 for General Admission and $20 for Friends of the Cabildo members.
Friday, May 13th:
3. World Cocktail Day Celebration: What’s more New Orleans than the celebration of a good cocktail? The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB), in partnership with the Museum of the American Cocktail is hosting a celebration from 6PM – 9PM this Friday at SoFAB. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Participating bars and restaurants include local favorites Cure, Loa Bar, Sylvain, Victory Bar and many more!
Saturday, May 14th:
4. Art Spark in the Park: In celebration of over a century of fine art housed at the New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park will be filled with over 100 artists, musicians and food vendors. This free festival is a great way to spend the day with family and friends while enjoying local New Orleans music, art and cuisine!
Sunday, May 15th:
5. Liuzza Palooza 2011: A fundraising event featuring fresh Louisiana seafood from local restaurants, live music from Rockin’ Dopsie and the Creole String Beans, a silent auction, raffles and more! A day of fun with family and friends with proceeds benefiting Michael Bordelon, owner of Liuzza’s Restaurant and victim of a drunk driving accident. Tickets are $5 (kids under age 12 get in free) and 100% of the proceeds go toward the offset of Bordelon’s medical and rehabilitation costs.