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

There is plenty of fun in New Orleans this weekend, including the World’s Largest Crawfish Boil, NOLA Veggie Fest and Adventures in Wonderland.

This weekend in New Orleans offers a wacky and wonderful array of things to do. Take a walk with Alice and chase the Chesire Cat through the Sculpture Garden at City Park, watch new dance performances set to classical music and hip-hop, or go on a poetic adventure through the Marigny. Foodies have reason to delight as well, as the World’s Largest Crawfish Boil and the New Orleans Veggie Fest offer plenty of opportunities to chow down this weekend.

All Weekend

1. Adventures in Wonderland – Local theatre company The NOLA Project hosts an exciting interactive new take on Lewis Carroll’s classic world of Alice in Wonderland at the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, May 7-25. Visitors are invited to go on an adventure, as members of the audience will either take a stroll, a quick walk or sit down for a tea party with characters including the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. Tickets are available in advance, and are $18 for adults and $12 for NOMA members, students and children.

The NOLA Project takes you on Adventures in Wonderland in their new production at NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Image courtesy
The NOLA Project takes you on Adventures in Wonderland in their new production at NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden (Photo courtesy

2. Donna Crump at Marigny Opera House – Award-winning choreographer and native New Orleanian Donna Crump brings a diverse array of new dance moves to the Marigny Opera House this weekend at 8 p.m. nightly. Crump and her company, “Good Dance Since 1984,” will perform new dances inspired by wild orcas, Mardi Gras Indians, and the music by Tchaikovsky, Nina Simone and Kanye West. Local musicians St. Rock and Drummer Man Ace will provide live accompaniment for two dances. Tickets are available in advance or at the box office before the show for $20; $10 Students & Seniors with ID.

Saturday, May 10

3. Zatarain’s Crawfish Boil – This Saturday, Zatarain’s celebrates its 125th Birthday by hosting the World’s Largest Crawfish Boil at Champions Square. The event features live music by Flow Tribe and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and takes place from noon-6 p.m. Admission is free, and plenty of crawfish will be available for $3 per serving (approximately three pounds per serving). Proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Zatarain's celebrates their 125th birthday by hosting the World's Largest Crawfish Boil this Sunday. image courtesy
Zatarain’s celebrates their 125th birthday by hosting the World’s Largest Crawfish Boil this Sunday. image courtesy

4. Poetry Brothel Scavenger Hunt and Punk Rock Kegger – A hipster scavenger hunt begins at 5 p.m. and rambles through the Marigny, bringing together poets, acrobats, and burlesque dancers for the Poetry Brothel Scavenger Hunt. Neutral Ground Brewing will provide free lemongrass-basil wheat beer for Scavenger Hunt participants at the after-party Punk Rock Kegger at the AllWays Lounge. Register your scavenger hunt team of up to six people online for $40 per team. Just want to join the kegger? Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is at 8 p.m., with a $10 cover and $5 suggested donation for poetry reading tokens.

Saturday and Sunday

5. NOLA Veggie Fest – Celebrate delicious, healthy vegetarian and vegan dining options this weekend at the sixth annual NOLA Veggie Fest at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue. This family friendly event features free food samples, local vendors, cooking demonstrations, a kids area and lots more. The event takes place from 11 a.m. til 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon til 6 p.m. on Sunday, and tickets are available in advance. In celebration of Mother’s Day, all moms get in free on Sunday, May 11 when accompanied by their kids.

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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