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

Cajun Zydeco
Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

This weekend in New Orleans brings a little international flair, with Argentinian tango, beers from around the world, and music, food and art from our own South Louisiana backyard. Live music fans have a variety of affordable opportunities to take in tunes this weekend, as Tipitina’s and the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival host free performances and Gasa Gasa showcases four bands for just $8.

All Weekend

1. New Orleans Tango Festival – This festival celebrates the Argentinian dance all weekend long, with a bit of NOLA flair. Bringing together internationally renowned dancers and DJs from Argentina, USA, and around the world, the New Orleans Tango Festival features dance workshops for beginners and advanced students alike, as well as performances and opportunities to test your new dance skills. The events take place Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Friday, June 13

2. Foundation Free Friday: Brass Band Blowout – The free summer concert series continues this Friday night at Tipitina’s Uptown. This 21+ show starts at 10 p.m. and features local favorites Treme Brass Band, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, and New Breed Brass Band bringing down the house.

Friday and Saturday

3. WYES International Beer Tastings – This beer lover’s dream features two different events this weekend. On Friday, June 13, from 7-10 p.m. guests will have the chance to taste over 90 rare craft beers and home brews. The tasting includes food by Chef Tom Hinyup, and will feature many beers that will not be available during Saturday’s offering. On Saturday, June 14 from 6-9 p.m., over 250 different beers will be on tap for tasting, with food truck dishes available for purchase. Tickets for both events are available for purchase, and all proceeds benefit local public broadcast station WYES.

The Cajun-Zydeco Festival features the best of the best (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Saturday and Sunday

4. Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival – The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation presents the 8th annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival this Saturday and Sunday at a new location, inside Armstrong Park, in the historic Tremé neighborhood. The event will feature live music by Cajun and zydeco bands from across South Louisiana, as well as free Cajun dance lessons, an arts market, and of course delicious Creole and Cajun food. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. both days and admission is free.

Saturday, June 14

5. Caddywhompus at Gasa Gasa – Indie rock fans can take in four shows at once this Saturday night at Gasa Gasa on Freret Street, as Zorch, Whom Do You Work For? and Two Knights open for local rockers Caddywhompus. Tickets are available in advance for this 21+ show for $8. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m.

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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