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

From red dresses to dirty linens, this weekend in New Orleans offers a fashionable array of summer fun. Saturday features a whole day of excitement in the French Quarter, kicking off with the Red Dress Run in the morning and continuing into the night for Dirty Linen Night. Off-the-beaten-path activities abound this weekend, as Allways Theatre hosts the local premiere of Tracy Letts’ play Bug. Learn Cajun dance at the Zydeco Brunch in the Bywater or rock out at One Eyed Jacks on Sunday night.

All Weekend

1. BUG at The Allways Theatre – AllWays Lounge & Theatre presents the local premiere of Bug, a play by Tracy Letts which centers around a waitress and a Gulf War veteran struggling with substance abuse, paranoia and conspiracy theories. Playright Letts has won critical acclaim for his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play “August: Osage County,” which was recently adapted into a movie. The local production of Bug begins Thursday, August 7 and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. through August 23. Advance tickets are available at

Saturday, August 9

2. Red Dress Run – Put your red dress on for a good time and a good cause this Saturday and join the Red Dress Run. The run kicks off at 11:30 a.m. from Armstrong Park, followed by live music performances by Flow Tribe and 5 Finger Discount. Online registration is now closed, but you can register in advance in person at the Red Dress Expo at the Fairgrounds Clubhouse (1151 Gentilly Blvd) from 4-9pm Thursday, August 7 and Friday, August 8, or starting at 9 a.m. at Armstrong Park on Saturday. General admission registration is $70 at the Expo; day-of registration will be $80. The event includes food, beer and live music, plus registration fees benefit more than 100 local charities.

3. Dirty Linen Night – New Orleans celebrates its 13th annual Dirty Linen Night this Saturday, August 9 as nearly 50 different galleries stay open late on Royal Street and throughout the French Quarter. Explore art, antiques and mixed media exhibits from approximately 6-9 p.m. along the 200 to 1000 blocks of Royal Street. Highlights include a photography exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection titled Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere. Author and photographer Richard Sexton will be on hand from 6-10 p.m. at 400 Chartres Street signing copies of the exhibit’s accompanying book.

Sunday, August 10

4. Zydeco Brunch – The farm-to-table Mosquito Supper Club hosts their monthly Zydeco Brunch from 11am until 3pm this Sunday at The Tigermen Den (3113 Royal Street) in the Bywater. This month features Cameron Dupuy and The Cajun Troubadours as well as Cajun dance lessons at 1pm. The a la carte menu features Louisiana favorites like shrimp & grits, seafood gumbo and crawfish quiche. General admission is a sliding scale of $5-$10, and no reservations are needed for this family-friendly event.

5. Black Kids at One Eyed Jacks – The indie pop rockers behind the catchy tune “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” headline a show at One Eyed Jacks this Sunday night. Ghostboxing Champion open the show at 10 pm. Advance tickets are available for $10 per person.

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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