Even during the lazy days of summer, there’s no excuse to be bored in New Orleans, as this weekend offers a variety of fun things to do. New Orleanians anxiously awaiting the start of football season have their shot at watching the first pre-season Saints home game on Friday night. Have fun all weekend long with events including rock shows, Latin music, comedy and burlesque, but save room for sushi on Sunday afternoon, as Mardi Gras World hosts the New Orleans Sushi Fest.
Friday, August 15
1. Saints Pre-Season Game – Catch the Saints play their first home game of the pre-season this Friday evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The boys in black and gold take on the Tennessee Titans at 7 p.m. The party at Champions Square kicks off at 4 p.m. , with live entertainment by Louisiana Spice. (Not a season ticket-holder? Check out our picks for the top 5 places in town to watch a Saints game.)
2. Pretty Funny Burlesque and Comedy – Burlesque beauty Michelle L’amour brings her “Pretty Funny” show on the road, with a stop in New Orleans this Friday night at One Eyed Jacks. The show combines burlesque with stand-up comedy for a must-see event, featuring striptease by Michelle L’amour, Bella Blue and Charlotte Treuse, plus comedy by Andrew Polk, Adam Burke and Kenny DeForest. Doors open at 9 p.m.; tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday, August 16
3. Gipsy Kings at the Saenger Theatre – The flamenco-inspired Gipsy Kings bring their 25th Anniversary Tour to New Orleans this Saturday night with a stop at the Saenger Theatre. Tickets are available for the 8 p.m. show via Ticketmaster.
4. Cardinal Sons Record Release Party – The band of three brothers celebrates the release of their new five-song EP The Echo Choir this Saturday night at One Eyed Jacks. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, their synth-heavy pop rock reflects their Southern roots. Vox and the Hound opens at 10 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for $10.
Sunday, August 17
5. New Orleans Sushi Fest – Mardi Gras World hosts the inaugural New Orleans Sushi Fest and Competition, featuring sushi dishes from restaurants around New Orleans. The event runs from 2-5 p.m., featuring live entertainment by Bag of Donuts, plus a Japanese art room featuring origami, fan painting and Japanese bookmark painting, and a blow-up samurai wrestling ring with demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $20 at the door.