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

The Saenger Theater (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

This weekend in New Orleans offers plenty of holiday fun, featuring everything from cocktails and small bites from the city’s best bartenders and restaurants at Tales of the Toddy to a special dinner series at Emeril’s, and a tongue-in-cheek holiday show at Mid-City Theatre. You’re sure to have the time of your life as Dirty Dancing comes to the Saenger Theatre. Kool and the Gang and Cheap Trick bring the party to Champions Square on Friday night just in time for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday.

The Saenger Theater (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

All Weekend

1. Dirty Dancing – The national tour of Dirty Dancing – the Broadway adaptation of the 1987 movie – comes to New Orleans this weekend. Baby and Johnny’s summer romance takes the stage at the Saenger Theatre on Dec. 16-21. Tickets start at $35 and are available online.

2. Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas – Running With Scissors presents a hilarious holiday show set against the backdrop of “Everlastin’ Arms Motor Park”. Shows take place at Mid-City Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 Friday-Saturday, $20 Sunday, and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Thursday, December 18

3. Tales of the Toddy – Tales of the Cocktail hosts their 9th annual holiday celebration, Tales of the Toddy, at House of Blues from 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18. The event offers a taste of holiday cocktails and food from some of the city’s best restaurants and bartenders, plus live holiday music by John Lisi and Delta Funk. Tickets, which include food and drink, are $40 per person and can be purchased at Check the Tales of the Cocktail Facebook page for a $10 off discount code.

Friday, December 19

4. Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick – Champions Square offers the ultimate tailgating throwback party as Kool and the Gang and Cheap Trick perform the night before the New Orleans Bowl. The fun kicks off at 7 p.m.; admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

Saturday, December 20

5. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns take on the University of Nevada Wolf Pack at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Superdome. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster; the event will also be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Radio.


6. Omagasse – Emeril’s Restaurant hosts chef David Slater’s off-the-menu dinner series, Omagasse, this Thursday, Dec. 18, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The event features Slater’s playful, culinary creations crafted from what’s seasonal, fresh and available that day. The dinner is $65 per person, along with an optional wine pairing. Guests are encouraged to make reservations in advance by calling (504) 528-9393.

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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