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

New Orleans is jam-packed with fun and unique events this weekend including Tales of the Cocktail, Friday Night Fights and the Honey Island Swamp Band at Tipitinas.

New Orleans has really revved it up this weekend. There are so many awesome events happening, it’s hard to pick which ones you want to attend! With Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, it’s hard to make time for much else, but how can you pass up a free concert from the Honey Island Swamp Band or a classic drive-in movie on top of an old supermarket? One thing’s for sure, this is one of those weekends that people come to New Orleans for a visit and end up moving here for good!

Wednesday, July 20th:

1. Today marks the kick-off of the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail (TOTC), the event for everything cocktail-related in New Orleans. TOTC spans from Wednesday – Sunday and encompasses everything from history and seminars to tastings and spirited dinners. If you love cocktail culture, and this is New Orleans so I know you do, this is a must-attend event series! Check out Tales of the Cocktail for specific event tickets, timing, and detailed info.

Friday, July 22nd:

2. Friday Night Fights: If you like boxing you have to head down to Freret Street to check out Freret Street Boxing Gym‘s monthly amateur boxing match series. If you don’t like boxing, it’s still a great venue for people watching. You never know who you might see! Hint: James Carville. The games begin at 7PM this Friday night with 6 matches throughout the evening. The event is BYOB; Tickets are $15 at the gym in advance or $20 at the door.

3. Honey Island Swamp Band at Tipitinas: Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see this ridiculously talented band at Tipitinas…FOR FREE! As part of their Free Fridays Concert Series, Tips will be hosting the Honey Island Swamp Band and it won’t cost you a penny! It’s a great deal for a great time! But, no one likes a cheapskate, so make sure you throw a few bucks into the donation bin for the Tipitinas Foundation, helping to bring music back to New Orleans schools!

Saturday, July 23rd:

4. Drive-in Movie: The New Orleans Film Society will be hosting a drive-in movie screening of Dr. Strangelove on top of the old Schwegmann’s Supermarket on the corner of St. Claude and Elysian Fields in the Marigny. Food truck vendors and beer will be available on-site. Admission is $5, Doors open at 7PM; Film starts at 8:30PM.

Sunday, July 24th:

5. Films at the O: The New Orleans Ogden Museum of Southern Art Film Series features Harry Shearer‘s The Big Uneasy this Sunday afternoon. Shearer’s film is a documentary examining Hurricane Katrina. Doors open at 1:30PM; Screening begins at 2PM.

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