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Weekend Picks: Bastille Day Block Party, National Tequila Day, and More

Magazine Street Shops
Visit the shops at Magazine Street for Moonlight on Magazine. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy a Bastille Day celebration, a block party on Magazine Street, and a free summer film screening. Though July is coming to a close, there’s still plenty of time for some summer fun. Check out the best summer menu deals in New Orleans, indulge in a summer cocktail, or go for a dip in one of these pools. Then sit back, relax, and watch let the summer breeze on by.


National WWII Museum Family Block Party – The National WWII Museum’s first annual Family Block Party will feature after-hours access to exhibits and special experiences for all ages. Along with local community partners, the museum will provide resources and activities exploring an array of topics, including history, art, food, and more. Children under 18 are free and tickets for adults are $10. The event is Friday from 5:30-9 p.m.

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The Louisiana Children’s Museum will move to its new home in City Park at the end of the summer. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Louisiana Children’s Museum Closing – Visit the downtown location of the Louisiana Children’s Museum one final time before it moves to its new location in New Orleans City Park. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, visit the museum and receive a temporary tattoo and logo sticker, decorate a second line hanky, and sign your name on the iconic big blue doors. Countdown to the museum closing at 1:45 p.m., where balloons and confetti will fall in the museum’s final minutes. Tickets are $2.50 for members and $10 for non-members and can be purchased here.

Taste of Africa Mini Fest – The Taste of Africa Mini Fest showcases African & African diaspora cuisine, music, dance, and culture. The event will feature African arts & crafts as well as African music and delicious cuisine from Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Haiti, and New Orleans. Held at Deja Vieux Food Truck Park, the festival is from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP tickets are $25.

Bastille Day Block Party – Postponed due to bad weather, the 13th Annual Faubourg St. John Merchants Bastille Day Block Party is this Saturday, July 27. From 4:45 to 9:45 p.m., come out to the 3100 block Ponce de Leon, between North Lopez Street and Esplanade Avenue in Mid-City for food, music, dancing, and good times. There will be two bands and a costume contest for the best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon costume, as well as food from neighborhood restaurants. The event is free and open to the public.

Stroll the businesses along Magazine Street during Moonlight on Magazine. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Moonlight on Magazine – This Saturday night, businesses along Magazine Street will stay open late for Moonlight on Magazine. From 5-9 p.m., stop by for special sales, unique menus, complimentary drinks, live music, giveaways, and more.

Felipe’s top-shelf margarita recipe includes 100% blue agave Fortaleza tequila, fresh-squeezed key limes,
a house-made orange liqueur, and agave syrup. (Photo courtesy of Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria)


National Tequila Day – Wednesday is National Tequila Day, and tequila fans can celebrate their love of the spirit with $4 margaritas at Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria. This special lasts all day and is available at all three of Felipe’s New Orleans locations.

Celebrate National Tequila Day with a Patrón dinner and Margarita 101 at Nolé Restaurant. The four-course dinner will include pairings like blue crab street corn with Roca Patrón Silver, BBQ shrimp and grits with Roca Patrón Reposado, and olive oil chocolate cake served with Patrón XO Café. The Margarita 101 class will involve instruction on the proper way to mix a margarita using fresh lime juice and other ingredients, instead of the typical sweet and sour mix. Tickets are $60 and include tax and gratuity.

The Orpheum Theater (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

New Orleans Film Society Summer Film Series – The Orpheum Theater will host a free screening of Girls Trip this Thursday. The raunchy comedy starring Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith centers around a summertime girl’s trip to New Orleans for Essence Festival. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the screening begins at 7 p.m.

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