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Weekend Picks: Beignet Fest, Art for Art’s Sake, Wicked, and More

Art for Art's Sake (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Fall is in full swing, and this first weekend of October is no exception. Experience local favorites Beignet Fest and Tremé Fall Fest where the food, music, and fun will be flowing nonstop. Wicked returns to New Orleans, kicking off the 2019/2020 Broadway in New Orleans series, and the weekend’s rounded out by Celebración Latina on Sunday. There’s so much going on in NOLA this weekend.

Allison Bailey & Talia Suskauer in the North American Tour of WICKED. (Photo by Joan Marcus)


Wicked – This beloved musical is celebrating 15 years on Broadway, making it one of the longest running shows on the Great White Way. Fans in New Orleans can experience the magic without having to leave home and head to the Saenger Theater from October 2-20. Be sure to bring a new or gently used children’s Halloween costume to donate to ‘WEEN DREAM before the show. Tickets start at $49.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s classic comes to life in this imaginative production from the Marigny Opera Ballet. This full-length premiere features choreography from Derwin May Jr., danced to a commissioned score by Tucker Fuller, and accompanied by New Resonance Orchestra and Krewe de Voix Chamber Ensemble, Francis Scully, Conductor. Tickets are $45.

Art of the City – Time is running out to see the inaugural exhibition in The Historic New Orleans Collection’s new tricentennial wing. Art of the City feeds off of a decades-long creative explosion in New Orleans, focusing on the period between the 1984 World’s Fair and today. Featuring more than 75 artists, Art of the City is THNOC’s first major exhibition of contemporary art. The exhibit closes this Sunday, and admission is free.

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Oktoberfest celebrations (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


Oktoberfest – Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus kicks off this weekend with German food, music, and plenty of beer. Enjoy a traditional German dinner of schnitzel with mushroom sauce, roast pork loin with cherry sauce, bratwurst, apple strudel, and more. Fest goers can sip on over twenty different German beers and schnapps, and nine different German wines. This weekend, Professor Schnitzelbank and Disco Amigos take the stage. Oktoberfest is Friday from 4-11 p.m. and Saturday from 1-11 p.m., and admission is $8 (children 12 and under enter for free).


Bizet’s Carmen – Experience the drama and passion of Carmen combined with French composer Georges Bizet’s orchestration this weekend from the New Orleans Opera Association. Tickets start at $33 and performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

Luca Eats is a food vendor at Beignet Fest (Photo: Justen Williams)


Beignet Fest – Beignet Fest is back for its fourth year of food, music, and family fun this Saturday at New Orleans City Park. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy everything from traditional beignets to Monte Cristo beignets, bacon cheddar beignets, oreo beignets, and more. The fest kicks off with a Bounce & Beignets fitness class at 10:15 a.m. The music lineup (starting at 11:15 a.m.) includes the Imagination Movers, RumpelSTEELskin, Honey Island Swamp Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Admission is $5 per person (children under 12 enter for free with paying adult). Proceeds from Beignet Fest benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits serving children with developmental delays.

Tremé Fall Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Tremé Fall Festival – Tremé Fall Festival celebrates the oldest African-American neighborhood in the country settled by free people of color with a street festival every October. Head out for music from the Tremé All-stars and Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers, as well as food from local vendors, including vegan and vegetarian options. The festival is held at Henriette Delille and Governor Nicholls streets in Tremé from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and admission is by donation.

Art for Art’s Sake – Uptown and downtown art galleries open their doors for one night every fall for Art for Art’s Sake. The Contemporary Arts Center celebrates art in all its forms this Saturday, with live performances starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. Simultaneously, the Magazine Street Merchants Association hosts their own block party with over 30 businesses offering deals and specials for the evening. Both events are free.


Celebración Latina – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Audubon Zoo this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 15th annual Celebración Latina will feature live music from Latin American musicians, authentic Latin American cuisine from local restaurants, and fun crafts for kids. Download your free tickets here.

Saints fans at home in the Dome (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Saints – Cheer on the Black & Gold this Sunday at the Dome as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kickoff is at noon and tickets start at $71. You can also catch the game at one of these sports bars.

Sazerac House (Photo: Justen Williams)


Sazerac House – New Orleans’ newest museum opens Tuesday, October 2. Learn the history and process behind the classic New Orleans cocktail at the Sazerac House. Visit Wednesday through Saturday, 1-6 p.m. and book your tour in advance here. The best part of all, tours are complimentary.


Haunted Attractions – It’s officially October, which means spooky season is here. For haunted house lovers, stop by the Mortuary or New Orleans Nightmare. Scout Island Scream Park is back with its fright zones, but bring the little ones before sunset for a family-friendly experience. Discover more NOLA Haunted Attractions here.

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