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Weekend Picks: Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, Central City Fest, & More

Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Boudin, Bourbon & Beer Festival (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

October may be over, but November has a whole lot to offer. This week, get a glimpse inside the lives of women musicians in New Orleans. Or spend some time seeing Day of the Dead celebrations citywide. Then, start your weekend with Boudin, Bourbon & Beer at Champions Square. Catch some laughs with Jim Gaffigan at his stand-up show. On Friday and Saturday, check out NOLA Nerdlesque to see the best blend of nerdy pop culture and burlesque. Take your pick from Bayou Bacchanal (a Caribbean cultural celebration), Central City Festival, and the Algiers Folk Art Festival. If you’re not ready for Halloween to be over (neither are we!), head to Dat Dog on Magazine Street for Barktober Fest (in costume, of course).  Get ready for another jam-packed weekend in NOLA!

Boudin and cotton candy are an inventive and delicious pairing at Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Boudin, Bourbon & Beer – The festival that celebrates all things boudin is back. Over 60 chefs will create dishes at this event on Friday, November 3 at Champions Square from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Food stations close at 9:30 p.m., but you can still enjoy the star-studded music lineup, featuring Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, until the festival ends. Browse festival merchandise, the premium cigar bar, open bars and more at this festival. If you don’t know where to start, check out our food and beer pairings here. Tickets are $99 each.

Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape Tour – Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan makes his way to the Saenger Theater on Friday, November 3, as part of his Noble Ape Tour. Known for his humor around fatherhood, laziness, and food, Jim Gaffigan has sold out Madison Square Garden and performed in front of Pope Francis. Get some good laughs in with us at this one. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $70.

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Bayou Bacchanal – This vibrant festival celebrating Caribbean culture marks its fifteenth year of food, fun, and community celebrations. Come out to Armstrong Park to see the costumes, hear the music, and revel in the sounds of the steel pan. The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. with a parade starting at Harrah’s on Canal Street before it makes its way to Armstrong Park. Then, enjoy Caribbean cuisine, music, and more until 5 p.m. We have a feeling the party won’t stop there.   

Algiers Folk Art Festival – The Algiers Folk Art Museum is home to the Folk Art Festival, which celebrates local artists, an arts market, live music, food and drink, and more. Take a trip across the river and discover the Old Algiers neighborhood with this festival.

Photo: Central City Festival

Central City Festival – Cooking demonstrations, drumming lessons, and street dancing are all in the works for Central City Fest, a huge block party on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., join the community for music, dancing, and great local food. Wear your dancing shoes and get ready to party into the night.

Dat Dog on Freret Street (Photo: Anna-Marie Babington)

Dat Dog’s Barktober Fest – If you’re not ready for Halloween to be over yet either, head on out to Dat Dog on Magazine Street with your pup all dressed up. This event, which was originally rescheduled due to inclement weather, has been moved to this Saturday, November 4. In addition to the doggie costume contest, there will be Zeus’ Place dog adoptions, a doggie kissing booth, and doggie portraits. And of course, dat dogs. You should dress up too because you could have a chance to win the doggie/owner look-alike category of the costume contest! The fest goes from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.   

Festival headliner Dangrrr Doll was named one of the top 50 global figures in the burlesque industry in both 2014 and 2015 (Photo courtesy of NOLA Nerdlesque)

NOLA Nerdlesque – Now in its third year, of what “started out of a love for nerdy pop culture and burlesque,” says co-founder Persé Fanny, is now NOLA Nerdlesque. Now sexier (and nerdier) than before, NOLA Nerdlesque’s 2017 fest runs November 3 and 4 at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street). The festival includes shows like Vivacious Villainy, and Tastles, Castles, and Quasars and is curated by well-known names in the local burlesque scene. Tickets are $15. See the full schedule of events here.


Celebrate Day of the Dead – Though Day of the Dead celebrations have already begun, you’ll find that celebrations last through Thursday, November 2. If you want to explore this traditional Mexican holiday, the New Orleans Healing Center’s celebration on Wednesday is the perfect place to start. Bring the kids to Del Fuego Taqueria on Wednesday for skull decorating and face painting. On Thursday, Casa Borrega hosts its fifth annual Day of the Dead masquerade party. Gasa Gasa also hosts its Day of the Dead Concert as well. Check out our guide to Day of the Dead for more information.  

The Sexism ProjectIf you love women musicians as much as we do, you’ll want to see this exhibit. The Sexism Project is an ongoing oral interview and photographic portrait series featuring women musicians in the New Orleans music community. The first installment of The Sexism Project will debut in an exhibition at the one and only Preservation Hall. The exhibition will be presented over three days beginning with a late night gallery opening on Thursday, November 2 and ending with a closing night dance party on Sunday, November 5. Performances throughout the weekend will feature Big Freedia, DJ Dominique LeJeune, Tasche de la Roche, the Misses of Miss Mojo feat. Mikayla Braun, Julie Odell, Cooties, Helen Gillet, and Maggie Koerner. Admission to Preservation Hall is $10, and admission to view the gallery is free.

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