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Weekend Picks: Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, Dear Evan Hansen, and More

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

This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy a festival celebrating boudin, bourbon, and beer, one of Broadway’s hottest new musicals, and New Orleans’ ultimate football rivalry. The New Orleans Airlift celebrates 10 years, and the International Wine Awards hosts its Grand Tasting. Here are our picks for the weekend.

Ben Levi Ross as ‘Evan Hansen’ and the Company of the First North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. (Photo by Matthew Murphy) 2018


Dear Evan Hansen – This tale of a boy and his quest to fit in gripped audiences in its 2016 debut, and it’s finally making its way to New Orleans for the 2019/2020 Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans season. Dear Evan Hansen is about a boy in high school who yearns so deeply for a connection with others that he fabricates a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy’s family. Bring your tissues, as this musical will tug at your heart strings. Tickets start at $69, and performances are November 5-10 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.


Improv Conference New Orleans: A Festival of Ideas – The Improv Concert New Orleans explores improvisation across multiple disciplines with sessions on urban planning, foodways and resilience, cinema arts, race, identity and improvisation, and New Orleans drumming. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and are free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to register in advance.

The Claiborne Avenue History Project Soirée – In celebration of the Claiborne Avenue History Project, the New Orleans Jazz Museum is hosting a soirée. The Wendell Brunious Band will play music popular along N. Claiborne prior to the construction of I-10, followed by a screening of short films. The night will feature a silent auction, light refreshments by C&C Catering, and a cash bar. This event is free and open to the public from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in partnership with the Claiborne Avenue History Project.

Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer
Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer festival takes place at Champions Square on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Boudin, Bourbon & Beer – Emeril Lagasse’s annual fundraiser, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, is back with dishes from over 70 chefs, live music from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and plenty of craft beers, spirits, and fine wines. We’ve got our picks for food and beer pairings here. Enjoy the event from 6-10:30 p.m. on Friday in Champions Square. Tickets are $150.


New Orleans Airlift Celebrates 10 Years – Celebrates 10 years of the New Orleans Airlift this Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center. The New Orleans Airlift is an artist-run organization that creates and collaborates alongside the artists they support, most notably known for its flagship project, the Music Box Village.The celebration will feature alumni artists creating new work inside and outside at the Contemporary Arts Center that evening. Other performances and art will be featured throughout the night. The event is from 7 p.m. to midnight, and tickets start at $30.

The Saints at home in the Superdome (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons – This Sunday, the New Orleans Saints take on their archrival, the Atlanta Falcons, in the Superdome at noon. Head downtown for the game or to one of our favorite sports bars to watch the action. Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak is hosting an all-you-can-eat fried chicken brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring the game for $50.


“The Phantom of the Opera” at THNOC – The Historic New Orleans Collection is hosting a film screening of “The Phantom of the Opera” with live improvised accompaniment from pianist Pierre Queval on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The film screening will begin at 6 p.m. at 410 Chartres St. Admission is $15 for the general public.

New Orleans International Wine Awards Grand Tasting – The New Orleans International Wine Awards Grand Tasting is a special event where guests have the chance to sample from over 450 wines entered into the competition. The event is from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Paulette and Frank Stewart Center for Educational Media located at 916 Navarre Ave. Tickets are $80.

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is home to the Gumbo Garden (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

An Evening in the Gumbo Garden to Support Les Dames New Orleans – The New Orleans chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a non-profit international women’s culinary organization, is celebrating two years with an annual soiree/fundraiser which will benefit New Orleans’ women in hospitality and culinary arts. The event will feature cocktails and bites from member chefs and restaurants including Arnaud’s, Bywater Bakery, Saba, City Greens, Gracious Bakery, Bywater Bakery, Link Restaurant Group, Piece of Meat and others. Attendees can also enjoy a silent auction and live entertainment by jazz singer Meryl Zimmerman and guitarist Eric Merchant. Tickets are $40 per person or two for $75, and the event is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday in the Gumbo Garden at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

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