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Weekend Picks: Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, Oak Street Po-Boy Fest, and More

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

This weekend in New Orleans, it’s all about the food – food festivals, that is. Kick off the weekend with Boudin, Bourbon & Beer this Friday in Champions Square. Oak Street Po-Boy Fest returns with seven blocks of po-boys on Sunday. In between the irresistible food fests, enjoy free admission to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Saturday, or venture into a unique NOLA home with the second annual New Orleans Weird Homes Tour. Before the weekend begins, participate in a Grand Tasting from the New Orleans International Wine Awards, and much more.


2018 Roller Derby World Championships – Held at the UNO Lakefront Arena, the 2018 Roller Derby World Championships feature three days of tournament-style game play from teams around the world. Thirteen games will be held over the course of the weekend in order to determine the winner. To kick off the weekend, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and New Orleans’ own Big Easy Rollergirls will take over the French Quarter on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. with a second line parade. For tickets and further information, see here.

Boudin Corndog at Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Boudin, Bourbon & Beer – Champions Square turns into a food lover’s paradise on Nov. 9 with the return of Boudin, Bourbon & Beer. Produced by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, the night will feature over 70 chefs creating dozens of dishes inspired by boudin. There will also be a cigar bar, a silent auction, celebrity chefs, drinks, and live music. Tickets are $135 in advance and can be purchased here. The event takes places from 6-10:30 p.m.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Free Family Day at the Ogden Museum – This Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for Free Family Day. Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition New Southern Photography, the largest photography exhibition at the museum to date, the day’s programming will include a historic photography process demonstration, art activities, scavenger hunts, entertainment, and more.

NOLA Weird Homes Tour – New Orleans architecture may be fun to look at from the outside, but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the beautiful facades? The second annual New Orleans Weird Homes Tour allows you to go inside eight unique New Orleans homes on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and attendees are encouraged to visit at their own pace throughout the day.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (Photo: Zack Smith)


Oak Street Po-Boy Festival – This festival stretching seven blocks features over 30 different food vendors, four music stages, and a whole lot of po-boys. Enjoy music from the Soul Brass Band, the George Porter Trio, and others while trying out everything from the classic shrimp po-boy to, yes, an escargot po-boy. Head out to Oak Street between South Carrollton Avenue and Eagle Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 to experience it all. The festival is free, but a $5 wristband is required to purchase food.


Jazz in the Park – Jazz in the Park, a free live music event held in Armstrong Park, is wrapping up its season this weekend. On Thursday, enjoy music from Mike Soulman Baptiste and The Mystics from 4-8 p.m. Return on Friday, Nov. 9 for the annual Jazz in the Park fundraiser, “Dat 70’s Party” featuring Rose Royce & Switch, which takes place from 6-9 p.m. in the park. Tickets for Friday’s fundraiser are $20.

Galatoire’s (Photo: Paul Broussard)

New Orleans International Wine Awards – The first-ever New Orleans International Wine Awards will be held from Nov. 6-8.  You can join the party by attending the Grand Tasting event on Thursday, Nov. 8. From 4:30-7:30 p.m. and sample international wines at classic New Orleans restaurants Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, and Galatoire’s. Sip and stroll between the restaurants while enjoying some of the festival’s best wines. Tickets are $80 per person and includes a commemorative wine glass.

Drumsville!: Evolution of the New Orleans Beat – This new exhibit at the New Orleans Jazz Museum will open Thursday, Nov. 8, and the public is invited to celebrate. The reception begins at the museum at 6 p.m. and will feature food from Casa Borrega and Miss Linda The YakaMein Lady, and a cash bar. Enjoy music from The Roots of Music and others throughout the evening as you view the exhibit, which celebrates the New Orleans Tricentennial, International Drum Month, and the evolution of drumming in New Orleans.

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