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Weekend Picks: LOVE in the Garden, Disney’s Aladdin, and More

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden within City Park (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Fall is officially here, and with it comes new concert series, the 2018-2019 Broadway in New Orleans series kickoff, and a whole crop of fall festivals. This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy the award-winning musical Aladdin as it makes its stop at the Saenger Theater. Head to the West Bank for Gretna Heritage Festival all weekend long. This Friday at the New Orleans Museum of Art, party under the stars in the Sculpture Garden at the annual LOVE in the Garden fall soiree. Enjoy live music at Preservation Hall and at the Maison Dupuy Hotel with their fall concert series. On Sunday morning, head out to Julia Street to see a parade of motorcycles, then enjoy a book signing at the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library.

The Saenger Theater (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Aladdin – The 2018-2019 Broadway in New Orleans series kicks off with Disney’s Aladdin this Wednesday, Sept. 26. The musical brings the hit movie to life through a production filled with music, dancing, and a breathtaking magic carpet ride. Catch the show in New Orleans at the Saenger Theater through Oct. 7. Ticket prices vary.

Gretna Heritage Festival – The 24th annual Gretna Heritage Festival is back with five stages of live music all weekend long. The festival will feature performances from local and national artists including Foreigner, Village People, Montgomery Gentry, Cowboy Mouth, Amanda Shaw, the Yat Pack, and more. Fest-goers can enjoy an Italian Village serving authentic Italian food as well as the kickoff of Oktoberfest at the German Beer Garden with food, drinks, and more. Families can enjoy a selection of arts & crafts along with rides and entertainment for the kids. New to the festival this year is a classic car show featuring awards in the afternoon. Tickets are $30 for a single day pass, $77.50 for a weekend pass, and VIP tickets are available. To see the full lineup, visit the Gretna Heritage festival site. A free shuttle to the festival grounds with free parking is available at Oakwood Center and Jefferson Parish Public School System at 501 Manhattan Blvd.

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden (Photo: Paul Broussard)


LOVE in the Garden – Head to the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden for a night of dining and dancing under the stars at this annual fundraiser. The evening will include cuisine from over 60 different vendors as well as a cocktail competition where the guests are the judge. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Storyville Stompers, the Boogie Men, and Otto. The patron party begins at 7 p.m. where tickets are $125 for members and $150 for non-members. Tickets are available for the garden party, which begins at 8 p.m. and cost $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Tickets for the late-night party beginning at 9 p.m. are $50 for both members and non-members.


Harrah’s Krewe of Seven Stars Parade – Though we’re about 150 days out from Mardi Gras, in New Orleans, we always find a way to throw a parade. Harrah’s Krewe of Seven Stars Parade will feature 20 floats, the 610 Stompers, second line bands, the Edna Karr High School Marching Band, and more. The parade will roll at 5 p.m. Saturday at Harrah’s New Orleans.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (Photo courtesy of Daniele K Photo)


The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride NOLA – This Sunday in New Orleans, don’t be surprised if you see a parade of motorcycles making their way through downtown. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a nationwide event bringing 120,000 riders in 650 cities together to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. Anyone who would like to participate in the ride can register here and are encouraged to dress in tailored suits, silk waistcoats, crisp shirts, and other dapper clothing. The event is open to anyone who wishes to ride or support the cause. Registration to ride is required, but free, and the kickoff will take place Sunday at The Transportation Revolution New Orleans on 901 Julia St. at 9 a.m.

“Freedom’s Dance: Social, Aid, and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans” Book Signing – Join photographer Eric Waters and author Karen Celestan as they celebrate their new book: Freedom’s Dance: Social, Aid, and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans, which captures a look at New Orleans’ African-American second line culture. The event, which will feature a book signing and a performance from 21st Century Brass Band, will be held at the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Lost Bayou Ramblers (Photo: Zack Smith)

Salon Series: An Afternoon with Lost Bayou Ramblers – The Preservation Hall Salon Series is back with a performance from Grammy Award Winners Lost Bayou Ramblers at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The series, which kicked off last weekend, will feature weekly performances from local musicians through December. Tickets to the show this Sunday start at $20, and the performance is at Preservation Hall located at 726 St. Peters St.


Sippin’ in the Courtyard Series – Located in the courtyard of the Maison Dupuy Hotel, the Sippin’ in the Courtyard Series features performances from local musicians while raising money for a good cause. This Wednesday, Sept. 26 sees the return of the fall series with a performance from Alex Owen & the Messy Cookers. The evening benefits Angel’s Place, which is an organization that assists children battling cancer and their families. The event features raffle prizes, a wine tasting, and food and drinks. Admission is free and the event takes place  from 5-8 p.m. at the Maison Dupuy Hotel on 1001 Toulouse St.

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