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Weekend Picks: FestiGals, Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, NOLA Caribbean Fest, and More

The Cajun-Zydeco Festival features the best of the best (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Ah, mid-June. It’s a time when the sun is out, the AC is on full-blast, and we’re ready to have some good summer fun. Here in New Orleans, our weekend kicks off at FestiGals where it’s a celebration of strong women. Other festivals happening around town include the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and NOLA Caribbean Fest, both of which celebrate music, food, and culture. On Friday, make the most of your summer night with Dinner and a ZOOvie at the Audubon Zoo and live music at the Ace Hotel. Cheers to the summertime!

Don’t miss the Step Up Second Line Parade during FestiGals (Photo: Paul Broussard)

ALL WEEKEND

FestiGals – This weekend, it’s all about the girls. FestiGals is a weekend-long celebration of female empowerment featuring speakers, dinners, networking, and more. Can’t-miss events of the weekend include Tricentennial Women’s Day on Friday, June 22, where you’ll get to hear from speakers in the business, health & wellness, and beauty industries, and the Step Up Second Line Parade later that evening. The parade, which rolls through the French Quarter, serves as a fundraiser for the New Orleans Family Justice Center. For tickets and more information, see here.

Enjoy the Gator Run Lazy River at Dinner and a ZOOvie (Photo: Paul Broussard)

FRIDAY

Dinner and a ZOOvie – Long summer nights make the Audubon Zoo’s Dinner and a ZOOvie the perfect place to spend a Friday night. This Friday, bring the whole family to the Zoo for Beauty and the Beast (2017 Singalong version). Kids will have the chance to splash around in the Cool Zoo/Gator Run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. before the movie begins. Guests are encouraged to bring their own dinner or dine at the Zoo, which will have food trucks and concessions. Tickets are $6 per person for ZOOvie movie entry and $12 per person for ZOOvie/Cool Zoo entry with children under 2 years of age free.

3 Keys at the Ace Hotel – Head to the Ace Hotel this Friday night for live music from JST DAVID with Royce Lovett and DJ RQ AWAY. JST DAVID brings his debut album “SNACKS,” while DJ RQ AWAY, a New Orleans native, adds vibrant sound waves to the mix. Also on stage is special guest, Royce Lovett, who groomed his lyrical skills as an underground emcee and is newly signed to Motown. Tickets are $15 and the performance begins at 9 p.m.

Foundation Free Fridays at Tipitina’s – This Friday night, catch a free show at Tipitina’s from Walter “Wolfman” Washington + the Fortifiers. As a part of their 2018 summer lineup, adults ages 21+ can catch great music for free all summer long. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m.

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Musicians perform at Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival – Acadiana comes to the city when The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation hosts the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in Armstrong Park this weekend, June 23 and 24. This two-day, free fest will make you want to hop out of your seat and get down with the best of them. On the lineup this year are Lost Bayou Ramblers, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, and plenty of other Cajun and zydeco bands. The festival begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. both days.

NOLA Caribbean Festival – The second-annual NOLA Caribbean Fest will be held at Central City BBQ with music, dancing, and lots of great food. The festival celebrates Caribbean cuisine, music, dance, and culture while highlighting New Orleans’ deeply-rooted ties. Admission to the festival is $15, and it takes place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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