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Weekend Picks: Fête des Fromages, Tremé Creole Gumbo Fest, and More

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It's gumbo and good times at the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy everything from gumbo to chicken wings to cheese and wine. See the city by bike, or take a self-guided tour of unique New Orleans homes. Exhibits open, festivals return, and we’ve got everything you need to know below.


Hell Yes Fest – Hell Yes Fest is a comedy festival featuring talent from all over the country from November 13-17. Choose from improv, sketch comedy, and stand-up comedy shows to attend. Tickets start at $7 and all performances are held at The New Movement.

The Vintage Rock Club (Photo credit: Brandt Vicknair)


“Rock of Ages” at Vintage Rock Club – Party at the Vintage Rock Club this Friday as they celebrate the music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s with a special ‘Rock of Ages” themed night. Tickets are $20 and include early entry, food, and a Vintage Rock Club guitar pick good for one free drink. Ticket sales will benefit Wishes, Wonders & Who Dats, a regional affiliate of the Make a Wish Foundation. The event is from 7-10 p.m.

The Music of David Bowie – Relive the music of David Bowie with a special performance from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday night. Tickets start at $20 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.


NOLA Nerdlesque – It’s where pop culture meets burlesque. NOLA Nerdlesque features four shows and various workshops across two days, all of which takes place at the AllWays Lounge & Cabaret. Tickets start at $15 and you can find more information here.


Bike & Brunch – Work up an appetite with Bike & Brunch this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Odyssey House Louisiana, the ride will start at Laurel Street Bakery and make stops at various businesses along the way, including French Truck Coffee, Wakin’ Bakin,’ Ruby Slipper Café, Tiger Bakery, and NOLA Yoga Loft. Tickets are $20 and include the bike ride and food. 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward expanding the facilities and offerings of Odyssey House Louisiana, Louisiana’s largest substance abuse treatment program.

Fête des Fromages (Photo credit: Tracie Morris Schaefer Studio U)

Fête des Fromages – Fête des Fromages is the largest cheese festival in the United States. Sample international cheese from Italy, the Netherlands, and France, and regional and national cheese from Louisiana, Georgia, and Wisconsin. In addition to cheese, wine and beverages from a variety of vendors will be available at the festival. Artists performing include DJ Nice Rack, HARMONOUCHE, Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns, and Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. The festival will also feature a cheese wheel cracking competition in which two New Orleans chefs will go head to head in a race to break down an 80-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano. Tickets are $35 and the event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Weird Homes Tour – Go on a tour of 8-10 unique New Orleans homes this Saturday. Tickets are $30 and include a guide to the homes with a map and addresses. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, ticket holders can tour the homes at their own pace. 10 percent of all ticket proceeds will go towards HousingNOLA and their fight for affordable housing.

NOLA Wing Wars (Photo credit: The Street Cam)

NOLA Wing Wars – Four bands, 20 restaurants, and over 40,000 chicken wings are the highlights of NOLA Wing Wars. Enjoy music from Nayo Jones, DJ Jubilee, and more while sampling dozens of delicious wings at Central City BBQ. Tickets are $10 and the festival is from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The Flight of Icarus – The founding sound artist of the Music Box Village, Taylor Lee Shepherd, will explore the tale of Icarus through sound with his one-man show. Earlier this year, Shepherd installed linked looping pedals in the majority of the musical houses, allowing a single player to build soundscapes and animate the entire town at once. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Box Village. Tickets are $10.

N’Fungola Sibo Dance Theater at the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival/ Congo Square Rhythms Festival – This year, Tremé Creole Gumbo Fest and Congo Square Rhythms Fest are teaming up for a combined festival experience in Armstrong Park on Saturday and Sunday. Both fests feature an awesome lineup of musicians, art markets, and food markets offering classic New Orleans cuisine. Both festivals are free to enter.

Everett B.D. Fabrino Julio, Life Along a Louisiana Bayou, 1877, Oil on canvas, 15 ¼ x 30 ¼ inches, Collection of Roger Houston Ogden


Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana – The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana, on view November 16, 2019 through January 26, 2020. The first major exhibition on Louisiana landscape painting in more than 40 years, Inventing Acadia explores the rise of landscape painting in Louisiana during the 19th century, revealing its role in creating—and exporting—a new vision for American landscape art that was vastly different than that found in the rest of the United States. Admission to NOMA is $15 for adults.

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