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Weekend Picks: Gleason Gras, Burger Fest, and More

Jazz in the Park 2016 (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The summer is history, and fall has arrived. And there’s plenty happening in New Orleans. Kick off football season with Gleason Gras, and raise money for the Gleason Family Trust. Of course it wouldn’t be a weekend in New Orleans without a festival – and Burger Fest is here to satisfy our appetites. The Downriver Festival celebrates the Mississippi River with its “Shrimp and Sno-balls” theme this year. Learn about photography at the Ogden, and dance the night away at the New Orleans Opera’s production of Maria de Buenos Aires. We’ve got you covered all around with our picks below.


Gleason Gras – With Saints season right around the corner, start your weekend off by helping raise money for Steve Gleason’s foundation. The fun will kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Champions Square and feature live music, auctions, and food trucks, all while raising awareness for ALS. Presented by What You Give Will Grow, the suggested $10 donation for general admission will go to support the Gleason Family Trust.

Jazz in the Park concert series 2016 (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Jazz in the Park Burger Fest – Celebrate the kick off to the fall Jazz in the Park concert series with all the burgers your heart desires. Enjoy music as you survey the options, which include hot sausage burgers, crawfish stuffed burgers, and vegan burgers. The first night of the fest is on Friday and begins at 7 p.m. at Crescent Park featuring music from Stephanie Mills and Deniece Williams. Tickets start at $20. Saturday is a free event featuring a day’s worth of music kicking off at 11 a.m. Funds raised from this event will go toward Covenant Houses’ Sleep Out Against Homeless campaign.


The Old U.S. Mint (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Fifth annual Downriver Festival – This festival highlights the environmental, cultural, and economic impact of the Mississippi River with music, food, and a history lesson. Spend some time learning about the Mississippi through walking tours and check out all the festival has to offer with its theme “Shrimp and Sno-balls.” The fest is free and begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.

The Ogden Museum (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Gallery Talk at the Ogden – Learn about two of the Ogden’s latest photo exhibits this Saturday with museum photo curator Richard McCabe. The two exhibitions he will be discussing are William Eggleston: Troubled Waters, from the Collection of William Greiner and The Colourful South, from the Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The discussion at the Ogden begins at 3 p.m.

Maria de Buenos Aires: A Tango Opera – It takes two to tango in this story of love and betrayal. This opera performance will serve as the season opener to the 2017-2018 New Orleans Opera Chamber Opera Series. If you can’t make the 8 p.m. show on Saturday, catch the show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday where free tango lessons will be offered beforehand. Tickets start at $40 and the show will take place at the JW Marriott on 614 Canal St.

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