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Weekend Picks: Gleason Gras, New Orleans Fashion Week, and More

Head to Champions Square this Saturday for Gleason Gras and stop by this famous statue that replicates Steve Gleason blocking the punt in the first Saints game in the Superdome post-Hurricane Katrina (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Fall is in full swing, and that means there’s so much to do this weekend in New Orleans. Get ready to mark your calendars, because this weekend in New Orleans, there’s just so much to do. Enjoy a runway show with New Orleans Fashion Week, or head to the inaugural hip-hop music festival known as Freewater Block Party. Scout Island Scream Park opens this weekend just in time for spooky season, and Storyland in City Park celebrates its re-opening with new interactive playground elements. Football season is in full swing with Gleason Gras and the second Saints home game of the season. It’s a great weekend to be in New Orleans.

A bridal show at New Orleans Fashion Week (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


New Orleans Fashion Week – New Orleans Fashion Week returns with a week full of events from September 22-28. Runway shows are Thursday to Sunday at the Board of Trade (316 Magazine St.), and there are plenty of other events, including parties, during Fashion Week. See the full schedule and ticket prices here.

Scout Island Scream Park Opening – It’s officially spooky season, which means all of our favorite NOLA Haunted Attractions are back. This weekend, head to City Park for the opening of Scout Island Scream Park. New to the park this year are four new Fright Zones and a “Pharaoh’s Fury” themed haunted house. Scout Island Scream Park is open Fridays 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays 11 a.m. to midnight, Sundays 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and select weeknights 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. General admission tickets are $20.


A New Stage – The New Orleans Ballet Theatre kicks off its new season with A New Stage. From September 27-28, enjoy an evening of contemporary and neoclassical works by award-winning local and international choreographers, including “Hello My Name is Johnny Cash” with choreography by Gregory Schramel, ”LUMA” by Diogo De Lima, and a world premiere by Maurice Causey. Both performances are at 8 p.m. at the Freda Lupin Memorial Hall at NOCCA. Tickets are $50.

Storyland (Photo: Zack Smith)


Storyland Grand Re-Opening – Head to City Park on Saturday for the Grand Re-Opening of the revitalized Storyland playground. New additions include STEM and interactive play elements for the whole family, increased ADA accessibility for more exhibits, and new exhibits featuring the beloved storybook characters Humpty Dumpty, Tortoise and the Hare, and Boudreaux the Zydeco Gator. The public Grand Opening is Saturday, Sept. 28 at noon, and admission is $5 (children under 36” receive free admission with a paid adult). Make sure to stop by the Oscar J. Tolmas Visitor Center (the main entrance to Storyland) to see NASA Astronaut Charles Bolden, Jr.’s. LES Space Suit, which will be housed in City Park for the next five years.

Gleason Gras – There’s no better way to celebrate the kickoff of Saints football season than with Gleason Gras, which raises awareness for ALS and supports the Team Gleason Foundation. The fun kicks off in Champions Square with a two-mile run around the Superdome at 5 p.m. (registration $30). The festival continues with entertainment from Dumpstafunk, Hot 8 Brass Band, DJ Jubilee, and Paul Varisco & The Milestones. Expect food trucks, face painting, a fan pep rally, and more at this festival. Suggested admission is a $10 donation.

Armstrong Park hosts the first annual L.O.C.A.L.S. Fest this Saturday (Photo: Zack Smith)

L.O.C.A.L.S. Fest – Standing for “Living Our Community As Louisiana,” this new festival promotes grassroots, small businesses in the New Orleans community. The lineup includes Shaggadelic, Vegas Cola, CAMSE,’ and other local artists. Enjoy food and drink, art, and more. The fest is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Armstrong Park, and admission is free.

Freewater Block Party – Freewater Block Party is a rap and hip-hop music festival brought to you by the same folks behind the Buku Music + Art Project. September 28 is the inaugural festival, boasting a lineup including RL Grime, DaBaby, Rico Nasty, and Graves. The fest kicks off at 4 p.m. at Mardi Gras World, and general admission tickets are $50.

Sunset Party Cruise – Cruise the Mississippi River in style on the Creole Queen Riverboat this Saturday at 6 p.m. Enjoy live music from the Young Pinstripes Brass Band, DJ AKA Fool, and the Free Agents Brass Band while snacking on food and drinks. After the cruise, the party will second-line to Fulton Alley for a bowling after-party. General admission tickets are $70.

The Music Box Village (Photo: Zack Smith)

Snarky Puppy – This 28-person super band brings their dynamic blend of jazz, R&B, and neo-soul to the Music Box Village this Saturday, Sept. 28. Watch as the band experiments with the imaginative soundscape at the Village in this one-night-only performance. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $42.


Music Under the Oaks – Enjoy the sounds of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in Audubon Park during the kickoff of Music Under the Oaks. The Philharmonic’s Brass Quintet will perform from 5-6:30 p.m. and the concert is free and open to the public.

Catch the Saints this Sunday in the Dome (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Cowboys @ Saints – Everyone will be heading to the Dome this Sunday to watch the Dallas Cowboys take on the Saints. The game kicks off at 7:20 p.m. CT. If you don’t have tickets, but still want to catch the Saints in action, check out some of our top spots to watch the game here.


Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner – Celebrate the life and legacy of literary giant William Faulkner this week in New Orleans. From Sept. 24-27, enjoy sessions on The American Experience in Literature & Life, Getting Your Literary Research Right, Selling Your Books to Publishers, and more. Additional events include the Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner Luncheon and a book sale. For the full schedule of events, including tickets, see here.

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