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Weekend Picks: Greek Festival, Tremé/ 7th Ward Arts and Culture Festival, and More

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Tremé/ 7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Memorial Day weekend is here, and there’s plenty of food, festivals, and fun to bring on the unofficial start of summer. Greek Festival and the Tremé/7th Ward Arts and Culture Festival are both neighborhood cultural festivals well worth heading out to. The New Orleans Ballet Theater presents Cinderella, a full-length ballet putting a spin on the timeless classic. A long weekend is perfect for exploring the city.

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New Orleans Greek Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Greek Festival – Greek Fest, held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., includes traditional Greek cuisine, Hellenic dancing, cathedral tours, cooking demonstrations, a marketplace, live entertainment, and much more. Located on the banks of Bayou St. John, this neighborhood festival is great for the family and people of all ages. Admission is $5 at the gate on Thursday for the soft opening and $8 from Friday to Sunday (a tastefully-worn toga gets you into the festival for free on Sunday).

The Orpheum Theater (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


New Orleans Ballet Theater presents Cinderella – The classic fairytale is reimagined through a production from the New Orleans Ballet Theater this weekend. Catch the performance at the Orpheum Theater at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets start at $35.

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


SoFAB Fish Fry – From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, stop by the Southern Food & Beverage Museum for catfish plates, drinks, cooking demonstrations, museum tours, kids activities, and more. Tickets are $25.

Harrah’s 20th Anniversary Concert – Enjoy a free outdoor concert in celebration of Harrah’s 20th anniversary this Saturday. From 3-9 p.m., performers Little Freddie King, TBC Brass Band, Tin Men, DJ Rob Nice, and headliner Big Sam’s Funky Nation will take the stage at Harrah’s Canal Street Plaza. Food and drink will also be available for purchase, and the outdoor concert is free.

Babydolls perform at the Tremé/ 7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Tremé/ 7th Ward Arts and Culture Festival – The Tremé/ 7th Ward Arts and Culture Festival is a celebration of food, music, and neighborhood held over Memorial Day weekend every year. Hear from an all-star lineup of musicians, including brass bands, and eat delicious food from local vendors. The festival is free and open to the public, and takes place under the North Claiborne Bridge in Tremé this Saturday and Sunday.

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Head to Bayou St. John on Memorial Day weekend and enjoy authentic Greek food, live music, and more at the Greek Festival (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Spend Memorial Day weekend exploring New Orleans. Eat beignets at Café du Monde, go shopping on Magazine Street, take a kayak out on Bayou St. John…the options are endless! Check out our Memorial Day Weekend Itinerary for inspiration.

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