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Weekend Picks: Hogs for the Cause, Congo Square Rhythms Festival, and More

Hogs for the Cause (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend, we’re in full-time festing mode. Between the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, Hogs for the Cause, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, and much more, there’s plenty to do in New Orleans. Ready to enjoy the beautiful spring weather NOLA-style? Check out these spots for crawfish, grab a snoball, and have a party of your own.

The “Stella! Shouting Contest” at Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


Tennessee Williams Literary Festival – The Tennessee Williams Festival features five days of seminars, workshops, and performances celebrating literacy. Events range from the discussion series with various authors to literary walking tours and the Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest. Ticket prices vary.

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival – Now in its 16th year, the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival brings the LGBT literary community together in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Participate in select events and enjoy the festival from March 29-31. Ticket prices vary.

Hogs for the Cause (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Hogs for the Cause – Head on over to the UNO Lakefront Arena grounds for Hogs for the Cause, a two-day celebration of barbecue benefitting children and families fighting pediatric brain cancer. Highlights of this year’s fest include Nueske’s Bacon Night featuring 80+ unique bacon dishes and the cookoff competition featuring 90 teams competing across multiple categories. General admission tickets start at $30.

Free Family Day at the Ogden (Photo courtesy of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art)


Free Family Day at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art – From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, enjoy free admission and programming during Free Family Day at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Visitors of all ages are welcome to explore the museum’s self-taught exhibition, Vernacular Voices: Self-taught, Outsider and Visionary Art from the Permanent Collection, with a day of art activities, music, food, and performances.

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


Congo Square Rhythms Festival – The Congo Square Rhythms Festival is a celebration of music, culture, and food in Armstrong Park March 30-31. Expect performances from various brass bands, jazz groups, and dance troupes throughout the two-day festival. Admission is free.


New Orleans Entrepreneur Week – Spend the week embracing the entrepreneurial spirit of New Orleans. Attend seminars, business pitch competitions, networking events, and more throughout the city with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The best part: it’s all free. Find the schedule here.

The New Orleans GrandSLAM Championship – The Moth’s GrandSLAM event is the culmination of ten StorySLAM events, where anyone and everyone takes to the mic to share their story. In the GrandSLAM, the winners of each StorySLAM event compete for the grand champion title with a brand new story. Catch the competition at the Joy Theater on Thursday, March 28. Tickets are $25 and doors open at 7 p.m.

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