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Weekend Picks: “Kinky Boots,” Tango Fest, Father’s Day, and More

Celebrate Father's Day in New Orleans by kayaking on Bayou St. John (Photo: Devonte Williford)

This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy the final show in the 2018/2019 Broadway in New Orleans season, a festival dedicated to tango, a free concert, and more. While the Broadway tour of “Kinky Boots” stops by the Saenger Theater, two other plays will be premiering in town. Get ready to dance, because the New Orleans Tango Festival is back with lots of workshops for all skill levels. Finally, this Sunday is Father’s Day, and we’ve got plenty of ideas on how to celebrate dad in New Orleans.

The National Tour of Kinky Boots. (Photo credit Matthew Murphy)

ALL WEEKEND

Kinky Boots – Straight from Broadway, this hit musical makes its way to the Saenger Theater this weekend. “Kinky Boots” is a tale of creativity and acceptance and takes the audience on a journey from a shoe factory in Northampton to the catwalks of Milan. Catch the show Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler hosts Tango on the River (Photo: Paul Broussard)

New Orleans Tango Festival – The New Orleans Tango Festival is back for 2019, with a schedule full of events beginning Thursday and lasting through the weekend. Enjoy dance classes that range from beginner to advanced and cover various aspects of tango and social dancing. Special events include Tango on the River aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler and a Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour and Lunch. Tickets can be purchased for individual workshops starting at $35.

Much Ado About Nothing – Enjoy a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” from the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane this month. See the show from June 14-30. Tickets start are $30 and performances are held at Lupin Theater on Tulane University’s campus.

Shear Madness – The Jefferson Performing Arts Society and Le Petit Theatre present “Shear Madness,” a whodunit-style comedy that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. Performances are June 14-30 at Le Petit Theatre in the French Quarter. Tickets start at $35.

FRIDAY

Tipitina’s Foundation Free Fridays – Every summer, Tipitina’s hosts free concerts each Friday evening through August 30. This Friday, catch Stooges Brass Band with Brass Lightning. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m. The concert is 21+ and no ticket is required.

SATURDAY

We the Culture: A Digital Exhibit – This Saturday from 3-6 p.m. and again from 7-11 p.m. at Axiom Art Gallery on Freret Street, stop by to view a digital exhibit on black New Orleanian culture. The exhibit will also serve as an introduction to House of the Young Ent. as a leader in the digital documentation of the city and its influence from diverse minds.

Enjoy a delicious meal of red beans & rice and fried chicken this Father’s Day in New Orleans (Photo: Paul Broussard)

SUNDAY

Father’s Day in New Orleans – Celebrate Father’s Day in New Orleans with delicious food, live local music, a swamp tour adventure, and so much more. Special events for the weekend include half off bowling for dads at Fulton Alley, and an all-day Father’s Day scavenger hunt for kids at the Music Box Village. Not sure how to celebrate? Check out our guide to Father’s Day in New Orleans here.

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