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Weekend Picks: Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, Museum Month, and More

Celebrate the end of summer with music, moonshine, and mid-summer Mardi Gras.

The New Orleans Museum of Art. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Summer is winding down, but that won’t stop locals from throwing a good party. Luckily, this weekend offers lots of opportunities to pass a good time, whether you choose the outdoors or indoors. Music, moonshine, and Mardi Gras – yes, Mardi Gras – are all in the forecast this weekend! Country music fans will love NOLA Ameripolitan Festival. Runners can rendezvous at the Lighthouse Glow Run. See what museums are in store for New Orleans Museum Month, or tap into your inner child at Moonshine Fever. We have all of the details you need to get the weekend going right here.


1. New Orleans Museum Month — Take advantage of Museum Month, which runs through August, by visiting one of the 16 museums free of charge for museum members. Whether you’d like to view one of the new exhibits at the New Orleans Museum of Art, or learn about different species at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Museum Month offers something for everyone.

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, home to the infamous Ladybug Roller Coaster. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)


2. Moonshine Fever — What better way to kick off the weekend than with food, friends, and unlimited rides? This 21+ City Park event features open beer bars, moonshine shots, and giveaways. Tickets are $30 ahead of time and $40 the day of the event. Moonshine Fever happens on Friday from 7:30 p.m-10:30 p.m.


3. NOLA Ameripolitan Festival — This country music festival will have you jamming out from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. 10 bands will be featured, including music from Darci Carlson, Adam Lopez, and Cash O’Riley. The festival will take place at Siberia on 2227 St. Claude Avenue, and general admission is $15. Doors open at 3 p.m.

The New Canal Lighthouse. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

4. Lighthouse Glow Run 2017 — Enjoy the golden hours of summer with this race on the Lakefront. The children’s ½ mile ‘fun run’ begins at 6:30 p.m. with the adult’s 2 mile run/walk beginning at 6:45 p.m. A post-race party at the New Canal Lighthouse featuring food, drinks, and entertainment will follow. Race registration rates from now until race day are $35 for adults and $25 for youth and seniors. You can register online. 

5. Mid-Summer Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday may be 180 days away, but that doesn’t mean the party can’t start a little early. Or a lot earlier. Join the Krewe of O.A.K. in their 31st year as they parade through the Carrollton neighborhood for Mid-Summer Mardi Gras. The party will depart Maple Leaf Bar at 7:30 p.m. and parade through Palmer Park and Oak Street. There will be an after-party at La Casita featuring DJ Soul Sister kicking off at 10 p.m.

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