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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Returns, Dixie Brewery Opening, and More

Miss Saigon Tour
Miss Saigon Tour (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

This weekend in New Orleans, welcome Dixie Brewing Company home by visiting its new facility in New Orleans East. Enjoy world class dance with An Evening of Stars from the Ballet Association. Miss Saigon brings Broadway to New Orleans with performances all week long. Check it out below.

Miss Saigon Tour (Photo by Matthew Murphy)


Miss Saigon – Broadway in New Orleans brings Miss Saigon to the city from January 21-26, 2020. Based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is the story of love and heartbreak between a young Vietnamese woman and an American G.I. who meet just before the fall of Saigon. Catch the show at the Saenger Theater while it’s here. Tickets start at $30.


Dixie Beer Grand Opening – Celebrate the homecoming of Dixie Beer by visiting its brand new brewery in New Orleans East. The new 85,000 square foot facility will include a 100-barrel brewhouse and a 15-barrel craft system and will offer tours, tastings, serve food, and invite guests to relax on the outdoor greenspace and patio. Tours are $5 for adults 21 and over. Children enter for free. Visit from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at 3501 Jourdan Rd.

Ji-Young Chae of Boston Ballet in “Giselle” (Photo by Park Sang Yun)

An Evening of Stars – Experience dance at its finest with An Evening of Stars, presented by the New Orleans Ballet Association. Guest artists will perform selections from classical masterpieces Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Raymonda while also participating in contemporary works. The performance is Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $20.

An Evening with Esther Rose – A rising star in the country music scene, Esther Rose is on the heels of a new album and in the middle of constant touring. See her at the Starlight on 817 St. Louis St. this Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.


Burns Night – Established in the United Kingdom but celebrated worldwide, Burns Night pays homage to the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns. Celebrate the artist with bagpipers, cocktails, and a special menu at Jewel of the South from 7 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.

The Smoothie King Center, home to the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Pelicans vs. San Antonio Spurs – This is a game that’ll go down in history as Zion Williamson makes his regular season debut at home in the Blender. The game begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Smoothie King Center. Tickets start at $24.

Discussion: Black Creole Mardi Gras Traditions – Enjoy a panel discussion on Black Creole Mardi Gras traditions at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. The evening will include food, music, religious practices, and masking, facilitated by guest speaker Dianne Honore. The lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Thursdays at Twilight – The Ladies of Soul, Naydja CoJoe, Rechelle Cook, and Sharon Martin, will sing Motown, jazz, rhythm and blues, and familiar New Orleans tunes at this week’s Thursdays at Twilight. The concert begins at 6 p.m. in the Botanical Gardens at City Park. Admission is $10.

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