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New Orleans Restaurant Week, Irish Fest, and More

Visit Copper Vine for brunch (Photo: Justen Williams)

This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy dining deals for one week only with New Orleans Restaurant Week, and get ready to be spooked on Friday the 13th with haunted house openings. DJ Soul Sister is throwing a birthday concert with Mannie Fresh, and Irish Fest brings food, music, and more on Saturday. It’s a good weekend to be in NOLA.

Visit Tableau during Restaurant Week (Photo: Paul Broussard)


New Orleans Restaurant Week – Indulge in dining deals for just one week this September. From September 9-15, enjoy two-course lunches for $20 or less, and three-course dinners and brunches for $39 or less. Over 100 different restaurants from across the city participate in Restaurant Week, serving everything from classic New Orleans cuisine to dishes inspired by Asian, Caribbean, and Mediterranean flavors, among others.

Measure for Measure at NOMA– Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is a classic Shakespeare play well-fashioned for our modern political landscape. As a part of PlayOn Shakespeare, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival commissioned 36 playwrights – more than half are women and more than half are playwrights of color –  to translate Shakespeare’s works into contemporary modern English. The show opened this past Wednesday and this weekend will be the first. Tickets start at $15 and the show begins at 7:30p.m. The NOLA Project partners with PlayOn Shakespeare to present Aditi Kapil’s modern-verse translation of this classic at NOMA’s Great Hall.

New Orleans Nightmare (Photo credit: Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group)


Spooky Friday – Halloween season is kicking off before fall officially begins this year for a couple of haunted attractions in New Orleans. New Orleans Nightmare and The Mortuary both open for the season this Friday, Sept. 13. Both attractions are haunted houses that’ll make you feel like you’re the star of your own horror movie. General admission tickets for The Mortuary are $30 and it opens at 8 p.m. General admission tickets for New Orleans Nightmare are $13 and it opens at 7 p.m. What more could we want for Spooky Friday?

Hispanic Heritage Celebration – Celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month with this free event from the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission. Starting at 5 p.m., head to 2529 General Meyer Ave. for an outdoor family-friendly movie, salsa dance lessons, and food trucks.

DJ Soul Sister’s 13th Annual Birthday Jam – Join DJ Soul Sister and friends for a birthday bash concert this Friday. The show will also feature Mannie Fresh, and birthday cake will be served. Tickets are $18 in advance and the concert starts at 10 p.m.

Friday Nights at NOMA – This Friday’s series of East-West at the New Orleans Museum of Art brings Safar music collaborations led by New Orleans-based Moroccan musician Mahmoud Chouki, in concert with Georgie Petrov and Sam Dickie. The concert begins at 5:30p.m and goes until 8:30p.m. Arrive early and stay late for the full lineup of events. From 5pm – 8 pm enjoy the Art on the Spot drop-in activity table. At 6 pm: Gallery Talk with Curator Katie Pfohl on Bodies of Knowledge, 7 pm: Gallery Talk with Curator Mel Buchanan on The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, and at 7:30 pm: Screening of the short film While I Still Can (featuring Gee’s Bend quilters).


Irish Fest – Celebrate Irish culture this Saturday at Irish Fest. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy food, music, dance, a corned beef cook off, and more at Kingsley House. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

The Music Box Village (Photo: Zack Smith)


Music Box Village Fall Opening Weekend – Opening Weekend at Music Box Village will feature two Happy Hours under the trees on Saturday (10 a.m. to noon and 4-6 p.m.), as well as Latin food from Naca Nica beginning at noon. Sunday will feature food from Big Easy Treats starting at noon. This year marks a new program with Positive Vibrations Foundation where New Orleans musicians will visit the Village during Open Hours, 3:30-5:30 p.m., to improvise, demonstrate, and play along with visitors. Opening weekend has Meschiya Lake on Saturday, and Sunday, Cody Hoover.

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