It’s officially summer and here in New Orleans, that means refreshing cocktails, a dip in the pool, and lots of summertime events. This weekend, sip on mint juleps at Juleps in June, enjoy a dance performance at the New Orleans Museum of Art in celebration of their latest exhibit, and head to the Music Box Village one last time before it closes for the summer. New Orleans Black Restaurant Week kicks off with the NOSH Culinary Showcase, a tasting and cocktail competition event. Let’s enjoy the summertime in NOLA.
Juleps in June – Hosted by One Book One New Orleans, Juleps in June will feature desserts from the Cupcake Collection, empanadas from Empanola, mint juleps, and a Jazz Trio from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, all while honoring photographers and activists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. Proceeds from the event will benefit OBONO’s literacy outreach efforts and its annual festival, Words & Music. Tickets start at $75 and the event is from 6-9 p.m. at 1032 Valmont St.
Bodies of Knowledge – The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Bodies of Knowledge, on view June 28 – October 13, 2019. The exhibition brings together 11 international contemporary artists to reflect on the role that language plays in defining our cultural identities, and will be the first global contemporary exhibition of its kind at NOMA. To celebrate the exhibition, opening night will feature an original dance performance by choreographer Edward Spots on Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m.
NOSH Culinary Showcase – New Orleans Black Restaurant Week kicks off on Saturday with the NOSH Culinary Showcase. The culinary showcase will feature a variety of cuisine from New Orleans’ premier Black chefs, caterers, and bartenders. Enjoy cooking demos, tasting stations, and a cocktail competition. Tickets are $45 and the event is from 5-9 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Music Box Village Closing Weekend – Enjoy the closing weekend of the Music Box Village before it goes on summer break. Toast the weekend with all-day drink specials along with snowballs on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. While you’re there, explore the newest addition to the Music Box Village, a new musical house called Elevator Pitch. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children (Louisiana residents pay by donation only).