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Weekend Picks: Oyster Fest, Overlook Film Festival, and More

Indulge in charbroiled oysters at Oyster Fest (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, we’re saying goodbye to May and hello to June. Indulge in creative oyster dishes at New Orleans Oyster Festival, or watch Mardi Gras walking krewes battle it out in the ultimate dance off. Enjoy a stroll through Lakeview on Saturday evening, or attend a chamber music concert at Birdfoot Festival. There’s so much to see and do this weekend in New Orleans.

The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. (Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2018)


Come From Away – Coming to the Saenger Theater with Broadway Across America, this inspiring musical tells the true story of a small Canadian town that welcomed the more than 7,000 stranded international passengers in the midst of 9/11. Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans will host a special donation drive for Covenant House at the Saenger. Theater-goers are asked to bring toiletry items of need, which you can learn more about here. Performances are May 28-June 2, and tickets start at $30.

Overlook Film Festival – New Orleans’ horror film festival is back from May 30-June 2. Fans of the genre will flock to the French Quarter for a long weekend of cinema, alongside live radio plays, virtual reality experiences, storytelling, and an immersive and interactive alternate-reality game experience. Check out the schedule here. Ticket prices for individual film screenings are $13, but all access passes are available.


Halfway to Halloween Dance Off – You don’t have to wait for the next parade to roll around to see some of your favorite costumed dance krewes. The groups will go head to head for the ultimate bragging rights, and the event will also serve as a Halloween costume drive to benefit ‘Ween Dream, which provides children with Halloween costumes. The dance off will be held from 2-6 p.m. at Spanish Plaza at the Riverwalk, and the event is free.

Visit Harrison Avenue in Lakeview. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Harrison Avenue Stroll – Enjoy a block party held in the heart of Lakeview this Saturday. Beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy food, drinks, store discounts, and trolley rides along Harrison Avenue. The event is 21+ and tickets are $15.

Stop by the galleries on Julia Street for Arts District First Saturdays. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Arts District First Saturdays – Head to the Arts District for First Saturday Gallery Openings this Saturday. From 6-9 p.m., stroll through the galleries along Julia Street. From 6-8 p.m., visit the nearby South Market District for live music, food and drink specials, and shopping during South Market Live.

Also on Saturday, five new large-scale murals will be unveiled across downtown New Orleans. These murals are the first round of commissions from Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a project of the Arts Council New Orleans. To celebrate, there will be a block party with food, music, drinks, and interactive elements on the 400 block of Julia Street during the First Saturday Gallery Openings.

Oyster Fest takes place in Louis Armstrong Park this Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2019. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


New Orleans Oyster Festival – Charbroiled, fried, and raw – there are many ways to consume an oyster, and this is the festival dedicated to it. Even if you’re not interested in oysters, you’ll have a good time. Cooking demonstrations, live music, crafts, and an oyster shucking contest are highlights of the festival, held along the Riverfront in Woldenberg Park. The best part – admission is free!

The Contemporary Arts Center is located in the Central Business District. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Birdfoot Festival – New Orleans is known for its diverse music scene, and this week we’re celebrating chamber music with Birdfoot Festival. Musicians from around the world assemble at this festival, headquartered at the Contemporary Arts Center. From May 28-June 1, attend a concert, sit in at an artist-in-residence rehearsal, and hear from speakers about their work. Check out the schedule and ticket prices here.

Thursdays at Twilight – The final event in the Thursdays at Twilight concert series is May 30 and will feature jazz singer Banu Gibson. Admission is $10 per person, and the performance begins at 6 p.m. in the New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park.

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