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Weekend Picks: Restaurant Week, Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations, and More

Carrollton Market is one restaurant participating in New Orleans Restaurant Week (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy music, festivals, and a special meal out on the town. Restaurant Week New Orleans kicks off on Monday and lasts through the weekend, giving you a chance for a fine dining experience at a discounted price. On Saturday, explore the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center at Monarch Festival and attend the kickoff of Hispanic Heritage Month at Fiesta Fest. Last but not least, enjoy live music this weekend with the start of the Jazz & Heritage Concert Series.

Reginelli’s has curated menus for Restaurant Week New Orleans (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

ALL WEEKEND

Restaurant Week New Orleans – Restaurant Week New Orleans kicks off Monday, September 10 and lasts through the weekend, offering price-fixed lunch, brunch, and dinner menus at over 100 New Orleans restaurants. This is your chance to experience some of the best restaurants you’ve been meaning to try (or pay a visit to an old favorite). Check out the menu offerings before you go here.

Photo Courtesy: Lesley Dill, Hell Hell Hell / Heaven Heaven Heaven, Encountering Sister Gertrude Morgan and Revelation, 2010, Mixed media installation, Photography: Michael Smith, Gift of the artist, 2014.45.1

Changing Course-This is the last weekend to see Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). The exhibit celebrates New Orleans’ three-hundredth anniversary by bringing together a group of seven contemporary art projects that focus on forgotten or marginalized histories of the city. Don’t miss this last chance to see installations that pay tribute to the UpStairs Lounge fire of 1973,  the commonalities of Vietnamese funerary rituals and jazz funerals, the legacy of urban renewal in black communities, the changing face of the Old Prieur neighborhood, a photo exhibition addressing the history of New Orleans’ public education system, and more. You can read more about the artists here.

The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (Courtesy of the Audubon Nature Institute)

SATURDAY

Monarch Festival – Learn about the annual 3,000 mile migration of the Monarch Butterfly at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events will include crafts, butterfly hikes, face painting, and the debut of the award-winning film Flight of the Butterflies at the Planetarium. Tickets to the festival are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Fiesta Fest – Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off this Saturday, September 15 with a bang at Fiesta Fest. With live music, dancing, and food and drinks, Fiesta Fest is a celebration of of Mexican and Central American culture presented by Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria. The Fiesta will take place Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight at their Mid-City Market location. For a look at other ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out our guide here.

Jazz & Heritage Concert Series Season Kickoff – The 2018-2019 Jazz & Heritage Concert Series kicks off this Saturday with a performance from two master New Orleans drummers, Herlin Riley and Johnny Vidacovich. They’ll take the stage together for the first time in a night of exploratory jazz for two sets: 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the concert takes place at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on 1225 N. Rampart St.

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