This weekend in New Orleans, it’s all about the Black & Gold. With the NFC Championship Game this Sunday, downtown will be buzzing all weekend long. If the anticipation is just too much, take your mind off of things by heading out to one of these events around town this weekend. Enjoy a new musical, a new exhibit, and a new season of a returning concert series. Then, spend MLK Day with community activities.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder – Opening this Friday at Le Petit Theatre, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder tells the story of a down-on-his luck clerk who learns he is in line for the family fortune – behind eight relatives. The show will play at Le Petit through Feb. 3 and tickets start at $15.
Kingfest Weekend – Perfect for families, the Louisiana Children’s Museum is hosting Kingfest this weekend from Saturday to Monday. Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with story time readings, live local music, arts and crafts, and more. General admission is $10. For more MLK Day events, see below.
Saints Pep Rally – Head on down to the Hancock Whitney Center (701 Poydras St.) for the Saints Pep Rally from 10-11 a.m. Friday. Cheer on the Black & Gold as they prepare to take on the Rams in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday. There will be food, music, dancing, and giveaways at the event.
Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana – Jan. 19 sees the opening of this exhibit at the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University. Created in partnership with formerly incarcerated women, Tulane faculty, community organizations, policy advocates, law experts, and over 30 artists, this breakthrough exhibition explores one of the most critical issues facing our nation–and state–today, as seen through the lens of a population far too often overlooked. Opening day activities take place from 2-8 p.m. and include children’s activities (2-4 p.m.), a literary reading (4-4:45 p.m.), and an opening reception from 6:45-8 p.m. Admission is free.
NFC Championship Game (Saints vs. Rams) – This is what this weekend is really all about in NOLA. If you can’t head to the Superdome for the NFC Championship Game this Sunday, celebrate at one of these sports bars around town. Get into the spirit with our picks for Black & Gold style. Geaux Saints!
Thursdays at Twilight – Wanda Rouzan and a Taste of New Orleans open the 2019 Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series on Jan. 17. Held in New Orleans City Park, Thursdays at Twilight is a weekly concert series featuring jazz and international music at the Pavillion of the Two Sisters inside the Botanical Gardens. Admission is $10 per person with mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water, and food available for purchase. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance begins at 6 p.m.
This weekend rolls into Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the national holiday. At 9 a.m., the city of New Orleans will hold a commemorative service at the New Orleans Jazz Market where keynote speaker Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, will give a speech. From there, the official MLK Day march to A.L. Davis Park will begin at 10 a.m.
If you’re looking to do service, volunteer in the community with City Year New Orleans’ MLK Day of Service from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Head to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for free all-day admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. In collaboration with the Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners Book Drive, you can receive two free museum admission passes if you bring four paperback books to donate while you’re there.