Labor Day weekend might mean that summer’s coming to an end, but in New Orleans, the party’s just getting started. Southern Decadence, a weekend of LGBTQ events, kicks off the holiday weekend. The Saints play their final preseason game on home turf, and the Louisiana Children’s Museum opens its new location in City Park. Before the weekend begins, we pause to remember Hurricane Katrina with a second line through the city. This is the final weekend to get in on city-wide museum and restaurant specials, so be sure to make some time to explore.
Southern Decadence – Southern Decadence is New Orleans’ largest LGBT celebration of the year and coincides perfectly with Labor Day weekend. Highlights of the weekend include a fundraiser event for Project Lazarus, a gay bar crawl, drag brunch, and the Southern Decadence Parade, which winds its way through the French Quarter on Sunday afternoon. Check out more Decadence events here.
Louisiana Children’s Museum Opening – The Louisiana Children’s Museum is headed outdoors and to its new location in New Orleans City Park. The new museum features interactive exhibits that pay homage to Louisiana’s landscape in a state-of-the-art, 56,000 square foot, LEED-certified building overlooking a lagoon. Favorite exhibits from the Warehouse District location, including the life-size bubbles and the grocery store, have been re-imagined and expanded in the new space. Opening day is Saturday from noon to 7:30 p.m. The museum will have extended hours on Sunday and Monday, open from 9:30 a.m. till 7:30 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults and children. LCM members and children under the age of one are admitted for free.
Arnaud’s Bey Day Brunch – In celebration of Beyoncé’s birthday month, Arnaud’s Restaurant is going all out with a special Beyoncé-themed brunch on Sunday, Sept. 1. Menu items include Tomato Pie, “Boy Bye,” Bey-Hive Baked Alaska, and “Back to Business” Buttermilk Biscuits. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can order the special four-course menu for $36 or order items from the traditional a là carte menu. Brunch will also include performances from local drag queens. Reservations are required.
Hurricane Katrina Second Line Memorial – This Thursday, we remember Hurricane Katrina with the Original Rooftop Riders Foundation’s second line memorial. Starting at 1 p.m. at 1826 Tennessee St. in the Lower Ninth Ward, the group will proceed through the neighborhood and back to its starting point. The second line commemorates the 14th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
7th Annual Huey P Long Birthday Celebration – Kingfish celebrates the former governor of Louisiana, Huey P. Long, with a birthday party on Thursday, Aug. 29. Attendees are encouraged to don their best seersucker or Huey Long-era garb and post a picture on Instagram (#PartyWithHuey) for a chance to win the “Best Dressed” contest. The winner will be selected the following day and will win a $100 gift card to Kingfish and a $100 gift certificate to Meyer The Hatter. The party takes place from 4-7 p.m. and will include complimentary small bites, Gin Fizz samples, and a photo booth. Admission is free.
Saints vs. Miami Dolphins – Head to the Dome this Thursday for the final game in the Saints preseason. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $6.
COOLinary – August is the perfect time to try a new restaurant (or support an old favorite). COOLinary is a citywide incentive where with over 100 restaurants offering specialized brunch, lunch, and dinner menus for a fixed price. For a full list of participating restaurants, see here.
Museum Month – Enjoy art in New Orleans all month long. Museum Month is a special program running throughout August, with one museum membership providing access to over a dozen different New Orleans museums. Participating museums include the National WWII Museum, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), and more. See the full list of participants here.