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Weekend Picks: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, The Orléans Collection, and More

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, we’re celebrating Halloween. All weekend long we’ll be listening to the sounds of Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park. When the music’s over, we’re headed to Brews & Boos for some late-night amusement park fun. The Riverwalk gets spooky with Boo Dat! A Spooktacular Saturday, fun for children and adults alike. This weekend also sees the opening of the Tricentennial-focused Orléans Collection and the commemoration of Mahalia Jackson’s 107th birthday. Before the weekend’s over, make plans for your Halloween Night in NOLA next Wednesday. As for this weekend, don’t hold back: break out that costume, and come party with the rest of us.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – Worship the music this weekend at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Enjoy performances from headliners Mumford & Sons, Travis Scott, and Arctic Monkeys as well as nearly 70 other artists over the weekend. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is held in New Orleans City Park, and one-day general admission tickets are $75.

The New Orleans Museum of Art (Photo: Kelsey Campion)

The Orléans Collection – The highly-anticipated Orléans Collection opens this Friday at the New Orleans Museum of Art. In celebration of the city’s Tricentennial, the exhibit features selections from the collection of Philippe II Duke of Orléans. Masterpieces from Rembrandt, Veronese, Valentin, and others will be featured in this display made possible through an international loan. The exhibit will run through January 2019. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and active military with ID, $8 for university students with ID, and $6 for children ages 7-12. There is an additional charge of $8 to view the Orléans Collection.


Brews & Boos – Head over to New Orleans City Park for some late-night fun this Friday and Saturday. This annual fundraising event will feature unlimited amusement park rides, treats, open beer bars, and more. Secret judges will be roaming the grounds in search of the best costumes, so make sure to go all out. Tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased here and the event starts at 10:30 p.m.and lasts until 1:30 a.m.

Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow – Known as the longest-running free haunt in the city, Bernie Baxter’s returns with a spooky show entitled “Bernie Baxter’s Traveling Sideshow Presents: Dr. Tisdale’s Terrors.” Head to 44 Vivian Ct. in Algiers for the free show beginning at 7 p.m. For more NOLA Haunted Attractions this weekend, check out our roundup here.


Boo Dat!: A Spooktacular Saturday – This Saturday at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, bring the kids out for Boo Dat!, a family fun trick-or-treating event. From noon to 3 p.m., children can enjoy face painting, decorate treats, go trick-or-treating at different stores within the Riverwalk, and participate in other Halloween-themed activities. The event is free.

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

Bat Festival – Head to the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center and experience the beauty of bats at this festival on Saturday. With crafts, face painting, food trucks, and more, this event is perfect to bring the kids. The festival is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’d like to see the bats at night, sign up for a nature walk at 7 p.m. later that night here.


Mahalia Jackson’s 107th Birthday Tricentennial Celebration – This weekend, New Orleans native Mahalia Jackson will be honored for her 107th birthday. The commemoration begins on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with a Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Providence Memorial Park and Mausoleum on 8200 Airline Dr. Then, on Sunday, participate in a Commemorative Worship Service at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church on 147 Millaudon St. beginning at 11 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Ghost Manor on Magazine Street (Photo: Kelsey Campion)


Pride Night at the Carver – This Thursday, Oct. 25, the historic Carver Theater will feature Pride Night complete with music, dancing, and a Drag Show at 10:30 p.m. all in celebration of the LGBTQ community. Tickets to the event are $10 and it begins at 9 p.m. Make sure to arrive in costume!

Halloween Night – Planning ahead for Halloween night? Head over to the Scare Fare at Music Box Village, a free event which will feature entertainment, face painting, dancing, and games from 5-9 p.m. Paradigm Gardens has a special edition of Pizza & Pies on Halloween Night featuring food from Meril and entertainment from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $45. Still not sure how you want to spend Halloween night? For more ideas, see what’s happening on Halloween Night here.

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