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Weekend Picks: Who Dat Nation Rally & Music Festival, Downriver Festival, and More

Saints fans at home in the Dome (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, marking the unofficial end of summer. There’s no time to be sad though, because fall is just around the corner, and with it comes football, festivals, and lots of fun. This weekend in New Orleans, get ready for the Saints season opener game with the Who Dat Nation Rally & Music Festival. Downriver Festival celebrates the mighty Mississippi, and Tipitina’s hosts its final Free Fridays concert of the summer.

Saints fans get pumped for the game (Photo: Zack Smith)


Who Dat Nation Rally & Music Festival – There’s no better way to get pumped up for the upcoming Saints football season than at a festival alongside fellow Who Dats. Held on the grounds of the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, the three-day festival will feature performances from Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Family Stone, The Guess Who, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Choppa, Cowboy Mouth, and many more. Expect lots of food options, as well as an arts and crafts market at the fest. Entrance to the festival is free on Friday, and tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $30 for one day or $45 for two days. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Saints season opener game against the Houston Texans on Monday, Sept. 9 in the Superdome.

Tipitina’s (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Tipitina’s Free Fridays – Stop by Tipitina’s for a free concert this Friday featuring John “Papa” Gros. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. No ticket is required.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Ogden Museum Family Fair – Head to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for a day full of kid-friendly art activities and entertainment, as well as free museum admission. The Family Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Downriver Festival – This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., celebrate the impact of the Mississippi River with food and drink, music, cooking demonstrations, and educational activities. The food lineup includes Creole cuisine from Chef D’z, Caribbean-inspired cuisine from Café Carmo, desserts from Bywater Bakery, and more. Kinfolk Brass Band Second Line, Jamie Lynn Vessels, and other musicians will take the stage at this festival. Downriver Festival is free and open to the public and held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Lil’ WeezyAna Fest – New Orleans native Lil’ Wayne will host the fifth annual Lil’ WeezyAna Fest this Saturday at the UNO Lakefront Arena. This year’s lineup includes Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, Trey Songz, and others. Tickets start at $72. Gates to the festival open at 2 p.m.

Thursdays at Twilight is a seasonal concert series held weekly at City Park (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Thursdays at Twilight – This Thursday, enjoy a concert from the Ladies of Soul at the Botanical Gardens in New Orleans City Park. Naydja CoJoe, Rechelle Cook, and Sharon Martin will sing Motown, jazz, rhythm & blues, and familiar New Orleans tunes in a concert beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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