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Weekend Picks: Wiener Dog Races, Agave Week, and More

Wiener Dog Racing at the Fairgrounds (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Mardi Gras may be officially over, but the party never really stops in New Orleans. We hope you had time to rest, because there’s plenty to do this weekend. It all starts on Saturday with the 2019 Wiener Dog Races and Soul Fest at the Audubon Zoo. Enjoy free live music at the Jazz & Heritage Center and kick off Agave Week with seminars this Sunday. March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating with cocktails and exhibits this weekend. Here are our picks for the weekend.

The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade will hold a “practice” march this Friday in the French Quarter (Photo: Paul Broussard)

FRIDAY

Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade “Practice” March – With St. Patrick’s Day parades right around the corner, it’s like Mardi Gras never left us. This Friday, catch the St. Patrick’s Day Club parading through the French Quarter on a practice march. With floats, music, and stops at nearby pubs, it’ll feel like the real deal. The march will begin at noon in Washington Artillery Park and last until 4:30 p.m.

Wiener Dog Racing at the Fairgrounds (Photo: Paul Broussard)

SATURDAY

2019 Wiener Dog Races – What could be cuter than Wiener Dog racing? Head to the Fairgrounds this Saturday, March 9 to see who will take home the 2019 Wiener Dog Trophy. General admission is $5 and is free for kids 12 and under.

Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers – The Jazz & Heritage Concert Series presents Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers this Saturday, March 9. Singer/songwriter Spencer Bohren, known as a master of American folk and blues, will be joined by the Whippersnappers for this free performance at the Jazz & Heritage Center. Catch the show at 8 p.m. or at 9:30 p.m.

Audubon Zoo (Photo: Paul Broussard)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Audubon Zoo Soul Fest – Head on over to the Audubon Zoo for Soul Fest this Saturday and Sunday. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy live music from local artists, soul food from local restaurants, a wellness fair, and more. Enjoy the festival with Zoo admission, which can be purchased online here at $25.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors ages 60+, and $17.95 for children ages 2-12.

SUNDAY

Agave Week – Agave Week kicks off Sunday, March 10 and continues throughout next week with a lineup of fun seminars and events. This Sunday, learn the nuances of judging spirits at the Top Tequila and Mezcal Competition, then participate in the Don Julio Scavenger Hunt throughout the Warehouse District and French Quarter. Find more information on seminars and tastings for Agave Week here.

The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

ALL WEEKEND

300 More Exhibit at the Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery – Louisiana’s coastline is disappearing at a rate of one football field per hour. As New Orleans looks ahead to the next 300 years, its artists are examining what that means for the landscape. On display through early April, the 300 More exhibit explores themes and issues surrounding environmental and cultural preservation. Themes include everything from coastal restoration and urban conservation efforts, to water management and industry. The exhibit includes works by 32 New Orleans artists and is located inside of the Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery Hotel downtown. It is free to view.

The Ruby Slipper Café (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS

Celebrate Women’s History Month this weekend with these events

International Women’s Day – Cocktails for Balance – Celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8 with this happy hour fundraiser from the Rotary Club of Mid-City New Orleans. Head to the Ruby Slipper Cafe on 315 S. Broad St. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for drinks and networking. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the New Orleans Family Justice Center, which supports survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The event is free to attend, with a suggested donation of $15, which covers the cost of a survivor kit.

The Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University is holding a handful of events this March in honor of Women’s History Month. Highlights include the first event on Saturday, March 9 at noon where guests can drop by the museum for a unique walk-through of the galleries led by the artists who contributed their work to Per(Sister) as they discuss their experiences interpreting formerly incarcerated women’s stories into art.

LAGNIAPPE

“Medal of Honor: Edward Carter” Film Screening – Join The National WWII Museum for a special screening of an episode of Netflix’s original documentary series “Medal of Honor.” The episode will explore the story of Edward Carter, one of only seven African American men to receive the US military’s highest honor for heroic actions during World War II. Netflix’s “Medal of Honor” series celebrates eight recipients, telling true stories of valor drawn from multiple wars. A special conversation with author and family member Mrs. Allene Carter will follow. The screening begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 and is free and open to the public. Register online here.

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