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NOLA Recommends: Top 5 Things to do This Weekend

There’s always something going on in New Orleans!  Whether you’re in town for the weekend or just looking to fill your calendar with local events, take a look at our top list of things going on in New Orleans over the next few days. You can’t go wrong by heading to one (or all!) of them. And, be sure to check back on Monday for more of GoNOLA’s suggestions for next week!

Friday, October 8

Bella Blue’s Dirty Dime Peep Show
Join the lovely graduates of Bella Blue’s Burlesque 101 as they tease and delight!  Featuring the newest faces in the New Orleans Burlesque Scene, with appearances by emcee Ben Wisdom and Bella herself.  Shows on Friday night and Saturday night.  Admission is $12; show runs from 9:00 pm-10:00 pm.
The All Ways Lounge
2240 St Claude Ave

Honey Island Swamp Band at Gretna’s Rockin’ on the River
This fall, the Gretna Amphitheater hosts great concerts every week!  Jam out with the Honey Island Swamp Band as they serve up the best in rock Americana with dat bayou soul. Be sure to bring along chairs and an appetite to this family-friendly event, as local restaurants will be vending delicious treats on-site. Free, from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.
River Front Amphitheater
Huey P Long Avenue at the intersection of First Street
Gretna , LA 70054-0404

Saturday, October 9

Carnaval Latino
Don’t miss this festival of Latin music and Hispanic heritage, including sixteen bands on two stages.  Be sure to catch headliners Los Lonely Boys, who blend Texas rock and blues with Tejano music, and Omara Portuondo, famous for her traditional Cuban music and participation in the 1997 documentary Buena Vista Social Club.  Sample tastes of Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, and El Salvador from ten food vendors, and catch a thrill at the amusement park.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $35 for a weekend pass.  Shows are Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 pm – until.
Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place

Gentilly Fest
This weekend, celebrate all things Gentilly!  Listen to continuous live music from the main stage and gospel tent, sample tantalizing treats from a variety of local vendors, and peruse the arts and crafts booths. Appearances by Kermit Ruffins, Rockin Dopsie and BBQ Swingers, the Treme Brass Band, and more.  And bring the kids–children can enjoy pony rides and their very own kid’s stage. Admission is free, but donations will benefit the New Orleans Police, Fire, and EMS Departments, children’s music camps, and other New Orleans organizations that need our help.  Saturday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm.
Ponchartrain Park Playground
3939 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70126

Sunday, October 10

GAYmazing Race
The NO/AIDS Taskforce is turning ten years old, and they’re celebrating with a race-with a twist!  Teams of 2 to 5 people must make their way through a French Quarter Pub Crawl and answer questions and complete challenges based on HIV prevention information. Exciting prizes await! The Gaymazing Race does not require actual running. Admission $10. 11 a.m. pre-crawl brunch and registration, 12:00 pm – 2:30 p.m. pub crawl, 3 p.m. New Orleans Saints game post-party.
CAN Office
507 Frenchmen St

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