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Weekend Picks: Bastille Day Fete and More

Everything you need for a flawless weekend, from Bastille Day on Saturday to Sunday brunch.

Photo: Rebecca Ratliff

Cultural celebrations, a unique educational opportunity, retail therapy, brunch… this weekend in New Orleans has that rare ability to leaving you feeling both relaxed and accomplished. Read on for all the details!

Bastille Day in New Orleans. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

All Weekend

Bastille Day Celebrations — From Friday’s Bastille Day Fete at NOMA to Saturday’s events at near Bayou St. John, we’ve got the scoop on all the ways to celebrate the city’s French roots.

Tipitina’s. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Foundation Free Fridays at Tipitina’s This week’s iteration of the free concert series features the sounds of local bands Brass-a-Holics and Motel Radio. Doors are at 10 p.m.

Ancient Live Oak trees in City Park. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


BioBlitz at City Park Help scientists take stock of City Park flora and fauna at this biological census event. There are a few registration steps involved, but it’s a unique and educational opportunity in one of the city’s most scenic parks.

A platter from Blue Oak BBQ with the house spicy green onion sausage, brisket, chicken, cole slaw, mac and cheese, and some addictive fried brussels sprouts. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Beer Mimosa Brunch at Blue Oak BBQ  Swap the hoity-toity stuff for good ol’ beer. Local brewery Urban South will sling their tart, citrusy Coop’d Up farmhouse ale topped with orange juice. Did we mention it’ll be paired with delectable ‘que from Blue Oak? Brunch is served from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sip & Shop at the Fairgrounds — Browse locally made goods at the scenic fairgrounds this Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and wine are available for purchase, or you could snag a VIP ticket for $25 (includes bottomless drinks until 1 p.m.). General admission tickets are $5.

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