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Weekend Picks: Hike the Lafitte Greenway, “Pretty in Pink,” and More

Get outdoors with a City Park fundraiser and a guided hike along Lafitte Greenway this weekend, plus plenty more to do.

Tipitina's (Photo: Paul Broussard)

If this weekend had a color scheme, it’d be pink and green. Actually, make that pink and greenway. The Orpheum Theatre screens “Pretty in Pink” in honor of its 30th anniversary (do you feel old yet?), while the Lafitte Greenway encourages participants to explore New Orleans’ wild side. The Julia Street art walk rings in the new month, CeeLo takes Tipitina’s, dachshunds race at the Fairgrounds, and Lark in the Park benefits our other favorite urban green space, City Park.

Friday

1. Lark in the Park — This annual cocktail party and fundraiser in City Park includes tastings from more than 40 of the city’s best restaurants like Kenton’s, Jacques-Imos, Compere Lapin, MONDO, Shaya, Emeril’s, and so many more. Tickets from $75 with a portion of proceeds benefitting the park.

Saturday

2. “Hike the Lafitte Greenway” Guided Hike — Get to know Lafitte Greenway with this guided, 3-mile hike on Saturday. Registration is at 10 a.m. at Congo Square; from there, participants will follow along the trail until about noon, culminating in a block party with live entertainment and food trucks. Select proceeds (specifically, from beer!) benefit the Friends of the Lafitte Greenway organization.

3. Julia Street Art Walk — Every first Saturday of the month at 6 p.m., Julia Street galleries stay open late for browsing. These Art Walks are particularly pleasant in early spring, when the weather is ideal for a stroll. Free.

4. “Pretty in Pink” Screening at the Orpheum — Costumes are encouraged at this 7:30 p.m. screening (doors at 6:30) of “Pretty in Pink,” celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary. The Orpheum morphs into an ’80s-themed prom just for the occasion, so don’t forget to wear your favorite scrunchie — there’s a prize at stake for the best-dressed audience member. Tickets $10.

5. Wiener Dog Racing at the Fairgrounds — Purebreds of a different kind will race on Saturday, with the first post at 1:25 p.m. Featuring 48 dachshunds in all (four heats of twelve dogs per heat), this may not be as riveting as a traditional derby — but it’s definitely cuter. General admission tickets are $5.

Lagniappe

CeeLo Green at Tipitina’s — Get funky with CeeLo Sunday night, when he’ll perform at Tipitina’s as part of his “Love Train” tour. Doors are at 8 p.m. with tickets available online from $34.50.

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