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Weekend Picks: Li’l Weezyana Fest, Mid Summer Mardi Gras, and More

Just as it should be, this weekend is full of music and memories. Li’l Wayne comes back home, Boyfriend celebrates her birthday, the whole city second lines, and more.

Just as it should be, this weekend is full of music and memories. Homegrown rapper Li’l Wayne headlines Li’l Weezyana Fest on Friday; another local rapper, Boyfriend, celebrates her birthday at One Eyed Jacks that same evening. Solange performs on Saturday as part of the Make It Right Benefit, the culmination of several events happening that day including a second line, conference, a city-wide day of service, a Hurricane Katrina 10-Year Anniversary Reading at Tulane, and Mid Summer Mardi Gras on Oak Street. Mid-City’s block party on Sunday has the right idea with its event title: “The Beat Goes On.”


1. Li’l Weezyana Fest – A rumored Hot Boys reunion is said to be part of the event, which takes place at Champions Square at 7 p.m. The homecoming concert is part of the Bold Sphere Music Series.

2. Boyfriend’s Third Annual B-Day Bash at One Eyed Jacks – Cheeky rapper Boyfriend celebrates her birthday with a lingerie-themed party (costumes encouraged) featuring performances from Fleur de Tease, Trixie Minx, and many more. A cupcake bar at the event is alluring in and of itself. Tickets $10 online. 


3. Katrina 10 Commemorative Second Line Parade At about 5:15 on Saturday, two second lines (one Uptown, one downtown) will eventually merge for a neighborhood block party outside Ashé Cultural Arts Center from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Free.

4. Mid Summer Mardi Gras The Krewe of O.A.K. rolls Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. from Oak Street down Carrollton Avenue to Palmer Park and back. Tasty spots like Bourree, Jacque-Imo’s, Oak Wine Bar, Ale, and Tru Burger stud the route, so bring your appetite along with your ‘70s-style costume – the theme this year is Mid Summer of Love: Tie Dye Me Up. Free.

5. Rising Tide Conference – Xavier University hosts conference honing in on the future of New Orleans across areas like arts, culture, and tech. Activist DeRay Mckesson is the keynote speaker at this free event.


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Head to Finn McCool’s on Sunday for a block party. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

The Beat Goes On Party Neighborhood Block Party Finn McCool’s is the hub for this Mid-City neighborhood party on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Free.

Katrina: 10-Year Anniversary ReadingThe Tulane English Department hosts a poignant reading at 3 p.m. on Saturday featuring poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction in response to the storm. Held in the Freedom Auditorium of Woldenberg Art Center, the event features a reception afterward. Free.

Make It Right Benefit Concert – Solange performs alongside locals like DJ Soul Sister at the House of Blues on Saturday, doors at 8 p.m. Tickets from $100 online.

Citywide Day of Service On Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m., the Mayor hosts a Citywide Day of Service for thousands of volunteers focusing on seven specific regions of the city. Register online and view the different projects in need of volunteers.

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