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Weekend Picks: Oyster Festival, Rubber Duck Derby, and More

The weekend is your oyster with a seafood fest, a race across the CCC, and the final Swing Sunday at Ace Hotel.

Red Fish Grill's BBQ Oyster Po-boy (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

One perk of the end of the long weekend? A short week leading to new weekend activities. You’ll be happy as a clam, er, oyster, this weekend when Oyster Fest heads to Woldenberg Park on Saturday and Sunday. Wake up refreshed on Saturday with jazz yoga at the Old U.S. Mint, then help out a good cause at Second Harvest’s Rubber Duck Derby. Throw in a little cardio with the Crescent City Connection Bridge Run, or Ace Hotel’s last Swing Sunday at Three Keys.

The Crescent City Connection at night. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)
The Crescent City Connection at night. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

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1. Oyster Festival — Get your mollusk fix along the river Saturday and Sunday at the New Orleans Oyster Festival. This free fest showcases the importance of coastal conservation while celebrating its seafood bounties with food demonstrations, an eating contest, live music, and more. Free.


2. Jazz Yoga — Yoga, NOLA-style. Pull on your comfy clothes and stretch out at the Old U.S. Mint Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Instructor Susan Landry leads this yoga class accompanied by meditational jazz piano from pianist Peter Nu. Don’t forget your yoga mat! Free.

Big Lake in City Park will be full of rubber ducks this Saturday! Photo: Paul Broussard
Big Lake in City Park will be full of rubber ducks this Saturday! Photo: Paul Broussard

3. Second Harvest Rubber Duck Derby  The annual fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank has returned to Big Lake in City Park! Participants can adopt a duck or a chance to win one of 10 prizes. New Orleans firefighters use fire hoses to make waves and move ducks towards the finish line, with the first 10 to cross the line deemed winners. Ducks start at $5 each.

4. Crescent City Connection Bridge Run  You’ve seen the mighty bridge crossing the Mississippi River, but have you ever ran across it? At 7 p.m. on Saturday, runners take their mark to race four miles with a breathtaking view of the NOLA skyline. Registration fee is $35. 

Three Keys at Ace Hotel (Photo: Paul Broussard)
Three Keys at Ace Hotel (Photo: Paul Broussard)


5. Last Sunday Swing at Three Keys — It’s your final chance to acquire some swing dancin’ skills inside Ace Hotel. Join the crew as they bid their Sunday Swing event goodbye with great music, a mix and match dance competition, and a cash money prize!

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