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Weekend Picks: Sushi Fest, Lafayette Benefit Show, and More

Sushi, tacos, art, yoga, comedy, concerts: just another NOLA weekend.

This weekend, you can rock at an outdoor concert, but you can also roll: New Orleans Sushi Fest happens all day Sunday. Enriching options like a documentary film festival and a late-night event at NOMA are artistically inclined; horse racing and yoga (with tacos) appeal to the active set. New Orleans Opera Association hosts a summer party, and a special Sunday Showcase of NOLA Comedy Hour is also worth attending: every single penny of proceeds will benefit the victims of the shooting in Lafayette.

All Weekend

1. True Orleans Documentary Film Fest at University of New Orleans – This new film fest, presented by Shotgun Cinema, showcases powerful nonfiction storytelling through documentary films, radio, podcasts, and other forms. Panels and the “Bring Your Own” session (as in, bring your own story) are free; tickets for film screenings are $9 online with discounts available with a valid student ID.

Friday

2. Louisiana Late Night at NOMA – The New Orleans Museum of Art will stay open until midnight for live music, programs, and (of course) art in celebration of Louisiana arts and culture. Specialty cocktails and food are part of the fun, as are a film screening, lecture, a cash bar, and art activities for all ages. Programming is included with museum admission.

NOMA city park
NOMA stays open until midnight on Friday. (Photo: Anna-Marie Babington)

Saturday

3. Street Fare Derby – Held in conjunction with the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ opening weekend of the Summer Quarter Horse Meet, the Street Fare Derby pairs local food and live music with live quarter horse racing. Sample food from vendors like District: Streatcar, La Cocinita, Theo’s Pizza, and more from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the Derby are $10 in advance online.

Sunday

4. New Orleans Sushi Fest The name says it all. Sushi and Japanese-inspired dishes from some of the area’s top restaurants will be available from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena. Wash down your rolls with Sapporo beer, Clos du Bois wine, sake, and cocktails available for purchase. Tickets from $15 in advance or $25 at the door.

5. NOLA Comedy Hour Lafayette Benefit Show All proceeds from this special showcase benefit victims of the theater shooting in Lafayette. The free show includes a silent auction featuring signed items from Amy Schumer, handmade jewelry, yoga classes, and more.

Lagniappe

Yoga & Tacos – On Sunday, Lower Garden District studio NOLA Yoga Loft pairs a $5 yoga class (starts at 3 p.m.) with tacos from Herbsaint’s Gracie Evans-Gan to follow. Live Brazilian music and balcony dining add to the ambiance of this BYOB event, which lasts roughly until 8 p.m. Email nolayogaloft@gmail.com to RSVP.

Incubus and Deftones Concert at Champions Square – The two American rock bands play Sunday starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy the outdoor amphitheater with sweeping views of the city – an added bonus of the Bold Sphere Music series. (Christina Perri and Colbie Callait play Friday as part of the same series). Tickets from about $55 online.

Beaus and Bows Summer Party Kick off the 2015-2016 opera season at this event happening Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Women and men are encouraged to incorporate a bow into their summer attire while snacking on light bites (and summer cocktails) courtesy of Ralph Brennan Catering & Events. Tickets from $25.

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