Tales of the Cocktail happens this weekend, but even if you’re not attending any of its events, you’re still in luck. “The bars and restaurants really showcase the best they have to offer during Tales of the Cocktail,” co-founder Ann Tuennerman told us in a recent interview. “This is a really great time to eat and drink in New Orleans.”
It’s also a really great time to get your groove on with several live music shows, including a benefit concert, The Avett Brothers, and the Summer of FUNkjam at One Eyed Jacks. And if you prefer the silver screen to silver tequila? Check out the French Film Festival at Prytania Theatre.
1. Tales of the Cocktail – This festival-meets-trade-event brings together bartenders and spirits professionals from all over the world at locations throughout the city. Bartending events, a Freret Street Block Party, an ongoing restaurant week, and more are all part of the fun.
2. French Film Festival at Prytania Theatre – From July 17 – 23, the New Orleans Film Society and the local French consulate hosts French Film Festival, a nod to the city’s early roots. Pairing two classics from French auteurs with contemporary screenings, the festival also includes the Louisiana premiere of Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent: “If Scorcese adapted Proust,” said Vanity Fair of the film, “this would be it.”
3. Summer of FUNkjam at One Eyed Jacks – Presented by Defend New Orleans, DJ Soul Sister and Disko Obscura host this evening DJ set and dance party starting at 10 p.m. Stones Throw Records artist Dam-Funk will be there, too, along with the Booty Patrol Dancers. Tickets are $15.
4. Jude-Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert – A who’s who of local artists will perform at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre on Saturday night at 7 p.m. to benefit the St. Jude Community Center. Paul Sanchez and Minimum Rage, John Boutte, Sweet Crude, and TBC Brass Band are just a few of the many artists taking the stage. Tickets start at $40.
5. The Avett Brothers with Old Crow Medicine Show – The alt-country groups will perform at Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online from about $70.