While the temperatures continue to creep up to the summer sizzle, the city keeps hopping with fun activities both inside and out.
On land and water, the fun flows fully at the MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO Friday to Sunday along the banks of stately Bayou St. John. Three stages of entertainment, including Ani DiFranco, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Soul Rebels and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles are just some of the names providing entertainment. Food fun will be provided by an impressive list of vendors, including Ajun Cajun, Empanola, Mid-City Pizza, Southerns, Nola Snow Snoballs and Bub’s NOLA plus more. Admission is required on foot and afloat, starting at $10. Boogie over to the boogaloo bits here.
It might be a night to jive and wail for the JULIA JUMP Friday at 6:30 pm when the Preservation Resource Center throws a hopping good time in the River Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, 2 Canal St. The black tie-encouraged gathering features a music, entertainment, culinary creations and a chance to support the PRC’s work to preserve architecture, neighborhoods and culture. The special raffle, with curated packages of prizes, feature travel, dining, jewelry, art, apparel and some unique offerings. Jump on over here for the details on the evening of fun.
Camping, art, music and healing converge in the MOONSHADOW FESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday at the Abita Spring Be and Be, 75368 Moonshadow Lane. Providing entertainment at the two-day event are Iceman Special, Jason Neville’s Funky Soul, Mahmoud Chouki, Santa Barbara Streisand and more. Food vendors slated include Tacos Para La Vida, VooDoo Vegan, Popsicle Door Bell plus more. There’s also craft vendors and healing activities that include yoga, meditations, Chakra sound baths, seminars, workshops and ceremonies. Tickets start at $25 with opens for overnighting or day passes. Gaze at the moon here.
GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K is a celebration of the work of young women and the organization that helps to build confidence and make intentional decisions, providing social emotional and physical skills. The Saturday 8 am race at Joe Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans, features an inspiration village (starting at 7 am) and a wellness fair. The race course features track and trail aspects. Registration starts at $20. Move up to the starting line here.
Celebrating languages and cultural diversity of Europe, EUROPEAN LANGUAGE DAY will be Saturday from 9 am at Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St., New Orleans. Coordinated by the French Consulate in Louisiana, with the Haus and Alliance Française, the day includes activities for students and their families that explore a variety of countries. There’s also traditional specialties of several European countries, including French pastries, German beer, Swiss chocolates and more. Music and entertainment include flamenco dancing and a German orchestra. The accent is on fun here.
Bringing addiction awareness and raising funds to support treatment facilities is the goal of the inaugural WALK FOR RECOVERY at 10 am Saturday starting at the RiverShack Gretna, 714 First St., and running along the Mississippi River levee. Funds raised will be distributed between Bridge House/Grace House and Responsibility House. Presented by Gretna Revitalized Enhanced and Developed Inc., the event includes music by Da Rockits. Registration starts at $10. Early registration can be had at (504) 363-1580. Step up for the walk information here.
What’s a festival without food? Perish the thought. The heady blend of entertainment, rides, games and cuisine are what make south Louisiana’s festival calendar sing with spice and the Historic New Orleans Collection takes a closer look with FOOD FORUM: CELEBRATING THE SEASONS — FESTIVALS Saturday at 11 am at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. Dr. Jessica B. Harris, an acclaimed food historian, leads a discuss on the importance of regional food festivals. Also on hand will be Jazz Fest’s food director Michelle Nugent, and representatives from some of the most well-known noshes at the fest: Pierre Hilzim and Monica Davidson of Crawfish Monica fame (yes, that Monica) and Vance Vaucresson of the sausage company. And, don’t worry, there will be tasting samples of festival food. Suggested price is $30. Take a bite of the excitement here.
Put on your dancing shoes and head out to Spanish Plaza at the foot of Canal Street and the Mississippi River to catch the free Krewe of BOO! HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN DANCE OFF at 2 p.m. Saturday. This high-stepping hoedown pits some of the city’s most well-known dance and marching groups against each other to be judged by a panel of celebrities. Among the participants will be Disco Amigos, Pussyfooters, Sassyracs, Sirens, Cherchez La Femme, the Muff-A-Lottas, Lucha Krewe and the many more. Plus, Skinz N Bonez will present a drum performance, iwth good and beverages available for purchase. Get the first-hand info on the frightful fun here.
The Mississippi River is the inspiration for outdoor activities and art-making at the free NOMA FAMILY FESTIVAL in the museum’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden Sunday starting at 10 am with art making, performances, a family garden walk and workshops throughout the day at Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park. Registration is encouraged, as well as appropriate attire for an outdoor event. Food will be available for purchase outside of the garden and permitted in the amphitheater only. Float over here for the lowdown on the family fun.
Jazz, the music of the city, comes alive in sound and in history at THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ EXPERIENCE when Dr. Michael White discusses the unique musical form at the Beauregard-Keyes House, 1113 Chartres St., New Orleans, Sunday at 6 pm The program looks at the history, players, characteristics, repertoire, meaning and social significance, peppered with live music examples provided by quartet of musicians. It’s a BYOB event, with free treats available. Tickets start at $30. Listen up for the particulars on this event here.