Bayou Boogaloo, Zach Bryan concert, Beatles tribute among things to do this weekend, May 18 - 21

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - We’re feeling the heat as summer approaches, but that’s not stopping lots of events from happening around town. Here’s a list of events happening in New Orleans and the surrounding areas this weekend from May 18 to May 21.

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo returns for three days of music, food, culture and floating on Bayou St. John from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21.

New Orleans-born comedian Sean Patton headlines the festival’s first-ever comedy tent featuring three days of comedy programming. Bayou Boogaloo also features a diverse music lineup across two stages with Juvenile, The Yonder Mountain String Band, Boyfriend, Rebirth Brass Band, Reverend Horton Heat and The Iceman Special, among others.

Festival organizers also launch an extended silent disco activation with DJ takeovers from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, with the last headliner ending at 9:30 p.m. Gates open on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Tickets to the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo are $25 per day, $45 for a three-day pass and $220 for the three-day Crescent 9 VIP pass. Kids 12 and under are free.

For more information and tickets, visit the website,

Zach Bryan: ‘The Burn, Burn Burn Tour’

Rising country star Zach Bryan stops in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center while on his ” The Burn, Burn Burn” North American tour on Saturday, May 20.

Bryan has been making waves in the country music scene and playing shows to sold-out crowds across the country. Just last week, he won “New Male Artist of the Year” at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Special guest Trampled by Turtles joins the show as a special guest. The show starts at 8 p.m. Find more details about tickets via the Smoothie King Center website.

‘Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles’

Beatles fans can see a performance of “Rain: A Tributes to the Beatles” at the Saenger Theatre on Sunday, May 21.

The theatrical event pays tribute to the band’s iconic songs, including favorites from the “Abbey Road” album and the “Rooftop Concert.” The show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $39.50 via Ticketmaster or the Saenger Theatre box office.

‘Don’t Tell Mama: Drag Me to the Roosevelt’ Drag Brunch

“Don’t Tell Mama” is the theme of the drag brunch at The Roosevelt New Orleans on Saturday, May 20.

The third installment of the hotel’s “Drag Me to The Roosevelt” series, the brunch features a three-course meal along with lively entertainment from New Orleans’ own Kitten N’ Lou, voted Best Duo by The Burlesque Hall of Fame, along with special guest performers.

The event will be hosted in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom (Mezzanine Level), with doors opening at 11:45 a.m. and the event beginning promptly at noon. General seating tickets are $99 plus tax, gratuity and service charge and include a three-course brunch and bottomless mimosas. To purchase tickets for “Drag Me to The Roosevelt – Don’t Tell Mama,” click here.

Mental Wellness Networking Mixer

For the first time, a burgeoning New Orleans networking series, aKrewe NOLA, partners with the New Orleans Business Alliance for a mental wellness networking mixer at Dream House Lounge, a Central Business District mental and spiritual wellness venue, on Thursday, May 18.

With their first mental wellness-focused event, aKrewe NOLA hopes to foster important conversations around mental health while helping young professionals build a supportive community that encourages personal and professional growth.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public. To register for this event or for more information about future events, visit

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