8 things to do this weekend: June 28 – 30

Fireworks celebrations start booming on the North Shore this weekend.

Believe it or not, Independence Day celebrations are already getting underway in St. Tammany Parish starting this weekend. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down some events for you to check out.

Avo Taco pop up at Port Orleans Brewing Company

Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30

Avo Taco comes to New Orleans for a weekend pop up at Port Orleans Brewing Co. The taco joint, which hails from Miami and New York City, will be at the brewery from open to close serving its drool worthy tacos, guac, and corn. Port Orleans will serve it’s Mexican Lager, “Dorada” and will unveil a new beer—“Mango Lassi.” ​Starters from Avo Taco will include its famous street corn and guacamole & chips with signature toppings such as mango salsa, pulled pork & crispy onions and shrimp rémoulade & corn salsa. Dozens of tacos featuring steak, pork, seafood and veggies will also be available for purchase. The Soul Project NOLA will be grooving on Saturday evening with their energetic and original mix of funk, jazz, soul, blues and gospel.

 

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Slidell Heritage Festival

Saturday, June 29

Crowds can gather for fireworks and fun when the Slidell Heritage Festival returns to Heritage Park on Saturday. Attendees can expect the firework show to start 9 p.m. The entertainment lineup includes New Orleans pop cover band Bag of Donuts, Cajun fiddler and singer Amanda Shaw and Gulf Coast jazz, blues and funk band Unfazed Show & Band. Several food and drink booths will feature traditional festival fare. The 22nd annual event also features an extended kids area. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 12 years. Children 3 and younger are admitted free.

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Light up the Lake Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, June 29

The City of Mandeville hosts its Light Up the Lake Independence Day Celebration on Saturday. The fun, family event takes place on the Mandeville lakefront, where the public is welcomed to to picnic beginning at 10 a.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with live music by Four Unplugged and a military tribute. There will also be a kids’ tent for the little ones. The evening will close with a festive firework show over the lake at dusk. A rain date is set for Sunday, June 30th. Organizers say no glass containers or charcoal grills allowed.

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Abita Springs Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, June 29

The Abita Springs Independence Day Celebration brings a free event to the Abita Springs Trailhead Park starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The evening features a festive bike parade through the town, so be sure to bring your costumes! The celebration also features a firework show at 9 p.m. and a live music concert. Plus, there’s plenty of food. Bring your chairs and blankets. This event is free and open to all the public.

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NOSH Culinary Showcase

Saturday, June 29

New Orleans Black Restaurant Week, a culinary celebration highlighting African-American and Carribean cuisine and culture, kicks off on Saturday with NOSH Culinary Showcase. The event features food from top local chefs, bartenders and mixologists. Guests are invited to taste and rank a menu of inspired cocktails and dishes. The event happens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

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Kids Canteen at National WWII Museum

Saturday, June 29

Parents looking for ways for kids to escape the summer heat can enjoy Kids Canteen. The event features a matinee movie on select Saturdays at The National WWII Museum BB’s Stage Door Canteen!  Families with kids aged 5 to 13 are invited to participate in a hands-on craft, enjoy a selection of theater snacks, and watch a kid-friendly, WWII-themed movie. This Saturday features a screening of “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” Doors at 10:30 a.m. and showtime at 11:00 a.m. All kids are welcome free of charge and $7 admission for accompanying adults.

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Lil' Brewsiana

Saturday, June 29

Lil Brewsiana brings the best of Louisiana’s local brews, bands, and bites under our roof at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Six craft breweries will take over the tap at House of Blues, while local bands rock the house. Featured Breweries are Port Orleans, Bayou Teche, Urban South, Gnarley Barley, Parish Brewery and Tin Roof Brewing. General admission tickets are $10.

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We the Culture: A Digital Exhibit

Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30

“We the Culture: A Digital Exhibit” is an interactive, digital experience from local creators of color. The creative showcase displays content that documents New Orleans culture and local narratives. The show serves as an introduction to House of the Young as a leading local platform and production company for documenting New Orleans culture. Check out the exhibit at Axiom Gallery on Freret Street on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.