8 things to do this weekend: July 26 – 28

There's a special Beatles tribute concert happening in New Orleans this weekend.

It's a big weekend for fishing, but that's not the only activity we have on deck. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo

Thursday, July 25 – Saturday, July 27

Anglers have a new way to compete this year at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. The country’s oldest fishing tournament will attract fishing enthusiasts to the coastal town on Thursday, July 25 to Saturday, July 27 at the Sand Dollar Marina and Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion. For the first time ever, the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo will launch a kayak division in 2019.  There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy at the pavilion, even if they’re not planning to fish. Activities open to the public starting each day at 11 a.m.

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Moonlight on Magazine

Saturday, July 27

Businesses along Magazine Street will stay open late on Saturday for Moonlight on Magazine, an annual summer block party. Sip while you shop at your favorite shops for sales while enjoying live music and complimentary refreshments. The event happens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Louisiana Children's Museum Closing Party

Saturday, July 27

The Louisiana Children’s Museum will host a party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to honor the historic downtown location before the big move to City Park. The closing party celebrates the last 33 years spent at 420 Julia Street. Children and families are invited to come to play in the exhibits one last time before an official countdown with balloons, confetti and a second-line out to Julia Street to say goodbye and close the big blue doors. Tickets are $2.50 for members and $10 for non-members.

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Taste of Africa Mini Fest

Saturday, July 27

Organizers behind the NOLA Caribbean Experience and Afrobeat NOLA team up for the Taste of Africa Mini Fest on Saturday. The event showcases African arts and craft vendors, music and cultural performances. Delicious African and African diaspora cuisine from Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Haiti and New Orleans will also be featured. Another highlight is an African dance competition and Pepper Soup eating competition. The event takes place Saturday, July 27 from 4 p.m. to midnight at the Deja Vieux Food Truck Park. General admission tickets are $10, and VIP tickets cost $25.

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Fauboug St. John Bastille Day Block Party

Saturday, July 27

The 2019 Fauboug St. John Bastille Day Block Party celebrates the French national day on Saturday from 4:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for July 13, but was postponed due to Barry. The event features music, and arts market and neighborhood vendors like 1000 Figs, Cafe Degas, Liuzza’s by the Track, Lola’s and Swirl Wines. Guests can also participate in a costume contest for the best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon costume.

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Dr. Saux's Pirate Party

Saturday, July 27

Party with the Northshore’s favorite Pirate Oncologist at Dr. Saux’s Pirate Party on Saturday at the Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill. The annual fundraiser and birthday celebration supports the National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Tammany. Admission gets you entry, free beer and live music at Columbia Street Rock N Blues that same evening. General admission is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

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Inaugural Louisiana Art Car Festival

Saturday, July 27

A new summer festival hits the Northshore: The Louisiana Art Car Festival. The free, inaugural event is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 in the parking field across from Abita Town Hall. The informal event allows art car enthusiasts to show off their wheels in Abita Springs. This event is produced by the Abita Springs Men’s Club and The Abita Mystery House.

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New Orleans Beatles Fest

Saturday, July 27

Some local musicians will put their own spin on classic hits of The Beatles. The 17th annual New Orleans Beatles Festival happens at the House of Blues at 9 p.m. on Saturday. In honor of the 50th anniversary of its release, the entire “Abbey Road” album will be performed live on stage, cover to cover. The festival features performances from Chuck Credo IV, The Topcats, The Molly Ringwalds, Vince Vance, Rockin Dopsie Jr., Jimmy Robinson, Scott Schmidt, Jim Lockwood and other special guests.

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