8 things to do this weekend: May 17 – 19

Spring festival season isn't even close to wrapping up. We have your lineup of festival and events for this weekend.

There are quite a few ways to kick back this weekend, including floating to the popular Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19

You’ll find tons of music, food and flotation devices floating along Bayou St. John this weekend. The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo brings a big party to the bayou. However, festival-goers heading to the fest can expect to pay up for the first time in the event’s 14-year history. For 2019, fest-goers will pay $10 per day, or $20 for the three-day weekend. Wristbands will allow in and out access. Children under the age of 12 are free. The 2019 music lineup includes Anders Osborne, The Suffers, Delta blues guitarist Tab Benoit, Cowboy Mouth, Raw Oyster Cult and high-energy bayou pop princess Amanda Shaw. In addition to music on four stages, Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo boasts a curated arts market, a VIP Canopy Club and food from 30 local restaurants. The festival is also known for its paddling, biking and yoga activities.

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Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19

The Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival celebrates the parish’s rich heritage and people this weekend. Festival-goers can enjoy great local seafood and other unique, local food specialties. The festival offers continuous live music from popular local bands, and traditional Swamp pop music. Visitors will also enjoy crafts from local artisans, carnival rides, and the Seafood Queen Pageant.

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New Lion Exhibit Opens at Audubon Zoo

Saturday, May 18

The roar of the lion returns to Audubon Zoo for the first time in five years. Audubon Zoo’s new lion habitat opens on Saturday with a pride of lions and a must-see experience in the African Savanna exhibit. Guests can learn how lions live in the wild and discover their influence on the culture of people living near them. Audubon Nature Institute members will have early access to the Zoo for lion-themed activities. Admission for the general public starts at 10 a.m.

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Historic New Orleans Collection Grand Opening Block Party

Saturday, May 18

The Historic New Orleans Collection celebrates the grand opening of its new $38 million exhibition center with a block party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The party also coincides with International Museum Day 2019. The event will feature performances from the Tin Men, Latin band Javier Olondo & AsheSon, traditional brass band the Storyville Stompers, the children’s band Confetti Park Players, and trad jazz band the Detroit Brooks Trio. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors, on cash-only basis. Admission to both THNOC’s sites and the block party is free.

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Inaugural NOLA Soul & Art Fest

Saturday, May 18

The inaugural NOLA Soul & Art Fest spotlights many local musicians and artists on Saturday at Armstrong Park. The music lineup includes acts like Jack Freeman, Flow Tribe, Water Seed and Robin Barnes. Other festivities include live painting, wine tasting and a silent disco. Tickets start at $10.

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Tyrann Mathieu & Friends Celebrity Kickball Classic

Saturday, May 18

New Orleans native and NFL Pro Bowler Tyrann Mathieu hosts the second annual Celebrity Kickball Classic on Saturday at the Shrine on Airline. The event brings current and former NFL athletes, notable LSU alumni, New Orleans natives and celebrities across sports and entertainment together on the field for a fun-filled afternoon with the New Orleans community. The event benefits the Tyrann Mathieu Foundation.

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Louisiana Veterans Festival

Saturday, May 18

The Louisiana Veterans Festival honors and celebrates the service and sacrifice of all armed service veterans throughout the state of Louisiana. The Louisiana Veterans Festival brings high level entertainment, food and drink, kid activities, unique arts and crafts, and veteran‐themed activities. The East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity hosts this fest from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday at Heritage Park in Slidell. General admission is $15. Veterans and children ages 12 and under enter free.

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Lafreneire Park Earth Day Celebration

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER THREAT

Sunday, May 19

The Lafreniere Park Earth Day Celebration, a free family-friendly event, focuses on educating the public on ways it can positively contribute to the environment. Activities include live music and disc golf. Plus, bring your own mat or towel for free yoga. Local food vendors Ms. Beasley’s Catering Service and Crêpes à la Cart will be at the event. The event is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Al Copeland Concert Meadow in Lafreniere Park.

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