8 things to do this weekend: May 31 – June 2

This weekend kicks off the start of summer festival season, and we're already jumping right into the schedule. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

Audubon's Dinner and a ZOOvie

Friday, May 31

The popular “Dinner and a ZOOvie” series hosted by Audubon Zoo returns for its seventh season starting with the animated superhero film “Incredibles 2” on Friday. Gates for the movie will open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins after 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $6 and at the gate for $8. Cool Zoo can be added for an additional $7. Children under two years of age receive complimentary admission to both. Online ticket sales will be available up until 5:15 p.m. on the day of each movie.

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Birdfoot Festival

Friday, May 31 – Saturday, June 1

Enjoy the last two days of the international chamber music festival with New Orleans flavor. The Birdfoot Festival closes out with concerts on Friday and Saturday a a few locations. Internationally recognized artists will delight audiences with a series of concerts and related events exploring a range of music, from the 1600s to the present.

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Symphony Book Fair

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

Book lovers of all budgets and all ages can find their next great read at the Symphony Book Fair this weekend at the UNO Lakefront Arena. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra hosts the South’s largest used book sale including an expansive collection of books of all categories, artwork, CDs, DVDs, sheet music and more.

Patrons will be charged a $15 entry fee on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for access to the entire collection. There’s free admission on Friday after 3 p.m., on Saturday and on Sunday. Items range in price from 75 cents to $9, excepting collectible books. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

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New Orleans Oyster Festival

Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2

Have a shucking good time at this free, two-day fest on Saturday and Sunday at Woldenberg Park. The New Orleans Oyster Festival features all the delicious ways you can eat an oyster. Some top local restaurants will showcase their finest oyster dishes like those mouth-watering charbroiled oysters. In addition to lots of eating, the fest will feature music, cooking demonstrations, art vendors and contests, like the oyster shucking competition.

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Saturday, June 1

Volksfest is a traditional German festival celebrating the start of summer and all things German starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Deutsches Haus. One major event features the first New Orleans Volkslauf, a walking tour popular in Germany, led by the chicken dance mascot and will go around the bayou and through City Park. Other activities include wine and schnapps tastings, Maypole dancing, kids games, German dishes and German beer. Admission is $5 for adults. Free for kids under 12 years.

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Krewe of BOO! Halfway to Halloween Dance-Off

Saturday, June 1

Some of New Orleans’ popular Mardi Gras dance and marching groups will go head-to-head in a dance battle. The Krewe of BOO will host a Halfway to Halloween Dance-Off from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at The Riverwalk Spanish Plaza. The free outdoor event will feature celebrity judges, live DJ music, and giveaways with more than 300 competitors from 20 of New Orleans’ favorite dance krewes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event.

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Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation

Saturday, June 1

Arts Council & The Helis Foundation unveil five large-scale murals in Downtown New Orleans on Saturday, as part of the Unframed project. This is the first multi-mural exhibition of large scale artwork downtown and brings work from the gallery walls into the streets.

The inaugural Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation artists are:

Etam Cru, Poland at 600 O’Keefe Street

Team A/C, New Orleans at 333 Julia Street

MOMO, New Orleans at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp Street

Brandan “B-Mike” Odums and Young Artist Movement, New Orleans at 636 Baronne Street

Carl Joe Williams, New Orleans at 827 Tchoupitoulas Street

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Harrison Avenue Stroll

Saturday, June 1

Head to a block party in the heart of Lakeview starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. Stroll down Harrison Avenue via trolley or on foot and enjoy freebies and specials. Tickets for the adult-only event cost $15 in advance or $20 at the event.

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