8 things to do this weekend: Nov. 9 – 11

Get hungry for some great food fests for po-boys and boudin, along with some Veterans Day activities to honor our country's heroes.

Some great festivals pop up as we gear up for Veterans' Day weekend. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

Bayou Road Balloon Festival

Friday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 11

The Bayou Road Balloon Festival returns for its second year at Sidney Torres Memorial Park this Veterans Day weekend. The festival features multiple hot air balloons creating a spectacular “night glow” each evening. The fest also debuts a couple of new elements this year including the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill and a LED light kite show. The stage and festival grounds will be packed with local musicians and artists showcasing the vibrant communities of St. Bernard Parish. Tethered balloon rides, carnival rides and local food & beer booths make this a can’t-miss event. Single day passes are $5 and weekend passes are $10. Festival hours are Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Westwego Cypress Swamp Fest

Friday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 11

The Westwego Cypress Swamp Festival will feature plenty of swamp pop music, dancing, rides and food all weekend. Head to the West Bank at the Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market for all the fun. Admission is $3.

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Weeki Wachee mermaids splash at Audubon Aquarium

Friday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 11

This is your last weekend to catch the Weeki Wachee mermaids splashing at Audubon Aquarium. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., mermaids and pirates will dive beneath the surface of the Great Maya Reef, which is home to stingrays and tropical fish. Guests can also meet a mermaid up-close and have photos taken near the second floor Stingray touchpool as well as enjoy many different new activities.

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Boudin, Bourbon & Beer

Friday, Nov. 9

Chef Emeril Lagasse and friends sure know how to throw a party. Food network star and TV personality Guy Fieri has been named co-chair this year. The annual outdoor fundraiser will feature its biggest chef lineup yet, with more than 70 award-winning local and regional chefs. The big boudin bash also raises money for a good cause. Live music and great beverages, featuring all things bourbon, also pave the way for a great night. Tickets are $135 in advance and include all food, beverage and entertainment. The admission price increases to $150 on the day of the event. Check out the menu lineup here.

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Lakeview Veterans' Day Parade

Saturday, Nov. 10

The fourth annual Lakeview Veterans’ Day Parade honors our country’s heroes on Saturday. The parade rolls starting at 11 a.m., starting at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 6254 Vicksburg Street. The parade will proceed onto Harrison Avenue, go up to Argonne Boulevard and loop around back down Harrison Avenue. The parade will turn right on Vicksburg Street and proceed to the St. Dominic Schoolyard. See the route and more info at the website. We have even more Veterans Day events and freebies featured here.

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Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

Saturday, Nov. 10 – Sunday, Nov. 11

Downtown Covington becomes vibrant with this two-day art festival. The fest features more than 200 tents featuring artists from around the country, along with music and food. There’s also lots of activities for kids. The fest opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

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Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival

Saturday, Nov. 10 – Sunday, Nov. 11

Jump start your holiday shopping at the Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find special gift ideas among craft and antique vendors at the festival. Children’s entertainment includes pony rides, face painting and historic games. The fest will also feature a food court, demonstrations and live entertainment. Admission is $8 per adult and teen. Entry free for children ages 12 and under.

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Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

Sunday, Nov. 11

Oak Street Po-Boy Fest will once again celebrate New Orleans’ beloved sandwich on Nov. 11. Festival-goers can expect to try more than 50 delicious varieties of po-boys from some of the best sandwich makers in town. The festival takes over Oak Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. While admission to the fest is free, the $5 wristband policy for the purchase of po-boys will return once again this year. Drool over this mouth-watering po-boy menu before you go.

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