8 things to do this weekend: Oct. 18 – 20

The Krewe of BOO! Halloween parade and several fall festivals keep the good times rolling this weekend.

Celebrate the countdown to Halloween with the annual Krewe of BOO! parade rolling on Saturday. There's also plenty of fall festivals to help you stay on a roll this weekend. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

New Orleans Film Festival

Friday, Oct. 18 – Sunday, Oct. 20

Now in its 30th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has become one of the premier festivals in the country. The fest launches on Wednesday night and continues until Oct. 23. Movie buffs can see more than 200 film screenings at various venues over the eight-day period, along with some killer parties. The 2019 lineup boasts a curated slate of visionary, thought-provoking films representing a wealth of perspectives. Passes are available at different price points. In addition to the passes that are available for purchase which allow admission to festival screenings and special presentations, the fest will also be holding several screenings that are free and open to the public.

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Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Friday, Oct. 18 – Sunday, Oct. 20

The Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival offers the perfect blend of blues and barbecue this weekend at Lafayette Square. The Allman Betts Band, Houma guitar hero Tab Benoit, R&B “swing” singer Tucka, gospel legends the Zion Harmonizers and New Orleans blues favorite Little Freddie King are just a few of the artists performing. A dozen barbecue vendors will serve up some smoking dishes, and there’s a huge arts market. Festival hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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Andouille Festival

Friday, Oct. 18 – Sunday, Oct. 20

It’s a three-day celebration of the delicious Cajun meat at the St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival this weekend. More than 20 food vendors will serve up dishes. The fest will also have carnival rides, live music, pageants and a second-line parade. Several bands are part of the music lineup like The Bucktown All-Stars, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The Topcats, among others. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 3 to 12. Festival hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.t o 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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Praise Fest

Friday, Oct. 18 – Sunday, Oct. 20

A gospel music festival descends upon Bayou St. John with performances by some of the best in the gospel community this weekend. The free, three-day event brings different cultures together this weekend for praise and worship. The fest takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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Krewe of BOO! Halloween Parade

Saturday, Oct. 19

The 12th annual Krewe of BOO! parade will haunt the French Quarter and the CBD, when it rolls at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. New Orleans’ official Halloween parade will feature more than 15 floats and more than 30 marching krewes. The World Series-winning Eastbank Little League team will also ride in the parade. Organizers also announced a shortened parade route, due to the collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel construction site. Parade-goers will be able to catch New Orleans-made food items like Elmer’s CheeWees and Aunt Sally’s pralines, along with collectible beads and other items — all in line with the parade’s traditional eco-friendly theme.

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Northshore on Tap

Friday, Oct. 18

The Hospice of the South’s annual beer fest rounds up craft breweries and home brewers. Admission into the event includes all you can drink beer with food available for purchase. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Proceeds benefit the Hospice Foundation of the South’s only Hospice House in St. Tammany Parish. General admission tickets are $25.

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Boo Carre Halloween Haunt

Saturday, Oct. 19

Head to Dutch Alley in the French Market District for the annual Boo Carre Halloween Haunt on Saturday. The free one-day kid-centric event draws a diverse costumed crowd and will feature live music, children’s activities, a Spooktacular Second Line, and trick-or-treating. Children wearing a costume are eligible to receive a free Boo Carre tote bag for trick-or-treating in the French Market District. One per child, while supplies last. The event happens from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Nola Nite Market's Asian Pacific Foodie Nite

Saturday, Oct. 19

Sample cuisine from local Asian food vendors at the Gretna Farmers Market pavilion from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Nola Nite Market’s Asian Pacific Foodie Nite gathers the best Enjoy pho, ramen, bahn mi, rolled ice cream, bubble tea and other items from popular vendors like Thai DJing, Pho Bistreaux and Mr. Bubbles Nola. The event also features live music and kids activities. Proceeds benefit the Westbank Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Gretna and the Responsibility House. Admission is free.

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