Beignets, beer and Broadway -- there's plenty to do this weekend.
Fall festival season is in full swing, and the thrills begin for Halloween season. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.
Broadway in New Orleans presents 'Wicked'
Friday, Oct. 4 – Sunday, Oct. 6
The new season of Broadway in New Orleans kicks off with the popular musical “Wicked.” The long-running hit recently celebrated its 15th anniversary on Broadway. The show tells the story of the witches from the Land of Oz. Tickets start at $49. Performances this weekend are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Dutsches Haus Oktoberfesst
Friday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 5
Beer and brats dominate as New Orleans’ largest Oktoberfest celebration gets underway at Deutsches Haus. Get your fill of German culture with plenty of beer, food and music to last three weekends. Other festival highlights include the Dachshund Dash, the beer stein holding contest, special dancing performances tons of German food and German beer. Oktoberfest is Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m Admission is $8. Children age 12 and under get in free.
Miranda Lambert: 'Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour' at the Smoothie King Center
Friday, Oct. 4
Country star Miranda Lambert joins Maren Morris for the “Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour” at the Smoothie King Center on Friday. Other special guests on the ticket are Pistol Annies and Tenille Townes. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts for 7 p.m. Tickets start at $21, plus applicable taxes and fees via Ticketmaster.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Beignet Fest features more than 30 creative and traditional beignet creations from Louisiana food vendors at the Festival Grounds at City Park on Saturday. Some of the vendors will include local favorites like Cafe du Monde and Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, along with new additions like Diva Dawg and Coffee Rani. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the first time, the festival will also now charge a $5 general admission fee.
Westbank Heritage Festival
Saturday, Oct. 6 – Sunday, Oct. 5
New Orleans “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia, 90s hip hop icon Juvenile, internationally-renowned R&B singer Ginuwine, legendary New Orleans DJ and producer Mannie Fresh headline the fifth annual Westbank Heritage Fest on Saturday and Sunday at the Alario Center. The festival will also feature performances from local rapper Choppa and award-winning rapper and bounce music pioneer 5th Ward Weebie, among other acts. TheWestbank Heritage Festival is free to attend and will include music, food and fun for children and adults.
Art for Arts Sake
Saturday, Oct. 5
Sip and shop while strolling along Magazine Street at Art for Arts Sake on Saturday. Shops will extend their hours until 9 p.m. More than 100 businesses will provide free white wine and many will offer special deals, art or trunk shows and even live music. The event is free and open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5
The fifth annual Algiers Fest celebrates the community and military from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday at New Orleans Riverside at Federal City. The family-friendly festival features live music, food trucks, drinks, children’s activities, and for the first year ever—a Glow Bike Ride for breast cancer awareness honoring survivors and the memories of those lost. The event is free and open to the public.
New Orleans City Park Fall Garden Festival
Saturday, Oct. 5 – Sunday, Oct. 6
City Park’s annual Fall Garden Festival celebrates 25 years and debuts a new, state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen. The new Kitchen in the garden in the PLANO vegetable garden will serve as a hub for food education, culinary training and cooking demonstrations. The festival includes plant & garden product exhibits, sales throughout the garden, a Children’s Fun Fest activities area, educational programs, arts & crafts, and more. Educational programs take place in the Garden Study Center and are free with entrance to the festival. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for kids under age 4 and Friends of City Park members.
Check out our Fall Festival Guide for even more festivals happening this weekend and throughout the season.
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