8 things to do this weekend: Sept. 20 – 22

Festivals featuring Louisiana crabs, fried chicken and beer make this the perfect weekend for foodies.

Fall festival season takes us to great events for foodies on the Northshore and Southshore -- including the fried chicken showdown at Fried Chicken Fest. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

National Fried Chicken Festival

Friday, Sept. 20 – Sunday, Sept. 22

Fresh off the fried chicken sandwich debate that sparked social media wars, New Orleans gets to crown its own champion at the 2019 National Fried Chicken Fest. Festival-goers can test test traditional and creative fried chicken dishes from more than 30 restaurants at Woldenberg Park this weekend. Festival organizers expand the 2019 festival to three days. The music lineup at this year’s festival includes performances from bounce supergroup Bounce Royalty featuring Choppa, Cheeky Blakk and DJ Jubilee, the St. Augustine High School “Marching 100,” Bonerama, Dwayne Doopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Little Freedie King, Cha Wa and Water Seed, among others. The fest takes place on Friday, Sept. 20 from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Want to know about the dishes at the fest? We have details on the complete menu.

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St. Tammany Crab Festival

Friday, Sept. 20 – Sunday, Sept. 22

Crab lovers can get their fill when the St. Tammany Crab Festival returns to Slidell’s Heritage Park. The fest features three days live music, food and festival fun. Indulge in local cuisine centered around crab dishes and other indigenous foods from Southeast Louisiana. Festival-goers can also enjoy carnival rides, a vintage car show and a scenic boat tour of Bayou Bonfouca. One-day passes cost $25 at the gate. Three-day festival passes can be purchased online only, in advance, for $40. Kids ages 12 and under enter free.

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'Friends' 25th Anniversary Couch Tour

Friday, Sept. 20 – Sunday, Sept. 22

Fans of the classic sitcom “Friends” will get the chance of a lifetime to sit on the iconic orange couch featured on the show as part of the show’s 25th anniversary celebration. The best news is that the couch will make a stop in New Orleans. Fans will get the opportunity to recreate the show’s beloved opening credits when it stops in Jackson Square. The couch will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22.

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Third Annual Music for Mental Health Concert

Friday, Sept. 20

Several New Orleans musicians will perform at the third annual Music for Mental Health benefit concert on Friday at Gasa Gasa. Kathryn Rose Wood hosts the evening featuring Kristin Diable, Spirit McIntyre, Dominic Minix (of Yung vul), Assata Renay and Paul Sanchez. The benefit highlights mental health matters in commemoration of National Suicide Awarness month. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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NORD Movies in the Park

Friday, Sept. 20

Thew New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission continues its fall season of Movies in the Park on Friday. The event features family-friendly, outdoor movie screenings at NORD parks and playgrounds. This week’s feature movie is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at Latter Branch Public Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue. Movies begin at dusk. Also, each film screening has an alternate, indoor location in case of inclement weather. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets. No pets, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, firearms, weapons, smoking or outdoor cooking permitted.

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NOLA on Tap

Saturday, Sept. 21

Grab your canine companion, and head to City Park for the region’s largest beer fest in the region. Sample more than 400 local, national and home-brewed beers all for a good cause. The pup-friendly festival also benefits the Louisiana SPCA. The music lineup features Robin Barnes, Category 6 General admission tickets start at $5. Drink tickets start at $30.

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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Saturday, Sept. 21

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day offers free admission at a dozen New Orleans museums on Saturday. The annual, one-day event allows people free access to participating museums and cultural institutions around the country. In order to receive the offer, visit the Smithsonian’s website and find a participating museum you would like to visit. Download your ticket and present it at the museum. The Museum Day ticket provides free general admission for two people.  You can only download one ticket per e-mail address.

See the list of participating Louisiana museums here.

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The Oddities and Curiosities Expo

Saturday, Sept. 21

The New Orleans Oddities and Curiosities Expo heads back to the Alario Center on Saturday ahead of the Halloween season. The show displays creepy, strange and bizzare items, along with sideshow acts. The event happens from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is $10, and kids age 12 and under enter free.

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