8 Things to Do This Weekend: March 2 – 4

This weekend kicks off the start of a busy spring festival season. We found several festivals already happening around the metro area this weekend, plus a little lagniappe. Check out our top picks around the area.

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo

Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4

The magic of Cirque du Soleil returns to New Orleans for a limited run of five performances this weekend at the Smoothie King Center. Corteo brings more than 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world to the stage for a thrilling performance. The show uses visual storytelling to bring to life a festive parade imagined by a clown, picturing his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere. Tickets are on sale for one show on Friday at 7:30 p.m., two shows on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and two shows on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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Sista Strut

Saturday, March 3

Strut your stuff at this walk to raise awareness of breast cancer among women of color. Sista Strut takes over Woldenberg Park this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. This breast cancer walk is a celebration among survivors and those ready to strut for a cure. Registration fees range from $25 to $30, which includes a t-shirt.

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Wiener Dog Racing

Saturday, March 3

Nearly 50 dachshunds compete in the Weiner Dog Dash on Saturday at the Fair Grounds. It’s part of a full day of family fun starting with thoroughbred racing followed by the wiener dog race. First post for horse racing on Saturday is at 1 p.m. In addition, local food truck Frencheeze will be on site. Younger race fans can enjoy inflatable bounce houses adjacent to the beer garden tent. General admission is $5. Clubhouse admission is $10. Kids ages 12 and under enter free.

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Soul Fest

Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4

Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter Eric Benet headlines Soul Fest this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Audubon Zoo. The annual two-day festival brings together thousands for a celebration of African-American culture. The family-oriented event features live music from local jazz, R&B and gospel artists. Festival-goers also can visit with representatives of local health, education and social service organizations and receive valuable wellness and lifestyle information. Admission to the Audubon Zoo or Audubon membership will get you into the fest.

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Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4

Congo Square in Armstrong Park becomes center stage for this melting pot of New Orleans culture at this two-day, family-friendly festival. Check out the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans funk and African dance fill the line-up at this free fest. Look out for the Rebirth Brass Band, Water Seed and a showcase of African dance.

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Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon

Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series infuses each course with live bands, cheer teams and more. Runners can line up for the five-kilometer race on Saturday at 8 a.m. The 10-kilometer race kicks off on Saturday at 7:30 a.m., while the marathon and half-marathon race start at 7:30 a.m. This is a fast, flat course that is complemented by historic houses, iconic landmarks and a post-race party. Soul Rebels and Cowboy Mouth will headline the post-race concert. Online registration for the race is now closed. Walk-up registration will be open at the expo on a first come, first served basis. The health and fitness expo opens at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Visit the site for more pricing and registration details. Here’s a look at the race course.

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Los Isleños Fiesta

Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4

Head to St. Bernard Parish for a cultural celebration of the Isleños people who migrated from the Canary Islands to St. Bernard during the 1700s. The Los Isleños Fiesta celebrates cultural traditions, food, music, and dance on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. All activities converge at the Los Isleños Museum and Village. Entertainment includes well-known musicians and dancers from the Canary Islands, music from local bands and amusement rides for children. Admission $3 for anyone 12 years and older.

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Frisco Fest

Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4

More than 100 crafters, artists and chefs gather at the historic San Francisco Plantation in Garyville, La. for the annual Frisco Fest. The fest opens Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy Creole and Cajun cuisine, a car show, bike tour, live music and kids activities. Festival admission $5. Free fest admission for kids ages 12 and under. Home tour tickets $10. Home tour free for kids ages 6 and under.

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