8 Things to Do This Weekend: March 9 – 11

Three parades hit the metro area this weekend! Here are our top event picks to help you plan.

We found an excuse to get you back on the parade route this weekend. Plus, music lovers can party with some big names. Check out our top picks from around the area.

Lark in the Park

Friday, March 9

Friends of City Park’s premier fundraiser, Lark in the Park, brings more than 40 local restaurants and live entertainment to the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn and Peristyle at City Park on Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event includes a live and silent auction, a car raffle, a jewelry raffle, performances by Sweet Crude and DJ Ann Glaviano and premium libations. VIP guests will have the opportunity to kick off the night with an exclusive preview party from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The VIP party includes cuisine from Dickie Brennan & Co. family of restaurants and live entertainment from Paul Soniat and special guests from the Friends of City Park Historical Musical Train Tour. Tickets are $100 per person, $90 for members of Friends of City Park, and $75 per Party Flock ticket (ages 21-35). Tickets are limited and attendees must be 21 years or older. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Casino Building.

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New Orleans Bourbon Festival

Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10

The New Orleans Bourbon Festival returns for a second year for the enjoyment of bourbon lovers. The fest kicked off on Thursday and continues through Saturday. The spirited theme this year is “Bourbon Generations,” featuring families from long lines of master distillers. Festivities include seminars and a two-day Grand Tasting on Friday and Saturday. The indoor/outdoor marketplace will offer Bourbon-centric products and bites by local restaurants. Events for the festival converge at the Contemporary Arts Center and Le Meridian Hotel. Visit the website for the complete schedule of events. Ticket prices start at $59.

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BUKU Art + Music Project

Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10

This eclectic, two-day festival takes over Mardi Gras World Saturday and Sunday bringing along a slew of electronic, hip-hop and indie acts. Bassnectar, Migos, SZA, and MGMT are just a few of the artists making a presence this year. Festival organizers boast a couple of new site improvements this year including a new VIP rooftop and new wharf stage. General admission for Friday and Saturday is $100. Two-day general admission tickets are $195.

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New Orleans Home & Garden Show

Friday, March 9 – Sunday, March 11

Find everything for your home under one roof at this home and garden expo taking over the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this weekend. Hundreds of vendors will feature everything that you need to take care of both your indoor and outdoor needs. Cooking demonstrations, seminars and workshops are all part of the weekend schedule. Show hours are Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for military and free for kids 12 and under.

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Luke Bryan: 'What Makes You Country Tour'

Saturday, March 10

Country music star Luke Bryan makes a stop in New Orleans this Saturday while on his “What Makes You Country Tour.” The singer-songwriter will belt out his bro-country anthems at the Smoothie King Center starting at 7 p.m. Bryan is best known for his hits “Drunk On You” and “Country Girl (Shake it For Me).” Special guests country-duo Brothers Osborne and singer-songwriter Granger Smith join Bryan on the tour. Visit the website to buy tickets.

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2018 Hike the Lafitte Greenway

Saturday, March 10

Families can explore the Lafitte Greenway’s history, amenities, and stormwater features on a free, three-mile guided tour this Saturday. Hike the Lafitte Greenway is a free, community event beginning at Lemann Playground at 9:30 a.m. and ending at Second Line Brewing with a block party from noon to 2 p.m. The music lineup includes Daria & The Hip Drops, Secondhand Street Band, DJ Slick Leo, OB7 Red Flame Hunters, Sci High Marching Band Drumline, spoken word poetry by New Orleans Youth Open Mic, and more. Performances will take place both along the route and at the post-hike block party at Second Line Brewing.

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Italian-American St. Joseph's Parade

Saturday, March 10

The St. Joseph’s Society celebrates St. Joseph with a parade through the French Quarter starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday. This year, parade organizers say they will deploy slightly different parade routes for floats and marchers. Floats and marchers will start the parade at Canal Street and Charters Streets. Once the parade reaches St. Ann, floats will proceed to Decatur Street and end at the Hilton Riverside Hotel. Marchers will turn onto Royal Street and end at Canal Street. The St. Joseph Parade features 16 floats, nine marching bands and a whole lot of guys dressed in tuxedos.

Float Route | March Route

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St. Patrick's Day Parades

Sunday, March 11

This weekend kicks off the start of local St. Patrick’s Day parades and events. Two parades hit the metro area this Sunday — one in Slidell and one in Old Metairie. Expect bagpipes and plenty of produce. Both parades start at noon.

  • Olde Towne Slidell Association St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Cabbage heads, potatoes, beads and stuffed animals are among the throws at the Slidell St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade rolls at noon, starting at City Hall, turning left at Fremaux Avenue, left on Front Street to Carey Street. The parade then turns right at Carey Street and Pontchartrain Drive, right at Front Street and Robert street, left on First Street and back to City Hall.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road – The annual Metairie Road St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place at noon in front of Rummel High School on Severn Avenue, goes down Severn to Metairie Road, then Metairie Road to the parish line.

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