8 Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 10 – 12

Here's a guide to help you plan your weekend.

This Veterans Day weekend arrives with some new events coming to the metro area. We also found some great options whether you're looking for a family day out or the perfect date night. Check out our top picks for what's happening around the area.

Bayou Road Balloon Festival

Friday, Nov. 10 – Sunday, Nov. 12

St. Bernard Parish hosts the first hot air balloon festival to hit the Greater New Orleans area. Families can experience the Bayou Road Balloon Festival this weekend. Highlights of the festival include a nightly balloon glow, tethered balloon rides, live music, food vendor and carnival rides. Single-day passes are $5. Weekend passes are $10. If you want to learn more about the festival, here’s what to expect.

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A Taste of Jefferson

Friday, Nov. 10 – Sunday, Nov. 12

The inaugural “A Taste of Jefferson” event features four days food, wine and music. Events include wine dinners at premier Jefferson Parish restaurants, a Grand Tasting wine event at Dorignac’s Food Center, and the Connoisseurs Tasting at Copeland Tower’s Chateau Ballroom. Wrapping up the event on Sunday is a Champagne Jazz Brunch at Heritage Grill. Ticket prices vary based on the event. Visit the site for more details.

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Veterans Day at WWII Museum

Friday, Nov. 10 – Saturday, Nov. 11

The WWII Museum is honoring our country’s heroes with special Veterans Day programs at the museum. Festivities kick off on Friday with a Victory Ball at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the museum will offer all veterans free admission for its annual Veterans Day celebration. A commemorative morning ceremony and special presentations throughout the day will honor our nation’s vets. WWII veterans also receive free admission every day to Museum exhibit galleries, “Beyond All Boundaries” and “Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience.” Many restaurants are also saying thank you to our brave Veterans. Here’s a list of deals to check out.

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Louisiana Renaissance Festival

Saturday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 12

Step back in time to the 16th century at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival this weekend in Hammond. This adventure is full of entertainment, rides, educational demonstrations, shopping and food. The festival takes place Saturdays and Sundays from now through Dec. 10 from 9:45 a.m. until dusk. Single day tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Kids under age 6 enter for free. Multi-day passes are also available.

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Wine on the River New Orleans

Saturday, Nov. 11

Sample dozens of wines from national and international vineyards. Wine on the River offers great views and entertainment on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event offers wine, food, music and art along the Riverfront at the Audubon Aquarium Plaza. General admission tickets are $49. The event benefits the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.

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New Orleans Book Festival

Saturday, Nov. 11

From little readers to literary scholars, this family-friendly event offers book lovers plenty of activities. The New Orleans Book Festival is the kickoff event for the city’s Tricentennial celebration. On Saturday starting at 1 p.m., the fest packs a full day of readings, panel discussions and kids activities along Big Lake at New Orleans City Park. Then, stay for a special Tricentennial-themed performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performance at 5:30 p.m. A fireworks show closes the evening at 7 p.m.

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Covington Three River Arts Festival

Saturday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 12

Downtown Covington becomes vibrant with this two-day art festival — the largest juried exhibition in the region. On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the fest features more than 200 tents featuring artists from around the country. Several artists are also set to perform at the music tent. An artist’s party closes out festivities on Saturday at the Covington Trailhead from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free admission.

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Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

Sunday, Nov. 12

Festival-goers will finally get a chance to bite into po-boys after the threat of inclement weather forced organizers to postpone its initial October date. Head to the popular festival on Oak Street this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find the po-boy of your dreams from some of the best sandwich makers in town. While admission to the fest is free, the purchase of a $5 wristband is required to purchase po-boys.

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