8 Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 15 – 17

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From all you can drink beer to fine dining on a budget, there are quite a few events on tap this weekend. Check out our top picks for what's happening around the area.

Restaurant Week New Orleans

Friday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 17

Get your plates ready for more dining deals. This weekend is your last chance to take advantage of Restaurant Week New Orleans, which offers special prix-fixe menus at some of the city’s top restaurants. More than 100 restaurants throughout the area are participating in this week-long celebration of New Orleans cuisine. The deals include two-course lunches for $20 or less or three-course brunches and dinners for $39 or less. Participating restaurants range from fine-dining establishments to neighborhood favorites.

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New Orleans Burlesque Festival

Friday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 17

The annual festival brings in burlesque dancers from all over the world with the goal of being crowned the “Queen of Burlesque”.  It’s three days of sexy, funny, rowdy and glamorous shows with the main event being Saturday night where a panel of celebrity judges crown the queen.  60’s Bourbon Street burlesque legend Rita Alexander will help judge the competition.

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Justice For All Ball

Friday, Sept. 15

Celebrate with honorary chair chef Leah Chase at the 2017 Justice For All Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday at the Audubon Tea Room. Enjoy food and drink from more than 20 local restaurants and bars. The Bucktown All-Stars provide the evening’s entertainment. Guests can also participate in live and silent auctions. The event benefits the Pro Bono Project, which provides pro bono civil legal services to underserved citizens in New Orleans and surrounding parishes. Ticket prices vary.

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Fiesta Fest

Friday, Sept. 15

Head to Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria for the inaugural Fiesta Fest to kick off the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. The family-friendly festival is from 5 p.m. to midnight in the courtyard at the Mid-City location on N. Carrollton Avenue. The musical highlight of this celebration is the singer-songwriter José Fermín Ceballos with his Salsa Orchestra performing all original salsa compositions.

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Northshore on Tap Beer Experience

Saturday, Sept. 16

The Hospice of the South’s annual Beer Fest has officially been rebranded to “Northshore on Tap” where the focus this year will be home brewers. Admission into the event includes all you can drink beer with food available for purchase. General Admission tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit the Hospice Foundation of the South’s only Hospice House in St. Tammany Parish.

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Ponchatoula Art & Wine Stroll

Saturday, Sept. 16

Head to downtown Ponchatoula for art, wine and shopping all taking place at this special stroll from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local businesses will also be open late and serving wine samples. Purchase an arm band and wine glass for $20 for the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce the night of the stroll.

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Music Box Village Opening Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 16

The one-of-a-kind sculpture garden and performance venue, The Music Box Village, kicks off its fall season with an opening celebration. The venue hosts a free community party featuring DJ Karo, DJ DressUp and DJ Rusty Lazer from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free or “pay what you wish.” Music Box Village will also open for public hours starting this weekend.

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New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots

Sunday, Sept. 17

Get your tailgating gear ready. The New Orleans Saints gear up for the New England Patriots in the team’s first home game of the regular season at noon on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Champions Square opens for pregame festivities. Plus, fans can enjoy plenty of tailgating around the Superdome. If you can’t get a seat at the game, we’ve got you covered with our list of great places to watch the Saints. Keep up with the full Saints schedule here.

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