8 Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 22 – 24

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We're gearing up for a busy weekend. Music, chicken and beer are all part of what makes it the perfect opportunity to step outdoors. Check out our top picks for what's happening around the area.

Belles & Beaus Ball

Friday, Sept. 22

This upscale event features amazing local cuisine, live music, silent auctions and late-night dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Friday at Mardi Gras World. Belles & Beaus Ball honors 20 individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer. The evening’s hosts are FOX 8 anchor Nancy Parker, along with her husband, public information officer for Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Glen Boyd. New to this year’s event is a VIP patron party preceding the ball from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds from the Belles & Beaus Ball benefit the American Cancer Society’s programs in research, education, advocacy and patient services. For ticket information visit the website. The dress code is black-tie optional.

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NOMA's LOVE in the Garden

Friday, Sept. 22

Head to this fall soiree at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Friday in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The annual NOMA fundraiser features a fabulous night full of wining, dining and dancing. Over 60 New Orleans restaurants are showcased and craft cocktails are sampled from New Orleans’ top bartenders as they vie for first place in the annual LOVE Cocktail Challenge. LOVE in the Garden kicks off with the Patron Party at 7 p.m., followed by the Garden Party at 8 p.m., and the Late Night Party from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets start at $50.

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Best of the Bayou Festival

Friday, Sept. 22 – Saturday, Sept. 23

Nationally-known rockers 38 Special and Cowboy Mouth head to downtown Houma for this two-day music and heritage festival. Other acts include local favorites like LeRoux, Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes. Cajun cuisine, classic car show, arts and crafts and kids activities ensure fun for the entire family. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for the whole weekend. If you wait to buy at the gate, tickets will be $10 per day.

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Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival

Friday, Sept. 22 – Saturday, Sept. 23

Organizers say they are excited to bring back the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival to Gonzales this year after the devastating August flooding canceled last year’s event. The two-day festival will have the popular hot air balloon glows, live entertainment, food, nightly fireworks shows and carnival rides. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children ages 6 and under.

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NOLA on Tap

Saturday, Sept. 23

Grab your canine companion, and head to City Park where you can sample more than 400 local, national and home-brewed beers all for a good cause. As the Louisiana SPCA’s largest fundraising event, the pup-friendly festival enters its eighth season. The largest beer fest in the region features live music and dog-friendly activities such as costume contests, games and speed dating for dogs. Tickets start at $5.

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DJ Soul Sister presents HUSTLE! at the Ice Pit

Saturday, Sept. 23

Known worldwide as the “queen of rare groove,” DJ Soul Sister hosts a free show at 11 p.m. on Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre’s Ice Pit. As one of the longest-running live DJ artists in New Orleans, the veteran radio programmer, party promoter and tastemaker is highly respected in the city and around the globe.

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National Fried Chicken Festival

Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sunday, Sept. 24

After much success at last year’s inaugural festival, the National Fried Chicken Festival has moved to a larger location at Woldenberg Park. The festival will feature local and national food vendors, two music stages, a fried chicken tenders eating contest and the best fried chicken contest. Willie Mae’s Scotch House, McHardy’s and Dat Dog are among the restaurants set to participate.

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NO/AIDS Walk

Sunday, Sept. 24

The annual NO/AIDS Walk moves to Crescent Park this year after more than a decade at Audubon Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The Festival for Life, a family event follows the walk and features over twenty local vendors. Entertainment for the event includes 5-Finger Discount and the New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus. Visit the website for more information or to register a team.

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