8 Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

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Fall finally here, which means the fall festival season kicks into high gear this weekend. Check out our top picks for what's happening around the area.

Scales & Ales

Friday, Sept. 29

Scales and Ales will transform the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas into the popular adults-only party from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. Guests can enjoy delicious cuisine, wine, specialty cocktails and brews from more than 50 local restaurants and bars, all while experiencing the exceptional sights and sounds of the Aquarium after dark. The event will also feature performances from 1980s cover band The Molly Ringwalds, local radio and club DJ Brice Nice and local marching krewe the Sirens of New Orleans. Guests can also enjoy a GoGo Booth, a temporary tattoo station and a virtual reality arcade. Proceeds from Scales and Ales will support Aquarium education and conservation programs like Audubon Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) that empower the community through interactive learning. Learn more about the premier downtown fundraising event here.

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Gretna Heritage Festival

Friday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 1

Hard rock legends KISS headline the three-day festival, hitting the main stage on Saturday night. Four stages along with local food vendors, craft vendors, a German beer garden and carnival rides take over 25 city blocks. Huey Lewis and the News headline Friday night while the B-52’s close out the festivities on Sunday night. Check out the full schedule here. Tickets start at $20 for advance purchase and $25 at the gate. You can also buy a weekend pass, VIP package or premium pit pass. Children under 12 get in for free.

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Treme Fall Festival

Friday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 1

Celebrate the historic Treme neighborhood at this three-day festival. Festivites kick off with a patron party on Friday night. Saturday brings in a street festival with music by Kermit Ruffins, Little Freddie King and Tank and the Bangas. Sunday celebrates St. Augustine Church’s 175th anniversary with a jazz mass followed by a reception. The goal is to support the architecture, culture and history of Treme.

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Carnaval Latino

Saturday, Sept. 30

Celebrate everything Latin with music, food, art and culture at the 17th annual festival.  This year’s festival will include a Mardi Gras-style parade done with a Latin twist. The “Parade of the Americas” will be followed by Latin music, art, food and drink at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District.

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Harrah's Krewe of Seven Stars Parade

Saturday, Sept. 30

If you can’t wait until Mardi Gras, get an early taste at Harrah’s Krewe of Seven Stars Parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The parade features 1,000 riders on 17 super floats, local marching bands and a second line. The parade starts in front of Harrah’s Hotel, travels down S. Peters Street and into the French Quarter along Decatur Street. The parade ends at the intersection of Convention Center Boulevard and Poydras Street.

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Taste at the Lake

Saturday, Sept. 30

The seventh annual Taste at the Lake brings live music and food from more than 30 restaurants to the Lakeview area. The event kicks off from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy live music by The Soul Rebels featuring The Crooked Vines. Must be 21 or older to attend. Visit the website for ticket information.

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Tchouptoberfest

Sunday, Oct. 1

Kick off your Oktoberfest celebrations with Tchouptoberfest, a family-friendly block party. Cochon Restaurant hosts the event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Cochon’s culinary team will create an authentic German menu served alongside local beer and German wines. A host of indie bands will be playing throughout the event, including Polish Pete and the Polkas, Rik Slaves’ Country Persuasion, Conor Donohue, Midriff, Motel Radio, and Sexy Dex and the Fresh. Tickets to Tchouptoberfest are $20 each, with food and drink available for purchase. A limited number of Bratz passes are available for $100 and include entry to Cochon Butcher for air-conditioned seating, complimentary snacks, beer, wine, and access to a full cash bar. Tickets are available online in advance and at the door on October 1.

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Music Under the Oaks Concert Series

Sunday, Oct. 1

Break out your lawn chairs for the fall series of “Music Under the Oaks,” a complimentary concert series in Audubon Park, beginning Sunday, at Newman Bandstand with a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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