8 Things to Do This Weekend: September 1-3

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, New Orleans turns its attention to lending a helping hand to flood victims with a couple of events to aid recovery efforts. We also have plenty of other events to fill your Labor Day weekend. Check out our top picks for what's happening around the area.

Tipitina's Foundation Free Fridays Concert Series

Friday, Sept. 1

This weekend is your last chance to catch one of the summer’s best music events, Foundation Free Fridays. The free, weekly concert series features local artists. This Friday, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Miss Mojo take the stage starting at 10 p.m. Proceeds go toward the Tipitina’s Foundation. Patrons must be 21 or older to enter with valid ID.

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'After the Rain' Houston Benefit Concert

Friday, Sept. 1

Local musicians will come together for a benefit concert called “After the Rain” to show support for Hurricane Harvey victims. Artists like Sam Price, Smoky Greenwell, Keith Stone, Ted Hefko, Bob Worth and more gather at the Den at the Howlin’ Wolf for a show at 9 p.m. on Friday. Organizers are suggesting a $20 donation and will collect non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies for families in need

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Southern Decadence

Friday, Sept. 1 – Sunday, Sept. 3

Southern Decadence will dominate the French Quarter scene with festivities celebrating the LGBTQ community extending throughout the Labor Day weekend. Highlights include the Float Parade, the Bourbon Street Extravaganza — a free outdoor concert at the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann and the Walking Parade. Parade routes and further details can be found at the official website.

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2017 Advocare Texas Kickoff - LSU vs. BYU

Saturday, Sept. 2

The devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey brings the 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between LSU and BYU to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. Tickets open to the general public will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. through Ticketmaster.com. Prices will range from $40 to $215 per ticket.

Sneak Peek of Lakeshore Landing

Saturday, Sept. 2

This Saturday, get a sneak peek of Lakeshore Landing — the waterfront entertainment and recreation venue in development by the founders of the Tipitina’s Foundation. Enjoy a free concert from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with performances from Naughty Professor and The Fortifiers. Food trucks will be on site along with cash bars. Event organizers say no coolers, backpacks, lawn chairs or umbrellas will be allowed into the lakefront site. Organizers will collect a $5 parking fee per vehicle to benefit the Tipitina’s Foundation. Blankets are allowed.

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Cure Dishes Out 'Red Beans for Houston'

Saturday, Sept. 2

Craft cocktail bar Cure and New Orleans native Pableaux Johnson team up for a fundraiser to benefit Houston’s Red Cross. This fundraiser dishes out red beans, cocktails and cornbread this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Cure. Adults can get some grub for $20 at the door. Kids can join for $10, and toddlers under age 5 are free.

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Labor Day Comedy-Soul Fest

Saturday, Sept. 2

Comedy and music collide this Saturday when the Labor Day Comedy-Soul Fest takes over the UNO Lakefront Arena. R&B/soul singer Anthony Hamilton and comedian Michael Blackson take the stage starting at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59.50, plus applicable fees.

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Freedom Fest at the Lake

Sunday, Sept. 3

The inaugural Freedom Fest at the Lake hits Kenner’s Laketown area on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The country music festival brings popular country music artists and some local performers together to start a new Labor Day tradition. Local artists Jenna Hunts and 90 Degree West take the stage, along with national country acts Lauren Duski, Chase Bryant, and Maddie & Tae as the headliner. See the full music schedule here.

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