NEW ORLEANS - MAY 15:  A band performs in the French Quarter May 15, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tourism is the number one industry in New Orleans, over 400,000 people attended this years JazzFest, the largest crowd since Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans continues to be revitalized with $19 billion in federal rebuilding money yet to be spent along with $3.8 billion in federal stimulus funds in the pipeline. However the city still has more than 68,000 vacant homes, most of which have were damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

🚗On you mark, get ready, FEST! 🏃💨

Hopefully you've had time to plan and prepare, because it's only going to get crazier, and hotter, from here.

by Mary Staes | April 11, 2019

The👏wait👏is👏over! No, not for Game of Thrones to come back (more on that here), but FESTIVAL SEASON is upon us!

Hopefully you’ve had time to plan and prepare, because it’s only going to get crazier, and hotter, from here.

French Quarter Fest vs. Strawberry Fest

The first big weekend of festival season starts with a bang! Decisions, decisions: stay in town for French Quarter Fest, or hit the road for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Fest. Music cubes are out for FQF, so you can know out if there’s a performer you can’t miss and weigh out your options. If you do decide to make the trip for Strawberry Fest, we’ve got everything you need to know about where to shop, what to pack and where to park. 🍓

Sundays are for church… and second lines

The end of the weekend is the perfect time for a second line. It’s that last hurrah before you settle down and get ready dread for the coming week. Just like church on Sundays, you see the same regulars: The Jello Shot Lady, the Pineapple Lady, and the OG, Ms. Linda, the Yaka Mein Lady. Here’s how the food and drinks along the route are just as important as the music and dancing.

From second lines to a store front location

Speaking of the economy connected to second lines, one 22-year-old entrepreneur has capitalized on her unique cocktails. NOLA Sips owner Stricen Carter made the decision to put her last semester at SUNO on hold to follow the dream of expanding her business. Now, she’s on tour with one of New Orleans biggest social media moguls.

What To Do


Nola Dance United: Bollywood, Latin & Afrobeats Night | 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Cafe Istanbul

When you’re on the dance floor, where you come from and where you’re going ceases to matter; all that matters is the here and the now.

Movies In The Park: Despicable Me 3 | 5 -9 p.m. | Joe Brown Park

This week, NORD’s Movie in the Park is in New Orleans East, with Despicable Me 3. Brings the blankets and the kids, the movie starts at dusk.


5th Annual Rose’ Soiree’ | 6-7:30 p.m. | Martin Wine Cellar

Put on your best pink dress and celebrate Rose’ all day! The event will include samples for five different rose’s paired with cheese, of course.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s Easter Egg Hunt | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | The Audubon Fly

Participants can exchange the eggs they find for a gift bag filled with candy, and if you get there early, you can register for free admission to the Audubon Zoo.


Westbank Super Sunday | Noon | Starts at Landry-Walker High School

Since the cancellation of Downtown Super Sunday last week, Westbank Super Sunday will be the last time to see the Black Masking Indians up close.

Thai New Year and Food Festival | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Wat Wimuttayaram Buddhist Temple

This annual celebration will begin with worship and presentations of alms and food to the monks. A range of Thai food will be at various vendors.

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Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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