Born on the Bayou… Boogaloo🚣

It's almost summer already?! The kids are getting out of school and there's something happening in the city every weekend.

by Mary Staes | May 16, 2019

It’s almost summer already?! The kids are getting out of school and there’s something happening in the city every weekend. Bayou Boogaloo is going on this weekend so you might want to pull out those giant pool swans and get them water ready now!

The Boogaloo is a celebration of Bayou St. John, and here in the city, the neighborhoods have plenty of people to celebrate.

Get Your Groove On

At Euclid Records in the Bywater, you can grow your vinyl collection, hear local bands live and take a trip back to the ’90s in this funky, cool record shop. Check out what makes Euclid, and vinyl records in general, a worthwhile experience here. 

Be Nice or Leave

You’ve seen his signs all over the city; Dr. Bob’s mantra of “Be Nice or Leave” are definitely words to live by. The folk artist spoke to us about the art of giving and how charity has helped him grow as an artist and person.

Vegan Wit A Twist

For some people, switching over to a plant-based diet can be a challenge when it’s hard to access, or maybe it just doesn’t taste like what you’re used to. That was the case for one barber, who started making his own vegan food that was so good, he started his own business around it. Check out his story and the pictures of BBQ cauliflower that looks just as good as it tastes.


Weekend Planner


NORD Family Game Night | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | 6600 Belgrade Street | Free

Want to have some quality family time but don’t want it to be boring? NORD is having a family night including board games, interactive games, music, dancing and prizes. A discussion on healthy food and a meal will be provided at the end of the night.

Hogwarts Prom | 7 – 11 p.m. | First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans | $10

Witches, wizards and even muggles are invited to a prom celebration, which also doubles as a fundraiser for racial justice work at the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal.

Boogaloo Bets: Anders Osborne, Valerie Sassyfras, Cole Williams Band


NOLA Soul and Art Festival | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Armstrong Park | $10

Live paintings, local food vendors, wine tastings, a photo booth and live music will take place at Armstrong Park. Artists performing include Jack Freeman, DJ Raj Smoove and Nayo Jones.

The Roar Returns | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Audubon Zoo | Free with zoo admission

The highly anticipated reopening of the lion exhibit at Audubon Zoo is happening, with four new residents who arrived in March. The new exhibit is a replica of an abandoned 1920-era train station, a symbol of the kind of transportation that once spanned lion country and opened the door to habitat loss and poaching.

Boogaloo Bets: Cowboy Mouth, Little Freddie King, Lucky Lou, Erica Falls, Soul Brass Band


PJ’s on Read Boulevard Grand Opening | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 5733 Read Boulevard | Free

Come celebrate the opening of the newest business and only full-service coffee shop in New Orleans East.

Game of Thrones Series Finale Watch Parties | 8 p.m.| Various Locations

This is it: the final “Game of Thrones” episode. Who will be left to take the Iron Throne? There are plenty of bars having watch parties where we’ll watch everyone in Westeros die, and one of them is even a trivia-themed shindig.

Boogaloo Bets: Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw, Raw Oyster Cult


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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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