Weekend Picks: Cheesy Comedy, but in a good way

Just because fests are soon to be coming to a close, doesn't mean there aren't some good ones to venture out to this weekend.

by Mary Staes
November 15, 2018

We’re getting to the tail-end of fall fest season, with the holidays and Mardi Gras coming up quick. But just because fests are coming to a close soon doesn’t mean there aren’t some good ones to venture out to this weekend. Combine that with plenty of opportunity to get in some good laughs, and you’ve got a winning weekend.

Treme Creole Gumbo Fest

It’s cold so you know what that means; gumbo season! The two-day fest Nov. 17-18 is brought to you by the same people who produce Jazz Fest, and the entertainment attracts some of the best brass bands in the city. Saturday, bands like The Treme Brass Band, Shamarr Allen and Ashlin Parker’s Trumpet Mafia will be playing. Sunday, The Free Agents, The Pinettes, and Hot 8 will take the stage before Rebirth closes out the festival. If gumbo isn’t your thing, there are po-boys, shrimp n’grits, stuffed bell peppers and praline beignets for dessert. Click here for more information. 

Louis Armstrong Park
Getting there
701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon-Sun 8am–6pm
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NOLA Wing Wars


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Twenty of the city’s restaurants will be competing Saturday, dishing out more than 40,000 chicken wings. They’ll all be competing for Tiger Sauce’s King of the Wing Award, and there’ll be entertainment by Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The Marc Stone Band, just to name a few. Participating restaurants include 14 Parishes, Barcadia, Mopho and We Dat’s. General admission is $15. Click here for more information.

Central City BBQ
Getting there
1201 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Mon-Thu 11am–7pm
Fri-Sun 11am–9pm
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Hell Yes Fest

Since 2011, Hell Yes Fest has been the Gulf South’s largest comedy festival. This weekend is it’s last go-round this year, with shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday sets include improv and stand-up, while Sunday is a “secret show.” Click here for more information.

The New Movement - Comedy Training Center
Getting there
2706 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
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Fete De Fromages

Fete De Fromages is loosely translated as “Festival of Cheese,” and it lives up to the name. On Saturday, more than 100 artisan cheeses will be available at the old U.S. Mint. There will be cheese samples, wine, cider, beer and music. There are also seminars about different cheeses and tips on how to make the perfect cheese and charcuterie boards. General admission is $30 for adults and $12 for children 4-16. Click here for information.

New Orleans Jazz Museum
Getting there
400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 9am–4pm
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Gary Owen at the Saenger Theater

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 10: Actor/comedian Gary Owen performs onstage during the HCE Live presents Shaquille O’Neal All Star Comedy Jam at Cobb Energy Center on October 10, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for HCE LIve)

Stand-up comic Gary Owen comes to the Saenger Saturday night at 8 p.m. You may remember him from movies like “Think Like a Man” and “Ride Along,” or his stand-up comedy specials and appearances on Comedy Central. His side-splitting views on being the patriarch in an inter-racial marriage bring a unique take to subjects like race and sports. He’s also an avid Bengals fan, and, well, we know how that game against the Saints went. Click here for ticket information.

Saenger Theatre
Getting there
1111 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
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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...