Weekend Picks: Essence, ice cream and the Women’s World Cup

Essence Fest is here! And since 4th of July is on Thursday, it all rolls up into one big celebration.

by Mary Staes
July 4, 2019

Essence Fest is here! And since 4th of July is on Thursday, it all rolls up into one big celebration. Of course, you can catch the exhibitions at the Convention Center for free all weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the festival, but if you don’t want to brave downtown, there’s still plenty to do.

Here are our picks for the first weekend of July:

Fri. July 5, 2018

Photo by Matthew Hinton

What: Second Annual Black Masking Cultural Festival
When: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Stallings Playground
Price: Free

Numerous Mardi Gras Indian tribes plan to be at the fest, including the Golden Feather Hunters, Flaming Arrows, Washitaw Nation, Golden Sioux, Creole Wild West, Wild Magnolias Monogram Hunters, Cheyenne Tribe, and Young Seminole Hunters. Click here for more information. 

Stallings Playground
Getting there
New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

What: Second Annual Creole Food Festival
When: 3-7 p.m.
Where: Mardi Gras Museum of Costume and Culture
Price: $35

Creole is a style of cooking that blends French, Spanish, West & North African, Amerindian, Haitian and Portuguese. This festival brings together chefs, cuisines and beverages from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. Click here for more information.

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture
Getting there
1010 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Mon 2–3pm
Tue-Thu Closed
Fri 2–3pm
Sat 11:30am–3:30pm
Sun 2–3pm
More Info

Sat. July 6, 2019

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What: NOLA Car Show Meetup
When: 8-11 a.m.
Where: New Orleans Lakefront
Price: Free

Come on out to the Lakefront on July 6th anytime from 8am-11am to show off your car, truck, motorcycle or race car and hang out with fellow car guys/gals of the New Orleans area! Click here for more information.

Photo by Matthew Hinton

What: Big Freedia and Ben & Jerry’s Present: A Sweet NOLA Partnership
When: 2 – 5 p.m.
Where: Republic NOLA
Price: $5

You best’a believe the Queen Diva is getting her own flavor of ice cream! The Booty Bouncing Beignets flavor of Ben & Jerry’s is dropping Saturday and you can be one of the first to experience the wiggle! The proceeds are going to benefit No Kid Hungry LA, Liberty’s Kitchen, and Upturn Arts. Click here for more information. 

Republic NOLA
Getting there
828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Sun Open 24 hours
More Info

Sun. July 7, 2019

(Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

What: Women’s World Cup Championship Watch Party
When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Wrong Iron on the Greenway
Price: Free to attend

Watch the women of Team USA battle it out against the Netherlands in search of back-to-back titles. Come early and grab your seat with $8 16oz. Bloody Mary’s and some Fete au Fete or bring your food in. Click here for more information.

Wrong Iron On The Greenway
Getting there
3532 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon-Wed 4pm–12am
Thu-Fri 4pm–2am
Sat 11am–2am
Sun 11am–12am
More Info
(Photo by Peter G. Forest)

What: Essence After Dark: Beats & Bounce
When: 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Where: Republic NOLA
Price: Tickets start at $75

Close out the Essence Fest with a show DJ’d by Mannie Fresh, and performances by Big Freedia and the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Click here for more information. 

Republic NOLA
Getting there
828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Sun Open 24 hours
More Info


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...

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