Weekend Picks: Father’s Day is here!

If dad isn't big on gifts (or maybe you just forgot to grab one), no worries. There's lots to do in town to celebrate fathers across the city.

by Mary Staes
June 13, 2019

The summer is sailing by, and it’s about to be Father’s Day already! If dad isn’t big on gifts (or maybe you just forgot to grab one), no worries. There’s lots to do in town to celebrate fathers across the city.

Here are our weekend picks:

Fri. June 14, 2019

What: Brother O’Mara Workshop
When: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: NOLA Craft Culture
Price: $50

Join one of New Orleans’ favorite but mysterious artists, Brother O’Mara, to learn how to craft one of his signature skulls, followed by a Q&A with the brother himself! Click here to read more about Brother O’Mara or here to purchase tickets to the workshop.

NOLA Craft Culture
Getting there
127 S Solomon St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Sat 10am–6pm
Sun 12–6pm
More Info

What: Father’s Day Playdate 
When: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kindermusik with Madeline
Price: $20 per child

Dads, this playdate is for you (and your kids, of course!). Bond through music, dancing, and fun. Twirl Photography will be on hand to do portraits. Click here for more information. 

Kindermusik with Madeline
Getting there
3900 General Taylor, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
More Info

Sat. June 15, 2019

What: Fifth Annual Pirates Ball
When: 8 – 11 p.m.
Where: The Cannery
Price: $50

Don your pirate garb and join Odyssey House Louisiana, Inc. for a night of adventure! Odyssey House’s mission is to help people overcome addiction, and the Pirate Ball is a swashbuckling good time filled with great food, libations, entertainment from The NOLA Dukes, and a silent auction. Click here to buy tickets.

The Cannery
Getting there
3803 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon-Fri 9am–5pm
Sat-Sun Closed
More Info

What: Not So Skinny Dip: A Plus-Size Pool Party
When: 5 – 10 p.m.
Where: The Drifter Hotel
Price: $15

Treat yourself to a day of fun in the sun, new friends, and slaying outfits. This event is more than a fabulous time – it’s a space for plus-size people to feel comfortable and joyous in their bodies. Click here for more information.

What: Growing up Fatherless: The Father’s Day Tribute
When: 3 – 7 p.m.
Where: 1024 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Price: $25

With Father’s Day slowly approaching, do you ever stop to think about how hard this time of year can be for girls with incarcerated fathers? Each mentee of Daughters Beyond Incarceration feels bombarded with reminders to celebrate their father but don’t know how. This year, DBI is celebrating incarcerated fathers with Navigate Nola using Photo voice. This photo presentation includes all you can eat crawfish and fixin’s with mentees. Click here for more information. 

1024 Elysian Fields Ave
Getting there
1024 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Sun. June 16, 2019

What: Soca Fete
When: 4 – 10 p.m.
Where: Deja Vieux Food Park
Price: $10

A celebration of the pulsating rythyms of Soca music and Caribbean culture. Featuring authentic Caribbean food and drinks, arts & craft vendors, and the event is kid friendly! Click here for more information. 


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Urban South Brewery (@urbansouthbeer) on

What: Father’s Day Brews and BBQ
When: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Urban South Brewery
Price: Free to attend

A BBQ Pop Up, seven special beers on draft, live music from Casey Saba, 15% off men’s merchandise, and a bounce house for the kiddos sounds like an awesome way to spend Father’s Day. Click here for more information. 

Urban South Brewery
Getting there
1645 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Thu 12–8pm
Fri 12–9pm
Sat 11am–9pm
Sun 11am–7pm
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...

More Local Stories

Eat Play Stay Orlando: Sanford

On this episode of Eat Play Stay Orlando explore what’s new in the Northern part of town. Sanford has a plethora of breweries, bars, and delicious dining options to choose from.

Hometown Tragedy: The Pike County Massacre

On this episode of Hometown Tragedy: Missing in Milwaukee, we’ll explore what happened to Jerica Banks, her children, and how it impacted their community.

Six New Orleans parks that are perfect locations to celebrate 4th of July

Head to one of these six New Orleans parks to celebrate Independence Day in the city.

Cheap Date Orlando: Punk Rock & Pooches

Two Orlando couples shop vintage, search for the perfect slice, visit a post-apocalyptic saloon, and take the stage on blind dates in Orlando.

Fit and Fab: Free summer workouts in Boston

Cover photo courtesy Getty Images Looking to get fit for the summer? Still wary of COVID-19 or just looking for some sunshine while you sweat? Here are some Boston free summer workouts across the city so you can keep moving all season long! Seaport Sweat May 2 to Sept. 29 Boston’s biggest free workout series…

What’s On the Menu?: Farm-to-table

The farm-to-table movement brings locally grown foods to your plate. Not only will enjoying farm-to-table meals allow you to indulge in fresh, nutritional, seasonal dishes, but farm-to-table dining helps the environment and supports the local economy.  Check out these delicious farm-to-table restaurants in Greenville, South Carolina on the latest episode of What’s On the Menu?. …

A guide to some of the best Black-owned brunch spots in NOLA

Gather the crew together, make those reservations, and celebrate all things Black at brunch. 

A guide to Pittsburgh’s summer events must-do list

Check out our roundup below for the can’t-miss events happening in the city over the next few months.

Eat Play Stay Orlando: Tarpon Springs

In this episode of Eat Play Stay Orlando you’ll be transported to a thriving Greek community nestled on Florida’s gulf coast. From sponge diving to flaming cheese to a Greek bakery that supplies a ginormous amount of baklava to the entire country, you’re sure to fall in love with Greek culture in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Dorchester doughnuts that pack a paczki

These traditional Polish pastries are the real deal.

Chef Dee Lavigne expands the only Black-owned cooking school in New Orleans

Deelightful Roux School of Cooking is the only African American-owned cooking school taught by a New Orleans native, and her class is a guide to New Orleans’ food culture.

At New Orleans’ Hogs for the Cause festival, the cause is front and center

The two-day barbecue and music event is a celebration of the year-round efforts made by more than 90 competing teams. Those teams raise financial aid for families whose children are being treated for pediatric brain cancer. 

Pelicans new ‘Won’t Bow Down’ promo video puts culture front court

The Pelicans new promo video for it’s “Won’t Bow Down” tagline is an exhilarating high energy collaboration that places the emphasis squarely on local talent and deeply rooted culture, featuring a beat from Mannie Fresh, Dee-1, and Black Masking Indians who coined the phrase the Pelicans use during games.

UrSol The Chanter

urSol the Chanter – Jim Henson’s Mysterious Gift to Pittsburgh

Did you know that urSol The Chanter from the 1982 film “The Dark Crystal” is part of the permanent collection at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh?