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Weekend Picks (Feb. 29 – Mar. 1): Bourbon tastings, French Film Fest, 90s karaoke

It's the weekend after Mardi Gras, so we've definitely slowed down with our revelry.

by Mary Staes
February 26, 2020

It’s the weekend after Mardi Gras, so we’ve definitely slowed down with our revelry. There’s still plenty of fun things to do around town, and this weekend, I’ve found mostly FREE things for you to check out!

Here are our weekend picks for Feb. 28 through Mar. 1:

Fri. Feb. 28, 2020

Friday Night Food And Fun Bourbon Tasting | 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Grande Krewe | $25

This food and spirits store is hosting a tasting featuring five bourbons and small bites. Every customer will also get five lottery tickets to win one of the featured spirits.

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The 23rd New Orleans French Film Festival | Feb. 27 to March 4 | Prytania Theater | Tickets start at $11

Right after Mardi Gras, we’ll continue to “Laissez les bons temps rouler” watching French-language films at the Prytania Theatre. The 23rd New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest-running foreign language festivals in the country, showcases excellence in contemporary and classic Francophone Cinema. All films will be screened with English subtitles.

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Sat. Feb. 29, 2020

Genealogy Sleuthing | 4 p.m. | Beaucoup Eats | Free to attend, food prices vary

For this family night, learn how to become detectives and search for clues on your family tree about your history. Door prizes will be given out and a special family-friendly menu will be prepared.

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As If! 90s Karaoke Party | 6 p.m. | The Drifter Hotel | Free to attend

Dress it down & throw it back to the nostalgia of the 90s! With your favorite lyrics projected on the big screen, channel your inner Britney or Backstreet boy to win a swim club membership at the Drifter’s pool for best performance. Party starts for 6 p.m., karaoke starts for 7 p.m. Adults only please.

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Sun. Mar. 1, 2020

Free Family Sunday | 1 p.m. | Long Vue House and Gardens | Free

Louisiana families are now admitted to the gardens free of charge on the first Sunday of every month. Bring a picnic, explore the children’s Discovery Garden, or just stroll the eight stunning acres of winter-blooming gardens. Tours of the house are half-price for locals on Free Family Sundays, and the Shop at Longue Vue will offer 10% off all merchandise.

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Mary Staes is our Digital Curator. She crafts content for our social media platforms and our 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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