Weekend Picks: Final farewell to Dr. John, Caribbean Fest and more

This weekend, as the city says goodbye to Dr. John, we still find time to celebrate our Caribbean, Cajun and Zydeco cultures.

by Mary Staes
June 19, 2019

This weekend, as the city says goodbye to Dr. John, we still find time to celebrate our Caribbean, Cajun and Zydeco cultures.

Here are our weekend picks:

Fri. June 21, 2019

What: Cash Money Yoga
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Historic Carver Theater
Price: $10

Are you ready to downward dog for the ’99 and the ’00? This hour-long yoga workout will be accompanied by the sounds of Cash Money by DJ Legatron Prime. Click here fore more information and tickets.

Carver Theater
Getting there
2101 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours
Mon-Sun Open 24 hours
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What: Opera in the Piazza
When: 7 – 10 p.m.
Where: Piazza d’Italia
Price: $20

This celebration of Italian music and culture will feature opera singer Lena Prima, and opera singers will perform a selection of arias under the direction of Todd Simmons, former director of the New Orleans Opera Association. Italian food and beverages will be sold. Click here for more information and tickets. 

Piazza d'Italia
Getting there
377 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours
Mon-Sun Open 24 hours

Sat. June 22, 2019

 

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What: NOLA Caribbean Festival
When: 5-10 p.m.
Where: Central City BBQ
Price: $10

This festival celebrates Caribbean cuisine, music, dance, and culture while highlight New Orleans’ connections with the Caribbean. There will be three stages of music and food and beverage vendors on site. Click here for more information.

Central City BBQ
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Getting there
1201 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 11am–7pm
Fri-Sun 11am–9pm
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What: Cajun Zydeco Fest
When: 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Armstrong Park
Price: Free

The two-day festival features Cajun-Zydeco artists like The Daiquiri Queens, Amanda Shaw and Dwayne Dopsie. There will be an arts market and plenty of food and drink vendors. Click here for the lineup and vendor information.

Louis Armstrong Park
Getting there
701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours
Mon-Sun 8am–6pm
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What: Dr. John’s Farewell Second Line
When: 3 pm.
Where: Orpheum Theater
Price: Open to the public

Follow Dr. John’s private memorial (which will be broadcast live on WWOZ) a second line will follow, starting at the Orpheum Theater. You can see pictures from an earlier memorial second line for the late legend here.

Orpheum Theater
Getting there
129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
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Sun. June 23, 2019

What: Drag Diva Brunch: Britney Spears Edition
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Fillmore
Price: $45

This drag brunch has a new theme every week, and this weekend they’re paying tribute to Kentwood, Louisiana’s own pop princess Britney Spears. Click here for more information and tickets.

Fillmore New Orleans
Getting there
6 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours
Mon-Fri 12–6pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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NOMA

What: A Night of Music and Literature with Narrative 4
When: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Museum of Art
Price: Free and open to the public

Eight renowned international authors will read excerpts of their literary work accompanied by a musical composition created to match the piece and the author’s home region. The writers include National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann from Ireland and former Louisiana State Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque. Click here for more information. 

New Orleans Museum of Art
Getting there
1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Hours
Mon-Fri 10am–6pm
Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 10am–6pm
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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...

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