Weekend Picks: Foodie Fest, National Rum Day, Groovy Blood Drive

Dancing keeps the blood flowing this weekend, literally. Here are our weekend picks for Aug. 16 - 18, 2019.

by Mary Staes
August 14, 2019

Here are our weekend picks for Aug. 16 – 18:

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

What: Couches, a live performance experience
When: 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Capulet
Price: $15 advance, $20 at the door

Couches is a low-key, vibed-out kickback of future soul sounds curated by the minds of Dopeciety. Each show features a combination of DJs, beatmakers, and vocalists set on sharing future soul music in an intimate, relaxed setting. Click here for more information and tickets. 

Capulet
Getting there
3014 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Hours
Mon-Thu 4–10:30pm
Fri-Sun Closed
More Info

What: Meet the Chef/Meet the Chief: An evening with Chef James Battiste, Big Chief of the Young Brave Hunters
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: NOLA Craft Culture
Price: $50, food included

From the moment it opened, NOLA Craft Culture owners expressed how they wanted the shop and craft space to be a community meeting place where crafting is a way of life. With it’s inaugural Way of Life series guest, Chef James Battiste, Big Chief of the Young Brave Hunters brings both his passion for cooking and masking to the community. Join Chef James as he demonstrates how to cook his Creole Gumbo and a Gumbo z’Herbes. After the presentation and a tasting, sit with Chief James as he talks about his life as a Mardi Gras Indian and the importance of the Indian culture in our community. Click here for more information.

NOLA Craft Culture
Getting there
127 S Solomon St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue-Sat 10am–6pm
Sun 12–6pm
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Sat. Aug. 17, 2019

What: NOLA International Foodie Fest
When: Noon – 9 p.m.
Where: Deja Vieux Food Park
Price: $5 general admission

A festival of international favors from local food trucks, restaurants & pop-up chefs! Taste the world in one place at one time while enjoying live entertainment, specialty drinks and browsing the product vendors.

What: National Rum Day Party
When: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: The Rum House
Price: Price varies

The Rum House is celebrating National Rum Day with all-day drink specials, including $6 rum punches, mojitos and $10 rum flights. Click here for more information. 

The Rum House
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Getting there
3128 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Hours
Mon-Tue 11am–10pm
Wed Closed
Thu-Sun 11am–10pm
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Sun. Aug. 18, 2019

(Photo by Peter G. Forest)

What: Everybody Gets Lei’d Blood Drive
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Deutsches Haus
Price: Free

For the sixth year in a row, the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic partners with The Organ Grinders to restock the shelves of The Blood Center during the critical summer months. Some of your favorite dancing krewes will be there getting your blood flowing for donations, like the Dames de Perlage, the Camel Toe Lady Steppers and the Pussyfooters. Click here for more information. 

Deutsches Haus
Getting there
1700 Moss St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 4–10pm
Fri 4–11pm
Sat 1–11pm
Sun 1–7pm
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Photo by Matthew Hinton

What: The Preseason Anti-Goodell Bowl
When: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Mid-City Lanes Rock N Bowl
Price: $12 General Admission

The Anti-Goodell Bowl is back – the preseason version! Live entertainment will be headlined by Bag Of Donuts, and the music starts at 2 p.m. Click here for more information and a schedule of performers.

Rock 'N' Bowl
Getting there
3016 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue-Wed 5–10pm
Thu 5–11pm
Fri 5pm–12am
Sat 4pm–12am
Sun Closed
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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