Nolan Marshall bites into some Bourbon Street Love (courtesy of Heard Dat Chicken) during the National Fried Chicken Festival at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  (Photo by Peter G. Forest)  Instagram:  @forestphoto_llc

Weekend Picks: Fried Chicken Fest, NOLA on Tap, Superhero Race

National Fried Chicken Fest, NOLA on Tap and a superhero 5K for a good cause are all planned for the weekend.

by Mary Staes | September 18, 2019

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What: National Fried Chicken Fest
When: Sept. 20-22
Where: Woldenberg Park
Price: Free

The National Fried Chicken Festival presented by Raising Cane’s is expanding from two to three days for its fourth annual event. The festival will feature over 30 local and national fried chicken vendors, as well as live performances from an all-star entertainment lineup including world-renowned St. Augustine High School Marching Band; new group Bounce Royalty comprised of Choppa, Cheeky Blakk, and DJ Jubilee, making their first performance as the newly formed group of bounce legends; Bonerama; Grammy-nominated Cha Wa; J & The Causeways; and the first-ever “Who Dat Playlist,” a setlist essential for any Saints fan with DJ Raj Smoov, Shamarr Allen, and more. Click here for more information and here for our guide to the fest.

What: Stormin’ of the Sazerac 70th Anniversary
When: 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: The Roosevelt New Orleans
Price: $69 for luncheon tickets

This one-of-a-kind celebration pays tribute to those women who stormed the Sazerac Bar in 1949 demanding equality and a stiff drink, rendering the Sazerac Bar to be the first bar in New Orleans to allow women on days other than Mardi Gras. Click here to find out more information on the history of this celebration and the event attire.

Sat. Sept. 21, 2019

What: National Dance Day Second Line & Flash Mob
When: 9 a.m. – Noon
Where: New Orleans Mint
Price: Free

Established in 2010 by American Dance Movement co-founder, Nigel Lythgoe, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Dance Day is an annual celebration dedicated to dance, that encourages Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives. By creating a focused day of celebration to show support for dance as a valuable form of exercise and of artistic expression, American Dance Movement aims to educate the public about dance and its many benefits, as well as make dance accessible and inclusive to everyone. Click here for more information. 

(Photo by Peter G. Forest)

What: NOLA on Tap
When: Noon – 7 p.m.
Where: New Orleans City Park’s Festival Grounds
Price: $5 pre-sale, $10 at the gate for general admission

Two words: dogs and beer. Yes, together, in one place. In fact, that place is the largest beer festival in the state (400 beers, in fact), and it doubles as a fundraiser for the LA SPCA, which means it’s four-legged friendly. Click here for our guide on what you should know before you go to the fest, here to purchase tickets, and here for suggestions on where to start when it comes to the plethora of beer options.

Sun. Sept. 22, 2019

What: Superhero Race 2019
When: 7:30 – 11 a.m.
Where: Parkway Bakery and Tavern
Price: $30

Dust off your favorite cape for the 6th Annual Superhero Race! All proceeds from the race benefit CASA New Orleans, a nonprofit that fights for the rights of abused and neglected children in St. Bernard and Orleans parishes. Click here for more information on CASA and the race.

What: Duels Street Green Block Party
When: 1-4 p.m.
Where: 1855 Duels Street
Price: Free

This block party isn’t just for 7th Ward residents, it’s for anyone looking for greener solutions to help with the constant problem of street flooding in the city. There will be vendors and other community organizations to speak with regarding how others or community groups to help reduce flooding in their neighborhood, like French drains, permeable paving, rain gardens or rain barrels. Click here for more information. 

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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 we're natives or not.

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