The logo of Morgus the Magnificent (Photo: WDSU)

Weekend Picks: Gentilly Fest, Mac & Cheese Fest, memories with Morgus

It's finally cooler and fall feels like it's upon us! It's the perfect time to get out there and celebrate the cool weather and there's lots to do this weekend.

by Mary Staes | October 9, 2019

It’s finally cooler and fall feels like it’s upon us! It’s the perfect time to get out there and celebrate the cool weather and there’s lots to do this weekend. Here are our weekend pics for Oct. 11-13, 2019.

Fri. Oct. 11, 2019

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What: Movies in the Park – Princess and the Frog
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Evans Playgound, 5100 La Salle St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Price: Free

This week’s movie in the park is close to New Orleanian’s hearts: heroine Princess Tiana was inspired by our own legend Chef Leah Chase. Make sure to bring your own blanket or chairs to sit on, and the movie starts at dusk. Click here for more information.

Evans Playground
Getting there
5112 Lasalle St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA

What: Gentilly Fest
When: Oct. 11 – 13
Where: Pontchartrain Park
Price: Free

Gentilly Fest celebrates all things “Gentilly,” including continuous live music on four stages and food from a variety of local vendors, including LaDelyo’s Creole Catering, Cafe Dauphine and Bayou Soul Food & Spirits. Click here for more information and to see the performance lineup.

Pontchartrain Park
Getting there
6500 Press Dr, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA
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Sat. Oct. 12, 2019

What: Bike the Big Easy
When: 7:30 a.m.
Where: Duncan Plaza
Price: $45

The event offers a casual, social and cultural ride for cyclists through some of the most historic neighborhoods in the city while riding on CLOSED roads. The event will feature a post event party for cyclists of all ages. Click here for more information and to register. 

Duncan Plaza
Getting there
343-349 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
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What: Bounce Ya Brass Workout Class
When: 9 a.m.
Where: City Putt
Price: Free

So you’re going to all the fests this weekend? Well, you’ve gotta work off all those calories from the food, right? This class takes signature NOLA bounce moves and teaches them in an aerobics format that makes the class open for all levels and ages. There is no need to be a dancer or know how to dance to enjoy class and get the best cardio workout of your life! Click here for more information. 

City Putt Miniature Golf Course
Getting there
33 Dreyfous Dr, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon-Tue Closed
Wed-Fri 3 – 9 PM
Sat-Sun 10 AM – 10 PM
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Japan Fest

What: Japan Fest
When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: NOMA
Price: Free

Japan Fest, which is organized by Japan Club in New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville, is not only the largest celebration of Japanese culture in New Orleans, but also the Gulf South for over 20 years. Attendants to the festival are encouraged to cosplay, or dress up as characters from their favorite anime. Click here to read our article on the fest for more information.

New Orleans Museum of Art
Getting there
1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 10 AM – 5 PM
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What: NOLA Mac & Cheese Fest
When: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Armstrong Park
Price: Free admission | Food prices vary

This fest doubles as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics Louisiana, and yes, there’s a contest to see whose dish is the tastiest and cheesiest. Restaurants include Frey Smoked Meat Co. Dirty Dishes, and The Big Cheezy. Click here fore more information.

Louis Armstrong Park
Getting there
701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon-Sun 8 AM – 6 PM
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Sun. Oct. 13, 2019

What: Brunch on the Farm
When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Grow Dat Youth Farm
Price: $35 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under

This special fundraising brunch will be catered by Atchafalaya restaurant and features a bloody Mary bar. mimosas yard games and activities for the kids. Click here for more information and tickets. 

Grow Dat Youth Farm
Getting there
150 Zachary Taylor Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Sat 9 AM – 5 PM
Sun Closed
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(Photo: WDSU-TV)

What: An evening with Sid Noel: Recollections of a Mad Scientist
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Orpheum Theater
Price: $43.50 + fees

The 89-year-old actor who brought Morgus the Magnificent to local television 60 years ago plans a one-man show Sunday night. For the first time, he’ll being doing a stand up show which also serves as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Noel promises to discuss the backstory of the character and share behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the live broadcasts, plus clips of classic episodes. Click here for more information and tickets.

Orpheum Theater
Getting there
129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
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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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