Weekend picks: Get your eating pants back out, carnival season is in full swing

Carnival season is in full swing! Whether it's getting your fill of sweets and king cake, or catering more to your creative side, the city has lots to offer this weekend.

by Mary Staes
January 23, 2019

Carnival season is in full swing! Whether it’s getting your fill of sweets and king cake, or catering more to your creative side, the city has lots to offer this weekend.


What: Blush Ball 2019
When: Jan. 25, 2019, 8 p.m.
Where: Generations Hall
Price: Tickets start at $40
All-female marching group The Pussyfooters are holding their annual ball, where part of the proceeds go to help the Metro Centers for Community Advocacy. You’ll get to party with the Pussyfooters and Brass-A-Holics will be providing the sounds. Click here for more info.

Generations Hall
Getting there
310 Andrew Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Fri 9am–2pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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What: Create Late at NOMA
When:  Jan. 25, 2019, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Museum of Art
Price: $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.
Exclusively for grown-ups, think drink and draw, but more sophisticated. This workshop shows how to draw flowing fabrics. Click here for more info.

New Orleans Museum of Art
Getting there
1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Mon-Fri 10am–6pm
Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 10am–6pm
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What: Cookiesss & Beer
When: Jan. 26, 2019, 1-6 p.m.
Where: Brieux Carre Brewing Company
Price: N/A
This local brewery is partnering with Crave Cookie Company to bring a unique pairing of four different brews with four different cookies. Click here for more information.

Brieux Carré Brewing Co.
Getting there
2115 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon-Thu 12–9pm
Fri-Sat 12–10pm
Sun 12–9pm
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What: Krewe of Carrollton Royal Walkabout
Where: Jan. 26, 2019, 6-11 p.m.
Where: Oak Street
Price: $35
Think it’s too early for parades? Think again! This krewe starts early with food and drinks at their den, then a mini float carries the King and Queen down Oak Steet. Click here for more information.


What: King Cake Fest
When: Jan. 27, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Champions Square
Price: Tasting tickets start at 10 for $20
The Grand Dame of king cake tastings, this party with a purpose features more than 20 different bakeries competing in different categories. Fest-goers get to vote on their favorite cake and proceeds go to Ochsner Hospital for Children. Click here for more information.

Champions Square
Getting there
Lasalle St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
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What: Bywater photo walk & social
When:  Jan. 27, 2019, 3-6 p.m.
Where: Bywater Bakery
Price: N/A
Hosted by Frank Aymami Photography, this event is the perfect opportunity to get your camera out and get some practice in. Get your photography questions answered and stroll the neighborhood. Click here for more information.

Bywater Bakery
Getting there
3624 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Mon 8am–3pm
Tue-Wed Closed
Thu-Sun 8am–3pm
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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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