The Uptown Swingers dance to the music of the Treme Brass Band in the Economy Hall Tent during the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La. Sunday, April 28, 2019. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Weekend Picks: Jazz Fest Round Two, Cinco De Mayo

Every day this weekend is packed with fun, even if you don't head to the fest. There's May the Fourth for you nerds out there. and Cinco De Mayo Parties across the city.

by Mary Staes | May 2, 2019

It’s time for the second weekend of Jazz Fest! Every day this weekend is packed with fun, even if you don’t head to the fest. There’s May the Fourth for you nerds out there. and Cinco De Mayo Parties across the city.

Here are our weekend picks:

Fri. May 3, 2019

What: Zoo to Do
When: 7 p.m. until midnight
Where: Audubon Zoo
Price: $175

It’s the wildest party of the year: Audubon’s Zoo to Do. The zoo opens up at night for its signature fundraising gala and black tie event. Food and drinks from more than 70 restaurants and 60 cocktail bars are included in the price of your ticket. Click here for more information. 

Audubon Zoo - Bus Stop
Getting there
New Orleans, LA 70118, USA

What: NOJO honors Whitney Houston
When: 9 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Jazz Market
Price: $30

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will close out the concert season by paying tribute to one of the most awarded artists of all time, Whitney Houston. Click here for more information. 

New Orleans Jazz Market
Getting there
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue 10am–4pm
Wed 10am–4pm, 9pm–1am
Thu-Fri 10am–4pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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Jazz Fest Highlights: Chris Stapleton | Gladys Knight | Los Lobos | Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs | The Iguanas 

Sat. May 4, 2019

 

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What: Kentucky Derby Watch Party
When:  Noon until 11 p.m.
Where: Galatoire’s
Price: Free

Sure it’s Jazz Fest here, but elsewhere there’s the Kentucky Derby. Bring you big hat and your cocktail dress out, drink specials start at $12 and there will be a contest for best hat. Click here for more information. 

Galatoire's
$$$$
Getting there
209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours
Mon-Tue Closed
Wed-Sat 11:30am–9pm
Sun 12–9pm
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What: Geek Fest
When: 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Public Library Main Branch
Price: Free

This all-day event will feature authors, a cosplay fashion show, discussions, fan groups, film screenings, games, an out-of-this-world story time, workshops, and a few surprises. Character attire not required (but crowd favorites will be rewarded). Click here for more information. 

New Orleans Public Library - Main Library
Getting there
219 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Hours
Mon-Thu 10am–6pm
Fri-Sat 10am–5pm
Sun Closed
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Jazz Fest Highlights: The Soul Rebels | Tank & the Bangas | Aaron Neville | Diana Ross | Big Freedia | Chris Owens | Pitbull | New Birth Brass Band 

Sun. May 5, 2019

Okay, obviously it’s Cinco De Mayo, so here’s a list of different places that will be having block parties to celebrate

Lakeview

The Velvet Cactus

The Velvet Cactus
$$$$
Getting there
6300 Argonne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Hours
Mon-Thu 4:30–9pm
Fri-Sat 11am–10pm
Sun 11am–9pm
More Info

Irish Channel

Nola Brewing Company

New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA) Brewing
Getting there
3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Hours
Mon-Thu 11am–9pm
Fri-Sat 11am–10pm
Sun 11am–9pm
More Info

Central City

Casa Borrega

Casa Borrega: Fonda & Mezcaleria
$$$$
Getting there
1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue-Sat 6–10pm
Sun Closed
More Info

Esplanade

Brass Band Block Party @ the New Orleans Jazz Museum

New Orleans Jazz Museum
Getting there
400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 9am–4pm
More Info

Warehouse District

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
$$$$
Getting there
701 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours
Mon-Thu 11am–11pm
Fri-Sat 11am–2am
Sun 11am–11pm
More Info

Lower Garden District

Urban South Brewery

Urban South Brewery
Getting there
1645 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours
Mon-Thu 12–8pm
Fri 12–9pm
Sat 11am–9pm
Sun 11am–7pm
More Info

Jazz Fest Highlights: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with the Nevilles | John Boutte | Jimmy Buffett | Maze feat. Frankie Beverly | Little Freddie King| Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias | Herbie Hancock | John Fogerty

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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