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Weekend Picks: LPO takes Bowie, Friendsgiving, Gumbo Fest

The LPO is taking on David Bowie, we're hosting Friendsgiving and the chill in the air is perfect for a gumbo festival!

by Mary Staes | November 13, 2019

No matter what you do this weekend, make sure you bundle up. Temperatures are forecast to be in the sixties and with the wind, it’s definitely brisk out there.

Here are our weekend picks for Nov. 15-17:

Fri. Nov. 16, 2019

What: Fête des Fromages
When: Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Jazz Museum
Price: $10 entry fee

This two-day fest features more than 150 cheeses, two dozen international cheesemakers and win, of course! There will also be cured meat and pate from Trois Petit Cochons, crackers from Rustic Bakery and preserves from Terrapin Ridge Farms. Click here for more information. 

New Orleans Jazz Museum
Getting there
400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 9 AM – 4 PM
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What: LPO: The Music of David Bowie
When: 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Where: Mahalia Jackson Theater
Price: Tickets start at $10

Relive the music of David Bowie with orchestral accompaniment by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra! Click here for ticket prices and information. 

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Getting there
1419 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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Sat. Nov. 17, 2019

What: Friendsgiving with Very Local New Orleans
When: 7 – 11 p.m.
Where: The Shops at the CAC
Price: $40

So you want to get your friends together for a big dinner party before the holidays with your families, but oh the cooking, the cleaning, the remembering to invite everyone… it’s just a lot. Well, Very Local New Orleans is inviting you and your friends over for dinner at OUR HOUSE in the gorgeous space in The Shop at the Contemporary Arts Center.

It’s a three-course dinner party with a menu curated by author, host and TV personality Chef Toya Boudy. There’ll even be unlimited drinks provided by 73 Distillery. Click here for more information and tickets. 

The Shop At the CAC
Getting there
900 Camp St 3rd floor, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Fri 9 AM – 6 PM
Sat-Sun Closed
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What: NOLA Wing Wars
When: Noon – 8 p.m.
Where: Central City BBQ
Price: Tickets start at $10 for general admission, $75 for VIP tickets

Four bands, 20 restaurants & over 40,000 chicken wings. VIP tickets include unlimited open bar, chicken wings and BBQ from Central City BBQ, lounge seating, luxury bathrooms and front of stage access. Click here for tickets and more information. 

Central City BBQ
Getting there
1201 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Mon-Thu 11 AM – 7 PM
Fri-Sun 11 AM – 9 PM
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Sun. Nov. 18, 2019

What: Congo Square Rhythms Fest/Treme Gumbo Fest
When: 11 a.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Where: Armstrong Park
Price: Free to enter, food prices vary

This fall, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will present two of its popular festivals on one weekend – Treme Creole Gumbo Festival and Congo Square Rhythms Festival.  There will be two stages of music celebrating the New Orleans traditions that spring from the African diaspora: jazz, funk, contemporary and traditional brass band, gospel and rhythm & blues. Some of the best brass bands in the city are also featured at the festival. Click here for more information on food vendors and to see the music schedule.

Louis Armstrong Park
Getting there
701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon-Sun 8 AM – 6 PM
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What: NOLA Comedy Hour
When: 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: Hi-Ho Lounge
Price: Free

Duncan Pace blends New Orleans funniest comedians, 1st-timers, & touring pros into a great show every week at Hi-Ho Lounge. Click here for more information. 

Hi-Ho Lounge
Getting there
2239 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Mon-Thu 5 PM – 1 AM
Fri 5 PM – 2 AM
Sat 5 PM – 4 AM
Sun 5 PM – 1 AM
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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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