Weekend Picks: Mardi Gras is over, and Lent is here. Bring on the crawfish!

Everything in the city seems to be moving a little slower, but when one thing ends, another begins.

by Mary Staes
March 7, 2019

So the craziness of Mardi Gras is over, and we’re all still in recovery mode. Everything in the city seems to be moving a little slower, but when one thing ends, another begins.

Now that Lent is here, crawfish season is in full swing, and boils are happening all over the places. Boils for a good cause are even better, and it’s one of the things you can set out to do in the city this weekend.

Here are our weekend picks:

Spicy Crawfish Boiling in a Stock Pot in Louisiana

Fri. March 8, 2019

What: Lenten Crawfish Boil at The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal
When: 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: 2903 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans, La. 70115
Price: Plates are market prices TBD
We all know Lent calls for all the church fish frys and neighborhood crawfish boils. This one will help support racial justice work in the city, and it’ll even include vegetarian options. Click here for more information.

2903 Jefferson Ave
Getting there
2903 Jefferson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MAY 11: Lauren Graham (L) and Mae Whitman arrive at Netflix hosts “Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life” for your consideration event held at Netflix FYSee Space on May 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

What: Gilmore Girls Trivia Pub Crawl
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: 228 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
Price: $15
Crawl to five different bars, each with themed Gilmore drinks and a round of trivia. Top winners get some Gilmore Girls swag. Click here for more information.

228 Poydras St
Getting there
228 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Sat. March 9, 2019

What: Cookie Dough Bliss Grand Opening
When: Noon – 10 p.m.
Where: 241 W. Harrison Avenue, New Orleans, La. 70124
Price: N/A
NOLA is getting its own Cookie Dough Bliss! This shop specializes in making ready-to-eat cookie dough that’s safe to eat without baking. Click here for more information.

241 Harrison Ave
Getting there
241 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
CYPRESS, CA – JULY 16: Dachshunds race out of the starting gate during practice for the 23rd Annual Wienerschnitzel Weiner Nationals at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, CA, on Monday, July 16, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

What: Weiner Dog Races at the Fair Grounds
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Fair Grounds
Price: $5 general admission, free for kids 12 and under
How fast is your wiener? This unique annual race happens in the middle of the horse races, and it gets pretty competitive! Click here for more information.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Getting there
1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon-Sat 9am–12am
Sun 10am–12am
More Info

Sun. March 10, 2019

Partners-N-Crime perform during the Spears Group 10th Anniversary celebration at The Republic in New Orleans on Saturday, August 18, 2018. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

What: SoulFest at Audubon Zoo
When: Starts at 10:45 a.m.
Where: Audubon Zoo
Price: Free with zoo admission
Thousands of visitors gather at the zoo for one of New Orleans’ biggest celebrations of African American culture. Sunday’s performers include Gina Brown and Partners-N-Crime. Click here for more information.

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

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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