Weekend Picks: pool parties, second lines and serenades

We never need a reason to celebrate in New Orleans, but a long weekend for Memorial Day on Monday seems like a great excuse to pull out the pool noodles and grills.

by Mary Staes
May 22, 2019

We never need a reason to celebrate in New Orleans, but a long weekend for Memorial Day on Monday seems like a great excuse to pull out the pool noodles and grills.

Here are our weekend picks:

Fri. May 24, 2019

Photo by Matthew Hinton

What: Baby Doll Bar Crawl
When: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Starts at Armstrong Park Arch
Price: $40

The Treme/7th Ward Arts & Cultural Festival presents the Baby Doll Bar Crawl. Stops include Bullets Sports Bar, Seal’s Class Act, Kermit’s Mother-In-Law Lounge, Lil People’s Place and the Candlelight Lounge. Don’t worry about walking, transportation will be provided, but there’s only room for 40 people, so make sure you get your tickets beforehand. Click here for more information and tickets. 

Louis Armstrong Park
Getting there
701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon-Sun 8am–6pm
More Info

What: Memorial Weekend Pool Party
When: May 24-May 27
Where: The Country Club
Price: $20 for nonmembers, free for members

For four days straight, The Country Club will be hosting a Memorial Day weekend party! Bring your swimsuit and grab some food from the Cabana Bar and outdoor grill. Click here for more information.

The Country Club
Getting there
634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Mon-Sun 10am–11pm
More Info

Sat. May 25, 2019


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What: A Conversation with Civil Rights Leader Leona Tate
When: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: French Quarter Visitor Center
Price: Free

Leona Tate was six years old when she walked into a formerly all-white elementary school in 1960, one of four little girls who helped desegregate New Orleans public schools. She has been working to assure civil rights for all ever since. Click here for more information. 

New Orleans Visitor Center
Getting there
339 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Sun 9am–8pm

What: Arts Market at Palmer Park
When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Palmer Park
Price: Free to attend

This art market features a kids tent for the little ones, music by Tiffany Pollack and Co., and crawfish from NOLA Crawfish King. Click here for more information. 

Marsalis Harmony Park
Getting there
8211 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Mon-Sun 7:30am–10:30pm
More Info

Sun. May 26, 2019

What: Bike Easy Second Line
When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Starts in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art
Price: Free

What’s a Sunday without a second line? You can start early this week with the free Bike Easy Second Line. Anyone can participate, and even the brass band will be on wheels. Click here for more information.

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
More Info


Photo by Matthew Hinton

What: Teddy’s Twilight Serenade
When: 7 – 10 p.m.
Where: The Music Box Village
Price: $20 general admission

It’s the last show in the performance season for the Music Box Village! Teddy’s Twilight Serenade is a supper club under the stars, and it’s the first big performance featuring the newest instrument to the collection, “Elevator Pitch,” which highlights voices of the deaf community. Click here for more information and tickets. 

The Music Box Village
Getting there
4557 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA

Fests this weekend

Greek Fest | Thurs. May 23 – Sun. May 26 | Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral

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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