NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 06:  The Lady Buckjumpers perform during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 6, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Josh Brasted/WireImage)

Weekend Picks: Roasts, Tours and JAZZ FEST!

Jazz Fest is upon us! But if crowds aren't your thing, there's still lots to do.

by Mary Staes | April 24, 2019

It’s the elephant in the room, so we’ll just say it before you do: 🗣Jazz Fest is here!

But even if you’re not into being corralled into one area at the Fair Grounds, there’s still lots to get into this weekend.

Here are our weekend picks:

Fri. April 26, 2019

What: Roast of Carl Arredondo
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Mannings Restaurant
Price: $45

Ever wanted to shake your fist at the weatherman for telling you a bad forecast? Well, here’s you chance for payback. Longtime WWL-TV anchorman Eric Paulsen is hosting The Roast of Carl Arrendondo, where the jokes are all on the beloved local meteorologist. It’s all for a good cause, because proceeds go to the Lighthouse for the Blind. Click here for more information.

Getting there
519 Fulton St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon 5 – 10 PM
Tue-Wed Closed
Thu-Sun 11 AM – 10 PM
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What: Brass-A-Holics Free Show
When: 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Where: The Maison
Price: FREE

Can’t get into Jazz Fest? Want to see one of the artists without paying the ticket price? Check out this late-night spot for a free show from the Brass-A-Holics. Click here for more information. 

The Maison
Getting there
508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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Jazz Fest Highlights: PJ Morton | Santana | Aloe Blacc | The Revivalists | Free Agents Brass Band | Tab Benoit

Sat. April 27, 2019

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What: Tombs by Twilight
When: 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Price: $50

St. Louis #1 is usually closed off except to tour groups, but this takes it a step further by taking you there at night. Guided by Save Our Cemeteries, the tour includes a drink and appetizer at the Batch Lounge afterwards. Ghost sightings not guaranteed. Click here for more information.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Getting there
425 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Mon-Sun 9 AM – 3:45 PM
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What: City Park Sculpture Garden Tour
When: Noon
Where: Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Price: FREE

This beautiful space is gorgeous is wander alone, but this tour provides background into the works and artists who are featured in the garden. Click here for more information. 

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Getting there
1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Mon-Sun 10am–6pm
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Jazz Fest Highlights: Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Katy Perry | Leon Bridges | Better Than Ezra | Boz Scaggs | Rebirth Brass Band

Sun. April 28, 2019

What: Sunday Swim Society Launch Party
When: 2 – 6 p.m.
Where: NOPSI Hotel
Price: $20

It’s getting warm in the city! The pool at the NOPSI Hotel is opening to the public with a lunch party. Click here for more information. 

NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans
Getting there
317 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Mon-Sun Open 24 hours
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Jazz Fest Highlights: Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute | Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles | Bonnie Raitt | Irma Thomas | Treme Brass Band | Flow Tribe

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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