Weekend Picks: See NOLA’s newest riverboat, Krewe of Jingle, Algiers Bonfire

Holiday time is in full swing in the city. Not only is everyone feeling the holiday joy, but the Saints are ALREADY divisional champs!

by Mary Staes
December 4, 2019

Holiday time is in full swing in the city. Not only is everyone feeling the holiday joy, but the Saints are ALREADY divisional champs! There are a lot of things to do, so celebrate this weekend.

Here are our weekend picks for Friday through Sunday:

Fri. Dec. 6, 2019

What: Avocado Fest + World’s Largest Avocado Display
When: Throughout the day
Where: Tchoupitoulas Rouses Market
Price: Free

Rouses is making an attempt at their second Guinness World Records title by making the largest-ever avocado display. It will take up to 20 hours to prep and build the fruit display at the Tchoupitoulas location. An estimated 112,000 individual Hass avocados from Mexico will be used. As if the world’s largest Hass avocado display wasn’t enough, chefs will be on hand to sample avocado recipes, including street tacos and a variety of guacamoles, and show shoppers avaca-dos and avoca-don’ts. There will be additional demos and sampling at the store daily through Saturday. Click here for more information. 

Rouses Market
Getting there
4500 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Hours
Mon-Sun 7am–10pm
More Info
Photo courtesy BigEasy.com

What: Hey Louis! preview event
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Riverboat Louis Armstrong, 1 Poydras Street
Price: Free

See New Orleans’ newest and most unique concert and events venue on the Mississippi River, for free. Local jazz musicians will be performing, along with craft cocktails at a cash bar and take in a view of downtown New Orleans from the grand promenade deck. Click here for more information. 

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

Sat. Dec. 7, 2019

Photo via Getty Images

What: First Saturdays on Magazine Street
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Magazine Street
Price: Varies

Shops, restaurants and Magazine Street businesses make the First Saturdays special with discounts, exclusive free events and more. It’s a great time to buy local gifts for Christmas, and we’ve got a shopping guide here just for that. Click here for more information on First Saturdays on Magazine Street. 

Magazine Street
Getting there
Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, USA
A dance krewe makes perform during the Krewe of Jingle Parade as it passes through St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Saturday, December 1, 2018. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

What: Krewe of Jingle Parade
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Begins at Howard and Baronne streets
Price: Free

What’s a holiday in New Orleans without a parade? The first of two Christmas parades is hitting the streets Saturday: the Krewe of Jingle Downtown. Click here to see this year’s route. 

What: Algiers Bonfire
When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Algiers Ferry Landing
Price: Free

This free event celebrates the custom of lighting the way for Papa Noel. This is New Orleans’ only official bonfire (others happen further out in the River parishes). Click here for more information. 

Photo by Matthew Hinton

What: Krewe of Krampus NOLAuf
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Starts at the corner of Royal and Lesseps streets
Price: Free

The Krewe of Krampus NOLAuf is based on an ancient Alpine tradition called Krampusnacht, and Krampus knows if you’ve been naughty or nice. This parade brings you face to face with Krampus and his army of mischief. Dare to get close and you may be treated to one of the amazing, custom throws that members that will be passing out to onlookers. From bells, ornaments, and Krampus cups to the coveted lumps of coal it will certainly be worth the risk to get a little frightened. Click here for more information and to see the entire route. 

Sun. Dec. 8, 2019

Photo by Matthew Hinton

What: Game Days Block Party 2019 at Barcadia New Orleans
When: Noon
Where: Barcadia New Orleans
Price: Free to attend

Come cheer on the Saints before, during and after home games at this block party. There’s room for everyone inside and outside the bar, with two DJs. Click here for more information. 

Barcadia New Orleans
$$$$
Getting there
601 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours
Mon 4pm–12am
Tue-Fri 4–11pm
Sat-Sun 11am–12am
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What: Bywater Cajun Brunch + Dance
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Tigermen Den
Price: Varies

If you’re looking for a brunch that serves up community, music and a healthy dose of dancing, look no further: Cajun Brunch at the Tigermen Den has it all. This monthly event has been going since April 2012 and happens every second Sunday of the month. This week, the band is an all-female lineup of The Swamp Blossoms. Food is being provided by Bywater Bakery, and dance lessons start at noon. Click here to read more about the awesome Cajun brunch at The Tigermen Den. 

The Tigermen Den
Getting there
3113 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
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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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