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Weekend Picks: Spring has sprung! Time for fun!

Festival season has officially started, but if you're looking for other things to do, there's no shortage.

by Mary Staes | April 10, 2019

The weather is warming up, and it’s time to kick the festival/outdoor season off! Festival season has officially started, but if you’re looking for other things to do, there’s no shortage.

Here are our weekend picks:

Fri. April 12, 2019

What: Nola Dance United: Bollywood, Latin & Afrobeats Night
When: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Cafe Istanbul
Price: $10 advance, $12 at the door.

When you’re on the dance floor, where you come from and where you’re going ceases to matter; all that matters is the here and the now. This party aims to unite us all. Click here for more information. 

Cafe Istanbul
Getting there
2372 St Claude Ave Room 252, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Mon-Sun 10 AM – 3 AM
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What: Movies In The Park: Despicable Me 3
When: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Joe Brown Park
Price: Free

This week NORD’s Movie in the Park is in New Orleans East, with Despicable Me 3. Brings the blankets and the kids, the movie starts at dusk. Click here for more information. 

Joe W. Brown Park
Getting there
5601 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127, USA
Mon-Tue 7 AM – 9 PM
Wed 8:22 AM – 9 PM
Thu 7 AM – 9 PM
Fri 8:22 AM – 9 PM
Sat 7 AM – 7 PM
Sun 8:22 AM – 7 PM
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Sat. April 13, 2019

What: 5th Annual Rose’ Soiree’
When: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Martin Wine Cellar
Price: $20

Put on your best pink dress and celebrate Rose’ all day! The event will include samples for five different rose’s paired with cheese, of course. Click here for more information.

Martin Wine & Spirits: New Orleans
Getting there
3827 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Mon-Fri 10 AM – 7 PM
Sat 9 AM – 7 PM
Sun 10 AM – 3 PM
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What: Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s Easter Egg Hunt
When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: The Fly
Price: Free

Participants can exchange the eggs they find for a gift bag filled with candy, and if you get there early, you can register for free admission to the Audubon Zoo. Click here for more information. 

Audubon Riverview Park
Getting there
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Mon-Sun 5 AM – 10 PM
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Sun. April 14, 2019

Photo by Matthew Hinton

What: Westbank Super Sunday
When: Noon
Where: Starts at Landry Walker High School, ends at McDonough Playground
Price: Free

Since the cancellation of Downtown Super Sunday last week, Westbank Super Sunday will be the last time to see the Black Masking Indians up close. Click here for more information.

Getting there
1200 L B Landry Ave, New Orleans, LA 70114, USA
Mon-Fri 7 AM – 7 PM
Sat-Sun Closed
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What: Thai New Year and Food Festival
When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Wat Wimuttayaram Buddhist Temple of Louisiana, Inc.
Price: Free

This annual celebration will begin with worship and presentations of alms and food to the monks, as well as a ceremony of watering the sacred statue of Buddha and blessing of the lay people at 1 p.m. A range of Thai food will be at various vendors. Click here for more information.

Wat Wimuttayaram Buddhist Temple
Getting there
1601 Stanton Rd, New Orleans, LA 70131, USA
Mon-Sun 9am–5pm
More Info

Festivals This Weekend

French Quarter Festival | April 11-14

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival | April 12 – 14

Click here to see more festivals this month.

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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