Weekend Picks: Voodoo Fest and all the brews and boos you can handle

Since Halloween falls in the middle of the week, this weekend is the best time to get all your ghouls together for guilt-free fun.

by Mary Staes
October 26, 2018

Halloween weekend is here! Since Halloween falls in the middle of the week, this weekend is the best time to get all your ghouls together for guilt-free fun without having to worry about work in the morning.

Here are our picks for this weekend:

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

(Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors Ball)

This is one of the biggest things going on this weekend for sure. Friday, Third Eye Blind is headlining, returning 20 years after they kicked off the very first Voodoo Fest. Childish Gambino cancelled his Saturday performance at the last minute, being replaced by Travis Scott, but if he isn’t your thing, Odesza is playing at the same time. Sunday features Modest Mouse and 21 Savage, so whatever your taste in music is, Voodoo has it.

City Park
Getting there
City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA

Boo at the Zoo

This event is definitely the thing to do if you’re a parent. All of the kids come in costume, and a lot of attendees do family costumes, too. There’s a special section for trick-or-treaters, a mildly scary haunted house and ghost train, and games for kids to play. There’s also costume contests each of the three nights, and wagon decorating contests you can enter. Tickets always sell out, so make sure to grab them BEFORE the weekend. They’re $20 per person.

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

Brews and Boos


So, you’re not into the crowds at Voodoo Fest. What about an adults-only night at an amusement park, with beer? Sign me up. Tickets to this annual event include unlimited City Park amusement rides, glow necklaces,  jello shots, a DJ, keepsake cup and unlimited beer. And because it’s Halloween, costumes are always a plus.

City Park
Getting there
City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA

“Plastic” premiere

Local spoken word artist YahJah is premiering the short film to her spoken word piece “Plastic.” YahJah added that the event is special to her because she was recently diagnosed with mental illnesses and wants to help normalize the conversation around that and break stereotypes and stigmas, according to her event page. Half of all the proceeds from the event will be donated to NAMI and the True Love Movement.

Launch Pad
Getting there
400 Poydras St Suite 900, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
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Nola Kool Kids Print Party


Looking to pull out your favorite dashiki or ankara skirt? Well, the Nola Kool Kids is a perfect excuse to grab it from your closet and head out the like king or queen that you are.

Ciao Tapas Bar & Lounge
Getting there
4033 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon-Wed Closed
Thu 6pm–12am
Fri 8pm–2am
Sat 11am–5pm, 8pm–2am
Sun 11am–5pm
More Info

 

 

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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