Happy weekend and we deserve it - what a beautiful day and so much to do!!
Weekend Festivals and Fun!!
First things first!! The delicious smell of pork and the amazing sounds of music are filling the air over at City Park today for Hogs for the Cause! This pork lovers extravaganza includes 60 competing BBQ teams plus lots of beer, food and trucks and of course music! The musical line-up is spectacular with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Marcia Ball and more!! And remember all the money goes to a worthy cause - to aid families with children suffering from pediatric brain cancer. So get high on the Hog for a very good cause! Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the gate - Gates open at 10:30 am - for more info click www.hogsforthecause.org!
You can also get your beer on this weekend over at Champions Square at the inaugural New Orleans International Beer Festival. There's gonna be more than 150 craft beers for the tasting from 2:00 to 6:00 pm today...so come on out and try some brews. Tickets are $40 in advance, which includes unlimited samples. For more info visit neworleansinternationalbeerfest.com
And if you happen to be in the Quarters head on over to the French Market for the Roadfood Festival! The flavorful fest runs Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Four blocks in the French Market will be lined with dozens of top Roadfood cooks from New Orleans and all of Louisiana as well as from all across America, each offering a unique specialty. This is NOT typical and expected festival fare: it is a taste of America's most celebrated dishes, all gathered in one place: a foodie's dream. Portions are right-sized and priced to provide everyone a chance to taste the maximum number of great regional eats as they stroll through the French Market inhaling delicious smells that range from real Texas pit barbecue to Pecan Pie to artisan boudin sausage made by Cajun country's most beloved butchers. There is no admission fee - just bring plenty of appetite! For more info visit www.neworleansroadfoodfestival.com
And for all you crawfish lovers out there the Louisiana Crawfish Festival (8245 W. Judge Perez Dr.) continues all weekend long in beautiful Chalmette! You don't want to miss the endless crawfish dishes, the crawfish races, rides, crafts and plenty of great music!! For more info visit: www.louisisanacrawfishfestival.com
And on Sunday City Park goes to the dogs with Dog Day Afternoon!! Enjoy a day of dog loving activies with a dog walk-a-thon, food, games, dog contests music by Amanda Shaw and and the Cute Guys all funds to to benefit the LA/SPCA!! Festivities take place at City Park's Big Lawn (near the NOMA entrance) - it's gonna be a doggone good time ya'll!!!
Ahoy me' maties!! It's NOLA Pyrate Week with art, music, food and general swashbuckling for pirates and pirate lovers!! For all the fun and festivities click on www.nolapyrateweek.com!
Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this today and tomorrow...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!!