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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do in New Orleans This Weekend

This weekend marks an important milestone for New Orleans – the bicentennial celebration of the Treme neighborhood. To honor Treme’s 200th year, there will be the Mahalia Jackson Rejoincin’ in the Park festival as well as concerts, seminars and second lines for Treme 200. Also this weekend plays host to the annual Mid-City Porch Crawl, a movie in the sculpture garden and the inaugural Fete Marigny festival.

Friday, October 19

1. Mid-City Porch Crawl – Fitting for the great New Orleans tradition of porch sitting, porch parties, porch lounging – well, anything you could feasibly do on porches, really – the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization is hosting it’s annual porch crawl fundraiser. The tour will take attendees through Mid-City, stopping at six unique porches and neighborhood bars and restaurants along the way for libations and sustenance. The porch crawl starts at Mick’s at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online. Costumes are encouraged.

2. Movies in the Garden – Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” will screen inside the beautiful sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art as part of the fall Movies in the Garden series. Hitchcock’s horror film comes to the garden at a great time to start getting in the Halloween spirit. Starting at 5:00 p.m., there will be music, food, an art making activity and a tour preceding the screening. Admission is $6 for adults and free for children 17 and under.

Saturday, October 20

3. Rejoicin’ in the Park Festival – The Mahalia Jackson “Rejoicin’ in the Park” festival coincides with the Treme 200 bicentennial celebration this weekend. Rejoicin’ in the Park will start at 10 a.m. in Armstrong Park and features a gospel stage with performances by James Williams and the Crown Seekers, Collage 3, Gospel Soul Children, Nu Nayze and many more.

Sunday, October 21

treme brass band

The Treme Brass Band second lining through the French Quarter! See them at the Treme 200 second line on Sunday! (Photo from Flickr by Infrogmation)

4. Treme 200 United Second Line – The mother of all second lines will close out the Treme 200 bicentennial. An epic lineup of Treme musicians and performers will join together to honor the streets of the beloved, historic neighborhood. Second liners include the Black Men of Labor, Treme Sidewalk Steppers, Dumaine Street Gang, Treme Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band and To Be Continued Brass Band. The second line starts at 11 a.m. at 1210 Gov. Nicholls St.

5. Fete Marigny – The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association will host its first Fete Marigny in celebration of one of the coolest historic New Orleans neighborhoods. The event will combine a walking tour of the neighborhood, entertainment from Helen Gillet, Gypsie Swing, Bruce Sunpie Barnes, Aurora Nealand, a wine raffle and silent auction. The Fete Marigny will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Washington Square Park.