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

Get ready for another weekend packed with local New Orleans flavor and flair. If you are looking for some fun things to do in New Orleans this weekend, we have highlighted some of the best events in town, so take a look and make your plans. New Orleans food festivals abound this weekend, as well as a chance to party like the Dude or catch a beloved musical on stage in the French Quarter.

All Weekend

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New Orleans abides: Celebrate Lebowski Fest this weekend. (photo from ambergris on Flickr)

1. Treme Creole Gumbo Festival – Just in time for cooler weather, the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is here to warm your tummy with some of the best in New Orleans gumbo. The festival will also be exploring new frontiers this year with a Vegan Gumbo Contest and celebrity judges to promote healthy eating in New Orleans. With a stacked music lineup of New Orleans brass bands, including the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band leading a second line, the weekend will be a beautiful celebration of one of New Orleans’ most famous foods.

2. “Hair” at Le Petit Theatre – The reopening of Le Petit Theatre in the French Quarter brought further life into the New Orleans theatre scene, and this weekend, as their season continues, you’ll be able to catch the opening of the acclaimed and beloved American rock musical, “Hair.” Whether you’ve seen it a million times, or this will be your first time, your toes will refuse to sit still as you revel in hits like “Aquarius,” “Manchester,” and “Hair.” Don’t miss this musical on stage in New Orleans through November 23.

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3. Lebowski Fest New Orleans – Everyone knows the Dude abides, and this weekend Lebowski Fest is taking over New Orleans. Inspired by the Coen brothers’ character, the Dude, from their hit film, “The Big Lebowski,” Lebowski Fest is a weekend of partying in true El Dudarino fashion. For both long-time Lebowski fans and new-comers to the scene, this weekend is sure to be a hit. Get in on the fun with a screening of the famed film accompanied by music from the Catfish Orchestra and the Dudes Abide, as well as Bowling Party featuring trivia and costume contests. No doubt the bar will be pouring White Russians all night long.

Friday, November 8

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Get to know this traditional Louisiana cooking ingredient at the Mirliton Festival. (photo from fmpgoh on Flickr)

4. Boudin, Bourbon & Beer – The Emeril Lagasse Foundation is gathering 50 of the country’s greatest chefs to celebrate and riff on the classic Cajun food staple, boudin, at Boudin, Bourbon & Beer. There are so many different ways to enjoy this beloved sausage that there had to be a festival to experience it all. As you indulge in Cajun flavor, you’ll be able to sip on Abita Beer and Buffalo Trace Bourbon, and there will be live bands playing Louisiana and Southern music to round out your New Orleans festival experience.

Saturday, November 9

5. Mirliton Festival – Starting in the fall, holiday cooking in New Orleans traditionally includes the use of mirlitons, the unique, pear-shaped Southeast Louisiana vegetable, in many local dishes. In order to honor our traditions, naturally, we’ve got a fest for this, too. This Saturday, come out to the Bywater for a variety of delicious mirliton dishes and other New Orleans food at the 24th annual Mirliton Festival. There will also be live music, an Artists’ Village, and kids activities, making for a fun fall day of local delights.