Need plans this weekend? 10 things to do around New Orleans May 13-15 | Entertainment/Life

Need plans this weekend? 10 things to do around New Orleans May 13-15 | Entertainment/Life

The weekend is packed with a variety of fun and festive activities, ranging from robotics to dragon dancers, memorials and mother’s day concerts, with a smattering of ecology, brass, glass and a good bit of soul. Hey, it’s the weekend in New Orleans. enjoy


The French Market boasts the flavors and culture of countries from Asia and the Pacific region Saturday for the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL. The one-day celebration includes a host of culinary vendors with taste treats like mandoo one, bakso sapi, bagoong Brussel sprouts, chicken adobo, spring rolls, and Vietnamese poboys. Performances include dance and performances by groups representing India, China, the Philippines, Viet Name and Taiwan. The festival is , on N. Peters Street at the Mississippi River, will be from 11 am to 4 pm Get a taste of what’s in store here.



Louisiana festival guide 2015: May

Brian Reaney, left, and John Green stack boxes of tomatoes to sell at a past Tomato Festival at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Chalmette. The 2015 festival is May 1-3. (Daniel Erath / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive)




Three days of robust, red festival fun are in store starting Friday at the TOMATO FESTIVAL at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and School in St. Bernard. The festival, a textbook example of a south Louisiana celebration, including food, entertainment, pageants, games, carnival rides and dancing in the streets (well, on the grounds). Gate fee for the festival is $5, with a variety of packages for ride tickets, including a pay-on-price option to enjoy the thrills all weekend long. The fun starts at 5:30 pm Friday and 11 am Saturday and Sunday at 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. Have a taste of what to expect at the festival here.



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Female role models take center stage Friday at the Audubon Tea Room for the WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE LUNCHEON by Bridge House/Grace House. Three honorees will be fêted, plus auctions, raffles, entertainment and more. The function also serves as a fundraiser for the substance use disorder treatment programs. Tickets are $125 for the midday fun that starts at 11 am at 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Check out the information and the work of the organization here.



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Clearly, one of the fun free events of the city will be the YAYA BRASS N GLASS Friday at 6 pm at the YAYA Arts Center, 3322 LaSalle St., New Orleans, where alumni and current participants will lead art demonstrations on the blowing of glass, digital art, painting, embroidery and pottery. Plus, there’s music, food, beverages and a chance to participate in the Goblet Grab (buy a handmade glass and fill it at the bar all night!).



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Advocate photo by CHRISTINE GACHARNA – A birds-eye view of the competition tables. Teams represented schools from Slidell, Baton Rouge, Metairie, New Orleans, Lafayette, Mandeville, Marrero, Gretna, Belle Chasse and even Alexander City, AL and Braxton, MS. The referees were robotics team students from Slidell High School and all of the design judges were local engineers.


The engineering of robotics will be on display Saturday from 10 am when the National World War II Museum hosts their 2022 ROBOTICS CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP. Student teams have submitted two robot game videos and have been selected to vie for the honors based on the war’s Battle of the Atlantic, with several steps that must be accomplished by the robot. The projects will be presented to the judges who will evaluate the projects and query the competitors. There’s plenty more details about the championships here.



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The Westwego Fisheries & Farmers Market will be crawling with cooks at 11 am Saturday for the annual CRAWFISH COOK-OFF where 21 teams will compete for bragging rights for their culinary crustacean creations. There will also be entertainment, craft vendors and food trucks for those who want something other than crawfish (perish the thought!). Tickets start at $15 for the event at 484 Sala Ave. Crawl on over here for the info on the cook-off.



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Environmental activities with a French flair will be the bon temps du jour Saturday at 2 pm for the ECO FAIR(S) at Alliance Française of New Orleans, 1519. The non-profit school and cultural center, together with the consulate general of France in Louisiana, have gathered a mélange of environmental organizations and activities (and food and music) to raise awareness about adopting more environmentally conscious practices. The free event will feature panels on making Mardi Gras more sustainable, education and the future of New Orleans as a greener city. The greening of the city starts here.



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‘Queen’s Blossom’ by Khalil McKnight is one of the items in the NOCCA Art&Soul art auction.


The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, home to some amazing talent, will be the beneficiary for the ART&SOUL Gala Saturday at 7 pm at 600 Homer Plessy way, New Orleans. The evening affair features a music, food, art and more provided by NOCCA alumni including Orlando Gilbert and the Crescent City Connection and Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans. A dazzling array of art will be available for auction, plus the chance to win a new Lincoln Corsair. Tickets start at $50 for alumni, $100 general admission. Check out the beat for Art&Soul here.



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Jazz piano legend Ellis Marsalis talks about the 300th anniversary of New Orleans at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in Musicians Village in New Orleans.




The patriarch of the marvelously musical Marsalis family died in the midst of the COVID pandemic and will now be honored in true New Orleans fashion as the family has planned the ELLIS MARSALIS JR. MEMORIAL AND SECOND LINE for the public Sunday at 1 pm Following a by-invitation-only memorial at Gallier Hall, the second line will leave the 545 St. Charles Ave. site and head over to Congo Square at Louis Armstrong Park on N. Rampart. Then, at 4 pm, the gathering will head over to the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music at 1901 Bartholomew St. Get more information on the memorial here.



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The New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra performs at the Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent during New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014, Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Photo by Ted Jackson, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)




It’s a week after the official day, but with a packed calendar, the Vieux Carre Poperty Owners, Residents and Associates decided to move their annual musical salute to moms to Sunday at 4 pm for the MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT AND PICNIC at Cabrini Park, 1219 Dauphine St., New Orleans. The after event features the stylish sounds of the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, playground fun for kids and face painting. So grab mom, a chair or blanket, a picnic basket and head over to the French Quarter park (but leave the pets at home, please). Get all the foot-tapping information on the fun here.

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