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As the temperatures continue to climb into the sizzle of summer, the city continues to come alive with fun indoor and outdoor activities.

Ajun Cajun serves a soft shell crab po-boy.


Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco performs during Jazz Fest.

On land and on water, the pleasure flows fully MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO Friday through Sunday along the shores of majestic Bayou St. John. Three entertainment scenes including Ani DiFranco, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Soul Rebels and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles are just a few of the names that provide entertainment. Food fun will be provided by an impressive roster of vendors including Ajun Cajun, Empanola, Mid-City Pizza, Southerns, Nola Snow Snoballs and Bub’s NOLA and more. Admission is required on foot and afloat, starting at $10. Boogie on boogaloo tunes here.

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Several stays will be auctioned at the Four Seasons New Orleans during Julia Jump. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

It could be a night to jive and cry for the JULIA JUMP Friday at 6:30 p.m. when the Preservation Resource Center hosts a good time in the River Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, 2 Canal St. The black-tie encouraged gathering features music, entertainment, culinary creations and a chance to support the work of the PRC to preserve architecture, neighborhoods and culture. The special raffle, with curated prize sets, includes travel, dining, jewelry, art, clothing, and unique offers. Jump over here for the details on the evening of fun.

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The Iceman Special entertains the crowd at Brews for Blues for the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.

Camping, art, music and healing converge in the MOON SHADOW FESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday at Abita Spring Be and Be, 75368 Moonshadow Lane. Iceman Special, Funky Soul by Jason Neville, Mahmoud Chouki, Santa Barbara Streisand and many more will keep you entertained during this two day event. Planned food vendors include Tacos Para La Vida, VooDoo Vegan, Popsicle Door Bell and more. There are also craft vendors and healing activities that include yoga, meditation, Chakra sound baths, seminars, workshops and ceremonies. Tickets start at $25 with openings for night or day passes. Look at the moon here.

The girls start doing tricks during a session with the nonprofit Girls on the Run, which designs programs that build social, emotional, physical and behavioral skills for girls in grades three through eight. at City Park Great Lawn in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Photo by Max Becherer,, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

GIRLS RUNNING 5K is a celebration of young women’s work and organization that helps build confidence and make intentional decisions, providing social, emotional and physical skills. Saturday’s 8 a.m. run at Joe Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans, includes an Inspiration Village (begins at 7 a.m.) and Wellness Lounge. The course of the race features track and trail aspects. Registration starts at $20. Climb back to the starting line here.


French pastries, Swiss chocolates and German beer are on the menu for European Day of Languages ​​at Deutsches Haus on Saturday.

Celebrating the languages ​​and cultural diversity of Europe, EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES will be held Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St., New Orleans. Coordinated by the Consulate of France in Louisiana, along with the Haus and the Alliance Française, the day includes activities for students and their families exploring a variety of countries. There are also traditional specialties from several European countries, including French pastries, German beer, Swiss chocolates, and more. Music and entertainment includes flamenco dancing and a German orchestra. The focus here is on fun.

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Raising awareness of drug addiction and raising funds to support treatment centers is the goal of the first WALK FOR RECOVERY at 10 a.m. Saturday from the RiverShack Gretna, 714 First St., and along the Mississippi River Levee. Funds raised will be split between Bridge House/Grace House and Responsibility House. Presented by Gretna Revitalized Enhanced and Developed Inc., the event features music by Da Rockits. Registration starts at $10. Advance registration can be made at (504) 363-1580. Step up for walking information here.

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Vance Vaucresson, left, and the Hilzims, left to right, Stephanie, Monica Davidson, Pierre and Brooke at the Crawfish Monica booth at Jazz Fest.

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What’s a festival without food? Perish the thought. The heady mix of entertainment, rides, games and cuisine is what makes South Louisiana’s festival calendar sing with spice and New Orleans’ historic collection takes a closer look with FOOD FORUM: CELEBRATE THE SEASONS — FESTIVALS Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street. Dr. Jessica B. Harris, a renowned food historian, leads a discussion on the importance of regional food festivals. Also in attendance will be Jazz Fest’s culinary director, Michelle Nugent, and representatives of some of the festival’s best-known foodies: Pierre Hilzim and Monica Davidson of Crawfish Monica (yes, that Monica) and Vance Vaucresson of the sausage company. And, don’t worry, there will be tastings of festival food samples. The suggested price is $30. Take a bite of the excitement here.


Michelle Lacey, second from right, and members of the Disco Amigos perform at the Backyard BBQ fundraiser for the Crescent City Farmers Market on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at Central City BBQ in New Orleans. The event featured music from Sam Price and the True Believers, dancing by the Disco Amigos, food from farm-to-table restaurants, a children’s play area and a silent auction.


The Pussyfooters hold the 73rd Annual Krewe of Thoth Parade on February 23, 2020.

Put on your dancing shoes and head to Spanish Plaza at the foot of Canal Street and the Mississippi River to catch the free Krewe of BOO! HALLOWEEN DANCE HALFWAY at 2 p.m. Saturday. This high-profile hoedown pits some of the city’s best-known dance and marching groups against each other to be judged by a panel of celebrities. Among the participants will be Disco Amigos, Pussyfooters, Sassyracs, Sirens, Cherchez La Femme, the Muff-A-Lottas, Lucha Krewe and many more. Additionally, Skinz N Bonez will feature a drum performance, with merchandise and drinks available for purchase. Get the first-hand info on spooky fun here.

The Mississippi River is the inspiration for outdoor activities and free art NOMA FAMILY FESTIVAL in the museum’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden on Sundays starting at 10 a.m. with artistic creations, performances, a walk in the family garden and workshops throughout the day at Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park. Registration is encouraged, as well as appropriate attire for an outdoor event. Food will be available for purchase outside the garden and permitted in the amphitheater only. Float here to learn more about family fun.


Dr. Michael White performing in a second line of Black Men of Labor in a scene from director Jason Berry’s 2021 jazz funeral documentary ‘City of a Million Dreams’.

Jazz, the music of the city, comes alive in sound and story at THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ EXPERIENCE when Dr. Michael White discusses the unique musical form at Maison Beauregard-Keyes, 1113 Chartres St., New Orleans, Sunday at 6 p.m. The program examines history, actors, characteristics, repertoire, meaning and social significance, interspersed with musical examples provided by a quartet of musicians. It’s a BYOB event, with free treats available. Tickets start at $30. Listen to the details of this event here.

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