Don't let the threat of rain keep you indoors - there is so much to do, see and drink this weekend! In the typical New Orleans style, there's a great mix of Dionysian chaos and elegant, charitable benefits.
Tales of the Cocktail July 16-20
The world’s premier cocktail festival brings together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. Held annually in New Orleans, "Tales" has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. All Hail the Cocktail!
Country Day Festival of Arts July 18
Country Day School in Old Metairie
This elegant evening is the culmination of five weeks of artistic challenge in the Country Day Creative Arts program. The children become proud painters, sculptors, poets, performers, and giant puppeteers. They transform themselves into stilt-walking birds, majestic mythical creatures, and Shakespearian characters. They dance, fence, juggle, and sing with guidance of committed artists and their own courage and creative spirits. The Arts Festival exudes and celebrates each participant’s greatness. The event is free and open to the public with refreshments and delicious food available for purchase.
Creepy Fest July 17-20
In it's sixth year, Sheer Terror Records presents the sixth annual underground extravaganza known as Creepy Fest, described as four nights of pure chaos! Tons of punk, hardcore, garage, thrash, surf, death metal and more - over 30 bands from around the country will make appearances. The Fest also includes creepy burlesque shows, locally made horror films and music videos. Not for the faint of heart!
Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert July 19
Mahalia Jackson Theater
Fourth annual benefit concert for the St. Jude Community Center, featuring Allen Toussaint, Paul Sanchez, Michael Cerveris, John Boutte, Shamarr Allen, Mike "Soulman" Baptiste and the Mystics, Clark J. Knighten & 4x4 Connection featuring Erica Falls, and Karen Swensen & Emile Gauchet. Individual general admission seating is $35 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster, at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, or at the door on the night of the show.
National Daiquiri Day Parade July 19
Gene's Daiquiris, 1071 Elysian Fields in the Marigny
The New Orleans Daiquiri Festival presents the 1st Annual Daiquiri Day Parade on Saturday, July 19, National Daiquiri Day. The parade will begin at 4:30 pm and runs down Elysian Fields Avenue, turns right on Decatur, and then right onto Frenchmen Street, and through the doors of a to-be-announced venue, where the band will continue to play for the after party. The parade will feature some of New Orleans most fabulous daiquiri-loving dance troupes: The Organ Grinders , Roux La La, and the NOLA Chorus Girls! Lively parade tunes will be provided by the Goodchildren Marching Band. And of course, The New Orleans Daiquiri Festival’s own Who Daiq!? Flava Girls will be marching as well. Daiquiri Day Parade participants will each have a daiquiri in-hand, courtesy of Gene’s Daiquiris.
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