Holiday time is in full swing in the city. Not only is everyone feeling the holiday joy, but the Saints are ALREADY divisional champs! There are a lot of things to do, so celebrate this weekend.
Here are our weekend picks for Friday through Sunday:
Fri. Dec. 6, 2019
What: Avocado Fest + World’s Largest Avocado Display
When: Throughout the day
Where: Tchoupitoulas Rouses Market
Rouses is making an attempt at their second Guinness World Records title by making the largest-ever avocado display. It will take up to 20 hours to prep and build the fruit display at the Tchoupitoulas location. An estimated 112,000 individual Hass avocados from Mexico will be used. As if the world’s largest Hass avocado display wasn’t enough, chefs will be on hand to sample avocado recipes, including street tacos and a variety of guacamoles, and show shoppers avaca-dos and avoca-don’ts. There will be additional demos and sampling at the store daily through Saturday. Click here for more information.
What: Hey Louis! preview event
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Riverboat Louis Armstrong, 1 Poydras Street
See New Orleans’ newest and most unique concert and events venue on the Mississippi River, for free. Local jazz musicians will be performing, along with craft cocktails at a cash bar and take in a view of downtown New Orleans from the grand promenade deck. Click here for more information.
Sat. Dec. 7, 2019
What: First Saturdays on Magazine Street
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Magazine Street
Shops, restaurants and Magazine Street businesses make the First Saturdays special with discounts, exclusive free events and more. It’s a great time to buy local gifts for Christmas, and we’ve got a shopping guide here just for that. Click here for more information on First Saturdays on Magazine Street.
What: Krewe of Jingle Parade
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Begins at Howard and Baronne streets
What’s a holiday in New Orleans without a parade? The first of two Christmas parades is hitting the streets Saturday: the Krewe of Jingle Downtown. Click here to see this year’s route.
What: Algiers Bonfire
When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Algiers Ferry Landing
This free event celebrates the custom of lighting the way for Papa Noel. This is New Orleans’ only official bonfire (others happen further out in the River parishes). Click here for more information.
What: Krewe of Krampus NOLAuf
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Starts at the corner of Royal and Lesseps streets
The Krewe of Krampus NOLAuf is based on an ancient Alpine tradition called Krampusnacht, and Krampus knows if you’ve been naughty or nice. This parade brings you face to face with Krampus and his army of mischief. Dare to get close and you may be treated to one of the amazing, custom throws that members that will be passing out to onlookers. From bells, ornaments, and Krampus cups to the coveted lumps of coal it will certainly be worth the risk to get a little frightened. Click here for more information and to see the entire route.
Sun. Dec. 8, 2019
What: Game Days Block Party 2019 at Barcadia New Orleans
Where: Barcadia New Orleans
Price: Free to attend
Come cheer on the Saints before, during and after home games at this block party. There’s room for everyone inside and outside the bar, with two DJs. Click here for more information.
What: Bywater Cajun Brunch + Dance
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Tigermen Den
If you’re looking for a brunch that serves up community, music and a healthy dose of dancing, look no further: Cajun Brunch at the Tigermen Den has it all. This monthly event has been going since April 2012 and happens every second Sunday of the month. This week, the band is an all-female lineup of The Swamp Blossoms. Food is being provided by Bywater Bakery, and dance lessons start at noon. Click here to read more about the awesome Cajun brunch at The Tigermen Den.