There is a multi-cultural feel about this weekend, as you will see from the eclectic events below. If you can’t find one thing to do, there is no pleasing you!
The internationally acclaimed South African heritage musical “Africa Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness” comes to New Orleans and proudly performs at the Mahalia Jackson Theater from Wednesday through Saturday before touring the rest of the US. The musical has toured the world over and often receives standing ovations for their incredible music, dancing, and acting. The cast and staff were even awarded the Keys to the City at a ceremony at Gallier Hall for their vibrant show. You can learn more about the musical here.
Thursday is RAW: NOLA Elevation at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Ave. at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. You will see a plethora of fantastic art that ranges from traditional arts to fashion and performance arts. The monthly showcase will soon culminate in an awards ceremony that will send the local winners to a national competition. So come out to learn more about the artists who will be competing for the national title!
Thursday is also the first day Creepy Fest; a four-day, six show punk fest around the city. On Thursday, the show will be at Saturn Bar on St. Claude Ave., and travel to Checkpoint Charlie’s and Dragon’s Den on Friday, Siberia on Saturday, and the Big Top and Circle Bar on Sunday. The shows range from free to $10.
The rollerblading bulls are running on Saturday with plastic bats in hand. The Running of the Bulls rolls through the Warehouse District, and it starts early at 8 a.m. at the Sugar Mill, but you’ll be seeing contestants walking around downtown all day and night. One location you can enjoy downtown with them is Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar Lu-Wow beginning at noon and lasting until they run out of fun. The adult pool party will feature inflatable slides, live music, and more. The party is free.
Saturday is also Bastille Day: the legendary day in Paris when the revolutionaries stormed the political prison and released the occupants. There are two fun events in store: The Old US Mint on Esplanade Ave. will have French foods, music, and the live broadcast of Bastille Day celebrations in France from 3-8 p.m. and the Faubourg St. John party near Esplanade Ave. and Ponce de Leon St. will have food, tunes, and booze from 5-9 p.m.