The weekend is filled with a variety of fun and festive activities, from robotics to dragon dancers, memorials and Mother’s Day concerts, with a hint of ecology, brass, glass and a good dose of soul. Hey, it’s the weekend in New Orleans. Enjoy.
The French Market touts the flavors and culture of Asian and Pacific Rim countries on Saturday for the ASIA-PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL. The day-long celebration features a host of culinary vendors with treats like mandoo one, bakso sapi, bagoong brussels sprouts, chicken adobo, spring rolls and Vietnamese poboys. The shows include dance and performances by groups representing India, China, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. The festival is , on N. Peters Street by the Mississippi River, will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taste what awaits you here.
Three days of rugged, red festival fun are in store starting Friday at TOMATO FESTIVAL at the Notre-Dame de Prompt Secours church and school in Saint-Bernard. The festival, a classic example of a South Louisiana celebration, includes food, entertainment, pageants, games, carnival rides, and dancing in the streets (well, on the ground). Entrance fees for the festival are $5, with a variety of ride ticket packages including a pay-as-you-go option to enjoy the thrills throughout the weekend. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. Find out what awaits you at the festival here.
Female models take center stage Friday at the Audubon Tea Room for the SUBSTANCE WOMEN LUNCH by Bridge House/Grace House. Three winners will be celebrated, as well as auctions, raffles, entertainment and more. The feature also serves as a fundraiser for substance use disorder treatment programs. Tickets are $125 for the noon fun that starts at 11 a.m. at 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Discover the information and the work of the organization here.
Obviously, one of the fun and free events in town will be the YAYA BRASS N GLASS Friday at 6 p.m. at the YAYA Arts Center, 3322 LaSalle St., New Orleans, where alumni and current attendees will lead art demonstrations in glassblowing, digital art, painting, embroidery, and pottery. Plus, there’s music, food, drinks, and a chance to participate in the Goblet Grab (buy a handmade glass and fill it up at the bar all night long!).
Robotics engineering will be on display Saturday from 10 a.m. when the National WWII Museum hosts their 2022 ROBOTICS CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP. Student teams submitted two robot game videos and were selected to compete for honors based on the War’s Battle of the Atlantic, with several steps that must be completed by the robot. The projects will be presented to the judges who will evaluate the projects and question the competitors. There are many more details about the championships here.
The Westwego Fisheries & Farmers Market will be teeming with cooks at 11 a.m. Saturday for the annual meeting COOK-OFF AT LA CREVASSE where 21 teams will compete for the bragging rights of their culinary shellfish creations. There will also be entertainment, craft vendors and food trucks for those who want something other than crawfish (death to the idea!). Tickets start at $15 for the event at 484 Sala Ave. Crawl here for cook-off information.
French-style environmental activities will be the good time of day Saturday at 2 p.m. for the ECO(E) FAIR at the Alliance Française in New Orleans, 1519. The school and nonprofit cultural center, along with the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, brought together a mix of environmental organizations and activities (and food and music) to raise awareness of the adoption of more environmentally friendly practices. conscious practices. The free event will include panels on how to make Mardi Gras more sustainable, education and the future of New Orleans as a greener city. The greening of the city starts here.
The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, home to incredible talent, will be the beneficiary of the ART&SOUL gala Saturday at 7 p.m. at 600 Homer Plessy way, New Orleans. The evening affair includes 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 artwork will be available for auction, along with the chance to win a new Lincoln Corsair. Tickets start at $50 for alumni, $100 for general admission. Discover the rhythm of Art&Soul here.
The patriarch of the wonderful Marsalis musical family has passed away amid the COVID pandemic and will now be honored in New Orleans style as the family planned the ELLIS MARSALIS JR. MEMORIAL AND SECOND LINE for the public Sunday at 1 p.m. After an invitation-only memorial at Gallier Hall, the second line will leave the site at 545 St. Charles Ave. and head to Congo Square at Louis Armstrong Park on N. Rampart. Then, at 4 p.m., the rally will head to the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music at 1901 Bartholomew St. Get more information about the memorial here.
It’s a week after the official day, but with a busy schedule, the Owners, Residents and Associates of Vieux Carré Poperty have decided to move their annual musical salute to mothers to Sunday at 4 p.m. for the CONCERT AND PICNIC FOR MOTHER’S DAY at Cabrini Park, 1219 Dauphine St., New Orleans. The after-event features the stylish sounds of the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, a fun children’s play area, and face painting. So grab mom, a chair or blanket, a picnic basket, and head to the French Quarter park (but please leave the animals at home). Get all the fun foot tapping info here.