Need plans this weekend? 10 things to do around New Orleans Aug. 19-21 | Louisiana Festivals

Need plans this weekend? 10 things to do around New Orleans Aug. 19-21 | Louisiana Festivals

This weekend, dance at the Jazz at Congo Square festival or stroll through galleries at the Covington White Linen for Public Art showcase. Or, visit a museum that’s offering free or discounted admission. Here’s more of what’s happening August 19-21.


Kayanova Delle, 4, right, mimics the moves of performers with the Pandorium Belly Dance Company during the annual White Linen Night in Covington Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Art lovers dressed in their lightweight, light clothes while eating, drinking, perusing art in local galleries, all to benefit public art in Covington. ORG XMIT: BAT1908180939452779

For the third consecutive week, linen is the dress code. The COVINGTON WHITE LINEN FOR PUBLIC ART showcase is Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Cultural Arts District, generally Boston Street from Lee Lane to Columbia. Local vendors, art demonstrations, live music, open galleries and more are featured at the free event. Check out more here.


Cultural ambassadors Voodoo Queen Kalindah Laveaux, left, and drummer Wesley Phillips check out exhibits in the new Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremé.

For the month of August, museum lovers can visit 20 participating New Orleans museums using just one membership. This cross-institutional collaboration includes the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Back Street Cultural Museum, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, The National WWII Museum, New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and Newcomb Art Museum. Free entrance during MUSEUM MONTH is limited to two people per membership. Check out more here.

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The NAMI walk Jan. 8 in Armstrong Park will include a second line, as did this walk in 2019.

The JAZZ AT CONGO SQUARE festival features drum circles, spoken word and dance and a lineup of talented jazz performers like Corey Henry & Treme Funktet and the Where Ya At Brass Band. 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St. Free.

Rain garden

Hank Marchal stands in the Anchor Garden at the New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans on Aug. 20, as the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans, the Native Plant Initiative and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation added a native-plant rain garden to help deal with stormwater.

The Pontchartrain Conservancy and NOLA Ready are teaming up to educate and prepare families for hurricane season, giving out free emergency kits, diapers, hygiene products and more at STORM AWARE AND PREPARE Saturday at 8 a.m. at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive. Check out more here


The 610 Stompers perform during the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Years Eve Parade in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. (Photo by Sophia Germer,, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

610 STOMPERS, the parade-popular, all-male dance troupe with “extraordinary moves” will hold tryouts Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., New Orleans. The public action starts at noon. Donations to watch the guys going at it will be $10. Check out more here. 

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, one of the buildings designed Errol Barron/Michael Toups Architects. (Photo provided by Phoebe Tooke) 

Beat the summer heat by planning a weekend trip to a New Orleans art museum. Courtesy of The Helis Foundation, ART & A/C gives Louisiana residents free admission every Saturday in August to the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St. and New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle. No prior registration is needed. Check out more here.

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Jack Craft, Harry Hardin, Amelia Clingman and Natalia Cascante of Electric Yat Quartet

Eat pizza, drink beer and get guessing at the “Name Dat Tune” TRIVIA NIGHT. The Electric Yat Quartet is hosting a live music trivia night Friday at 6:30 p.m. at NOLA Brewing Co., 3001 Tchoupitoulas St. They’ll play a song and attendees can text in the name to win gift certificates to NOLA Brewing. Check out more here.

Mid-City’s Drifter Hotel makes list of ‘chicest motels in America’

A view of the pool area at The Drifter Hotel in Mid-City. The 20-room boutique hotel opened in 2017 in a renovated 1950s-era motel property on Tulane Avenue. 

Kick back at the Drifter Hotel, 3522 Tulane Ave., for MID-CITY MINI CON on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The poolside party includes all day music, vendors and food pop-ups, as well a cosplay contest at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. 21 and older. Check out more here. 

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Get ready for the mega jobs fair on oct. 20

The 3rd annual ST. TAMMANY HOME AND REMODELING SHOW AND LOUISIANA FOOD FEST is this Saturday and Sunday at the Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Drive, Mandeville. The home show will feature the latest products and services for home improvement. Vendors for kitchens, baths, appliances and more will be present. For the food fest, over 20 Louisiana companies will providing free tastings, samples and orders of locally grown and packaged foods and treats. The show starts at 10 a.m. both days. Tickets are $6. Check out more here. 


White-wearing art lovers stream into Octavia Art Gallery along Julia Street as White Linen Night takes over Central Business District in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018.

The DIGITAL REALITY exhibit at The Octavia Art Gallery, 700 Magazine St., combines video, projections, hybrid paintings, holograms, NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and accompanying paintings and limited-edition prints for a unique technological experience. Featured artists include Jessica Bizer, Eric Hoffman, Naomie Kremer, Rebecca Rose, Dan Rule and Laria Saunders. The exhibit will run until Aug. 27. Check out more here.