Weekend Radar: March 23rd to 26th, 2017
Now that we’re ramping up for the next round of major festivals (yes, French Quarter Fest is just two-ish weeks away), it’s only right to fuel up and make sure we’re ready for it all. Good thing there are plenty opportunities to eat and drink the best of the best this weekend! Prep yourself for Top Taco, Bourbon Fest, and Bloody Mary Fest!
Thursday, March 23rd
Spanish Plaza @ Poydras Street at the Mississippi River
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
“The event features tequila and mezcal tastings and creative tacos from Blue Oak BBQ, Bourbon House, Cochon Butcher, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Johnny Sanchez, Juan’s Flying Burrito, Nacho Mama’s, Patois, Pirogues, Taqueria Chilangos and others. There’s music by OTRA, Los Po-Boy-Citos and Mariachi Jalisco. Proceeds benefit One Heart NOLA. Admission $65, early admission $85, VIP admission $125.” [via Gambit]
Friday, March 24th to Sunday, March 26th
“Laissez les bon temps rouler. Let the good times roll. The motto of a city that knows how to host a party. Now couple that with a historic relationship to Bourbon, world-renowned food, music and culture. The result – the first annual New Orleans Bourbon Festival – March 24, 25, and 26! Kicking off the New Orleans festival season 2017, the New Orleans Bourbon Festival’s mission is to provide our attendees with an opportunity to enjoy exceptional Bourbon and cuisine surrounded by the charm and culture of New Orleans. We will do this by inviting the finest Bourbon distilleries and restaurants, providing the most experienced and relevant speakers, highlighting a rapidly growing segment of the industry by presenting “Women in Bourbon” and recruiting event sponsors with missions similar to our own. The venue for the main event is The Sugar Mill, located in the historic Warehouse District of New Orleans. It will feature an outdoor marketplace of Bourbon-centric products in the attached courtyard, two grand tastings of Bourbon from the world’s finest distilleries, traditional New Orleans cuisine, and live classical jazz music in an early 20th century “speakeasy” setting. Central to this year’s event is our attention on “Women in Bourbon”, one of the fastest growing segments in the industry.” [via New Orleans Bourbon Festival]
Friday, March 24th to Saturday, March 25th
“The overnight festival runs for 36 hours and celebrates Bach’s birthday with classical performances, dance, acro-yoga, silent movies and more. Refreshments are served.” [via Gambit]
Friday, March 24th
“Gravity A has become the torchbearer for the city’s late night soundtrack featuring the unmistakable sound of New Orleans funk, tight drum n’ bass breaks and intoxicating trance. The band’s unique sound is highly dependent upon the musicians’ passion for live instrumentation and improvisation, which often lends itself to a rambunctious adventure grooving through sunrise.” [via Gasa Gasa]
The evolution of Tank and the Bangas is leading to BIG things, especially after their NPR Tiny Desk Concert. We predict sold-out shows and world tours are in the very near future, so catch them while you can!
Saturday, March 25th
“Ecole Bilingue’s 18th Annual Fête Française. New Orleans’ premier festival celebrating French heritage in Louisiana through exceptional food and drink – French mussels, pommes frites, cochon de lait, and more – specially curated from the area’s top-tier restaurants and fine wine purveyors. Featuring a variety of art, music, entertainment, children’s activities, and cultural demonstrations.” [via Ecole Bilingue]
“A unique, elegant, immersive & interactive celebration of art, music, theatre, dance, circus, costumery, & so much more.” [via The Edwardian Ball]
Sunday, March 26th
From Uptown to the French Quarter we’ve scoured New Orleans for the craftiest and most delicious Bloody Marys. You won’t find any plain tomato juice and horseradish concoctions here. Enjoy 2 hours of unlimited tastes of TWELVE+ of the Big Easy’s most delcious and innovative Bloody Marys, made by the finest restaurants and bars in NOLA. Live music, local food & drink samples, fun! [via Bloody Mary Liberation Party]
“Join us for our first spring farm dinner, featuring fare from Mopho Mid-City and Maypop Restaurant by Food & Wine’s best new chef of 2016, Michael Gulotta. Dinner will begin with a half hour of cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a farm tour focusing on our program, growing practices, and the stunning ecology of our growing site. After the farm tour, guests sit down to a beautiful, locally focused meal paired with wine. Come experience the company of our New Orleans community as we connect to the soil beneath our feet and the delicious food on our plates. We can’t wait to see you on the farm as we come together in support of young leaders in our program growing 20,000 pounds of food for their community this year!” [via Grow Dat Youth Farm]
Clandestine delivers high-end, customized events and experiences to discerning clients interested in experiencing New Orleans through a local lens. Let us help you plan your special occasion today by clicking here.