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Crawfish, Italians and tomatoes — oh my! Follow this road to get the lowdown on the good times this weekend in the Crescent City metro area.

Sutton Blanchard, 3, left, and her mother, Ashley Blanchard, win a mermaid doll at the duck pond during the annual Tomato Festival at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and School in Chalmette Sunday, May 15, 2022. The two-day festival featured food, live entertainment, games and rides; and the Tomato Queen pageant and baby contests. (Photo by Scott Threlkeld, | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and School in Chalmette is ripe for the annual TOMATO FESTIVAL that includes carnival rides, live music, south Louisiana cuisine and pageants at the grounds at 2320 Paris Road. The fun rolls at 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Take a bite out of the ripe fun here.

Rain threat shortens Kenner’s Festa Italiana hours Sunday

A vendor serves up food at a previous Festa Italiana in Kenner. Sunday’s (April 7) hours have been shortened from noon to 3:30 p.m. due to the threat of bad weather.

Kenner’s Rivertown, on Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, gets a rich Italian accent for FESTA ITALIANA, a two-day celebration of food, arts and crafts, music and genealogy experts to help folks find their roots. Hear groups like the Topcats, the Victory Belles, Lena Prima and more, plus enjoy lots of culinary excitement. Festa Italiana runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Viva Italiana here.


Xander Schauffele putts on the 18th green during the final round of the Zurich Classic at the TPC Louisiana golf course in Avondale, La. Sunday, April 24, 2022. (Photo by Max Becherer,, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

It’s the final three days of the ZURICH CLASSIC, with play starting at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday and the championship round at 9 a.m. Sunday. Plus, there’s live music and food at the 19th Hole after the last putt with Band Camp and The Molly Ringwalds. Admission is $40 to the TPC at 11001 Lapalco Blvd., Avondale. Parking is at the Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego with shuttles. Get on par with the details here.


Visitors watch the solar eclipse in front of the Earl K Long Library at the University of New Orleans Campus in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. UNO invited the pubic and students to participate in solar eclipse activities, listen to presentations and watch the eclipse on the quad with a variety of harmless methods including solar eclipse glasses and pinhole cameras.

It’s a book-a-palooza Friday and Saturday starting at 10 a.m. each day for the Friends of the UNO Library USED BOOK SALE on the fourth floor of the Earl K. Long Library. Thousands of titles from romance to regulation, terror to true crime and science fiction are available at the sale, on campus at 2000 Lakeshore Drive. Browse Friday until 4 p.m. and Saturday until 2 p.m. Get the data here.

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Music director Carlos Miguel Prieto rehearses with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Orpheum Theater.

There are two chances to enjoy music from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend, both with Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto. The music director, in his final season, will lead the orchestra in NORTHSHORE CLASSICS: BEETHOVEN NO. 7 Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Covington High School, 73030 Lion Drive. Tickets start at $10. On Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Prieto heads Uptown to Chalstrom House at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., for SUITE SUNDAY SALON. Tickets start at $10. Lend an ear here.


Rashida Ferdinand and Sankofa Wetlands in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans on Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

It’s a day to celebrate the planet and some tasty treats for NATURE FEST AND CRAWFISH BOIL in celebration of Earth Day at Sankofa Wetlands Park, 6401 Florida Ave., New Orleans. The free festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include horseback riding, plant giveaways, nature walks, a tree planting rodeo and more. Check it out here.

Crawfest 2015 at Tulane University: photo gallery

Crawfest, the annual music, food, and arts festival held on the quads at the center of the campus of Tulane University. 

Need some crawfish (and who doesn’t)? Take a trip to Tulane University and get in on some Green Wave goodies at CRAWFEST, the annual student-run music and food fest at 29 McAlister Drive on the Berger-Family Lawn 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Listen to Tank and the Bangas, Eddie 9V and Cha Wa plus more. The fest is so popular, admission is limited. Non-students can get a bite and enjoy the fun for $20. Roll over here for some more information.


Local teams cook up their best crawfish at the Hospice Foundation of the South’s 2018 Crawfish Cook-off at Fritchie Park in Slidell.

Crawfish crazed on the north shore? Slidell will be the place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual CRAWFISH COOK-OFF with all-you-can-eat goodies in support of Hospice House in Slidell. The Fritchie Park event at 905 W. Howze Beach Road will have more than 50 teams competing, local bands and more. Tickets start at $35. Get tickets here.

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The NOLA Cherry Bombs entertain the crowd during a second half time out of an NBA basketball game at the Smoothie King Center.

With only six months to go before it gets scary in the Crescent City, the Krewe of Boo marks midyear with HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN DANCE-OFF Saturday at 2 p.m. at Spanish Plaza where Canal Street meets the Mississippi River. Scads of dance troupes will compete before celebrity judges, plus a performance by Skinz N Bonez, giveaways and entertainment. Get in on the ghoul stuff here.

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The Lakefront Airport terminal in New Orleans is shown Sept. 14, 2022.

The New Orleans Film Society celebrates 34 years of motion picture support Saturday at 8 p.m. at the FILM SOCIETY GALA, a night of music, dancing, food and beverages in support of independent filmmakers in the state and the region. The event takes place at the Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. Tickets start at $325. Lights! Camera! Action over here.

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