The Progressive’s Weekend: Blowing Off Steam

The weekend is here again, and with everything going on in the country, many people are looking to blow off some steam. We’ve gathered a list of some great progressive events where you can do just that – whether you’re looking to laugh or to get your hands dirty helping out a cause.

What to Do

Greetings, from Queer Mountain NOLA Ep. 37 – Moving On – Jan 11, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Are you ready to move on from 2018? This month’s monthly LGBTQ storytelling showcase Greetings, From Queer Mountain is ready to do just that. This showcase features some of the best storytellers from across New Orleans (and beyond). Find out what these performers are leaving behind in 2019.

Louisiana Heroic 1811 Slave Revolt Anniversary Festival – Jan 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Louisiana Museum of African American History and the New Orleans Arts & Culture Coalition invite everyone to come out and learn about the 500 armed slaves who rose up from the plantations surrounding New Orleans and set out to take over the city.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service – Jan 13, 1:30 p.m.

Before you settle in to watch the Saints beat the Eagles in this week’s NFC Divisional Playoffs game, come out and celebrate the life of one of the country’s greatest activists.

Where To Go (To Watch the Game)

Looking for a good place to watch the Saints, to celebrate with fellow Who Dat fans? We’ve got the list of game watching and block parties for you.

Port Orleans Brewing Company – 3:40 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.

If the Saints win, Port Orleans will buy you a beer. Hard to beat that!

The Upper Quarter – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Come out and enjoy pulled pork, mac-n-cheese, and pudding shots while you watch the action. You can even bring a dish to share!

Brieux Carre Brewing Company – 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Come out and enjoy $1.00 off all pints while the saints are playing!

The Red Door Lounge – 3:40 p.m.

Come out and celebrate every touchdown with a free jello shot!

Make a Difference

Bayou St. John CleanUp – Jan 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Come out to help clean up the Bayou St. John of winter trash and water hyacinth. Bring your canoe, kayak, grabber, and gloves.

Postcards, Pizza, & Parleaux – Jan 12, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The 2018 midterms are over, but Louisiana elections are right around the corner. Come out and encourage people to vote by writing postcards to low-propensity voters statewide. Every election counts, and some local ones make all the difference.

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners Volunteer Worknight – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Grab some packing tape and brown bags and head over to the Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners volunteer work night. Help organize book donations, read letters from prisoners, and pick books to send them. Or, spend your time helping with computer work and wrapping/packaging books to get ready for shipping.


No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, remember – every weekend can be a progressive weekend! We hope that these suggestions help you enjoy yours.

Jenn Bentley is a writer and editor originally from Cadiz, Kentucky. Her writing has been featured in publications such as The Examiner, The High Tech Society, FansShare, Yahoo News, and others. When she’s not writing or editing, Jenn spends her time raising money for Extra Life and advocating for autism awareness.

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