The Progressive’s Weekend: Food, Fun, Fantastic

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With the last game of the NFL Divisional Playoffs this weekend, and the mayor having declared Friday as Black & Gold Day for the city, everyone’s mind is on the Saints. But, we’re still two days from Sunday and there’s a lot of weekend to get through. Big Easy Magazine is here to help you find where to unwind in the meantime, with food, fun, and FANtastic events all weekend long.


Sugar + Spice King Cake Pop-Up

King Cake season is here, and on every corner you can hear New Orleaneans debating where to get the best. Why not try something different? Visit any of Sucré’s three store locations from 3 – 6 p.m. on Friday, January 18 and grab a free slice of their Tabasco Sugar & Spice King Cake.

BBQ Pop-Up at Second Line Brewing

Head over to Second Line Brewing from 2 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 18 for some barbeque from Gonzo’s Smokehouse & BBQ Pop-Up. If you’re not into the brisket or pulled pork, they’ll also have some of their famous crawfish mac-n-cheese. Don’t forget to head inside for some local craft brew!

Drag Brunch with Vanessa Carr Kennedy at Cru Marigny

Come out and enjoy food, drinks, and some fun drag performances! The show starts at 11:00 am on Sunday, January 20. The show is free, but don’t forget to bring some dollar bills for tipping the performers.


Free NOMA admission on Friday: Geaux Saints!

In celebration of this weekend’s game against the Rams, the New Orleans Museum of Art is offering free admission to anyone showing up in black & gold, Saints jerseys, or team apparel from 4 – 9 p.m. on Friday, January 18.

Roar into Roe with NOAF

Come out to The AllWays Lounge & Cabaret and enjoy some comedy while you support the New Orleans Abortion Fund. Celebrate the 1973 Roe v Wade decision with no cover charge and free ice cream – all proceeds from the event benefit NOAF.

Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Civil Rights Community Sing-Along

Join local musicians and vocalists in a community sing-along with chants and songs from the Civil Rights Movement. The event is happening from 3 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 20 at Ashé Cac – 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.


Playoff Watch Party at Port Orleans Brewing Company – begins 2:05 p.m.

Saints Game Sunday + Nighthawk Pizza at Miel Brewery & Taproom – begins 11 a.m.

Saints vs Rams Watch Party at Wrong Iron on the Greenway – begins 11 a.m.

Black and Gold Watch Parties Choppa Style at Masquerade Nightclub – begins 2:05 p.m.

Saints vs Rams Watchgame & Afterparty in French Quarter at The Swamp on Bourbon Street – begins 12 p.m.

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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