Progressive’s Weekend: Tattoos Downriver with “The Squad”

Another week has come and gone, which means it’s time for the Progressive’s Weekend! Okay, so you can’t actually go and get a tattoo at the Downriver Festival while listening to Rashida Tlaib in person – but you can do each of those things this weekend.

The main event for this weekend is the 2nd Annual New Orleans Tattoo Arts Convention. This could be the perfect opportunity to get that tattoo you’ve been dreaming of, as some of the top local, national, and international tattoo artists will be in attendance. You can find out more information here.

With that said, let’s take a look at some of the other events that will be going on around New Orleans this weekend!

Friday, September 6

First Fish Friday at The First 72+ – starts @11 a.m.

For $10 enjoy a large fish fillet, baked mac & cheese, potato salad, peas, bread, cake, and a cold drink. Ordering 5+ plates earns you free delivery! Proceeds from this event go to support The First 72+, an organization dedicated to ending the cycle of incarceration by offering transitional housing, peer mentorship, and reentry legal services.

Women of Color Speak Out! East Coast Speaking Tour – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come to the M. Sani Art Gallery at 823 Royal St. and hear this collection of scientists, writers, Indigenous civil rights activists, and more speak on the climate change crisis and how you can join the fight for climate justice.

Monthly Donation Days at Children’s Hospital – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children’s hospital needs your help! They’re seeking new, individual cans of Play-Doh and Magic Model Clay to help their patients feel a little more normal during their hospital stay. You can drop off your donations at the hospital’s main entrance or at the Lauricella Pavillion entrance.

Saturday, September 6

Walk & Learn: Sewage and Water What?! – 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative is hosting a walk and learn at the Downriver Festival – after meeting for mimosas by CockTeals, participants will walk to 1516 Kerlerec street, a Front Yard Initiative, play an interactive Bingo game on facts about the Sewerage and Water Board and how it has affected the local water community, and learn how to turn their yard into stormwater management sanctuaries and participate in the Front Yard Initiative.

Downriver Festival 2019 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Come out to the New Orleans Jazz Museum for the 7th annual Downriver Festival, celebrating the environmental, cultural, and economic impact of the Mississippi River. The theme for this year’s festival is “Seafood.”

Worker’s Unity March – begins @4pm

The New Orleans Hospitality Workers Alliance and Southern Babes for Social Justice are holding a march in support of all immigrant workers in the U.S., calling on officials to end the Louisiana prison economy and stop criminalizing migrant workers and street performers.

Sunday, September 8

A Conversation with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Indivisible New Orleans, in partnership with the New Orleans African American Museum, Ascendance, 102.3FM WHIV, and DSA New Orleans is hosting Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, a member of “The Squad” for a conversation about her life, activism, and hopes for the future of the United States. Come and see her live at the New Orleans African American Museum (1418 Governor Nichols St), or listen in on 102.3FM and

Woodstock 50 New Orleans – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

School of Rock Metairie New Orleans and School of Rock Baton Rouge have teamed up to present Woodstock 50 New Orleans – a mini-festival “of Woodstock proportions!” Come and hear over 40 kids perform favorites from the original Woodstock, including hits from The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

Heading For Extinction and What To Do About It – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Extinction Rebellion presents evidence of ecological breakdown as backed by climate science and offers solutions. This is a family-friendly event and will have activities for the kids to participate in.

Jenn Bentley is a freelance journalist and editor currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of Big Easy Magazine. Her work has also been featured in publications such as Wander N.O. More, The High Tech Society, FansShare, Yahoo News,, and others. Follow her on Twitter: @JennBentley_

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