Progressive’s Weekend: Things To Do in New Orleans 11/15-17


Another week has come and gone, which means it’s time for the Progressive’s Weekend! Take a look below for our picks on where to eat, community events, and fun things to do throughout the weekend.

Friday, November 15

Where to Eat:

Food Truck Friday with Diva Dawg + Petite Rouge – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Head to the heart of Downtown New Orleans and grab some great food from Diva Dawg and Petite Rouge for your Friday lunch hour!

Eat for Youth Run NOLA: Freezy Street Rolled Ice Cream – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It’s never too cold for ice cream – especially when you’re eating for a good cause. Youth Run NOLA has teamed up with Freezy Street at their Bywater location (2633 St. Claude Ave) this Friday to offer dollar-off rolled ice cream and 20% discounts on other food! Fifteen percent of all sales goes to support Youth Run NOLA.

Community Event: Ms. Upper Schwegmann Heights – begins @ 10 p.m.

This campy, classic drag contest returns to The Phoenix (941 Elysian Fields Ave) after 14 years! Performances by Mr. & Miss New Orleans Pride Lana O’Day and Chelsi Gowland with event host Daryl Dunaway.

Free Fun Thing to Do: NORD Family Game Night – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy an evening full of free, fun activities for the whole family. Special needs children are welcome to join as well, as this is a safe, accepting, light-hearted environment. This week’s event is being held at 5420 Franklin Avenue.

Saturday, November 16



Where to Eat: Treme Creole Gumbo Fest/Congo Square Rhythms Fest – 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents two festivals, one weekend at Louis Armstrong Park (701 N. Rampart St)! Admission is free and open to the public. Come out and enjoy a mix of classic New Orleans food, including gumbo, red beans and rice, crabmeat beignets, deep-fried peppers, jambalaya, po’boys, seafood, produce, and more.

Community Event: FORESTival feat. Lost Bayou Ramblers – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come out to A Studio in the Woods (13401 Patterson Rd.) for the 9th annual FORESTival. Tickets are $15 (kids free, and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds). There will be performances by Lost Bayou Ramblers, Panorama Brass Band, Blake Amos, and harpist Nancy Burchaell. Come and enjoy the beauty of nature with local scientists, art activities for both kids and adults by Kids in the Woods Studio. Peruse art by local artists, and enjoy a panel discussion from Swiss Touch and Green Light New Orleans.

Free Fun Thing To Do:

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Drag Queen Story Hour at Alvar Library – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m

Free Family Day at the Newcomb Art Museum – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 17

Where to Eat: Breakfast with the Birds – 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Join volunteers at the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge for this free program. Learn about bird identification, wildlife observation, plant identification, habitat restoration, and more. Bring your own breakfast to enjoy!

Community Event:

Loy Krathong Festival and Thai Food Fair – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Head over to the Wat Wimuttayaram Buddhist Temple of Louisiana (1601 Stanton Rd.) for this celebration of authentic Thai food and culture. Admission is free and open to the public.

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners Book Sale Fundraiser – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Come out to Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners (2523 George Nick Connor Dr.) and grab some great books while supporting this awesome cause. Suggested donation of $1-3 per book, or fill a bag for $30! There will also be tote bags, patches, and pins available for sale.

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