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June 23rd

Silk Screening Workshop

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn the ins and outs, ages 12-17


¡Que Calor!

Parleaux Beer Lab, 4PM

BBQ + Beer


Marvel Universe LIVE!

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Defending the universe against evil, of course


Redemption Family

Vintage Arts Center, 7PM
Celebrating the release of their newest album


Summer Solstice 2017

New Orleans Ballet Theatre, 8PM

The Dancers of NOLA in new light


Nick Name & The Valmonts

Banks St. Bar, 9:30PM

Plus Swingin Doors and Trash Night


Naughty Professor 

Tipitina's, 10PM

Album release party with a free concert at Tip's

Sam Price & The True Believers

Blue Nile, 10PM

With special guest, Robin Clabby


The Horrorist

Poor Boys Bar, 10PM

Plus Caffetine + DJ Mange



Techno Club, 10PM

A special edition of Disco Devils



June 24th

Arts Market

Palmer Park, 10AM

June edition of the monthly market


Maw Maw’s Brew Release

Brieux Carre, 11AM

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association


Cajun Zydeco Festival

Louis Armstrong Park, 1130AM

An ever growing collection of great artists


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn to grow veggies for cheap


Art & Flea Showcase

Sidney’s Saloon, 4PM

Art and goods for show and sale


NOLA Caribbean Festival

Central City BBQ, 5PM

Admiring the deep roots of the city


Island Vibes

14 Parishes, 11PM

Official Caribbean Fest after party


Mike Dillion Band

d.b.a., 11PM

Some vibraphone, some rants


June 25th


The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto


The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven


Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen


Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC Cabaret Series


Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tips, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth


Sam Price & The True Believers

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

The final show


Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas


Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show

Farm to Kitchen

7th Annual Eat Local Challenge Invites Locavores to the Table

Have you ever looked in your fridge and wondered where on earth your food actually comes from? Conscious consumption is a rising movement in this country — from garments proudly bearing Made in the USA tags to food grown in your own backyard. Local locavores are making is easy to eat fresher, healthier, and more sustainably in the Big Easy with the 7th annual New Orleans Eat Local Challenge. 


For the next 30 days, New Orleanians are challenged to consume foods grown, caught, or raised with in a 200 mile radius of the Crescent City. There are four different levels of strictness: ultra strict (the Tchoupitoulas), strict (the Bienville), lenient, and ultra lenient (the Ignatius J. Reilly level). All participants will be documenting their farm fresh journey on an honor system basis. 


There are four contests within the Eat Local Challenge. Stay Local will award a $200 gift certificate to the person who dines at the most participating restaurants for the Eat Local Restaurant Challenge. (Check out the list of restaurants here.) The Lowest Carbon Footprint Challenge will award prizes from Bike Easy, Ride New Orleans, and the Green Project. The participants who exhibit the most overall health improvement will win the 30 Day Ochsner Health & Fitness Challenge, while the five entrants who eat only local foods for at least three weeks will win $300 plus other prizes from the Ultra Strict Challenge. 


The local food movement is a growing presence in New Orleans. Between the booming booze biz (11 distilleries and counting in a 200 mile radius, plus a growing number of breweries around the city), and the many markets and co-ops around town, consuming close to home is far from a hassle. 


The $25 entrance fee will get participants official swag like an Eat Local Challenge t-shirt, buyer’s guide, and a tote bag stocked with coupons. Entrants will also receive access to the Eat Local Challenge recipe forum, party invites, exclusive discounts and free access to markets, classes, and workshops across the city. 


New features of the 2017 Eat Local Challenge are the additions of two dietary staples to the entrant packages. The first, Camelia Sinensis tea from J&D Blueberry Farms, a Crescent City Farmers Market vendor for a decade, is included for locavores to brew as they see fit. The second, Inglewood Farm, provided 500 pounds of certified organic, local red soft winter weather flour to the challenge, for participants to make bread, pastries, dough, pasta and more. 


Events on the lineup for 2017, mix new goodies with the all-star classics. Returning features include urban farm bike rides, a wild edible foraging session with Dr. Charles Allen, wine tastings, cocktail contests, and tutorials on bee keeping, chicken raising, and cheese making. New to the program are herb-based medicinal courses, an Invasive Species rooftop dinner, and demos on making tofu, plant milk, rice paper and rice noodles, among others. The annual tour of the Vietnamese farmer’s market will be joined by new demos at the Dryades Public Market. 


The 7th annual Eat Local Challenge kicks off Wednesday (6.1). Learn more about the challenge, and the benefits of eating locally here

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