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August 18th

Jurassic Quest

Lakefront Arena, 3PM

Dinosaur adventure


Art Exhibition and Party

Mini Art Center, 6:30PM

Featured artist, Zora




Final screening of the John Waters Film Festival


Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Play about first loves and second chances


I'm Listening

The Voodoo Lounge, 9PM

Comedy and psychoanalysis


Delish Da Goddess

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Feat. MC Sweet Tea, Sea Battle



Eiffel Society, 10PM

LA based dance music performers Joseph & Joseph


Free Foundation Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Sonic Bloom


August 19th

Mayoral Candidate Forum

First Presbyterian Church, 10AM

Youth-led event


610 Stompers Auditions

Harrah's, 10AM

Final day of auditions


Ameripolitan Festival

Siberia, 3PM

Day one of inaugural southern music fest


Mid-Summer Mardi Gras

More Fun Comics, 5:30PM

Chewbacchus subkrewes + Krewe of OAK


We Woke Up Like This

Ogden, 7PM

5th annual moms night out



House of Blues, 7PM

Beer and music festival


Mighty Brother

Gasa Gasa, 7PM

Homecoming show, feat. Micah McKeen, Deltaphpnic, SOF


August 20th

Captain Blood

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Classic swashbucklin' flick starring Errol Flynn


Zulu Annual Sonny "Jim" Poole Picnic

City Park, 10AM

Contests for coconuts, BBQ, umbrellas, t-shirts, golf shirts and more


Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 5PM

Play about first loves and second chances


New Moon Women's Circle

Rosalie Apothecary, 6PM

Special solar eclipse themed circle


RC and the Gritz

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Erykah Badu's band, plus Khris Royal


The Max Tribe

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Gools, Killer Dale, Jack Rabbit


Stripped into Submission

Hi-Ho Lunge, 10PM

Kink-themed burlesque 


August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters


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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