When the Tigers and Saints are away, the locals have time to play... as is the case this weekend with a number of festivals around town. We're covering the gamut from oysters and BBQ to schnitzel and gumbo, so bring an appetite.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - There will be BBQ, the blues, and plenty of cold beer being served at Lafayette Square this weekend, and the Abita Sports Bar will be setup to ensure that you don't miss any of the games on Saturday or Sunday.
Magic in the Moonlight - Justin Devillier and Aaron Burgau will be taking their chef talents on the road to the Botanical Gardens in City Park, where they be will teaming up to cook up a feast for those dining under the stars at City Park. A few tickets are still available at $75, and they can be purchased online.
Violet Oyster Festival - Starting this evening and through the weekend, Our Lady of Lourdes Church will play host to a celebration in honor of the crown jewel of our local seafood industry. Whether you like your oysters raw on the half shell, grilled, or in po-boy form, they've got you covered.
Oktoberfests - There are two going on this weekend - Heiner Brau at the Covington Trailhead and the Deutsches Haus, whose members will be doing the chicken dance in exile at River Town in Kenner. Who doesn't love a good knockwurst?
Bridge City Gumbo Festival - For the next three days, volunteers from Holy Guardian Angels Mission will be across the Huey P Long serving up over 2000 gallons of seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo. So head on over to the Westbank for a funnel cake and a fais-do-do. There will even be a beautiful child contest (I shit you not) for you parents whose rugrats failed to make the cut for the final season of Showbiz Moms & Dads.