Nola Family’s Best Bets for the Weekend

Are you ready for the weekend?! The weather looks amazing — and COOL! Well, for New Orleans, anyway 🙂 Whether indoors or out, you’re sure to find something fun on the Nola Family calendar. Get out there a pass a good time, cher!


Friday, May 5 

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fair Grounds Race Course. A 10-day cultural feast showcasing thousands of musicians on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world. Daily tickets are $70 in advance, $80 at the gate and $5 for children ages 2-10. For more information, visit nojazzfest.com. 11 am-7 pm. 

Movies in the Park: Star Wars – The Force Awakens, Stallings St. Claude Rec Center. The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission offers family-friendly, outdoor movie screenings at NORDC parks and playgrounds across the city.  Free. For more information, visit nordc.org/calendar. 6-9 pm. 

Kids Night Out, East Jefferson YMCA. Parents enjoy a night out, while kids engage in fun and safe activities at the Y. Dinner is included. Ages 3-13. Cost is $9/members, $14/non-members. Registration on the day of the event incurs an additional $5 late fee. For more information, visit ymcaneworleans.org/youthdev/kid-s-night-out. 6:30-10 pm.

Bye Bye Birdie, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. A 1950s rock-n-roll musical comedy, Bye Bye Birdie features hip-swinging, teen idol Conrad Birdie, who, to the dismay of his adoring fans, is about to be drafted into the army by Uncle Sam. Times, days and ticket prices vary. For more information, visit rivertowntheaters.com. Continues through May 21.  

Whitney Zoo-To-Do, Audubon Zoo. The 40th annual Whitney Zoo-To-Do will celebrate a significant expansion of the ever-popular Jaguar Jungle at Audubon Zoo. Ticket prices range from $110-$175. 8 pm-midnight. 


Saturday, May 6 

Southern Art, Southern Stories: Art From Her Heart  by Kathy Whitehead, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Following story time in the Education Gallery, museum educators will guide young visitors (and a caregiver) on a museum exploration, focusing on themes and ideas presented in the book. Afterward, all are invited to create their own works of art inspired by what was seen and discussed. Ages 4-7. Cost for one child and a caregiver is $30/members, $35/non-members. 10 am-noon. 


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fair Grounds Race Course. See May 5 listing for details. 

Saturday Movie Matinee, Mid-City Library. The movie will be Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Refreshments will be served. Free. 1 pm. 

Freret Market, Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue. The market is held the first Saturday of the month and is split along three category lines: food, art and flea. For more information, visit freretmarket.org. 11 am-6 pm. 


Sunday, May 7 

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fair Grounds Race Course. See May 5 listing for details.

Newsletter Signup

Your Weekly guide to New Orleans family fun. NOLA Family has a newsletter for every parent. Sign Up