Progressive’s Weekend: Beyond Jazz Fest

Another week has come and gone which means it’s time for the Progressive’s Weekend! Now, it’s no secret that this is the opening weekend of Jazz Fest, and that’s where a lot of people will be spending their time. But, if Jazz Fest isn’t your thing, or if you’re looking for some other stuff to do while you wait for your favorite performers, there are plenty of interesting events happening.

Friday, April 26

Crescent City Conjure Free Crawfish Boil – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Who can say no to free crawfish? Crescent City Conjure is inviting everyone from the spiritual community to come out and enjoy their second annual free crawfish boil! Come early before it’s all gone.


We’re Human: A Concert for Sexual Assault Awareness Month – 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Survivors, allies, and artists from Loyola University have put together an amazing concert to highlight the issue of sexual assault and to highlight services that are available at the school, as well as throughout New Orleans. The free concert will be held at The Labyrinth: Cafe & Gathering Place.

Movies in the Park: Inside Out – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The weather has cleared, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic dinners out to the Lafitte Greenway for this free movie. Showtime starts at sundown, but there will be plenty of fun activities to participate in before then.

Saturday, April 27

Sensory Play Day with FIT4MOM NOLA – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

FIT4MOM NOLA has teamed up with Jillian Marie Photography and Paradigm Gardens to present this sensory-friendly event. Every family attending will receive a digital image of their choice. There will also be a few raffles happening, and supplies, snacks, and water will be provided. This event is best for young children up to 4 years.


NOAF’s Legislative Session Canvassing – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Louisiana legislative session is now in swing, and NOAF is spreading the word to promote women’s healthcare and equity. The need your help in raising awareness of the anti-choice legislation currently being debated. Come out and support their efforts!

Earth Day From The Future – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Come and celebrate Earth Day with the Delta Collective from the year 2113. They’re bring free, fun, hands-on and justice oriented activities to the Lafitte Greenway in front of HEY! Coffee Co this Saturday. Learn about reproductive justice, guerrilla gardening, justice in New Orleans, recycled paper making, create political artwork, and more.

Sunday, April 28

DOG DAYS on the Bayou – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bring your dog with you to Bayou Paddlesports for 1/2 rental rates. There will giveaways and raffles throughout the day. While you can bring more than one pet, only one discount per vessel will be offered.

Go and Grow – Sustainable Urban Gardening Trip – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join up and take a trip to “Grown on Urban Farms,” a sustainable urban farm right here in New Orleans. Learn about gardening in the city, and about how this urban farm provides food to many of New Orleans’ low-income families. Transportation and a Humble bagel will be provided for everyone who signs up.

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners Weekly Worknight – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join other volunteers as you open letters from inmates, pick books to match their interests, and wrap them to be shipped. Or, help with shelving new donations and computer-related tasks.

No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, remember – every weekend can be a progressive weekend! We hope that these suggestions will help you make the most of yours.

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