Another week has come and gone, which means it’s time for the Progressive’s Weekend! Take a look below for our picks on where to eat, community events, and fun things to do throughout the weekend.
Friday, September 20
On Friday, Pizza Delicious will donate a portion of all proceeds to ISLA (Immigration Services and Legal Advocacy), a legal services organization that defends the rights of immigrant communities and advocates for more humane and just immigration policies.
Community Event: Table Talk with NO Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Attention to all members of the deaf or hard of hearing community – New Orleans first responders need your input regarding the challenges that the deaf and hard of hearing community face in an emergency. This is the first of many table talks and will be with the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Free Fun Thing to Do: NORD Family Game Night – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Head over to 4300 Saint Claude Ave. for a fun night featuring board games, interactive games, music, dance, one-on-one games, and two-person and multiplayer games. This is fun for the whole family! Players will even have the opportunity to win prizes.
Saturday, September 21
If you’ve never had the food at Port Orleans Brewing Co., this is the perfect time to go and try it out. We recommend starting off with their house-made boudin balls or spent grain pretzels, following that up with a pimento cheeseburger, and pairing it with your favorite from their current seasonal brews (the Royaltea is is a particular favorite). A percentage of the proceeds benefit Take Paws Rescue – and you can meet some of the dogs they have available for adoption, too!
Community Event: 29th Annual Beach Sweep by Toyota – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 29th annual Beach Sweep by Toyota is the biggest community cleanup event in southeast Louisiana. This year’s event is occurring at locations all around the Pontchartrain Basin. Last year, volunteers were able to clean up 58,665 lbs of trash – this year, they’re hoping to break another record by cleaning curbs, ditches, and storm drains on both city streets and rural roadways. You can find more information and register for the event here.
Free Fun Thing to Do: Drag Queen Story Hour at Alvar Library – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Come out and hear the talented and beautiful Vanessa and her friends read stories at this event. This is open to all families, caregivers, and kids of all ages!
Sunday, September 22
Where to Eat: 2019 National Fried Chicken Festival – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It’s the Fourth Annual National Fried Chicken Festival! Come out to sample food from over 30 local and national fried chicken vendors while enjoying live performances from top-notch performers.
Community Event: Civil Disobedience Training – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, RISE St. James, and Extinction Rebellion (XR) NOLA present this civil disobedience training. The evening begins with a presentation from XR NOLA about the climate and ecological crisis, which will be followed by a training on proven ways to successfully organize.
Free Fun Thing to Do: Duels Street Green Block Party! – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This is a block party like none other, showcasing green infrastructure interventions that can help reduce flooding. Each home will have a variety of green infrastructure installed, such as French drain, permeable paving, rain gardens and rain barrels, solar benches, and trees with bioretention cells. Vendors and community organizers will be present, and there will be refreshments, door prizes, demonstrations and more.