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We got your weekend: a southern fair, a symphony, and sulfites

Inside Pearl Wine Co.

Inside Pearl Wine Co.

Wednesday – Friday / Whatcha winein’ about? : Pearl Wine Co. (3700 Orleans Ave. #1c) is hosting a week long wine festival that wraps up on Friday. Each day, winemakers from all over the globe, will offer free samples of their wines — from Napa on Wednesday, from France and Spain on Thursday, and Sonoma on Friday. Friday’s tasting will also include samples of Sweetwater Beer. The festival will include live music, wine and charcuterie pairings, and food from local restaurants. The event is free and open to the public; food is an additional cost.

Thursady – Saturday / Best in O : For three days, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp Street) will celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a series of special events. The festivities conclude on Saturday with the Ogden Family Fair. From 10 AM to 2 PM, the Ogden will recreate a southern county fair, with activities such as a pie making contest, sunflower crafting, and hobby horse creating. Live entertainment will be provided by Calliope Puppets, the New Orleans Suzuki Forum, and Dave James. Refreshments will, accordingly, consist of fair foods: Plum Street snowballs, hot diggitys from Dat Dog, popcorn, lemonade, and baked goods. The event is free and open to the public.

For the full lineup of anniversary events at the O, visit their official anniversary event page.

Saturday / Parlez vows français? : Non? Well, here’s your chance. Alliance Française New Orleans (1519 Jackson Avenue) will host an open house from 2 – 4 PM, followed by a potluck with AFNO students, members, and teachers, at 4PM. At the event, the public may attend free trial French classes, ranging from beginner to advanced, French for travelers to Louisiana French. There will also be a cooking demo, a raffle, and free wine and cheese. For a detailed schedule of the trial classes and more information, visit AFNO’s official site.

Saturday / Hey DJ, just play that song : NOLA MIX (1068 Magazine Street), a local company that offers DJ and music production classes to future mix masters of all ages and skill sets, will host an opening party from 5 – 7 PM. Attendees will be able to check out their facilities, test their DJ and music production gear, listen to music, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Hannibal Lokombe

Hannibal Lokombe

Saturday / Beethoven who? : The CAC and Trinity Episcopal Church partner up to bring a symphonic performance to Trinity (1329 Jackson Avenue) at 7 PM. The work is composed by musician and composer Hannibal Lokumbe and performed by Valerie Francis & The Voices of Purpose Choir, as well as The Music Liberation Orchestra. The performance is dedicated to the life of Ashley Qualls, a young, local social worker who was recently killed in our city. The performance is free and open to the public.

Chelsea Lee is assistant editor of NolaVie. Email comments to her at


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