Friday / Queen scene : As one of many events celebrating Southern Decadence, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel (717 Orleans Street) will host their Deliciously Decadent cocktail drag show with nationally acclaimed drag queens: Blanche Debris, Mercedes L’Oreal, and Coco Montrese. The event, from 7 – 11 PM, will feature a cash bar, with specialty cocktails; complimentary appetizers; and Gay Mardi Gras costumes. You can purchase tickets here for $10 each; all proceeds benefit Krewe of Armenius.
Friday / Crawl into fall : Fall is upon us; so is Abita’s newest seasonal brew. Celebrate the season, or the beer, or — uh– Friday by attending the Abita Fall Fest Pub Crawl. The crawl starts at the Howlin’ Wolf (807 S. Peters St.) at 5 PM, moves to Dino’s (1128 Tchoupitoulas Street) at 6:30, migrates to The Rusty Nail (1100 Constance Street) at 7:30, and wraps up at the Warehouse Grille (869 Magazine Street) at 8:30. All participating locations will offer $2 Abita Fall Fest drafts, and the first 300 people will receive free t-shirts. The event is free. Register in person at the event.
Saturday / A midsummer night’s scheme : Mardi Gras isn’t exactly around the corner, but have no fear — we’re about half way there. Get your halfway fix by joining the Krewe of OAK in the Midsummer Mardi Gras walking parade. The event will feature live music and (strongly encourages) costumes inspired by this year’s theme: “Oaktopussy Riot: a tribute to James Bondage.” The parade will meet at the Maple Leaf bar (8316 Maple Oak Street) at 7:30 PM, make it’s way down Carrolton, stop at Palmer Park, and return to Oak. Concessions will be available for purchase; BYOB is also okay (in my mind, fantastic). Arrive at 7 PM to be sure you catch all the fun. The event is free and open to the public.
Sunday / It’s a messy situation : Think you look disheveled after thirty minutes on the elliptical? You’ve obviously never done the Graffiti Run. If you’re down to get active and (really) messy, register for the 5k run/walk race at the NOLA Motorsports Park (11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale, LA). Participants arrive in white clothing and are sprayed with neon ‘graffiti’ at various stations throughout the course. And the party doesn’t stop there; after the race, there will be an on-site after party with music, food, and activities. The race starts at 9 AM; participants must arrive at 8 AM. All ages and athletic levels welcome. Registration is $54 here; get 50% off with code “Graffiti50” and an additional $5 off if you register with one or more other persons.
Sunday – Monday / Break out your stretchy pants : Seriously though — you’ll likely need them. What better way to celebrate Labor — or any — Day than with a smorgasbord of food truck cuisine? From 11 AM – 3 PM on Sunday and 5 – 11 PM on Monday, My House NOLA has organized a Labor Day Food Truck Extravaganza, which will take place at Finn McCool’s (3701 Banks Street). Trucks will include: Boo Koo BBQ, Frencheeze, Food Drunk, The Fat Falafel, and Empanada Intifada on Sunday and Book Koo BBQ, The NOLA Truck, Frencheeze, Foodie Call, and NOLA Girl on Monday.
Chelsea Lee is assistant editor of NolaVie. Email comments to her at email@example.com.