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We got your weekend: mustaches, moves, and makin’ wishes

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Shaolin Institute’s kung fu training at City Park.

Thursday – Saturday / Shall we dance? : Even if your moves are more epileptic than they are enviable, you have a good reason to bust a few out. Dance Quarter, an uptown dance studio (1719), will offer free dance classes, in a variety of styles — tango, salsa, ballet, tap, swing, and hip hop — to students of all ages and levels. The adjacent martial arts studio, Shaolin Institute, will also offer free kickboxing and kung fu classes. The trial series concludes with a party at Dance Quarter on Saturday at 8 PM; the event will feature a dance demo at 9 PM and complimentary food from Firehouse Cafe. The series is free and open to the public. No excuses for sitting out this round.

Wishes and Wonders 2012

Wishes and Wonders 2012

Friday – Sunday / Wish upon a bar : Wishes, Wonders, and Who Dats, a charity event that benefits the Make a Wish Foundation, hosts a series of local events this weekend including a pub-crawl, brunch, golf tournament, and parade. On Saturday, you can participate in the Quarter parade, from 11 AM – 12:15 PM, dressed to then ‘Super Heroes and Such’ theme. Following the parade, you can attend a Quarter pub-crawl (adults only), which will visit Pat O’s, Cats Meow, Swamp, Bourbon Cowboy, and the Beach on Bourbon. Registration begins at 10 AM, at the Hotel Monteleone. Click here for a full line-up of events.

Friday – Saturday / Cavin’ to unshaven : If you or a bearded buddy views the razor as — at best, a waste of batteries (hey, those remotes don’t power themselves) — you’re in luck. Facial hair enthusiasts will take over NOLA this weekend. Beard Team USA (yes, this actually exists) will hold beard and mustache contests, a facial hair party, and a parade this weekend. On Friday, they’ll host preliminary facial hair contests, as well as an opening party, from 4 – 10 PM at the Sheraton Hotel (550 Canal Street). On Saturday, the organization will host a parade at 11 AM (arrive at 10:30 if you want to participate) and conduct a final round of the competition from noon to 5 PM, both at The House of Blues (225 Decatur Street). Click here for more details and the full schedule. Remember to forget to shave.

Saturday / Saint’ond line : What better way to celebrate the Who Dat Nation than with a second line? The French Market will celebrate the beginning of Saints — er, football — season with a pep rally on Sunday from 11 AM – 2 PM. From 11 – 12:30, WWL Radio hosts will participate in a tailgate-relevant cooking demo. Then, from 1:30 – 2 PM, the public is encouraged to participate in a Saints second line parade, ending at Washington Artillery Park. The event is free and open to the public.

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


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