Friday – Sunday / Some like it hot : If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the Convention Center because it will house The Chile Pepper Extravaganza, a celebration of all things hot and spicy this weekend. Hot sauces, BBQ sauces, jams/jellies, salsas, chips, drinks, desserts, and jerky — you name it — if it can set your mouth aflame, it’ll probably be there. The event will feature, live zydeco, food demos, samples, merchandise, and more. HIghlights include a hurricane mixing challenge Friday, lollipop lick-a-thon Saturday, and wing and jalapeño eating contests Sunday. Hours are noon to 6 PM Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday, and 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday, in Hall J South end, near public parking. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. See the full schedule here.
Saturday / Cham-PingPong-ship : You didn’t do those wrist rotations in high school phys. ed. for nothing. On Saturday, Nola Table Tennis invites ping pong enthusiasts of all skill sets to participate in a tournament at the Healthclub by Hilton (2 Poydras St.). A series of matches for the championship title will begin at 10 AM. Then at 1 PM, a community tournament begins. Prizes will be awarded to top placers in both waves. Open registration online for $15.
Saturday / Pedal for the metal : Krewe of Chewbacchus is celebrating their new benefit album by hosting an art bicycle rally from 2-6 PM at the Den of Muses (42 Architects St.). The rally will feature a prize-awarding ‘Contraption Contest,’ open to anyone with a tricked out bike or mobile creation ($10 registration fee). No brag-worthy wheels? No problem; other activities will include: carnival games, bites from Rue Chow Food Truck, live music, cocktails, and custom beer from NOLA Brewing.
Following the rally, from 6 – 8 PM, join the social ride to Frenchman Art Market. Then from 8 PM – 2 AM, there will be a Chewbacchus CD reelase party at Maison (508 Frenchman), where the winners of the ‘Contraption Contest’ will also be announced. $5 cover at the door; free for ‘Contraption Contest’ participants.
Saturday – Sunday / Rock n Dock : Take advantage of the Algiers ferry’s last free weekend and head over to RiverFest, a celebration of traditional jazz and other indigenous sounds developed along the Mississippi. From 11 AM- 6 PM each day, you can catch live music, regional food, and art on the Algiers riverfront, at the corner of Belleville Street and Patterson Ave. Highlights include free dance lessons from Dance Quarter and appearances by the Mardi Gras Indians and Leah Chase. Free and open to the public.
Sunday / Sugar, no Honey Honey : Old Arabi is celebrareatting 102 years of Domino sugar in St Bernard Parish with a pretty sweet festival set up at Le Beau Plantation (Community Street), complete with live music, food, and arts and crafts. Feature events include baking contests, umbrella decorating, and tours of historic Old Arabi. From 11 AM – 6 PM; free and open to the public.
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