18 Things To Do in New Orleans This Month
Our Top Picks of the Month's Events
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Through The Looking Glass
The NOLA Project is known for staging productions of Shakespeare plays in NOMA’s sculpture garden, but this May it stages an update on another familiar story. Andrew Larimer directs Pete McElligott’s Adventures in Wonderland, a choose-your-own-adventure-style adaptation of the well-known story of Alice. Audiences can choose among three tracks depending on how active they want their viewing experience to be: they can follow the Red Queen as she attempts to take over Wonderland, they can dash madly around the garden with Alice and the Cheshire Cat or they can sit leisurely with chairs and blankets to take in the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
The show runs Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and two Fridays, May 7-25. Information, NOLAproject.com
Party on the Bayou
Spend time along Bayou St. John before New Orleans’ oppressive summer commences, especially because May festivals provide plenty of reasons. For some bayou booty popping, the free Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo (May 16-18) includes Big Freedia among three stages worth of music, along with food vendors, kids’ activities and an art market.
New Orleans Greek Festival (May 23-25) provides Memorial Weekend fun with boxes of baklava, lamb spinning on the rotisserie, ouzo daiquiris and plenty occasion to yell “opa!” Wear a toga to get free admission on the Sunday of the fest. Information, TheBayouBoogaloo.com and GreekFestNola.com
In a city where every day could be called a “wine and food experience,” the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (May 21-24) takes it to the extreme. On the wine side, there are wine dinners at restaurants around the city and the Vinola tasting of high-end bottles; food events include the massive Grand Tasting and the Big Gateaux Show, in which pastry chefs showcase sweets alongside burlesque dancers. The favorite Royal Street Stroll is a total takeover of the French Quarter street with wine and food tents. Information, nowfe.com