New Orleans’ Recreation Department will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children ages three to 12 can enjoy an Easter egg hunt, space walks, carnival games, face painting and races. This event is FREE. Just show up with your own basket.
Later that day New Orleans City Park will host the first-ever, adults-only Bunny Hops Easter Egg Hunt and free beer sampling at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests 21 and older can enjoy unlimited rides in the amusement park, fried catfish and fries, open beer bars and jello shots. Along with the Easter egg hunt, adults can also wear their best, wildest, or worst for a Best Bunny Ears costume contest. This dose of ridiculous fun will set you back $30 per person via neworleanscitypark.com.
We are all starting to make our plans for the Fest, which kicks off next week. While it is not exactly cheap, The Jazz & Heritage Foundation is cutting Louisiana residents a break. The festival announced that both opening day, April 25, and the following Thursday (May 2) will be “Locals Thursdays,” which will allow anyone with a valid Louisiana ID to buy up to two discount tickets at the gate on those days. “Locals Thursday” discount tickets will be $50.
Also in conjunction with Jazz Fest, on April 28 from 5-10 p.m. nearby Marjie’s Grill (320 S. Broad Ave., 603-2234, marjiesgrill.com) will host a pop-up with Brooklyn restaurant Claro. The dinner will feature a three-course collaborative menu from Marjie’s Grill chef Marcus Jacobs and Claro’s Chef T.J. Steele that blends Claro’s Oaxacan influence with the bold, fresh flavors of Southeast Asia and Louisiana from Marjie’s Grill. The dinner will be $40 per person.
First Course: Pontchatoula strawberry and Gulf squid aguachile;
Second Course: Cucumber and market vegetable som tam with chapulina vinaigrette;
Third Course: BBQ LA wagyu beef cheeks with black mole and charred pork shoulder with red mole served with handmade real deal tortillas, coal roasted sweet potatoes and black beans on the side.
Reservations are available via Marjie’s Grill.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Use it to celebrate the people and the community you love.