The Best Things to do for Halloween and the Weekend

The Best Things to do for Halloween and the Weekend
Credit: NOLE restaurant

For Halloween fun, this evening guests are invited to Nolé Cuisine de las Americas (2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, in costume for a trick or treat experience – a surprise from the kitchen or bar. Everyone will receive a bocadillo, a traditional Latin American trail-mix, while a DJ will be in-house doing some mixing of his own throughout the evening.

Also, today through Saturday Nolé will host an observation of the Latin American Day of the Dead. This most revered Mexican holiday, also known as Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican celebration of the dead, a unique combination of remembrance and carnival during which family and friends gather to pray, remember, honor and celebrate deceased loved ones, and to support them on their spiritual journey. One tradition that pays tribute is to prepare favorite foods of the deceased. To honor that practice, Nolé will offer four of its most popular tacos for $4 each, along with $4 house margaritas, frozen and on the rocks throughout the celebration. Day of the Dead tacos include blackened Gulf fish taco with lime Creole cream cheese, bibb lettuce, radish and mirliton slaw; blackened chicken tinga tacos with grilled pineapple and tomatillo salsa; beer battered fish tacos with spicy cabbage, avocado, and lime Creole cream cheese; pecan smoked carnitas tacos; and summer squash tacos made with zucchini, squash, mirliton, crema, and avocado salsa. The observance of Day of the Dead includes carnivalesque rituals similar to Mardi Gras, and the Catholic observance of All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day occur during the Day of the Dead, sharing traditions of honoring those who have died.

Tonight from 9 p.m.-midnight and a few blocks away The Parlor, the chic event space located inside the Pontchartrain Hotel (2031 St. Charles Ave., 323.1408, will morph into Parlor Poltergeist featuring an evening of music and dance with J & The Causeways, Roadside Glorious, and Juno Dunes. Boogie down and sing along to live tunes while enjoying plenty of libations, which will be available for purchase at the bar. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress and wear their best Halloween costume for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Jack Rose or Hot Tin. Tickets are $20.     

I have developed a nasty little obsession with Krewe sunglasses and have a growing collection. It is a rather expensive habit but they always make me look and feel much cooler than I actually am.  (Shallow, I absolutely thrill to the sound of “Oooooh, what fabulous sunglasses!” I nearly fall over when I hear “They look awesome on you!”) Krewe is a super-cool New Orleans-based business that goes beyond mere sunglasses and promotes a lifestyle. This weekend is the fourth annual Krewe Fete Weekend at various locations around town. The Krewe Foundation Celebration will be Friday evening at Felicity Church (1220 Felicity St, 457-8513, A VIP/Patron reception from 6-7:30 p.m. will include bites and libations from Chef Rebecca Wilcomb of Gianna, Chef Todd Pulsinelli of Hotel Chloe,  Chef Alex Harrell of Elysian Bar/Bacchanal Catering, and Clayton Lapeyrouse of Rank & Revel.  Concerts will follow from 7:30-9:30 with Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft of Sweet Crude, Ani DiFranco, Andrew Duhon, Boyfriend, Ian Wellman and Winston Triolo of Motel Radio, James Andrews, Julie Odell, Maggie Koerner, Tif Teddy Lamson of GIVERS, Tonya Boyd-Cannon. An after party will follow at The Saint (961 St Mary St., 523-0050, from 10 p.m. – midnight with Special guest DJ Boyfriend.  Tickets range from $50 –  $150. On Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Fête Fest moves to Preservation Hall for music from Jamison Ross Trio, Preservation Hall Stars, Stanton Moore Trio, and Tif Teddy Lamson with Neva Wright & The My Bads. Complimentary Popeyes and Rosé will be served to each guest upon arrival Tickets are $30. visit for tickets or more info.


Have a great weekend, everyone. Use it to celebrate the people and the community you love.



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