Week of Oct. 31: Fall Art Markets, Po-Boys and more

Bugging Out

Join New Orleans Mosquito, Rodent and Termite Control Board for a very special kind of happy hour with their Bugs and Blooms presentation this Thursday, Nov. 3, 4 to 6 p.m. at their headquarters, 2100 Leon C. Simon Blvd. The open house will feature a tour of the facilities, entomologists (bug experts) on hand to teach about all things insects. All ages are welcome, so bring your mini-scientists to enjoy snacks, giveaways and a raffle basket prize.

Freret Market

The weather is just about right, which puts me in the market mood, just in time for the Freret Market  (Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) It’s a great place to get ideas for and snap up some hostess gifts, local art, treats and supplies for the holidays. Plus, there’s food vendors, refreshments and go-cups to whet your whistle while shopping.

Oak Street Po-Boy Fest

The festive eating season begins with a bang this weekend with the 2022 Oak Street Po-boy Festival this Sunday, November 6.  Wristbands are on sale now, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Son of a Saint mentorship program. You’d better arrive hungry, because this is the sandwich highlight of the year, with top restaurants and pop-ups all vying for the top spot for most creative po-boy. More than 40 food vendors, three stages, and plenty of refreshments will be on hand to enjoy as you stroll along historic Oak Street.

While at the Fest, stop by Blue Cypress Books, who will have a full day of book signings, author meet and greets and a jump on holiday shopping to boot. Featured writers include: Shannon Atwater (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.), chef and educator Kevin Belton (11:30 a.m. – 1p.m.), Marti Dumas (12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.), Chef Jarred Zeringue (1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.), “Louisiana Eats” host Poppy Tooker (2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.) and Alex Jennings (3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.) 

Podcast Tour

Em Shulz and Christine Schiefer, hosts of the wildly popular true crime/paranormal podcast “And That’s Why We Drink,” are stopping by New Orleans as part of their 2022 national tour. The duo is teaming up with The Garden District Book Shop on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. for an in-depth, in-person discussion and special book signing event celebrating their recent spooky travel guide release, “A Haunted Road Atlas.” On Thursday, Nov. 3, the two will also host a one-night-only live appearance at the Civic Theater, to keep the creepy fun vibes going.

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