The New Orleans Weekend Playbook: A seafood fest, free gigs, and pork backbone!

Event of the Week:

Hit the Mandeville City Seafood Festival this Friday, and be guzzling fresh craws on the North Shore to tunes from bands like Bag of Donuts, Chee-Weez, and Bon Journeys ("America's favorite tribute to Bon Jovi and Journey"). Get involved right here.

Friday, July 5th

Did someone say you could get into one of the most famous and beloved music venues in New Orleans (if not the world), and see sweet bands for free? Well, thanks to the Free Friday Concert Series at Tipitina's, yes, you can. Get it on right here

Saturday, July 6th

Hit the town of Lebeau, LA today for a traditional Zydeco fest w/ tons of music, Cajun two-step dancing, bountiful boudin and beer, and the best part: a pork backbone dinner. PORK. BACKBONE. Go here, immediately.

Laugh, and be strangely turned on by the comedy stylings of The YES Girls tonight at John Paul's in the Faubourg Marigny, as they practice the art of telling really, really filthy jokes. Head straight to the site right here.

Sunday July 7th

The closing show of the monster Essence fest will see the superdome played to by Beyonce (!), and like, nine other acts, such as TGT, and old-schoolers Mint Condition, who are probably not in… okay, let's not go there. Instead, go here.