Here's What’s Happening in NOLA March 27-April 2

What’s happening this week? We’re highlighting some things to do to help you plan out your week. Read on for some events happening around the city.

Monday, March 27 – Chris Rock: Blackout Tour

For the first time in nearly a decade, comedian Chris Rock embarks on a world tour with a stop at the Saenger Theatre. After working on numerous projects over the years, Rock gets back to his roots — making people laugh. Monday is the comedian’s last show.  Tickets start at $69.

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Wednesday, March 29 – Wednesday at the Square

Dance your heart out at this free concert series on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lafayette Square hosted by the Youth Leadership Council. This week, Marc Broussard headlines and Kristin Diable & The City opens up the concert. Food and drink proceeds benefit the YLC. Want a look behind the scenes? We caught up Amanda Shaw for a behind-the-scenes exclusive while gearing up for her performance at Wednesday at the Square.

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Thursday, March 30 – Avett Brothers Perform at the Saenger Theatre

The folk rock duo comes to the Saenger Theatre on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to perform songs from their Grammy-nominated album, True Sadness.  Tickets start at $59.50.

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Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2 – Jazz in the Park Treme Crab Festival

Jazz in the Park at Congo Square kicks off their 2017 concert series with a crab festival.  The four-day festival features performances from local musicians and jazz headliners, Roy Ayers and Michael Franks.  Food vendors will be serving crab dishes all weekend long.

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Friday, March 31 – Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

Fans of the popular video game series, Final Fantasy, will recognize tunes played by the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra.  Breathtaking high-definition video will accompany the performance. Tickets start at $50.

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Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1 – Hogs for the Cause

The popular two-day pork fest moves to a new location this year for this annual fundraising event.  Eighty-five local and regional pork purveyors compete for the best barbecue in seven different categories. Here’s the best thing about this fest: You get to try as much as your stomach can fit. Aside from the delicious pork dishes, festival-goers also get to take in some music by Chris Robinson Brotherhood and several other musicians. Early bird tickets start at $25.

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Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1 –  Delgado Music Festival

The Preservation All-Stars, Anders Osborne, The Stanton Moore Trio and more perform this Friday and Saturday at the City Park campus of Delgado. The free event takes place each day from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Event organizers say proceeds from concessions go towards music scholarships and program enhancements at Delgado.

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Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2 – Italian Heritage Festival

This weekend, live music, food, rides, games and crafts are all part of this Kenner festival celebrating Italian heritage.  he Chee-weez, Lena Prima and the Bucktown Allstars are just some of the bands performing. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children accompanied by an adult.

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Friday, March 31 & Sunday, April 2 – Faust

The New Orleans Opera presents Faust for two nights at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. The opera tells the story of an unhappy Dr. Faust who sells his soul to the devil for youth, happiness and love.

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Saturday, April 1 – Spring Fiesta

Visit homes that are not normally open to the public at the New Orleans Spring Fiesta. Get a tour of some French Quarter homes and the grand mansion of Uptown New Orleans. One of the main highlights features a parade of horse-drawn carriages and the presentation of the Spring Fiesta Queen.  Tickets range from $15 to $30.

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Saturday, April 1 – Wanderlust 108

Clear the mind, body and spirit and this one-day outdoor event located at City Park.  The morning starts with a 5K run or walk, followed by a 75-minute yoga class. Then, clear your mind with 30 minutes of meditation. Grab some lunch, and continue on with classes such as photography, acro yoga or hooping.

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Saturday, April 1 – St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade 

Celebrate St. Patty’s Down in “Da Parish” with the St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade starting at noon where more than 1,500 members get ready to toss 300,000 pounds of produce. See the parade route here.

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