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John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Street Festival. Fete Francaise. Crawfest. The Celtic Fest. The Mini Maker Faire. Bach around the Clock. Professional wrestling?

There’s so much happening this weekend around Uptown New Orleans, you may wish you had an interactive map to plan your attack. And, if so, Uptown Messenger has you covered.

See above for our map, and below for listings.

Bach Around the Clock. Starts at 7 p.m. Friday, continues until nonstop until Saturday night at midnight. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue. Music by Bach and inspired by Bach performed by a wide variety of musicians.

World Wrestling Network events at Tulane. First match 8 p.m. Thursday; continues Friday evening and Saturday evening. McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Avenue. Events include tag-team competitions, female championship wrestling and a monster spectacle called the “Kaiju Big Battel.”

Hike for KaTREEna Big TREEsy Giveaway. 8:30 a.m. Saturday until noon, Samuel J. Green Charter School, 2319 Valence. The organization will give away 600 free trees, two per household, in a variety of species including 150 live oaks grown from City Park acorns.

Mini Maker Faire. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Lyons Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue. Custom motorcycles, cardboard theatre, robots and mazes — “a combination of curiosity, passion, and open source tinkering,” writes Uptown Messenger columnist Jean-Paul Villere.

Fête Française. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 821 General Pershing Street. The 15th annual fundraiser for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans offers two music stages with a heavy dose of French-language performers, not to mention the famous moules-frites.

Freret Street Festival. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Freret Street from Jefferson to Napoleon. Now officially in its 17th year, the festival runs the length of the commercial corridor for the first time this year and has five music stages. See our preview for a full lineup (and stop by our offices at 4609 Freret to say “hi” to the Uptown Messenger team!).

Tulane University Crawfest. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 31 McAlister Drive, Tulane University. Eight bands on two stages. $10 per person for unlimited crawfish, and children under 12 are free.

New Orleans Celtic Festival. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The Irish House, 1432 St. Charles. Irish musicians and dancers on two stages, ample Irish cuisine and beverages.

“Marlyville Madness” yard sales. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at seven homes around Audubon, Nashville and Fontainebleau in the Marlyville neighborhood.

LA/SPCA pet adoption events. Volunteers and counselors from the LA/SPCA will be holding four events around Uptown on Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon at Cafe Luna (802 Nashville Avenue); 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Petco (5300 Tchoupitoulas); 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hey Cafe (4332 Magazine); and noon to 3 p.m. at Rosa Keller library (4300 S. Broad).

“Remember When” music festival. 6:30 p.m. Saturday to midnight, 5116 Magazine. The Xavier Prep Alumni Association holds its 21st annual fundraiser for what is now St. Katharine Drexel Prep.

Cochon Cotillion XVIII. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Mardi Gras World, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place. Billed as the “first unofficial Mardi Gras ball of the 2015 season,” this fundraiser for the Bridge House/Grace House substance-abuse treatment program features food, music, an indoor parade, open bar and silent auction.

The Superhero Race. 8:30 a.m. Sunday, starts at Tulane University and heads to Audubon Park. A 5k for runners in superhero costumes to benefit children’s advocacy services in the city.

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments, and if it’s in Uptown New Orleans this weekend, we’ll add it to the list.

  2 Responses to “The Uptown Messenger guide to this weekend’s festivals and events”

  1. City Park Spring Garden Festival 🙂

  2. The 43rd annual Whimsie 2014 Spring Art Show
    Saturday, April 5th 10:00 – 4:00 and Sunday, April 6th 12:00 – 4:00
    In the garden of Louise McGehee School. 2343 Prytania Street

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