Finding something to do this weekend should be easy

Gretna Fest, Alligator Fest, Bogalusa Blues Fest and Insectarium's anniversary

Chris Miller
September 28, 2018 - 6:45 am

It’s another big festival weekend in New Orleans. 

Gretna Fest celebrates 24 years with a killer lineup.

"You can come on out this weekend and listen to the Village People, Foreigner, the Gin Blossoms, Montgomery Gentry," said past chairman of the Gretna Fest Ricky Templet. "It goes on and on and on and on."

Templet says they’ve got over 50 bands on the lineup, including local favorites like Amanda Shaw, Cowboy Mouth, Bag of Donuts and more.

There's a classic car show lined up on Fourth Street from Huey P. Long to Derbigny.

"Roughly, I think right now, they have over 60 cars registered," Templet said, "And they'll be giving out prizes on Sunday around 3:15."

There's also an LSU/Saints tailgating area in the German Beer Garden, so you won’t miss a minute of this weekend’s games.

"They have 70 inch big screen TVs and exotic beers being served," said Templet. At 5:00 p.m. Friday, they'll open the beer garden by tapping the first keg and giving its beer away for free.

Food booths at the fest include Fried Soft Shell Shrimp, Muffaletta Empanada, Raw And Chargrill Oysters, Crawfish Bread, Corn Crab Soup, Pastalaya, Loaded Debris Fries, Fried Snickers and much more.

There are also food trucks at the fest serving Tacos, Quesadillas,  Macaroni and Cheese, Crepes and more.

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A little ways up the river on the Westbank is the St. Charles Alligator Fest. It runs through Sunday at the Westbank bridge park near Luling.

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Across the lake, there's the Bogalusa Blues Festival, featuring the likes of Bobby Rush, Dash Rip Rock, and Sonny Landreth, just to name a few. 

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And downtown at the foot of Canal Street, the Audubon Insectarium and Butterfly Garden celebrates its tenth ANTiversary Saturday and Sunday.

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