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10 Things to Do Over Labor Day Weekend 2017 in New Orleans

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Updated: 16 August 2017
It’s not too late to plan your last-minute Labor Day weekend plans, and New Orleans consistently ranks among the top Labor Day destinations in the country, according to leading travel companies such as Orbitz. With so much to do in the city, even without the long weekend’s special events, it’s easy to see why.
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Southern Decadence

Wednesday, August 30th – Monday, September 4th

The French Quarter transforms into an explosion of color and beauty in all shapes and sizes when Southern Decadence, New Orleans’ annual six-day LGBT+ festival, takes over each Labor Day weekend. Assorted parties and events will occur across the downtown area, such as the Gay New Orleans Walking Tour, the Annual Official Southern Decadence Grand Marshals’ Drag Show, and the 43rd Annual Southern Decadence Parade on Sunday afternoon.

French Quarter, New Orleans, LA, USA

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Labor Drake Party at House of Blues

Friday, September 1st

Fans of Canadian rapper-singer-actor Drake won’t want to miss when the Labor Drake Party, the ultimate Drake tribute bash, rolls through New Orleans Labor Day weekend. The event promises “Drake themed everything,” including Drake heads, drinks and, of course, all of your favorite Drake hits.

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 310 4999

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SOPHIE plus Delish Da Goddess at Joy Theater

Saturday, September 2nd

UK-born, Los Angeles-based DJ/producer SOPHIE is bringing his zany breed of genre-bending, effects-heavy dance music to Joy Theater on Canal St. Warming the stage include opening acts New Orleans rapper Delish Da Goddess, a fast-rising local female rapper, and a back-to-back DJ set featuring Nice Rack and Rusty Lazer.

Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 528 9569

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New Orleans Baby Cakes vs. Nashville Sounds

Friday, September 1st – Monday, September 4th

Formerly known as the New Orleans Zephyrs, the metro area’s minor league baseball team debuted their new team name, the Baby Cakes, and rebranding this season. Grab a baseball-loving buddy or bring the whole family when the Baby Cakes take on their final rival of the regular season, the Nashville Sounds.

The Shrine on Airline, Metairie, LA, USA

© New Orleans Baby Cakes

© New Orleans Baby Cakes

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Mannie Fresh & DJ Soul Sister: Body Rock at House of Blues

Sunday, September 3rd

For this Labor Day dance party, Mannie Fresh, a renowned New Orleans hip-hop producer best known for his stint with Cash Money Records and as one-half of the duo Big Tymers, teams up with DJ Soul Sister, a beloved radio and party DJ best known for her specialization in vinyl-only funk and rare groove.

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 310 4999

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Labor Day Comedy/Soul Fest at UNO Lakefront Arena

Saturday, September 2nd

Soul and R&B singer and songwriter Anthony Hamilton and Ghanaian-born, American actor and comedian Michael Blackson take the stage at the Lakefront Arena to deliver a night jam-packed with belly laughs and soulful croons in addition to appearances from other artists, such as New Orleans local and former The Voice contestant Tonya Boyd-Cannon.

Kiefer University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 280 7171

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Boyfriend’s 5th Annual Birthday Extravaganza at Joy Theater

Friday, September 1st

Described by NPR as a “mysterious, raunchy feminist rapper from New Orleans,” Boyfriend promises to deliver a show-stopping, provocative performance on any given night, but her annual birthday extravaganza kicking off the long holiday weekend is not one to be missed.

Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 528 9569

Hotel Pool Access Day Passes

Saturday, September 2nd

Looking to cool off this steamy summer weekend, but your accommodations don’t include a swimming pool? Several hotels around the city will offer pool access day passes to locals and non-hotel guests—usually averaging about $10 to $20 per person—and these sometimes include a complimentary drink (Le Meridien New Orleans) or food and beverage credit (W French Quarter).

Le Meridien New Orleans, 333 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 525 9444

W French Quarter, 316 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 581 1200

Rooftop Hotel Pool, New Orleans | © vxla/Flickr
Rooftop Hotel Pool, New Orleans | © vxla/Flickr
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Divas! Lip Sync for a Cause

Friday, September 1st

This free lip-sync battle welcomes teams ranging from one to 10 people faux-singing their heart out in or out of drag. Plus, it’s all for a good cause, benefiting CrescentCare and hosted by the NO/AIDS Task Force.

Mag’s 940, 940 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 948 1888

Have an outdoor picnic or barbecue

New Orleans offers a number of picturesque parks and lush green spaces perfect for any outdoor gathering for families and adults of all ages. Some options include City Park and Audubon Park to Bayou St. John and The Fly along the Mississippi Riverfront.