Pretty much everyone around the world, regardless of religious affiliation (if any), is familiar with Genesis 2:2:
“By the seventh day G-d had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.”
Although lesser known worldwide, most New Orleanians are familiar with Festivals 2:2:
“For the days following the festival of the French Quarter and prior to the celebration of both jazz and heritage the people rested from their festivals, as their stomachs were full and their wallets were empty.”
With this holy scripture (and the ever climbing prices at Jazz Fest) in mind, I bring you a handful of cheap and awesome things to do these next few days so you can still live the high life on a shoestring budget.
1. and 2. $5 after 5–Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 pm, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse (716 Iberville St., 504-522-2467) and Palace Cafe (605 Canal St., 504-523-1661) have opened their bars to the people with some great happy hour specials, a variety of small plates and drinks for only $5 each. Find the $5 after 5 menus of Dickie Brennan’s here and Palace Cafe here.
3. Spring Fever has sprung and people across the metro area are looking for excuses not to be at work, well here’s one more for this Friday (or any Friday really)–Free brewery tour (and beer tasting) from Nola Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas Street, 504-613-7727) at 2:00 pm. Learn a bit about how the beer is made, then sample your way through the great local brews. Nola Brewing just asks that you call before you come.
4. Want to help your community? Want to party? Want to do it all for free? Well I’ve got a deal for you: Free party = community helped. Sounds pretty damn good doesn’t it? Here’s the lowdown for you:
The Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles Ave., 504-588-2616) is hosting a fundraiser for the Community Center of St. Bernard starting at 6 pm on Saturday. No cover, free food, music and some awesome raffle prizes. See additional details here.
And there it is, four great and cheap things to do during this Festival Sabbath period. May your wallets be well rested for Jazz Fest!