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This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend activities including Bayou Classic, Museum Store Sunday, and Celebration in the Oaks.

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Thanksgiving Day 

Thinking of spending Thanksgiving Day in New Orleans? There are plenty of open restaurants ready to host you for a feast, plus fun activities like the Human Horse Races and the Turkey Day Race. Check out our blog on Things to Do on Thanksgiving Day here.  

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Bayou Classic 

Bayou Classic is more than a football game – it’s a celebration of HBCU culture complete with the Battle of the Bands, a race, an official parade, and more. The annual football matchup between rivals Grambling State and Southern University returns to New Orleans this Thanksgiving weekend. Get your tickets here and experience one or all of the many events that Bayou Classic has to offer.  

Fundraiser for Ukraine at Loa 

This Saturday evening, Nov. 26, Loa inside International House Hotel will host Ukranian bartender Dmytro Shovkoplias for a fundraiser for his home country.  Shovkoplias is the bar manager and co-owner of Parovoz Speakeasy, the most decorated cocktail bar in Kyiv. Dmytro is traveling the country to raise awareness for the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. All gratuities for the evening will go to help rebuild the Ukrainian hospitality industry. Virtual donations can also be made here

Holiday shopping 

New Orleans is a shopper’s paradise, and local stores open their doors for extended shopping hours come Black Friday and the holiday season. From quaint bookshops to handmade goods, browse the shops here and bring the gift of New Orleans home for the season. Not quite sure where to start? Browse our local gift guide here

Museum Store Sunday 

Shopping local is essential in finding a uniquely New Orleans gift, and Museum Store Sunday is the perfect time to kick off your holiday shopping. Order your passports here for no charge and receive a stamp every time you purchase from participating stores from November 27-December 23. You’ll receive an entry for every purchase made at a store, and four or more purchases get you an entry for the grand prize of a free one-year membership to each store’s museum. Passports must be turned in at a participating store or mailed in and received by January 9. Find more details here

Celebration in the Oaks
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Celebration in the Oaks


Celebration in the Oaks 

Returning November 24, Celebration in the Oaks is one of New Orleans’ greatest holiday traditions that transforms City Park into a winter wonderland. Visitors have the option to drive or walk through the lights displays and enjoy Carousel Gardens Amusement Park as an add-on experience. Don’t miss your chance to get into the holiday spirit. 

Brass Brunch at Music Box Village 

Head to Music Box Village for a brass brunch on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. Featuring music from Kings of Brass, this all-ages event will have food for purchase on site. Tickets are $15.