Welcome to Weekend Picks, your guide to all the can’t-miss weekend happenings in New Orleans. As the city continues its phased reopening plan, more and more businesses are starting to welcome visitors in limited capacities.

Please remember when you’re out and about enjoying everything that NOLA has to offer that wearing a mask or face covering while in public is mandatory in the city of New Orleans. Purchase a mask from a local business here, and help keep our locals and visitors healthy and safe (while looking stylish to boot).

This weekend in New Orleans, celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, join a virtual exhibit opening and more.

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Rebecca Todd

Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on September 15, and though we can’t take to the streets with our usual parades, festivals and block parties, there’s still so much to be celebrated in NOLA. Support a local Hispanic or Latinx-owned restaurant or business throughout the month, ordering Colombian specialties from Maïs Arepas, Mexican cuisine from Casa Borrega or Cuban coffee from the Flagpole NOLA. For more ideas on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in New Orleans, check out our guide here.

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Rebecca Todd

The Contemporary Arts Center is hosting a first-ever virtual exhibit opening on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The event is in celebration of their new exhibit, “Make America What America Must Become,” and will include a walk-thru of the exhibit with curators and a special panel discussion with guests. The general grand public opening is also on Saturday. If you’d like to see the exhibit in person, book tickets in advance here.

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Rebecca Todd

We’re all missing the New Orleans music scene right now, but virtual performances are here to fill the void for the time being. This Friday at 8 p.m., tune into the link above for a concert from Grammy Award-winning musician Jon Cleary from the Maple Leaf Bar. Special guest Nigel Hall will also be performing.

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Paul Broussard

Around this time of year in New Orleans, we’d be celebrating National Fried Chicken Fest. You can still eat your way through NOLA with our fried chicken roundup, which features the best spots for fried chicken around town. Try Dooky Chase or Willie Mae’s, or filter your search and start with wings. Order in and have a little fest of your own.