Welcome to Weekend Picks, your guide to all the can’t-miss weekend happenings in New Orleans. As the city begins 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, enjoy an art walk on Julia Street, try a new Thai restaurant and beat the heat with a snowball. 

Rebecca Todd

Take a stroll down Julia Street in the Warehouse District this Saturday and browse the latest exhibitions from LeMieux Galleries, Callan Contemporary, Stella Jones Gallery and more. The event is self-guided from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it’s recommended to email each gallery you’d like to visit ahead of time. Make a day out of it with our Guide to the Arts District and explore all that the area has to offer. 

Rebecca Todd

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum has reopened to the public with timed entry tickets. With exhibits chronicling food throughout the years in the American South, both kids and adults will delight in learning more about the culinary landscape. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’re bound to leave with a few new fun facts up your sleeve.

Paul Broussard

A couple dollars and our Sno-ball Guide are all you need for a tasty afternoon in New Orleans. Summertime means snowball time, and with a stand in every part of town, you can go on a self-guided snowball tour all your own. Get a banana pudding snowball at Nola Sips, lemon basil from Imperial Woodpecker, Tiger’s Blood from Café Porche and more. Or spice things up with our booze-snoball pairing recommendations.

Photo credit: Randy Krause-Schmidt

This new Thai restaurant packs in the flavor with dishes like green curry soft shell crab, tamarind pork, and the chef’s specialty, Cho’s fried chicken. Make sure to save room for dessert – Nutella roti and mango sticky rice are menu highlights. Cho Thai is open for takeout Wednesday-Sunday from 4-9 p.m. 

Paul Broussard

Now reopen, the French Market now features daily vendors spaced at a distance for a safe shopping experience. Browse the art, jewelry and other goods from local artists. Food vendors will also be open. Visit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend.