Although temps will be on the chilly side this weekend, that's no excuse for staying in, when there are festivals going on all over the place.
Central City will have its 8th annual (free) festival on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., with Big Freedia headlining, as well as leading an effort to set the world record for number of people twerking simultaneously. In addition to bounce related shenanigans, there will be music courtesy of Honorable South and the First Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir; dance performances with Sistahs Making a Change dance troupe, Brazilian dancers Casa Samba, and Viva Venezuela's Cultural Showcase; and a brand new cooking demonstration cooking stage with Chef Ryan Hughes (whose restaurant Purloo will open shortly in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum), chefs from Cafe Reconcile, Casa Borrega, Chef Matt Murphy from Irish House and "Kid Chef" Eliana. [EaterWire]
The Jefferson Chamber's Young Professionals group in Metairie is sponsoring the first Fat City Festival this Saturday with food trucks: La Cocinita, La Crepes a la Cart Food Truck, and NOLA Food. Also local restaurants like Drago's, Lager's, Boom Boom's Bar, Pat's Pub, Akira Sushi, and others. There will be a local art market for shopping as well as local musicians. [NOLA.com]
Beer geeks have two choices (or can try to hit both, if motivated enough). The Bayou Beer Festival is happening in Houma from noon-5 p.m. at the Southdown Plantation with over 200 beers, music, food, and a homebrew competition. Tickets are $35 and benefit various local veterans support organization. And then back at the Deutsches Haus in River Ridge, join the Crescent City Homebrewers for their annual Winterfest. $25 ($30 at the door) for all you can eat and drink from 6-11 p.m. [Gambit]