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The mid-June weekend calendar is jam-packed with activities, including several Juneteenth events.

Juneteenth has become a national holiday and is marked with many events in the greater New Orleans area.

Photo by Cedric Ellsworth — Givonna Joseph, center, pictured with Dara Rahming, left, and Ebonee Davis of OperaCreole, sings ‘From Sally Hemings’ Diary.’

Opera, art and gastronomy are all part of “A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM” Friday at 5 p.m. at the Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., New Orleans. The New Orleans Opera, OperaCréole and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra join forces to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage, which is heavily influenced by people from the African diaspora. The music program includes works by many people who have contributed to the legacy. Artists from OperaCréole and Ashley Jackson will provide musical entertainment. Learn more here.

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Traditional West African dance company N’kafu will perform at the NOLA Juneteenth Festival on Sunday.

“Let freedom ring!” is the theme of NEW ORLEANS JUNETEETH FESTIVAL AND PARADE happening Sunday at Congo Square in Armstrong Park. Panel discussions, music, dancing, food and an array of arts and crafts, jewelry and clothing vendors will be on hand. Headliners include Delfeayo Marsalis, Tekrema Center for Art and Culture, N’kafu Traditional West African Dance Company, Kalindah Laveaux and many more. The parade, starting from Avenue d’Orleans and Rue Rampart, begins at 2 p.m. with the festival at 3 p.m. Learn more here.

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Carmaine Neville will be at Kenner’s Juneteenth Festival this weekend.

by Kenner JUNETEETH COMMUNITY FESTIVAL takes place in the 400 block of Williams Boulevard with performances by Charmaine Neville, Linda Wright, Brian Holmes and others, a run, arts and crafts, produce and food vendors, mini-seminar d empowerment and more. Events run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Get more information and register here.

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Nick Cannon attends the FOX 2022 Upfront Presentation at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown on Monday, May 16, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP ORG XMIT: NYCS149

He’s listed as an executive producer, so his name should be on the title of “NICK CANNON PRESENTS: WILD ‘N OUT” the VH1 mashup of comedy, game show and variety in one. Well, Mr. Cannon is taking the show on the road for a live tour and he’s playing in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center on Friday at 8 p.m. In addition to the antics of the regular cast, the show will offer a chance for a few lucky spectators to have fun with one of the event’s most popular games. It’s going to be a wild night at the Centre, with tickets starting at $25. Try your luck going wild here.

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Photo by Claire Bangser — On a 7-acre campus in City Park, Grow Dat Youth Farm operates a youth development program related to agriculture and environmental stewardship. Hootenanny will be fundraising for the program.

Take it outside at 5 p.m. Friday for the FARM SUMMER JAM, Grow Dat Youth Farm Good Times Outdoors Fundraiser Night at 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, New Orleans. Live music by Jelly Biscuits and Flakey Layers, market vendors, raffles and an open bar with signature cocktails are part of the evening program. Snacks range from sushi to barbecue and snowballs. Grow Dat, a non-profit organization that cultivates youth leadership potential, is a seven-acre sustainable farm. Tickets start at $25. Enter the culture here.

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Musician Joe Jackson.

He’s been making music for decades, but the British singer brings his “JOE JACKSON: THE ‘SING, YOU FISHERMEN!’ ROUND” at the Civic Theater Friday at 8 p.m. Known for “Stepping’ Out” (the theme used on the local PBS show of the same name), Jackson has also collaborated with a variety of artists including Suzanne Vega, Todd Rundgren and William Shatner. His works also include a variety of classical music, for which he received a Grammy Award. Tickets for the show at 510 O’Keefe St., New Orleans, start at $32. Go out for the show with tickets here.

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The annual Sensory Friendly Mardi Gras celebration at the Presbytere in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum strives to make a visit to the local music foundation a more enjoyable experience for children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities. SENSORY MORNING Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. for children and 11 a.m. for teens and adults, as well as their families. Locally trained educators, as well as volunteers, will be on hand for exhibits and self-service arts activities. There will also be drumming and dancing. 400 Esplanade Ave. Sign up here for fun at the museum.

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Take the plunge and meet at the Southern Yacht Club on Saturday at 9 a.m. for the Brooke Erin Posey Foundation FAMILY SWIM-A-THON AND FUN-RAISE to generate funds for Kids Join the Fight, a non-profit organization that supports families battling childhood cancer. There will be over 20 fair-style games with tokens for prizes, plus music, food and raffles. For swimmers, there is competition in the pool or a chance to compete elsewhere until June 26. The club is located along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain at 105 N. Roadway. Game wristbands start at $20. Dive here for fun here.


Lawyer Staff Photo by PAM BORDELONS — Blue and white seersucker makes this bow tie from the Bayou Bowties Outing Collection perfect for Louisiana summers

For seasonal style, nothing beats seersucker for summer suits and more. It is the theme of SEERSUCKER AND SASS SUMMER GALA, a benefit for Cancer Crusaders Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. Dining and dancing (to the sound of The Quarter Notes) are part of the fun of the evening which also includes an auction. Tickets start at $130. To learn more about the event and the work of the crusaders, click here.

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New Orleans Chamber Orchestra in concert.

“Pastoral Scenes” is the theme of the concert on Saturday 8 p.m. NEW ORLEANS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA at the Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. The ensemble will perform a variety of works, under the direction of Phillip Larroque, and will feature a premiere by New Orleans composer Kevin George. There are also works by Sieg, Coleridge-Taylor, Honegger and Schubert. As with many events at the Temple of the Arts, donations of $20 are requested but none will be refused due to lack of funds. Get ready for the performance of the evening here.

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