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With the end of summer near, events like the Ochsner Back-to-School Health Fair are here to help families get a head start on their classroom preparations. For festivalgoers, the Vegan 2 the Soul Festival and Nola River Fest are also happening this weekend in New Orleans.

Vegan 2 the Soul is a community festival showcasing many different vegan foods and businesses that align with the vegan lifestyle in New Orleans. (Contributed photo)

Treat your mind, body and soul with free yoga and vegan eats at the VEGAN 2 THE SOUL FESTIVAL at Lemann Park, 628 N. Claiborne Ave., on Sunday at 11 am Join members of the New Orleans vegan community as they share health and wellness tips, recipes and art. Food vendors include Kindred, Soul Pie, Gro Nola and more. Check out more here.

People relax and listen to the music during the ninth annual NOLA River Fest at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Give thanks to the Mississippi River at the 10th annual NOLA RIVER FEST on Saturday at The New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave. Live music, presentations and panels and food, all in honor of the river’s cultural, economic and environmental contributions to New Orleans and the Gulf South. The celebration begins at noon with music from Treme Lafitte Brass Band featuring the N’awlins D’awlins Baby Dolls & Big Queen Mary Kay of the Original Wild Tchoupitoulas Indians. The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook. Check out more here.

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The rooftops of London is the setting for parts of ‘Mary Poppins’ opening at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts with Micah Desonnier as the nanny herself and Scott Sauber as Bert, the chimneysweep. The show opens Thursday at the Kenner theater, 325 Minor St.

It’s not too late to experience the magic of DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS. This weekend visit Rivertown Theater for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St. in Kenner, to watch their production of the famous musical based on the books by PL Travers and the classic Walt Disney film. Tickets start at $37 for the remaining five performances, Thursday through Sunday. Magic and adventure await. Check out more here.


The Dat Dog hot sausage hot dog with red ketchup, green jalapeño peppers, yellow mustard, mayo and chili with a side of cheddar bacon ranch fries. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)

Fancy a gourmet hot dog? Saturday at 3 pm at the Dat Dog location on Magazine Street, 3336 Magazine St., is hosting its eighth annual NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY CELEBRATION. A celebrity judge panel will choose a customer’s recipe to name the next Son of a Saint Dog. Proceeds from the event will go to Son of a Saint, a nonprofit that provides mentorship to fatherless boys in New Orleans. Check out more here.


Marylena Brown shakes a leg while dancing during a NORD Commission sock hop for seniors Sunday, June 26, 2022, at The Station at the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans. The inaugural event featured food, drinks, dancing and COVID testing kits given by the New Orleans Health Department. NORD hopes to repeat the dances on the last Sunday of every other month. (Photo by Scott Threlkeld, | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

To mark the 75th anniversary of their founding, the New Orleans Recreational Development Commission is hosting a free NORTH ALUMNI PICNIC with live music, food trucks, bounce houses and games like cabbage ball and corn hole. The picnic begins Saturday at 10 am at Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Boulevard. Guests are welcome to bring tents and blankets. Check out more here.


Children write notes about why they want to get vaccinated as they gather for the first shots being administered of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for children at Ochsner Hospital for Children in Jefferson, La. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (Photo by Max Becherer,, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

Get a head start on your back-to-school preparations at the OSCHNER BACK-TO-SCHOOL HEALTH FAIR Saturday from noon to 4 pm at the Ochsner Health Center for Children, 1315 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. Children can receive vaccines, immunizations and physicals, while parents can tour the clinic and meet with pediatricians to ask questions. There will also be face painting, games and a school supply giveaway. Check out more here.


Ainsley Liles and Margaux Kahn work on a chalk image. Chalk Fest, an arts festival took place Saturday at the ChildrenÕs Museum of St. Tammany on Koop Dr. In Mamndeville on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, 21404 Koop Drive, Mandeville, is hosting a BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH Saturday from 10 am to noon. Guests get free admission to the preschool and elementary educational expo and a discounted ticket into the Children’s Museum ($8). The first 50 students will also receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. Check out more here.


Students at the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute take part in a fast-track program designed to help people advance their careers in the culinary field.

The New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute is hosting a themed pizza party NOCHI OPEN HOUSE for those interested in pursuing a career in the culinary arts. At the free event, prospective applicants can make their own pizza, explore the school’s facilities and learn about NOCHI’S 6-month certificate program. The event begins Thursday at 4 p.m. at NOCHI, 725 Howard Ave. Check out more here.


A chain and steel wall block off the entry to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art while it is closed because of the coronavirus in New Orleans, La. Friday, April 24, 2020.

This weekend is your last chance to view LUIS CRUZ AZACETA: WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. According to Bradley Sumrall, the curator of the collection, the exhibit “illustrates one man’s unrelenting examination of the human condition through drawing, painting and sculpture. It reveals an artist who believes it is his duty to work for the betterment of humanity.” Azaceta is a Cuban-American artist based in New Orleans. Check out more here.


Gavin Fuselier, 9, left, pets a hedgehog held by Andrew Lamas, right, from Polished Exotics during the HERPS Exotic Reptiles and Pets Show at District Event Center on Sunday, June 5, 2022 in Lafayette, La.. There were thousands of reptiles , amphibians, insects, feeders and supplies on hand for visitors to buy and handle.

Tea HERPS EXOTIC PET AND REPTILE SHOW will be in Slidell for a two-day event that allows visitors to learn about and purchase exotic creatures including arachnids, snakes and lizards. Throughout the weekend there will be rattlesnake demonstrations, educational talks and hands-on experiences for the whole family. On Saturday and Sunday, the show begins at 10 am at the Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd. Tickets are $5-$10. Check out more here.


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