We've got your weekend: Fests, film, non-fiction
Friday - Sunday / BirdFest : If you’re looking for a celebratory alternative to French Quarter Fest, the Northlake Nature Center’s annual Great Migration BirdFest will steer you towards towards the center’s 400-acre grounds (23135 Hwy 190 E, Mandeville) to observe numerous avian species migrate from Mexico and South America north through Louisiana. Festival highlights include birding trips, a photography workshop and a Southern food social. Reservations required to participate in festival events; prices $20-$65. Programming runs from 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily. View details and a full schedule here.
Saturday & Sunday / Kite Fest: Another festy alternative away from the Quarter is West Baton Rouge’s Kite Fest Louisiane. The state’s only kite festival, the free event features performances from professional kite choreography teams from across the country, kite construction and design, competitions, lessons, food vendors, live music, and a fire works display on Saturday. Activities run from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the West Baton Rogue Soccer Complex (Highway 415 at Rosedale Rd, Baton Rouge) both days.
Saturday / Digital Film Fest: Bywater artist collective and not-for-profit gallery The Front (4100 St. Claude Ave.) hosts Digital Native Film Festival, featuring shorts from 32 international video artists whose works explores concepts of mistranslations, glitches and failures when combining new and old technical methods in their video making processes. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Sunday / Writing workshop: Press Street’s literary hub Room 220 (3718 St. Claude Ave.) leads a creative non-fiction writing workshop centered around the theme “small things.” Admission is $10; the workshop begins at 7 p.m.
Sunday / FQF after-show: After French Quarter Fest wraps up its final day for 2015, the music keeps playing. Folks lingering in the Quarter can easily hop on over to Frenchmen venue Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen) to see NOLA-based clarinetist and composer Evan Christopher perform with a showcase featuring virtuosi Don Vappie, Joe Ashlar and the King of Tremé, Shannon Powell. Show times 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets $20.