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We've got your weekend: Makers, chili and a soulful celebration

The Audubon Institute's celebration of African American history returns to Audubon Zoo and will feature soul food, live music, and crafts.

The Audubon Institute's celebration of African American history returns to Audubon Zoo and will feature soul food, live music, and crafts.

Friday / Shane's shout out: NOLA Brewing's Six Years of Beer at Nola Brewing, 5:30 p.m. / $10 advance, $15 door

New Orleans' only craft brewery celebrates its sixth birthday with a night of great music and beer. New Orleans Suspects kick things off early, followed by Gravity A's spot-on Talking Heads tribute and then up and coming New York post-rock jam band TAUK. A special 6th Anniversary Ale will be on tap alongside the other excellent NOLA brews. Grab a ticket early; last year's event was a sell out.

Friday / Talk That Music Talk concert : The Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club will celebrate the Neighborhood Story Project's most recent publication, Talk That Music Talk -- a book that documents the ways in which traditional New Orleans music has been and continues to be passed down through generations -- with a concert at Sweet Lorraine‘s (1931 St. Claude Ave.) at 8 p.m. The event will feature live music and dance performances from the Treme Brass Band and other groups featured in the book.

Saturday / Mini Maker Faire : The New Orleans maker community will convene for the second annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire. The hands-on, interactive celebration will showcase local creators’ inventions -- from stop-motion movies to a gaming throne, drones who capture 3D models of photography to an LED light beer pong table. The event will also feature several panels and workshops, as well as live music and dance performances. View the full schedule here.

The faire is from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Tulane Lavin Bernick Center (201 Boggs). Tickets are $10 - $12.

Saturday / Chili in the Channel : ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy (3128 Constance Street) hosts a chili cook-off featuring 15+ local chefs competing for top honors in four categories: vegetarian, meat, creative and audience favorite. Nola Brewing beer will be available for purchase.

Admission is $5 (includes two samples; additional samples are $1). The cook-off will be held from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday / Soul Fest : The Audubon Institute hosts their annual Soul Fest, celebrating African American history. Event highlights include live Gospel, Jazz, and Rhythm and Blues performances; soul food; crafts stations; and several information booths concerned with African American culture.

The festival is held at Audubon Zoo from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and is free with zoo admission ($13.95 - $18.95).