Are you known to bend an elbow? Then here's the fest for you. New Orleans Bourbon Festival (that's the drink, not the street) brings food, spirit, and culture to the Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Boulevard) and Marriott Convention Center (859 Convention Center Boulevard). The festivities include tastings (7:30 pm–10:30 pm Friday), live panels (starting 9 am Saturday, with a focus on "Women in Bourbon"), and a bourbon jazz brunch (11 am Sunday).
Pre-game on Thursday, March 23, the night before the festival proper, at one of five exclusive pairing dinners as part of the Legends of Bourbon Series—choose between The Foundation Room at the House of Blues (Jim Beam), The Bourbon House (Wild Turkey and Russell's Reserve), Morton's Steakhouse (Diageo Brands), Salon by Sucre (Jefferson's Bourbon), and Kenton's (Heaven Hill). $130, including an amuse bouche and welcome cocktail.
Festival tickets start at $59. neworleansbourbon2017.sched.com.