Ever heard the term “drink like a fish?” The saying couldn’t be a better fit for next weekend’s premier event, Scales and Ales (Friday, Sept. 20th), an annual celebration benefiting the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Partygoers mingle, eat, dance and drink among the Aquarium’s collection of 6,800 fish. The annual event, now in its 4th year, has brought in $350,000 since 2010 to support the aquarium’s conservation efforts and education programs.
At Scales and Ales, patrons enjoy Bites and Brews, including a wide selection of beers from local favorite Abita Beer, such as Purple Haze, Andygator, Jockamo IPA and their seasonal feature Satsuma Harvest Wit, in addition to wine and specialty cocktails. The drinks are a wonderful and welcoming counterpart to the delicious food served throughout the event.
More than 30 local restaurants also participate with offerings that run the gamut. These restaurants include the following, just to name a few: Acme Oyster House, Angelo Brocato Italian Desserts, Café du Monde, Chiba, Deanie’s Seafood, Galatoire’s, The Praline Connection, Royal House and VooDoo BBQ and Grill, plus many more local and national establishments.
And what’s a New Orleans party without some great live music? On this year’s lineup is headliners Simply Irresistible from Atlanta, GA, a high-energy party band that you can expect to play a wide range of genre covers, such as current and legendary dance hits, R&B , jazz and instrumental and 80s and 90s rock—a fun blend of dance songs for patrons of all ages. There will also be performances from marching and dance krewe, The Sirens of New Orleans.
There are some great statistics regarding the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas: over 1 million people visit the Aquarium every year, including 150,000 field trip visitors to the Aquarium and Entergy IMAX Theatre each year. About 226,300 visitors have been reached through the Aquarium’s education programming, and there are 265 aquarium volunteers present to educate visitors, including 25 youth volunteers. All of the Aquarium’s 6,800 fish have been responsibly collected or captive bred, and 200 sea turtles and four dolphins have been rescued since 2010, the first year of Scales and Ales.
Tickets to this year’s Scales and Ales event start at $45 for Penguin Pal Members, $55 for Penguin Pal tickets and $100 for the Parrotfish Program, which includes VIP early access to the event at 7 p.m. and all-night access to the VIP tent, which has a bar and exclusive cuisine.