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Scales & Ales: A Party for a Good Cause

Friday, October 5, at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

It’s time to get your tickets for the 9th annual Scales & Ales celebration on Friday, October 5, at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, where partygoers can support efforts to fight plastic pollution while enjoying a memorable evening of food, drink and live entertainment.

Guests will enjoy brews from exclusive beer sponsor Abita Brewing Company, wine, specialty cocktails and delicious cuisine from 50 local restaurants and bars as well as the exceptional sights and sounds of the Aquarium on the New Orleans riverfront after dark.

The event will highlight the Aquarium’s campaign to address plastic pollution, one of the gravest threats facing marine wildlife today.

Scales & Ales is an adult-only event on Friday, October 5, from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sponsors and Patrons enjoy early admittance at 7 p.m. with access to the VIP Area throughout the night.

Tickets are $65 for Audubon members and $75 for non-members. Patron tickets are $125 per person. Sponsor packages start at $1,000. All food and drinks are included in the ticket price.

Admission is limited and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended because Scales & Ales may sell out. Tickets can be purchased online here. For more information on sponsor packages, click here. Please call (504) 861-5107 for additional information.

The 2018 Scales & Ales will highlight Audubon’s commitment to encourage locals and visitors alike to shift away from single-use plastic toward more environmentally-friendly options.

In 2017, the Aquarium eliminated plastic straws and bags and is working toward significantly reducing or eliminating plastic beverage bottles and showcasing alternatives to plastic.

This year, Scales & Ales will offer guests green alternatives, such as water served in aluminum cans. YLC Recycles will be assisting with recycling efforts during Scales & Ales throughout the night.

"Each year, more than 8 million tons of plastic enter the world oceans – the equivalent of a dump-truck full of plastic every minute of every day,'' said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “By supporting this event you are making an investment in conservation programs that inspire millions of people to make a difference.’’

Since 2010, Scales & Ales has raised more than $1.4 million for the Aquarium’s education and conservation programs.

The entertainment lineup for this year’s Scales & Ales includes:

  • The Mixed Nuts, celebrating their 20th anniversary, on the main stage on the Lawn. The band boasts a repertoire that spans 50 years of popular music, from today’s Top 40 Hits to one-hit-wonders and everything in-between.
  • DJ Brice Nice inside the Aquarium lobby. A radio and club DJ, music historian, and vinyl junkie, DJ Brice Nice hosts the Block Party radio show on WWOZ New Orleans.
  • Electra Glitter Eko Glitter Bar, The Sirens of New Orleans, Magic Memories and more.

To prepare for Scales & Ales on Friday, October 5, the last showing at Entergy Giant Screen Theater will be at 1 p.m. and the Aquarium will close at 2 p.m. that afternoon. The Aquarium will be open during Scales & Ales and guests can stop by the sea otter and penguin exhibits before bedtime at 8:30 p.m.

Guests must be 21 to purchase a ticket. No children or babies allowed. The dress code is dressy casual. The party will go on rain or shine. Should you be unable to attend the event, please consider your ticket purchase a donation; there will be no refunds.

Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.