8 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 12 – 14

Plan your weekend now with our guide.

We found plenty of events happening this weekend, including affordable balls that won't break the bank and other Carnival-related activities. Check out our top picks from around the area.

Big Wig Ball

Friday, Jan. 12

The second annual Big Wig Ball offers guests a spin on the fashion district of Tokyo with their “HAIRajuku-themed” event on Jan. 12. The ball features food, drinks, music, a raffle and a wig contest.  Ticket prices are $50 and benefit the New Orleans Opera. Costumes are encouraged, and wigs are required.

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Stanton Moore Tribute to Allen Toussaint

Friday, Jan. 12

Local drummer and founding member of Galactic Stanton Moore brings along some friends for a show at the Joy Theater at 8 p.m. on Friday. The performance will feature music from Moore’s new album “With You in Mind” and also honor the legacy of music legend Allen Toussaint. Tickets prices range from $40 to $70.

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New Orleans Shakespeare Festival

Friday, Jan. 12

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University celebrates the works of William Shakespeare. This Friday, the festival presents the classic tale of revenge and redemption, “The Tempest.” Catch the public performance at Tulane’s Dixon Hall on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to $25.

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Krewe of Freret 2018 Black-Tie Ball

Friday, Jan. 12

The Krewe of Freret hosts their Black-Tie Ball from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday at the New Orleans Jazz Market. Tickets are priced at $50 per person and include live entertainment, light bites, beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Proceeds benefit the Son of a Saint Foundation.

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Downtown Covington (DTC) Film Festival

Friday, Jan. 12 – Saturday, Jan. 13

The inaugural Downtown Covington Film Festival heads to the Southern Hotel on Friday and Saturday. The film festival will screen shorts and features along with panel discussions and networking opportunities. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with a meet-and-greet at the Southern’s Cypress Bar with film screenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., immediately followed by the opening night celebration. Events continue on Saturday at 11 a.m., with screenings starting at noon. New Orleans-shot film Dark Meridian will close out film showings starting at 7 p.m. The weekend closes with the DTC Film Fest Celebration Party starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the full weekend, at the door or in advance.

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Call of Duty World League New Orleans Open

Friday, Jan. 12 – Sunday, Jan. 14

Video game fans, here’s your chance to win some coins! This weekend, competitors from around the world battle it out at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the Call of Duty World League. Bragging rights and a grand prize of $200,000 are on the line. In addition to those competing, spectators will have access to the Major League Gaming Pro Shop, walk-up and play tournaments, autograph signings and booths. General admission tickets are on sale for $59.99, plus applicable fees.

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Goddesses of Bodices: The Dames of Pelage Exhibit Opening Night

Saturday, Jan. 13

A new exhibit featuring the hand-stitched, beaded bustiers and headdresses of all-female marching krewe, Dames de Perlage, opens at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture. Opening night is this Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Mardi Gras Museum covers the city’s history of Mardi Gras and displays one-of-a-kind costumes from the Carl Mack collection.

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Chewbacchus Sci-Fi Fashion Show

Saturday, Jan. 13

Join the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus for their 8th Annual Sci-Fi Fashion Show at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Howlin’ Wolf. Guests are invited to register and “strut, slither or stalk their way down the catwalk.” The event combines a fashion show, costume contest and talent competition. All contestants get the opportunity to choose a song, demonstrate a talent and/or show off their craziest, sexiest or most amazing costumes. Interested participants must register online here. Participants are judged on their costumes, creativity and style. Tickets are $10.

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