8 things to do this weekend: Feb. 15 – 17

Carnival kicks into full swing with parades across the area. If you're not quite ready for parades, we have you covered, too.

Carnival kicks into full swing this weekend with nearly a dozen parades across the area on both sides of the Lake. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

Krewe Boheme Inaugural Parade

Friday, Feb. 15

The area’s newest walking parade, Krewe Boheme, makes its debut at 7 p.m. on Friday. The new krewe is set to roll through the Marigny and the French Quarter. The artsy group promises striking costumes, imaginative floats and myriad scenes of wonderment from its “inner krewes,” according to Carnival expert Arthur Hardy. The krewe’s inaugural theme is “La Vie Boheme.”

Looking for more parades? Carnival kicks into full swing with more parades in the French Quarter, Marigny, Slidell, Metairie and Pearl River. See our weekend parade guide.

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French Film Festival

Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17

The 22nd annual New Orleans French Film Festival kicks off on Friday and continues through next Thursday, Feb. 21. The historic Prytania Theater becomes home to screenings, music and lectures all around critically-acclaimed foreign films. Tickets for individual screenings start at $13 for non-members of the New Orleans Film Society.

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Love Bites: A Valentine's Haunted House

Friday, Feb. 15 – Saturday, Feb. 16

A unique, Valentine’s-themed haunted house will unleash vampires for a thrilling spin on a romantic holiday. The creators of New Orleans Nightmare will open Love Bites: A Valentine’s Haunted House for the first time on Friday and Saturday. Guests will test out their vampire hunting skills in the new interactive haunted house experience full of blood-sucking turns. The two-day event is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. General admission tickets start at $19.99. Fast passes and mini-escape game tickets are also available for additional fees.

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NOLA Brewing celebrates 10 years of beers

Friday, Feb. 15

The team at NOLA Brewing celebrates their 10 year anniversary and invites you to a party full of great live music, McClure’s Barbecue, hot crawfish and craft beer straight from the source. The anniversary party features performances by the George Porter Trio and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. NOLA Brewing will also showcase two special release beers. Advance general admission tickets are $15. Tickets at the door are $20.

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Fleetwood Mac performs at Smoothie King Center

Saturday, Feb. 16

Legendary, Grammy award-winning band Fleetwood Mac will bring their tour to the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. The tour will feature the newly announced line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, according to Live Nation. “We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound,” said Mick Fleetwood. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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Get Yah Praise On

Saturday, Feb. 16

Audubon Nature Institute hosts a gospel music concert in celebration of Black History Month. The 11th annual Get Yah Praise On features a soul stirring line-up of local and regional gospel performers on Saturday at Audubon Zoo. Grammy-nominated gospel artist, Isabel Davis headlines the celebration. The event is a hand clapping, foot stomping good time for the entire family. This event is included with Zoo admission and complimentary for Audubon members. No tents allowed. Portable chairs and blankets are welcomed.

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Mardi Gras Tea at Windsor Court

Saturday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 17

Mardi Gras Tea at Windsor Court honors special guest Queen Bristol, Her Majesty XXVII of the Mystic Krewe of Barkus 2019. The pup of the hotel’s general manager and his wife will make appearances at the event happening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. King Cake, specialty cocktails – like the King’s Cup and Carnival Berry Sip – and performances by some of New Orleans’ favorite Mardi Gras Indians will round out the revelry. Costumes encouraged for all. Pricing is $49.12 for adults and $35.84 for children. Reservations required at 504-596-4773.

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The Valentine's Love Jam

Sunday, Feb. 17

The Valentine’s Love Jam might be the answer to a post Valentine’s Day date night. R&B music fans can create a memorable night with their sweetie with some of the biggest love jams. R&B artists like Tyrese, Monica, Avant, 112 and Next come together for a big concert at the Smoothie King Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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Interested in more parades instead? We have that covered too with our full weekend parade guide here.