Carnival is in full swing!
Nearly a dozen parades roll across the area on both sides of the Lake. Although, if you're not quite ready to head to the parade route, there are other entertaining events that don't involve catching beads. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight event for you to check out.
Tet Fest 2020
Friday, Feb. 7 – Sunday, Feb. 9
Tet fest, an annual festival celebrating the Vietnamese New Year, brings exciting dragon dances and live music showcases to New Orleans East. The weekend-long fest happens at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church at 14011 Dwyer Boulevard. Guests can also enjoy traditional Vietnamese cuisine, children’s activities and other entertainment. Festival hours are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
Tchaikovsky's 'Joan of Arc'
Friday, Feb. 7 & Sunday, Feb. 9
The New Orleans Opera Association presents Tchaikovsky’s “Joan of Arc” on Friday at Sunday at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. The production follows the story of 17-year-old Joan of Arc. As the newly appointed leader of the French army, she lifted the siege of Orleans and fearlessly won battle after battle to defeat the English and rescue the throne of France. Her capture led to one of the most celebrated trials in history. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $30.
Celine Dion: 'Courage World Tour' at Smoothie King Center
Friday, Feb. 7
Pop music icon Celine Dion embarks on her first U.S. tour in more than a decade, and it’s coming to New Orleans. The singer stops at the Smoothie King Center while on her “Courage World Tour” on Friday. Show time is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.
Krewe du Vieux and krewedelusion
Saturday, Feb. 8
The irreverent Krewe du Vieux rolls through the Marigny and the French Quarter at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The satirical parade features 17 subkrewes with adult themes and political comedy, along with brass bands. The parade begins and ends at the corner of Royal Street and Press Street. Krewedelusion follows.
Carnival is in full swing with nearly a dozen parades rolling across the area this weekend in the French Quarter, Marigny, Slidell and Pearl River. See our weekend parade schedule with maps to plan ahead.
Tyler Perry's 'Madea's Farewell Play Tour'
Saturday, Feb. 8 – Sunday, Feb. 9
Media mogul and New Orleans native Tyler Perry brings his tough-talking, gun-toting character, Madea, to New Orleans. The production titled “Madea’s Farewell Play Tour” stops at the Smoothie King Center for shows on Saturday and Sunday. It’s one of the last chances fans will get to see Perry suit up as his most memorable character. Show times this weekend are at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
2020 Humana Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon & Half Marathon
Saturday, Feb. 8 – Sunday, Feb. 9
Here’s a chance to work off some of that king cake. The 11th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon and Half Marathon features two days of running throughout the city on Saturday and Sunday. Runners can sign up for the 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon. Live bands perform a variety of music from alternative, blues, rockabilly, reggae and much more across entire course. Participants can still register at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Morial Convention Center. Band Camp and Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen are set to take stage as the Encore Entertainment at the Finish Line Festival in City Park on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Krewe of Nefertiti
Sunday, Feb. 9
Carnival revelers can catch the new Krewe of Nefertiti parade in New Orleans East on Sunday. More than 200 riders will roll on the all-female krewe’s inaugural ride starting at 1 p.m. The parade is the first to roll through the neighborhood in decades. The parade starts at the corner of Bullard Avenue and Lake Forest Bouelvard. It loops down to Chef Menteur Highway and ends at Joe Brown Park.
From Krewe du Vieux to ‘tit Rex, nearly a dozen parades roll across the area this weekend in the French Quarter, Marigny, Slidell and Pearl River. See our weekend parade schedule with maps to plan ahead.
Krewe de Princess' Children's Mardi Gras Ball
Sunday, Feb. 9
Here’s a Carnival ball the whole family can attend: Krewe de Princess’ Children’s Mardi Gras Ball hosts its second annual event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Guests can come out to see characters like the Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella and others. All ages are welcomed. Attire for the event is semi-formal or cocktail for adults. Kids are encouraged to wear their “Sunday’s Best.” Princess costumes are also acceptable.