8 things to do this weekend: Feb. 8 -10

Parades ramp up again starting this week. Check out our weekend planner for details.

Carnival revelers can gear up for the first parade of February. Plus, a few festivals also happen on the both sides of the lake. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

The Book of Mormon

Friday, Feb. 8 – Sunday, Feb. 10

“The Book of Mormon” plays at the Saenger Theater this week as part of the Broadway in New Orleans series. This musical comedy follows two young Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda, who soon discover their training did not quite prepare them for the world outside of Salt Lake City. Tickets start at $30.

Showings for this weekend:

  • Friday 8 p.m.
  • Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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Tet Fest

Friday, Feb. 8 – Sunday, Feb. 10

Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year at Tet Fest — an annual, weekend-long celebration at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church. The festival features authentic Vietnamese staples, family-friendly activities and traditional performances. Festivities on Friday are from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday starting at 10 a.m. and Sunday starting at noon. Admission is free.

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610 Stompers 'Cirque de 610' Debutante Ball

Friday, Feb. 8

Fans of the 610 Stompers can party with the all-male dance krewe at their ninth annual debutante ball on at 8 p.m. Friday. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite circus character for the Cirque de 610 circus-themed ball. More than 30 local restaurants will serve food, and there’s an open bar. General admission tickets start at $40.

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Downtown Covington (DTC) Film Festival

Friday, Feb. 8 – Saturday, Feb. 9

Downtown Covington Film Festival returns to the Southern Hotel for its second year. The festival will screen shorts and feature films giving local filmmakers exposures and opportunities to interact. Festivities begin on Friday at 5 p.m., and film screenings being at 6 p.m. Screenings on Saturday start at noon and run all afternoon. The weekend closes with the DTC Film Fest Celebration Party. Visit the website for the complete schedule of events. Admission is $15 on Friday at $20 on Saturday.

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Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus

Saturday, Feb. 9

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus takes over the Marigny a little earlier than usual this year. Self-proclaimed nerds and sci-fi buffs will stroll on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. The 2019 theme is “Space Farce.” The krewe announces Brian O’Halloran as this year’s monarch, best known for the role of Dante in the cult classic film “Clerks.” Some new, creative SubKrewes will also join the parade this year including Women of Wakanda and Krewe du Chu: ​The Peauxkemon League.

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Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival

Saturday, Feb. 9

Here’s another fest to add to your list during Carnival season: The Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival will have plenty of jerk chicken to go along with reggae, bounce and brass band music on Saturday at Central City BBQ. The entertainment lineup features 20 musical acts on two stages, including Robin Barnes, DJ Raj Smoove, DJ Jubilee and a second-line with Mardi Gras Indians. Nearly 20 food vendors will serve up delicious, creative renditions of jerk chicken and other Caribbean and New Orleans style dishes. Tickets are $20 before 3 p.m. on the day of the event in advance online or cash only. The price increases to $25 after 3 p.m. Children tickets are $5.

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Jefferson SPCA Pet Fest

Sunday, Feb. 10

Animal lovers can plan a day out with their pet at the Jefferson SPCA Pet Fest on Sunday at Lafreniere Park. The mega pet event features an Adopt-A-Thon where you can find a new furry friend. Festival-goers can also join their pet for a costume contest, a pet marketplace, food, music and more. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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Bridge House/Grace House 10th Annual Recycled Fashion Show

Sunday, Feb. 10

Bridge House / Grace House reinvents thrift store finds at the 10th Annual Recycled Fashion Show from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Rock ‘N Bowl. Local designers will invent unique outfits for models to showcase, using clothing and accessories found within Bridge House Grace House’s thrift stores. The event also features a silent auction – including designs modeled on the runway – as well as food from local restaurants and a cash bar. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. VIP tickets are also available.

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