8 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 2 – Feb. 4

Parades kick into high gear this weekend, but we still managed to find some other events you can enjoy too. Check out our top picks from around the area.

'The World's Unfair' Carnival Ball at Music Box Village

Friday, Feb. 2

If you’re into non-traditional Carnival balls, the Music Box Village partners with the Krewe of Vaporwave to host The World’s Unfair ball from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday. The ball plays on the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans. Costumes are required with suggested looks inspired by pink and teal, Greco-Roman statues, ornamental architecture and hazy 80’s and 90’s TV memories. Enjoy performances by DJ Windows 2000, DJ Rusty Lazer and DJ Nice Rack. Tickets start at $20.

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Family Gras 2018

Friday, Feb. 2 – Saturday, Feb. 3

Grammy Award winners Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates are set to perform at the 2018 Family Gras concert celebration on Friday and Saturday. The free, family-friendly celebration takes over the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across of Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie. On Friday, the party starts at 5 p.m. followed by the Krewe of Excalibur. On Saturday, doors open at 11 a.m. followed by the Krewe of Caesar. Families can also check out an art market filled with regional decor, folk art and photography. Kids ages 12 and younger can also enjoy activities in the kids’ court including face painting, unique hand-wax art and games. If you want an up-close and personal experience, VIP passes are available for $125 per person.

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An American in Paris at the Saenger Theatre

Friday, Feb. 2 – Sunday, Feb. 4

The Tony Award-winning musical “An American in Paris” opens at the Saenger Theatre for a one-week engagement, as part of the Broadway in New Orleans series. Showtimes this weekend are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at 6:30 p.m. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, the musical tells the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Tickets start at $30.

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CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competition

Friday, Feb. 2 – Sunday, Feb. 4

Coffee lovers, you may want to drop in on this java-centric event happening this weekend. The qualifying competitions for the U.S. Coffee Championships head to the Contemporary Arts Center this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Attendees can taste competitors’ impeccably roasted coffees, learn roasting techniques and buy competitors’ coffees. Also, an outdoor food
garden will host a food truck and music. On Friday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., a welcome party will be held at Orleans Coffee Espresso Bar (618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd), including a latte art throwdown starting at 7 p.m.

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Stops at Robért Fresh Market

Saturday, Feb. 3

Locals can catch a glimpse of an American icon when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile rolls into New Orleans on Feb. 3. The 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels will make a stop at the new Robért Fresh Market’s Marigny location from noon until 4 p.m. A free event will surround the Wienermobile’s visit to include games, prizes and other festivities.

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Pygmalion Fest 2018

Saturday, Feb. 3

The Krewe of Pygmalion will host their annual after-parade party, Pygmalion Fest, at the Sugar Mill on Saturday. The Molly Ringwalds, Flow Tribe and Big Freedia will perform. General admission tickets are $35. If you can spare extra cash, $100 VIP tickets include food, open bar and a seat.

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HUSTLE! with DJ Soul Sister at Tipitina's

Saturday, Feb. 3

It’s a treat anytime DJ Soul Sister spins. If you feel like a night of dancing after the parades, then this is the event for you. The popular DJ plays a set at Tipitina’s starting at 10 p.m. this Saturday. Oh, and did we mention it’s a free show!

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The Rusty Nail's Super Boil III

Sunday, Feb. 4

For folks interested in watching the Super Bowl this Sunday, we found a nice hangout spot. Get your fix of crawfish, barbecue drinks and football at the Rusty Nail’s third annual Super Boil. The first batch of crawfish comes out at 1 p.m. Plus, enjoy tunes on the patio all afternoon. Looking for more places to watch the big game? Check out our list of sports bars.

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Interested in parades instead? We have that covered too with our full weekend parade guide >> Parades Rolling This Weekend: Feb. 2 - Feb. 4