8 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 26 – 28

Parades ramp up this weekend as we get further into Carnival. Plus, King Cake Fest also brings a parade of king cakes. Start planning your weekend now with this handy list. Check out our top picks from around the area.

Festival del Vino

Friday, Jan. 26

If you want to include a little wine tasting in your weekend, we found the perfect event. All three Martin Wine Cellar locations in the metro area — New Orleans, Metairie and Mandeville — host Festival del Vino this Friday. The event happens from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sample more than 20 Spanish wines paired with Spanish meats, cheeses and tapas. Tickets are $15.

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River Bend BBQ Festival

Friday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Jan. 27

More than 50 barbecue competitors will battle for cash and bragging rights this weekend at the River Bend BBQ Festival. The festival takes over Lafreniere Park in Metairie on Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will also feature live bands. Food and drink are available for purchase. Bring a chair, no ice chest allowed.

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TABASCO: A Burlesque Opera

Friday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Jan. 28

Fans of Tabasco hot sauce might get a kick out of this burlesque opera at Le Petit Theatre based on the popular condiment. This comic operetta, produced by the New Orleans Opera Association, dives into the story of Tabasco’s famous hot sauce. The show runs this Friday through Sunday. Tickets start at $30.

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Monster Jam

Saturday, Jan. 27

Families can get revved up at the Superdome for the adrenaline-charged Monster Jam at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Get wowed by jaw-dropping stunts from some the most recognizable monster trucks. Plus, get up-close access to Monster Jam trucks and drivers at the Pit Party. Tickets start at $15 via Ticketmaster.

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Boogie's Comedy Slam

Saturday, Jan. 27

New Orleans Pelicans star DeMarcus Cousins hosts Boogie’s Comedy Slam, bringing a roster of all-star comedians to the Saenger Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Boogie’s Comedy Slam will feature a lineup of the industry’s biggest comedians including Rickey Smiley, Red Grant, Tony Roberts, Robert Powell, DC Young Fly, HaHa Davis and other special surprise guests. These popular comedians have been featured in stand-up comedy shows like HBO Def Comedy Jam, BET Comic View and MTV’s Wild’N Out.

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Krewe Du Vieux 2018 Parade and Ball

Saturday, Jan. 27

Parades ramp up this weekend as we get further into Carnival, and Krewe du View kicks it all off. The mature-themed Krewe Du Vieux marches through the streets of the French Quarter on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., followed by their annual ball at 10 p.m. Tickets to the ball are $40 and are available for sale at Up in Smoke and LA Music Factory. See our full list of parades rolling around the New Orleans area this weekend.

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Krewedelusion's TrySinTennial Bedlam Ball

Saturday, Jan. 27

Krewedelusion hosts their TrySinTennial Bedlam Ball at Ace Hotel immediately following their parade on Saturday. The ball will explore 300 years of the seven deadly sins. Attendees can dance to the sounds of DJ Tree, watch a drag performance and see burlesque dancing.  Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Ticket packages range from $20 to $40.

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2018 King Cake Festival

Sunday, Jan. 28

The 2018 King Cake Festival brings a parade of delicious king cakes to Champions Square from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. More than two dozen bakeries from across the region will battle to get their king cake crowned the best at the festival. The Carnival-themed festival will feature unique and traditional king cakes. Other features include a Gladiator Rep Run and Fun Run,  a Kids’ Zone and live music. Entrance to the festival is free and open to the public. Tasting tickets are sold at the festival for $10 for 10 tickets.

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