8 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 5 – 7

Carnival kicks off this weekend! Here's your event guide to help you plan.

Carnival kicks off this weekend! We have everything you need to know to start the season. Plus, we have some other great options. Check out our top picks from around the area.

Katy Perry: Witness Tour

Friday, Jan. 5

Pop star Katy Perry makes a stop New Orleans this Friday while on her “Witness Tour.” The singer will belt out her mega hits at the Smoothie King Center starting at 7:30 p.m. Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen joins Perry as a special guest. Visit the website to buy tickets.

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Third Annual Deacon John Tribute to Allen Toussaint

Friday, Jan. 5

New Orleans music icon Deacon John takes the stage at Rock ‘N’ Bowl on Friday at 9 p.m. to honor the legacy of music legend Allen Toussaint. Tickets are $12 per person.

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Wizard World Comic Con

Friday, Jan. 5 – Sunday, Jan. 7

Wizard World Comic Con takes over the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center this weekend bringing thousands of fans excited to celebrate comic books, science fiction and fantasy. Thousands are expected to come dressed to impress in their favorite costume gear. So far, some of the celebrity guests include actor Ian Somerhalder from “The Vampire Diaries,” Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee, actor Jason Momoa from “Justice League.” Prices vary for single day general admission tickets. Three-day passes are $79.95, plus applicable fees.

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Jefferson Parish Carnival Kickoff Celebration

Saturday, Jan. 6

Jefferson Parish officials kick off the 2018 Carnival season with a celebration in Metairie. FOX 8 Carnival Expert Arthur Hardy hosts the event starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Mardi Gras Plaza, located on the neutral ground of Veterans Boulevard at the corner of Severn Avenue. Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Grace King High School March Band will provide musical entertainment. Daiquiris, beer, soft drinks, and food truck vendors will be onsite. Families are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy a full afternoon of festivities, live music, and family fun.

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New Orleans Tamale Festival

Saturday, Jan. 6

A new festival pops up only one week into the new year. Now, the Delta-style tamale gets its own festival. The inaugural New Orleans Tamale Festival happens this Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m. at Poor Boys Bar. The event is open to all ages and features a variety of hot tamale vendors from around the city. Festivities include a tamale-eating contest, the crowning of a New Orleans Tamale Queen and King and live music from Margie Perez, The Iguanas and Dat Band. Entrance to the festival is free, but donations are accepted.

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Dong Phuong King Cakes Carnival Kickoff

Saturday, Jan. 6

Kick off King’s Day — the start of Carnival — with king cake party in Lakeview. Pizza NOLA hosts a special Carnival kick-off party in their parking lot from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. featuring the light and flaky Dong Phuong Vietnamese bakery king cakes. The event will feature a performance from Benny Grunch and The Bunch band.

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Twelfth Night Parades, Tricentennial Mardi Gras Kick-Off

Saturday, Jan. 6

New Orleans kicks off the start of Carnival on Twelfth Night.

  • Phunny Phorty Phellows Parade – This historic Mardi Gras organization ushers in the Carnival season on Twelfth Night with a streetcar ride on Saturday down St. Charles Avenue. The costumed and masked krewe gathers at the Willow Streetcar Barn at 6:30 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., the ride heads down St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street before making its return to the barn.
  • Joan of Arc Parade – The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc celebrates the birthday of Joan of Arc with a parade through the French Quarter on Saturday at 6 p.m. The parade starts at the corner of Toulouse and Decatur before ending at Washington Artillery Park.
  • Societe Des Champs Elysee – This Carnival Krewe of masked members makes its second annual streetcar ride Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the Rampart – St. Claude streetcar line. The inaugural ride starts on the streetcar line from Elysian Fields to Union Passenger Terminal and back.
  • St. John Fools of Misrule – The Covington Twelfth Night marching club welcomes Carnival to the North Shore. The parade starts at the Columbia Street Tap Room at 6 p.m.
  • Fireworks and Kick-Off to Tricentennial Mardi Gras – The first day of the Tricentennial Carnival Season will kick off with Mardi Gras themed fireworks on the river at 9 p.m.

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New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

Sunday, Jan. 7

Who Dat Nation gears up for the Saints first home playoff game since 2012. The black and gold faces the Carolina Panthers at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday. Head to Champions Square for live pregame entertainment. If you can’t get a seat at the game, we’ve got you covered with our list of great places to watch the Saints.

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