MARDI GRAS EVENTS
The Krewe du Foo, Broken Hearts Social Club Parade
Starts on Howard Avenue and ends at the Fillmore at Harrah’s Casino
Thursday, February 14: 7 p.m.
The Foo Fighters will be leading their first-ever Mardi Gras parade through downtown New Orleans to celebrate the grand opening of the Fillmore at Harrah’s Casino. The band will be performing two sold-out shows at the Fillmore that weekend to inaugurate this thrilling addition to the Big Easy’s entertainment, food, and cocktail scenes. Among the Krewe du Foo members are Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many other New Orleans favorites. The Masquerade Nightclub will host the post-parade party, called “Broken Hearts Social,” which is a free concert featuring the rock band Left of Centre. The parade will start on Howard Avenue, proceed past Lee Circle, down St. Charles Avenue, and hit Canal Street before ending at the Fillmore entrance.
Family Gras 2019
Clearview Shopping Center: 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie
Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24
Family Gras is a free Carnival celebration for the whole family. Enjoy this annual Mardi Gras spectacle of parades, authentic New Orleans cuisine, local art, and more. Kids can enjoy face painting and interactive games, along with live music that includes John Oates, Michael McDonald, and Brett Eldredge. Get excited about the Krewe of Excalibur, Krewe of Caesar, and the Krewe of Kings as well as food vendors serving jambalaya, crawfish pasta, muffulettas, gator-on-a-stick, and king cake.
Bacchus Bash 2019
Generations Hall/The Metropolitan: 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
Sunday, March 3: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Started in the 1980s, this day-long block party always precedes the lauded Bacchus parade, offering patrons the opportunity to watch the superkrewe of Bacchus in VIP fashion. The indoor/outdoor party will take over several stages and will include live musical performances by Bag of Donuts, the TopCats, Category 6, and Paris Avenue as well as DJ sets from Mannie Fresh, DJ Scene, DJ Joe Maz, DJ WIxx, and DJ TAF. This year’s Bacchus Bash will also have the Ugly Dog Saloon and food trucks providing food options for the event. Come indulge in your favorite Carnival traditions!
BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention
Pontchartrain Convention & Civic Center: 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner
Saturday, February 2 – Sunday, February 3: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Get ready to channel your inner kid at the BrickUniverse LEGO expo. With an assortment of incredible structures, including models of Atlantis, the Golden Gate Bridge, London, and the Joker’s Funhouse, this event is sure to provide the building blocks for a great day for the whole family. Meet professional artists, such as Jonathan Lopes, E.J. Bocan III, and 18-year-old founder Greyson Beights, and indulge your creativity at one of the many building stations. Their mission is to inspire—one brick at a time.
Jefferson SPCA Pet Fest
Sunday, February 10: 10 a.m.
This free pet event will feature an Adopt-A-Thon, partnering with over 40 shelter and rescue groups to help animals find a forever home. Compete in the pet costume contest presented by Pet Krewe, participate in the raffle, and enjoy local food and live entertainment. Pet Fest includes the Pet Health Watch area and Pet Marketplace, so you can be sure to satisfy all of your furry friends' needs. All proceeds go to the Jefferson SPCA to support the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. Add a new member to your family and support animals in need.
Tết: Vietnamese New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 17: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tết, shortened from Tết Nguyên Đán, which is Sino-Vietnamese for "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day," is a celebration of the lunar new year and the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. In New Orleans’s large and thriving Vietnamese community, Tết is seen as a fresh start to set the stage for good fortune in the coming year. Come celebrate at the French Market while enjoying Vietnamese food and live music.
Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, Florida
Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24: Times vary.
Pensacola Comic Con returns this year with the premiere comic book and pop culture convention serving the Gulf Coast. Founded in 2013, Pensacon is a multi-genre convention unique to the community and featuring an assortment of creators and vendors. In a safe and welcoming environment for all fan communities to gather, there will be popular artists, actors, and writers for fans to meet. Bring out the family and the cosplay to revel in your favorite fantasy worlds.
Cruise for Free
Travel Central: 3017 12th St., Metairie
Saturday, February 23: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
A free cruise? Sounds too good to be true, but Travel Central has a legitimate way to go on a cruise for free. For weddings, reunions, birthdays, or fun with friends and family, a cruise is a great option for those looking to sail and relax. Join them for coffee to find out how you can take advantage of this offer!