Watch Gambit’s weekly calendar listings and our upcoming Fairs & Festivals guide for new events and festivals. See “Box Office” for venue information.
The electronic dance music series features various DJs, plus visual projections, themed nights and more.
Wizard World Comic Con
Henry Winkler and many stars from “Smallville” and “Outlander” are among actors and comics authors at the convention, and there are workshops on cosplay, makeup and more. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Sunday. $34.99 and up.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.; www.wizardworld.com
An Evening With Irving Roth
A survivor of Nazi camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Irving Roth discusses the Holocaust, prejudice and anti-Semitism.
Jefferson Performing Arts Center
Cigar Box Guitar Festival
Organizer Samantha Fish is joined by Jimbo Mathus, John Mooney, April Mae & the June Bugs and others in music showcases celebrating cigar box guitars and homemade instruments.
Chickie Wah Wah & The Howlin’ Wolf
Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival
Don Vappie, Detroit Brooks and Claude Carre of Haiti are among the musicians performing at the festival, which celebrates New Orleans jazz musician and preservationist Danny Barker.
Various locations; www.dannybarkerfestival.com
The Link Stryjewski Foundation fundraiser features a dinner Jan. 17 and a masked ball with music by Tribu Baharu of Colombia, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas and The Roots of Music at the Sugar Mill Jan. 18.
Krewe of Stars Ball
Eric Paulsen and Margaret Orr are royalty at the variety show ball.
Jefferson Performing Arts Center
New Orleans Rock ’N’ Roll Expo
The expo has interactive displays, free samples, exhibits about running technologies, fitness apparel and health and nutrition information. There’s a 5K race on Saturday and a 10K, half marathon and marathon on Sunday. Expo hours noon-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5. p.m. Saturday. Free. (There is a registration fee for runners.)
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., Hall J; www.runrocknroll.com
Tet Fest: Vietnamese New Year
The celebration features carnival games, dragon dances, live music, Vietnamese food and information about Vietnamese heritage and traditions. Free admission.
Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, 14001 Dwyer Blvd.; www.maryqueenvn.org
Sirens of Salvage
Big Freedia and other musical guests perform at the masked Carnival ball with a trash and treasure theme.
The Music Box Village
Krewe du Kanaval Ball
Arcade Fire, the Preservation Hall Jazz band, Michael Brun, Jillionaire, Lakou Mizik, Pierre Kwenders and others perform at the Haitian-inspired Krewe du Kanaval’s Carnival ball.
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
The three-day festival includes music by local and touring musicians, parade viewing, children’s activities, an art market and food vendors. Hours to be announced. Free. VIP passes are available.
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; www.visitjeffersonparish.com/events/festivals/family-gras
The Boat Show
The three-day show features hundreds of boats from a range of manufacturers, as well as fishing equipment, insurance, electronics and accessories. There’s also a kids’ zone with laser tag, video games and more. Tickets $10 general admission, $5 children 5-12 years old, free for children under 5.
Pontchartrain Convention & Civic Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner; www.boatshowneworleans.com
Get Yah Praise On
The Audubon Zoo presents gospel singers in celebration of Black History Month. Free with zoo admission.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org
“Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”
Director Kevin Smith attends a screening of “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” and participates in a Q&A.
Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St.; www.thejoytheater.com
New Orleans Stamp Show
Local and national dealers buy, sell and trade stamps and postcards of all types, as well as stamp collecting accessories. There also are activities for kids and a raffle. Free admission.
Wyndham Garden Hotel, 6101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; www.ccscno.org
The festival features gospel, soul, R&B and jazz music, soul food, information from local service organizations and more. Free with zoo admission.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org
March 11-May 13
YLC Wednesday at the Square
The 10-concert series features local bands, food, drinks and more every Wednesday. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free.
Lafayette Square, South Maestri Place; www.ylcnola.org
New Orleans Bourbon Festival
The festival features bourbon distillers, tastings, seminars, dinners and burlesque performances.
Various locations; www.neworleansbourbonfestival.com
St. Patrick’s Day Parades
Parades celebrating St. Patrick’s Day include: Molly’s at the Market and Jim Monaghan’s parade at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13 in the French Quarter; the Irish Channel Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17; the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Metairie Road at noon Sunday, March 15; and the Downtown Irish Club Parade in Bywater, Faubourg Marigny and the French Quarter at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.
Italian-American St. Joseph’s Day Parade
The Italian American St. Joseph Society’s 50th annual parade features floats and more on a route from the Warehouse District to the French Quarter.
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
The annual festival features tasting events, wine dinners and culinary experiences. Tickets vary.
Various locations; www.nowfe.com
The festival on the New Orleans riverfront features tacos by the city’s chefs, tequilas and live entertainment. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Earlybird tickets $50-$100.
Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.; www.toptaconola.com
New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane
The festival features more than 30 authors of fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature, including Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Katy Simpson Smith, Jami Attenberg, Valerie Jarrett and Kiese Laymon.
Drafts for Crafts
The event features live music, food from local restaurants, a beer garden by NOLA Brewing Co. and a raffle. Proceeds are used to restore World War II-era artifacts. 8 p.m. Tickets $40-$125.
National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St.; www.draftsforcrafts.org
Buku Music + Art Project
Tyler, The Creator, Run the Jewels, Pussy Riot, Zeds Dead and many others perform at the hip-hop and EDM-focused festival. Tickets start at $195.
Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of Orleans Place; www.thebukuproject.com
The festival celebrates Francophone heritage with live music, crafts, children’s activities, cultural demonstrations and more. Free.
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orleans, 821 Gen. Pershing St.; www.ebnola.net/fete-francaise
Abita Springs Busker Festival
The festival celebrates roots music genres and includes an art and farmers market, food vendors and more.
Abita Springs Trailhead Museum & Park, 22044 Main St., Abita Springs, (985) 871-5327; www.trailheadmuseum.org/busker-festival
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade
Desi Vega and John Theriot are the grand marshals for the Louisiana Irish-Italian Association parade, which includes marching clubs, floats and trucks. Noon Sunday.
Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie; www.lairish-italian.org
Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday
Generally scheduled for the third Sunday in March near St. Joseph’s Day, Mardi Gras Indians from around the city gather to march through Uptown, Mid-City and Algiers. The Uptown event ends at A.L. Davis Park, where a Super Sunday festival features live music, food and more. Free admission.
A.L. Davis Park, 2600 LaSalle St.
Art in Bloom
The event includes more than 100 exhibitors showcasing floral designs and inventive uses of light. There also are lectures, a luncheon and a patron party. Times and admissions vary.
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park; www.noma.org/event/art-in-bloom-2020
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Sarah M. Broom, Andrei Codrescu and Sister Helen Prejean are among the speakers at the literary festival, which features panel discussions, readings, writer workshops, walking tours, a Stella and Stanley shouting contest, theater productions and book, culinary and music events. Times and admissions vary.
Various locations; www.tennesseewilliams.net
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
The festival includes dishes featuring crawfish, live music, beauty pageants, an arts and crafts market, a midway with carnival rides and games and more.
Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; www.louisianacrawfishfestival.com
Hogs for the Cause
Music headliners include Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and others, and 90 teams serve barbecue and compete in various categories. Two-day tickets $55 and up.
UNO Lakefront Arena; www.hogsforthecause.org
New Orleans Home and Garden Show
Home-related services and products are on display and there’s remodeling advice, green building info, decorating and landscaping help, food programs, artist workshops, a theater and automation exhibit, makers market, home building experts and more. Noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 military personnel, free for children 12 and younger.
Mercedes-Benz Superdome; www.neworleanshomeshows.com
Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
The festival includes LGBT publishers, writers and readers from across the country, as well as panel discussions, book launches and master classes. Times vary. Registration $150, partner party pass $25.
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St.; www.sasfest.org
Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival
The oldest freshwater fishing rodeo in the country features exhibitions, raffles, fishing competitions and vendors with fishing tackle and other goods. 6:30 a.m.-noon (tournament). Free admission.
New Orleans City Park, 56 Dreyfous Drive; www.neworleanscitypark.com/big-bass-fishing-rodeo-and-fishtival
Olde Towne Slidell Spring Antique Street Fair
The two-day shopping festival features more than 200 vendors offering antiques, collectibles, art, crafts and food. There also are three stages of live music. Free.
First, Second and Erlanger streets, Slidell; www.louisiananorthshore.com
March 30-April 5
Patois New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
The festival includes film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and more.
Various locations; www.patoisfilmfest.org
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
The festival in downtown Ponchatoula features a pageant, live music, a parade, strawberry dishes, food vendors and more.
Asian Pacific American Society Festival
There is music, entertainment, crafts and food from countries including India, Japan, Indonesia and more. Free with regular zoo admission.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/apas
Crescent City Classic
The 10K race follows a course from the French Quarter to New Orleans City Park, where a post-race festival includes live music, food vendors and a two-day health and fitness expo. Post-race party is free for runners, $15-$20 for nonrunners.
French Quarter Festival
Hundreds of musicians perform on more than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter and along the riverfront. Free admission.
French Quarter; www.fqfi.org
Giant Puppet Festival
Mudlark Puppeteers, Toybox Theatre, Night Shade Shadow Theater, Harry Mayronne, Peepashow, Enormous Face and other puppet theater companies present shows.
Mudlark Public Theatre and other venues
The golf tournament is an official PGA tour event. Tickets $35 single day, $85 for week, free for 17 and under.
TPC Louisiana, 11001 Avondale, (504) 436-8721; www.zurichgolfclassic.com
April 23-May 3
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
The festival features hundreds of musicians on a dozen stages, plus food vendors, crafts, a kids tent and more.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.; www.nojazzfest.com
The Audubon Zoo gala features live entertainment, animal encounters, food, drinks and more. Tickets $85-$175.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.auduboninstitute.org/zoo-to-do
Mother’s Day at the Zoo
Irma Thomas performs her annual Mother’s Day concert at the zoo. Free with regular zoo admission.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.; www.auduboninstitute.org
Overlook Film Festival
The horror film festival includes screenings, live shows, music, immersive experiences and more. Prices vary.
Various locations. www.overlookfilmfest.com