This weekend is a veritable variety show. Case in point? Comic Con, the Battle of New Orleans commemoration, a masked ball for charity, and a David Bowie birthday party are all on the calendar. Oh, and a little thing called Carnival starts on Friday night. Finally, king cake is here! Get the details on what’s happening below.
1. Comic Con — Don your best cosplay for Wizard World Comic Con at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. David Duchovny, Dave Bautista (WWE and Guardians of the Galaxy), and Christopher Lloyd are just a few of the buzz-y names on this year’s guest list. Tickets are available online; prices vary.
2. Battle of New Orleans — On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Chalmette Battlefield honors the Battle of New Orleans, which took place on Jan. 8-18, 1815. A wreath-laying ceremony and reenactment are thoughtful ways to journey back in time, or you can learn more about the battle at a historical symposium. Bus tours are $25, though most of the programming is free. View the complete event program here.
3. Twelfth Night — Though Mardi Gras doesn’t really get rolling until early February (with Mardi Gras Day on Feb. 28), you can welcome the season by checking out the Joan of Arc or Phunny Phorty Phellows parades in the French Quarter and Uptown, respectively. Free.
4. Bal Masque — The Link Stryjewski Foundation presents the second year of its fundraising gala at The Orpheum Theatre at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the foundation, which in turn supports a variety of local youth causes like the Youth Empowerment Project. Tickets are pricey, yes, but they include food from celebrity chefs and entertainment from Dr. John.
5. David Bowie Birthday Dance Party — After David Bowie’s death last January, New Orleans celebrated his life with a second line. This year, One Eyed Jacks looks back on the star man’s golden years with its birthday tribute, “Run for the Shadows: An Early Show Celebrating the Thin White Duke” on Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.