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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

Many of this weekend’s events revolve around the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial. Battle re-enactments, a commemorative light show, and a symposium at the Old U.S. Mint are just a sampling of the activities you’ll find. The weekend isn’t limited to history: music, live performances, sporting events, and New Orleans Comic Con are all on deck.

All Weekend

1. Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con – Tom Felton (aka Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter franchise) is one of several celebrities attending the annual convention, held at Edward N. Morial Convention Center. Tickets for the event are available online; you also can purchase separate tickets for celebrity autographs and photo ops.

2. The Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans Reenactments – The Chalmette Battlefield hosts the largest War of 1812 battle re-enactment staged in the United States on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. with the reenactment to begin shortly thereafter. Tickets are $10 and available on the Louisiana Living History website.

Chalmette Battlefield
Onlookers watch a Battle of New Orleans re-enactment held at Chalmette Battlefield. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


3. The Wild Magnolias – Get into the spirit of Carnival with the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, performing at Tipitina’s at 9 p.m. This concert – featuring performers clad in their intricate, beaded costumes – blends Latin, jazz, and soul for a sound that is distinctively New Orleans. Tickets are $10 in advance online and $12 at the door.


4. Battle of New Orleans Symposium – Alan Taylor, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is the keynote speaker for this symposium, held at the Old U.S. Mint and presented by the Friends of the Cabildo. Including a panel discussion and several lecturers, the event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Space is limited, but some tickets are still available online.


5. The Society of Sin Presents Harry Potter: The Boy Who Stripped – On Sunday at 8 p.m., New Orleans Comic Con culminates in a raucous, burlesque interpretation of the classic wizard tale. Eiffel Society hosts, and a Yule Ball follows the performance. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite. Also baring all that day …


Chippendales 2015 Get Lucky Tour – At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, the men of Chippendales perform at the House of Blues on Decatur Street – purchase tickets online for the so-called “Ultimate Girls’ Night Out.”

Projection Mapping Light Show – Throughout the week and weekend, Jackson Square plays host to a projection mapping light show commemorating the Battle of New Orleans.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Anthony Davis and the Pelicans take on the Memphis team, currently sixth in the NBA Power Rankings, at the Smoothie King Center on Friday. Tickets range from $15-$155 and are available online.

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