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French Film Festival kicks off this Thursday in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of New Orleans Film Society)

Mardi Gras may be over, but spring festival season is right around the corner. Kick off the weekend with French Film Festival, celebrating the latest and greatest in French cinema. Cure your post-Mardi Gras blues with these delicious and plentiful seafood options that define our spring season. There’s never a dull moment in NOLA.

ALL MONTH

Celebrate Black History Month in New Orleans – This February in New Orleans, take time to visit a multicultural museum, one of New Orleans’ many black-owned restaurants, or go to one of these events in honor of Black History Month.

French Film Festival takes place Thursday, February 27 – March 4 at The Prytania Theatre Uptown. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

ALL WEEKEND

French Film Festival – The 23rd annual French Film Festival returns to New Orleans from February 27 to March 4. The festival will showcase excellence in contemporary and classic francophone cinema for an audience of about 4,000 people at the Prytania Theatre, the oldest single-screen movie house operating in Louisiana. All films will be screened with English subtitles. Check out the full lineup here. Individual film tickets start at $14, and all-access passes are available.

FRIDAY & SUNDAY

Pelicans Games – Catch a Pelicans game this weekend in the Smoothie King Center. The Pels will first host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, then the L.A. Lakers on Sunday. Tipoff for both games is 7 p.m. Tickets start at $18 for Friday’s game and $100 for Sunday’s game.

SATURDAY

Black History Month Literary Jazz Brunch – Celebrate past and present African-American writers at the fourth annual Black History Month Literary Jazz Brunch. The event showcases published, self-published, local, and independent authors, and introduces young authors to a new literary world. The special guest speaker is Minister Bobbye Mathews of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. Strate Notes Jazz Band will perform live jazz at brunch. The event takes place at Dooky Chase Restaurant on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

The Historic New Orleans Collection (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Leap into Women’s History Month – Women’s History Month begins on Sunday, March 1, and this event at The Historic New Orleans Collection kicks it off with a celebration on Saturday. While you’re there, get a sneak peek at the new “Women in New Orleans History” guided tour that revisits the stories of women who have shaped everyday life in New Orleans, which officially launches on March 1. Author Cheryl Gerber will sign copies of her book, Cherchez La Femme, during the event. Admission to all activities is free, and no reservations are necessary. The event is from 2-4 p.m.

SUNDAY

Welcome to the Ohm Well: Free Backyard Fleaux – Stretch away the post-Mardi Gras blues with a free yoga class in the backyard of The Ohm Well. The event, from 1-3 p.m., will feature live music, local vendors, neighborhood businesses, and more. The Ohm Well is located at 2161 Milton St.

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