It’s mid-January here in New Orleans, which means one thing for us: Mardi Gras season is here. Right now, New Orleans is as vibrant as ever as we gear up for some big parade weekends ahead of us. Start your weekend by exploring a hidden gem in the Bywater: the Mardi Gras Market at the Music Box Village. Get dressed up for a good cause and head to Bal Masqué on Saturday. Experience Jurassic Park with live orchestration on Saturday and Sunday. Get your laughs in with Steve Martin and Martin Short’s comedy show on Sunday. Finally, check out two new exhibits at the Newcomb Art Museum in its opening weekend. Use this weekend to rest up – you’ll be on your feet and in the streets from here on out.
Mardi Gras Market at the Music Box Village – Check out handmade costumes, supplies, artwork, and more at the Mardi Gras Market this Saturday at the Music Box Village. Local and national artists from across the country will have their work available for purchase. Stop by and get the pieces you need to complete your Mardi Gras ensemble. The market is open Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Bal Masqué – With menus from eleven nationally renowned chefs, Bal Masqué is more than just a chance to party. The ball serves as a benefit for the Link Stryjewski Foundation, which supports the youth of New Orleans. As such, tickets are $300. Attire is black tie or costume attire with masks as a required piece of the ensemble. Enjoy an evening of delicious food, music, dancing, and support a worthy cause all the while.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Jurassic Park Film with Live Orchestra – Even if you’ve seen Jurassic Park a dozen times, this screening at the Orpheum Theater will breathe new life into the classic film. John Williams’ beloved musical score is brought to life with a live orchestration from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Catch the show Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
Steve Martin and Martin Short – The comedians who star in Father of the Bride will join forces once again for a hilarious night of laughs. Stopping at the Saenger Theater as a part of their nationwide tour, this show is a great fit for people of all ages. Stories will be told, jokes will be made, and time will fly by during this can’t-miss show. Showtimes are Sunday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and tickets start at $99.
Newcomb Art Museum Exhibits – This Thursday sees the opening of two new complementary exhibits at the Newcomb Art Museum. Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics and Clay in Place: Highlights from the Collection, feature work from contemporary Mexican ceramicists and the museum’s existing collection. The works showcase the ancient medium of clay and its functionality over history and time. The exhibits open on January 18 and run through March 24, 2018. The Newcomb Art Museum is free and open to the public.