Friday-Monday, Feb. 8-11
French Market’s Annual Mardi Gras Mask Market plus our First Annual Lundi Gras Celebration: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., alongside the Farmers and Flea Markets, between Barracks and Ursulines Streets, New Orleans. Featuring brass bands, secondlines, children’s authors and activities. http://www.frenchmarket.org.
Friday, Feb. 8
Greasing of the Poles: 10 a.m., Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans. The French Quarter hotel originated this long-standing tradition of greasing the support poles as a means to deter overzealous revelers from shimmying up to coveted Bourbon Balcony space during carnival season. This Mardi Gras spectacle promises surprise celebrity guests, great local music, and a whole lot of petroleum jelly!
Saturday, Feb. 9
COVINGTON FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. Music by Ed Whiteman and Friends at 9:30 a.m., fresh produce, seafood, meat and dairy products, herbs, baked goods, tamales, plants, crafts and more. http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
piety street market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St., New Orleans. Food, arts, crafts, vintage clothing and flea market. Mardi Gras costumes, accessories and masks. Live music by Les Bon Riens. (504) 269-3982 or email email@example.com. Free.
Sunday, Feb. 10
Bacchus Bash 2013: noon-8 p.m., Metropolitan Nightclub and Generations Hall, 319 Andrew Higgins Dr., New Orleans. Indoor/outdoor block party featuring live bands, DJs in the club, food, drinks and a carnival party atmosphere. Outdoor portion is free and open to the public. VIP tickets include the indoor party, access to the grandstand for parade viewing, private rooms and bathrooms, open bar and food. http://www.themetropolitannightclub.com.
Monday, Feb. 11
Zulu Lundi Gras Festival: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Woldenberg Riverfront Park, New Orleans. The 2013 Zulu Lundi Gras Festival lives up to its good-times reputation for the 20th consecutive year, when the 500 members of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club host a full day of fun and excitement along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The festival event features local and world-renowned entertainers performing on three stages. The Lundi Gras Festival food vendors kick up dishes like crawfish pie, shrimp Creole, file’ gumbo, alligator sausage, Jamaican chicken, crawfish bread, catfish po-boys, peach cobbler, pecan pie and many more New Orleans delicacies. Don’t miss the arrival of the Zulu King and his entourage at 5 p.m.
New Orleans’ Original Red Light Tour: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m., Erin Rose Bar, 811 Conti St., New Orleans. New Orleans’ Original Red Light Tour takes you on a journey through ribald tales of Storyville, the Tango Belt, The Last Madame’s house and much more. $20. (504) 523-8619.