MARDI GRAS MAMBO: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Enjoy live music by "AsheSon" and surprise performances by other local talent celebrating Carnival in New Orleans and Latin America. Masks are encouraged but must hand-held or can only cover eyes. No glitter, confetti or balloons. Elegant attire. $12.

FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS: 8 p.m., Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans. Featuring Mike Epps, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Arnez J.


MARDI GRAS PARTY: 6 p.m., New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans. Each person will get to play one course, enjoy 1 cocktail (or soft drink), taste sweet treats, get a free raffle ticket, and giveaways. $10 per person.


CONCORSO D'ELEGANZA: 10 a.m., City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. As part of the New Orleans Museum of Art exhibit "A Life of Seduction — Venice in the 1700s," several of the Italian automaker Ferrari's "works of art" will be displayed along Lelong Drive leading to the front doors, including A 488GT3, a California T and LaFerrari.

KREWE OF STARS BALL: 8 p.m., Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. The Krewe of Stars holds their inaugural tableau ball and court reception for the entertainment-based group. $50.

PYGMALIONFEST: 10 p.m., The Sugar Mill Event Center, 1021 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. The growing popularity of post-parade parties continues as the Krewe of Pygmalion rocks it out with Salt N Pepa, A-Trak and Carmine P. $125.


NOBR BLOCK PARTY AT THE BARKUS PARADE: Noon, The Voodoo Lounge, 718 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Come party with the New Orleans Bulldog Rescue. There will be doggie sno-balls, special throws, cold drinks and human food. 


MARDI GRAS KICKOFF — "PAY WHAT YOU CAN DAY": 11 a.m., Café Reconcile, 1631 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Guests are encouraged to pay any amount they wish for their first meal. Additional meals will be provided for a minimum of $5 each.


'UNIQUELY NEW ORLEANS — THE CLASSICAL TRADITION AND JAZZ: 7:30 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans. A free concert highlighting jazz's impact on classical music, as well as classical training that influenced early jazz musicians.,


"BEDAZZLED": 6 p.m., Gallery 600 Julia, 600 Julia St., New Orleans. Enjoy a group showing of Mardi Gras paintings. Through Feb. 28.

"COLOR CORRECTION" AND "WATERCOLOR + COLLAGE": 6 p.m., Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400A Julia St., New Orleans. Enjoy geometric abstraction paintings and architectural watercolors by Marna Shopoff and Amy Park. Through Feb. 25.

"RITES, RITUALS AND REVELRY: THE HISTORY OF MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS": Starting 11 a.m. Saturday, The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. THNOC’s docents will lead visitors on a journey through time to discover the city’s Carnival traditions. $5, free for THNOC members. Through Feb. 24.

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Compiled by Marchaund Jones.