Krewe of Bacchus for Red

A scene from last year's Krewe of Bacchus parade; this Mardi Gras event celebrates 50 years on Sunday and starts at 5 p.m. along St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. This year's king is actor J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). kreweofbacchus.org

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY SOPHIA GERMER

FRIDAY

FULTON STREET MARDI GRAS BLOCK PARTY: 5 p.m., Harrah's New Orleans, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. Kick-Off the weekend with a performance from Bonerama. Free.

ZULU CORONATION BALL: 6 p.m., New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall J, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. The Krewe of Zulu's formal event features Fantasia, En Vogue, the Rebirth Brass Band and the presentation of the royalty and court. (504) 827-1661. kreweofzulu.com.

FRIDAY-TUESDAY

BOURBON VIEUX MARDI GRAS BALCONY PARTY: 11 a.m., Bourbon Vieux, 501 Bourbon St., New Orleans. Enjoy a memorable experience in the city on wrap-around balcony overlooking Mardi Gras festivities.

SATURDAY

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WALK: 10:30 a.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Mike Murphree unveils secrets of taking memorable photos with camera, cellphone or point-and-shoot. Reservations required. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10. nps.gov/jela.

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: 10:30 a.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Join rangers to spot birds and record sightings. Registration required. (504) 689-3690 ext. 10. nps.gov/jela.

PEARL'S ENDYMION PORCH PARTY: 11 a.m., Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave. Suite 1C, New Orleans. Featuring food from Big Boyz BBQ. 

NERDYMION: Noon, Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 631 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. VIP Endymion watch party for the parade, with costumes, board games, peaceful environment and a place for napping children. $50. tubbyandcoos.com.

KREWE OF ARMEINIUS BALL: 8 p.m., River City Venues, Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. One of the city's most unique gay Carnival bal masque celebrating "300 Years of Fabulous." VIP party at 6 p.m. $20 and up. armeinius.org.

SUNDAY

BACCHUS BASH: Noon, Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. Free block party in anticipation of the arrival of Bacchus in the evening, with food, beverages and music. VIP tickets include access to grandstand, private rooms and open bar. themetronola.com.

BUNDI GRAS: 10 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Enjoy music from energetic brass bands.

SUNDAY-MONDAY

C.S. LEWIS ON STAGE — THE MOST RELUCTANT CONVENT NEW ORLEANS: 8 p.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. Monday, The Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. In a one-man play, Max McLean captures the spiritual and emotional journey of Narnia’s author C.S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity. narniafans.com.

MONDAY

ZULU LUNDI GRAS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., Woldeberg Park, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club holds a full day of music, food and events on the eve of Mardi Gras, with music at three stages and food vendors. lundigrasfestival.com.

LUNDI GRAS AT RIVERTOWN: 11 a.m., Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, Kenner. Royalty and officials from the Krewes of Argus and Zulu meet by the water to kick off this festival, which includes music and a second-line parade. kenner.la.us.

LUNDI GRAS AT RIVERWALK: 2 p.m., Julia Street Entrance, Riverwalk New Orleans, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Free event features Cowboy Mouth, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., food, drinks and fireworks over the Mississippi. riverwalkneworleans.com.

TUESDAY

BOURBON STREET AWARDS: Noon, 900 block of St. Ann Street, French Quarter, New Orleans. Entertainer extraordinaire Varla Jean Merman hosts annual costume contests in the midst of the Carnival hooplah in the Quarter. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Rawhide 2010, 740 Burgundy St., New Orleans. gaymardigras.com.

WEDNESDAY

ROYAL CARRIAGES VALENTINE'S DAY RIDES: 9 a.m., Royal Carriages, 700 Block of Decatur St. (Jackson Square), New Orleans. Spend Valentine's Day in the historic French Quarter. neworleanscarriages.com.

VALENTINE'S DAY THREE-COURSE WINE DINNER: 3 p.m., The Tasting Room, 1906 Magazine St., New Orleans. Enjoy a three-course mealy. $150 per couple.

VALENTINE'S CHAMPAGNE AND CHOCOLATE: 4 p.m., Sucré Lakeside, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Enjoy a fun night out or an alternative to boring dessert after dinner. sucrevalentineslakeside.eventbrite.com.

OPERA ON TAP: 7 p.m., Abita Brew Pub, 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs. New Orleans Opera ensemble performs around the metro area, with musical performances. (504) 529-2278m ext. 222. neworleansopera.org.

Visit theadvocate.com/new_orleans for more events and a complete listing of what's going on this weekend.

Compiled by Marchaund Jones.