samedi gras

Saturday

The Krewe of Endymion rules its corner of Mid-City Saturday with a concert on the neutral ground of Orleans Avenue near City Park for spectators awaiting its giant 50th anniversary parade. The Bucktown Allstars kick off the music at 3:30 p.m. Nearby, Irma Thomas performs at 3 p.m. at 4214 Orleans Ave., on a house porch next to an open lot. And the Antweeks follow at 4 p.m. All free.

krewe of lafcadio

Saturday

Cultural leaders get the Carnival nod from the walking Krewe of Lafcadio, starting at 2 p.m. at Antoine’s Restaurant, St. Louis Street between Royal and Bourbon. Royalty: chef Sue Zemanick, of Gautreau’s restaurant, and JoAnn Clevenger, of Upperline. (504) 236-5700. kreweoflafcadio.org.

bacchus bash

Sunday

Make Bacchus an all-day affair at the Metropolitan Nightclub, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, where you can wait for the parade, enjoy food and drink and catch the Super Bowl pregame show. (504) 568-1702.

baby got bacchus

Sunday

Just to prove that no one is immune to the superkrewe’s charms, the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Guild hosts a family-friendly event at the Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St. “Baby Got Bacchus” starts at 2 p.m. and includes treats from Brennan catering, libations and facilities. $27 and up adults; $11.54 child. neworleansopera.org/event/mardi-gras-fete

lenten concert

Thursday, feb. 11

When it’s all over, recalibrate at the annual Lenten Concert Series offered by the Bishop Perry Center Mission for the Poor. Next Thursday, Feb. 11, hear pera singer Valerie Francis at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres St., New Orleans, accompanied by Wilfred Delphin in a program of spirituals and gospel songs. The series runs through March 17. facebook.com/bishopperrycenter/