THURSDAY

  • DEBOSE VISUAL ARTS OPENING AND AWARDS CEREMONY: 6 p.m., East Baton Rouge Parish Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. The DeBose Foundation presents the exhibit opening and awards ceremony celebrating East Baton Rouge Schools Adjudicated Artwork. The monthlong event will be featuring student work.

3RD ANNUAL ULTIMATE LOUISIANA BATON ROUGE MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL: 7 P.M. 2733 NORTH ST. OPENING RECEPTION AND FUNDRAISER HELD AT HENRY TURNER JR.’S LISTENING ROOM IN THE ATRIUM.

FRIDAY

  • CASA VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: 1 p.m., Capital Area CASA, 848 Louisiana Ave. Become a voice for an abused or neglected child while he or she awaits a safe and permanent home during this 45-minute informational session. Call CASA at (225) 379-8598, email volunteer@casabr.org or visit www.casabr.org to learn more.
  • KREWE OF SOUTHDOWNS PARADE: 6:30 p.m., Southdowns neighborhood.

SATURDAY

  • RED STICK FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m., 501 Main St.
  • 3RD ANNUAL BATON ROUGE MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., North Boulevard Town Square, 200 North Blvd. Join Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor for a day of family friendly fun featuring live bands, a vendor village, visual artists and festival food favorites.
  • SPANISH TOWN MARDI GRAS PARADE: 11 a.m., Spanish Town neighborhood and downtown Baton Rouge.

SUNDAY

  • FIRST FREE SUNDAY — CARNIVAL TIME AT THE KIDD: 10 a.m., USS KIDD & Veterans Memorial, 305 S. River Road. The USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be free to the public. First Free Sunday is a partnership program among several downtown Baton Rouge museums that gives families an opportunity to visit free of charge one day a month.
  • FREE FIRST SUNDAY: 1 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St.

TUESDAY

  • ECLECTIC TRUTH POETRY SLAM AND OPEN MIC: 7:30 p.m., Arts Council of Baton Rouge, 437 Laurel St. Admission is $7.
  • MARDI GRAS MAMBO: The Mardi Gras Mambo 10k, 15k and 1-Mile Fun Run is back. A fun and fast course through downtown Baton Rouge and the historic Garden District neighborhood. Registration is available online at www.athletepath.com. Visit the race website for details: www.runmambo.com.

WEDNESDAY

FEB. 11

  • DEBOSE FINE ARTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS SHOWCASE: 9 a.m., McKinley Middle Magnet School Auditorium, 1050 Eddie Robinson Drive.