bach around the clock:
Friday through Saturday
Johann Sebastian Bach is the cause for celebration in a 24-hour marathon of music and art at Bach Around the Clock. The 18th annual celebration of Bach’s birthday features music of all types, yoga, dance and a silent movie featuring hundreds of performers. Coffee, refreshments and security provided. Come and go as you wish. Sleeping bags welcome on Friday. 7 p.m. Friday through midnight Saturday; Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. (504) 670-2520. trinityartistseries.com.
Friday and Saturday
The Italian American Marching Club starts a weekend of events at noon for the “World’s Largest Pasta Dish,” a mammoth plate of pasta con Sardi, a traditional St. Joseph’s Feast Day meatless dish. The free event is in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. The group parades Saturday at 6 p.m., starting at Canal and Chartres streets, meandering through the French Quarter and then return to the Hilton at 9 p.m. (504) 458-2791. iamcnola.org.
Friday through Sunday
A new festival comes to Slidell in the form of a three-day event with loads of music, food, art and family fun. Festival Bonfouca features a stellar music lineup, including Big Freedia, Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth and Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood. The festival starts Friday at 5 p.m., also 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. $5 and up. festivalbonfouca.com.
congo square rhythms festival
Saturday and Sunday
The two-day Congo Square Rhythms Festival in Armstrong Park is one of the free festivals produced by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz Fest. This ninth edition celebrates the music and culture of the African diaspora. Indigenous New Orleans brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians and African percussion and dance ensembles make up much of the schedule. There is also an arts market and a kids’ area. The festival is 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free; food and beverages are available for purchase. No coolers or pets allowed. Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. jazzandheritage.org/congo-square.
New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Tribes gather for a festival and parade to celebrate the unique culture. Special guests lined up include Hot 8 Brass Band, Troop Brass Band, Stooges Brass Band, TBC Brass Band, B.R.W. Singing Group, D.J. Captain Charles, Dave Lemon, D.J. Jubilee and more. The festival begins at 11 a.m., with the parade at 1 p.m. A.L. Davis Park,Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street, New Orleans.