Battle of New Orleans bicentennial, Comic Con and other Don’t Miss events in New Orleans, Jan. 8-15, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Comic Con -- Michael Rooker, who starred in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' will also be on hand at New Orleans Comic Con.

Thursday through Saturday

200th Commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans

History comes alive with three days of music, dance and drama when the Chalmette Battlefield at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve marks the bicentennial of the battle. Events begin with a formal ceremony and national, state and local dignitaries, plus music by the U.S, Marine Corps Ceremonial Band, ACT II and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Jazz Ensemble. 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510.

Friday and Saturday

Battle of New Orleans Historical Symposium

Lectures and events will cover multiple facets of the historic battle, ranging from individuals, weapons, Jean Lafitte and jazz brunch on the very site solders mustered for the battle. Presented by the Louisiana Institute of Higher Education, the events are free and open to the public. Nunez Community College Auditorium, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. (504) 512-5120.


Rivertown Theaters Season Launch

Get a glimpse of the offerings to enjoy in the 2015-16 at Rivertown Theaters when the theaters host an evening of food, drink and entertainment. Starting at 7 p.m., the evening includes musical numbers from upcoming shows and a preview performance from the Broadway smash “Will Rogers Follies.” There’s also an auction of theater experiences. $30, $35 at the door. 325 Minor St., Kenner. (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221.

Friday through Sunday

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

A roster of comics creators will headline this gathering of thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics and more. This fifth annual Crescent City con also attracts entertainers from television and motion pictures, including Karl Urban, Bruce Campbell, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Evan Peters, Norman Reedus and Tom Felton. Held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the event kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission varies, depending on the days and events.


WYES Royal Rex Den Tour

A seldom-seen slice of Carnival opens for public viewing when the Rex Organization and WYES present this tour of the place where the floats are born at the South Claiborne Avenue facility. The hand-painted floats are rebuilt and repainted each year. Plus, special tea service will be provided. $40. (504) 840-4886 or email Sharon Snowdy at