Voodoo Muisc + Arts Experience

For three days starting Friday, music and merriment will mark the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience for 2015. Tunes, food, rides and art are the magical mix for this four-stage experience. Events kick off daily at 10 a.m. at the Festival Grounds in City Park, New Orleans. $125 per day. worshipthemusic.com

Vampire Ball

Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club haunts its annual fest of food, drink and music under the banner “The Gathering of the Ancients.” Anne Rice and son Chris Rice are scheduled to appear. 8 p.m. Friday, Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. Formal attire or costumes encouraged. $75. arvlfc.com

Big Chief Alfred Doucette Bash

Celebration of 75th birthday for Mardi Gras Indian Chief Alred Doucette, with a stellar lineup of R&B musicians and Indians. 7 p.m., Friday, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. $20 up. (800) 745-3000. chiefdoucette.com