If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, the Mommy-Go-Round has got you covered with many events around town.
Check out our list of events happening in and around Baton Rouge this weekend, and have fun!
FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY
WIZARD COMIC CON The Wizard World Comic Con is headed back to the Crescent City. And at this year’s edition, fans will storm in en masse to meet their favorite comic creators and artists as well as a wealth of television and film stars, including cast members from Gotham, Captain America, The Walking Dead, and Doctor Who, plus large- and small-screen luminaries like William Shatner, Ben McKenzie, Stephen Yeun, and WWE Hall-of-Famer Ric Flair. The convention’s Artist Alley is the place to meet the likes of Peter Kuper (SPY vs. SPY, World War 3), Gene Ha (Justice League, Batman), Christos Gage (Daredevil, Buffy), Rafa Sandoval (Action Comics, Catwoman), Sara Richard (My Little Pony, Jem and the Holograms), and Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons, Muppet Babies). A complete schedule of events and advance tickets are available at wizardworld.com/neworleans.html.
RAY WYLIE HUBBARD Ray Wylie Hubbard, a legend in Texas music, burst onto the scene in the ’70s when he wrote “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” for Jerry Jeff Walker. He’s since built a stellar career writing and recording some of the finest and grittiest songs in music today. See him at the Manship, with opener Aaron Lee Tasjan of Nashville, at 7:30 pm as part of the Red Dragon Listening Room series. 100 Lafayette Street. $49.95–$69.95 plus fees. manshiptheatre.org.
SHEEP TO SHAWL Follow the trail of early 1800s-era textiles, all the way from the field to the clothes, and items made from them. Starting with a hands-on experience carding wool, participants spin wheels to fill the spools. Hear the weasel “pop” as it measures the cloth before the product is sent off to be dyed. See an authentic loom of the period in action, as it creates the cloth. 10 am–3 pm. For more information, please contact Audubon State Historic Site at (225) 635-3739, or visit audubonstatehistoricsite.wordpress.com.
CAGE FIGHTS The Belle of Baton Rouge hosts WFC46 Cage Fights. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the hotel’s atrium. Ticket prices vary. belleofbatonrouge.com
RED STICK FARMERS MARKET January will offer plenty of Louisiana citrus, such as oranges, satsumas, mandarins and lemons, winter greens like collards, kale, spinach and mustard greens and root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and turnips. Widely available produce in Baton Rouge this month will also include broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Early season Louisiana strawberries will appear at the markets in January.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY
LOUISIANA FUR AND WILDLIFE FESTIVAL – Cameron, La “The oldest and coldest festival with the warmest of hearts,” is how organizers of this festival present their event, which promises thematically appropriate offerings like trap setting, nutria and muskrat skinning, oyster shucking, and skeet shooting plus the universally popular parades, Cajun dances, exhibits, and a carnival. Nominations for “King Fur” and “Miss Cameron Parish 2016” are now open. This event has been nominated one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. Downtown Cameron. (337) 250-6322 or lafurandwildlifefestival.com.
MARDI GRAS PARADES THIS WEEKEND
Sunday, Jan. 10
Claude, 1:00 PM, Slidell
Poseidon, Follows Claude, Slidell
UPCOMING LOCAL PARADES
Mystic Krewe of Artemis. The first parade of carnival season—and the only parade with all-female krewes—rolls through downtown at 7 p.m. kreweofartemis.net
Krewe of Mystique. This parade travels from South River Road through downtown 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. krewemystique.com
Krewe of Orion makes for two parades in one day, rolling 6:30-9 p.m. after the Krewe of Mystique. kreweoforion.com
CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts unleashes its furry friends on Baton Rouge. 11 a.m. costume contest; parade rolls at 1:30 p.m.
Ultimate Mardi Gras Festival takes over downtown. brmardigrasfest.com
Krewe of Southdowns. Beginning at Lee High School on Bawell Street, the Krewe of Southdowns rolls through Mid City 7-9:30 p.m. southdowns.org
Krewe of Spanish Town. End carnival season with the largest parade in Baton Rouge. From noon-4 p.m., the Krewe of Spanish Town rolls through downtown, beginning at Spanish Town Road. spanishtownmardigras.org