Rodeo bull-riding, Mardi Gras partying, chili cook-off among 7 things to do this weekend

Looking for fun this weekend? Consider these six things to do in the Houma area.

Gala Goes to Mardi Gras

The Gala Goes to Mardi Gras, a party with food, creative cocktails and silent auction, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Mardi Gras Hall, 7880 W. Main St. in downtown Houma.

The event, presented by Louis Mohana Furniture, is the local Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s signature fundraising event.

Purchase tickets at

Bull-riding is back

James Pierce’s 8 Seconds to Glory Champion Bull Riding returns to Houma on Saturday.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. at the Barry Bonvillain Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd.

Tickets, starting at $14, are available at or at the Civic Center Box Office.

The event is sponsored by the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Cancer Institute.

Krewe of Mardi Gras Chili Cook-off

The Krewe of Mardi Gras will host its 22nd annual chili cook-off from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the East Park Recreation Center, 107 Robert St. in Houma.

Teams of one or two can enter with a $50 fee and for a chance to win a $1,000 first-place prize. The event includes a raffle drawing for a $1,500 top prize and a live auction.

For information, call Mike at 665-7416, Dylan at 870-9605 or Cliff at 688-8645.

Paws for a Cause Trivia Night

The Friends of the Terrebonne Animal Shelter will hold a benefit trivia night Saturday at the Bayou Blue Hall, 2221 Bayou Blue Road.

The evening will also include door prizes and a raffle. Register from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the door. Trivia contest starts at 6 p.m. Registration for teams of six people costs $150.

To reserve a team, call Layla at 981-0457 or email

Luminate Houma

Enjoy a free concert by the local band No Posers this Saturday, part of the Luminate Houma series.

The show runs 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Park next to Lumiere Blues & Jazz Bistro, 7913 W Main St. in downtown Houma.

Drinks will be served by Lumiere Blues & Jazz Bistro and Bayou Terrebonne Distillers.

It's sponsored by the Bayou Regional Arts Council.

Cajun dancing lessons

Learn Cajun dancing at two sessions this month in Houma.
Learn Cajun dancing at two sessions this month in Houma.

The Folklife Culture Center, 317 Goode St. in Houma, will host two more Cajun dance lessons this month: from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 20.

Lessons cost $5 per person each week.

For information, call Anne Picou at 873-6408.

Free art lessons

The Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild will offer free art classes for children in grades two to 12 each Saturday this month.

Parents or guardians must sign up their children in advance and in person at the guild’s gallery, 630 Belanger St. in Houma.

For information, call 851-2198.

This article originally appeared on The Courier: Bull-riding, chili cook-off among 7 things to do this weekend in Houma