The Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival (www.marleygrasfestival.com) is at Central City BBQ (1201 S. Rampart St., 504-558-4276; www.centralcitybbq.com) Jan. 20. There's a Scotch bonnet pepper-eating contest, a jerk chicken cookoff, craft vendors and more.
The music lineup features reggae, New Orleans brass bands and bounce artists. Performers include Teki, TBC Brass Band, Ammoye, OG Blake Owens, GameOva Skip, Jam-X Reggae Band, One Love Brass Band and DJs Megatron and T-Roy.
There's barbecue from Central City BBQ, as well as jerk chicken, Caribbean dishes, yakamein, gumbo and vegetarian items. Food vendors include Boswell's Jamaican Grill, Island Paradise Restaurant & Grill, Johnny's Jamaican Grill, 14 Parishes, Karibu Kitchen, Queen Trini Lisa, Miss Linda The Yakamein Lady, phyto-NOLA and others.
The festival takes place from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 (plus fees) in advance via the festival website. At the gate, admission is cash only: $10 before 3 p.m. and $12 after 3 p.m. Children's tickets are $5.