• TEEN 24-HOUR THEATER FESTIVAL: 7 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. A theatrical experiment created for and by New Orleans teens. High school students can sign up to be directors, actors, playwrights, costumers, or prop/set designers who will work to create a five-play theater festival in 24 hours. For more information, visit


  • NOLA GAMING FEST: 9 a.m., Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Have the opportunity to learn, compete, and play in many ways, including structured tournaments for a variety of PC, console, and tabletop games. To buy tickets, visit


  • HOLIDAY LIGHT FESTIVAL: 6 p.m., New Orleans Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and Storyland, 7 Victory Ave., New Orleans. Tickets are $8 per person. Children under 3 and Friends of City Park get in free. Buy tickets on celebrationinthe or at the ticket trailers at the event. Call (504) 483-9415 for more information. Event runs through Saturday.


  • GONZALES GUN & KNIFE SHOW: 9 a.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales. See the hundreds of displays of new and old guns, ammunition, gun parts, books, knives, jewelry, camouflage, and related items at discount prices. Admission is $8 for adults, $2 for children 6-11. Under 18 admitted with parent only. Law enforcement officers in uniform admitted free.
  • Compiled by Advocate staff