Thursday through Sunday
Attracting such Olympic stars as Kerri Walsh Jennings and Phil Dalhausser, the Association of Volleyball Professionals returns the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to greater New Orleans with four days of digs and slams on the sands. General admission is free, with seating packages available. Action starts at 8 a.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. Sunday. Coconut Beach, 5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner. www.avp.com/event/avp-new-orleans-la.
ew orleans wine and food experience
Thursday through Sunday
The fruit of the vine and the culinary labors of love will be to the fore in this event with buckets of happenings and tons of taste. From Thursday’s Vinola! where winemakers present their finer products, to grand tastings on Friday and Saturday, there’s lots to tickle the taste buds. Tickets can be purchased separately or in packages, with events starting at $99. www.nowfe.com.
Friday through Sunday
“Greek like me” will be the theme for fun, flavor and festivities at the annual celebration of Hellenic heritage along the banks of Bayou St. John. Loaded with activities like cooking demonstrations, cathedral tours, canoe rides and dancing, the weekend event is certain to celebrate this ancient culture. Opa! $7. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans. www.greekfestnola.com.
‘the color purple’
Friday through June 15
Miss Celie, Mister, Shug, Harpo and Netti come to life in vibrant song as the Anthony Bean Community Theatre presents the musical adaptation of the award-winning film and story by Alice Walker. $25. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through June 15; 8 p.m. Sunday, June 7 only; Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. (504) 862-7529. www.anthonybeantheater.com.
‘merrily we roll along’
Friday through June 6
The lyric tones of Stephen Sondheim, with a book by George Furth look inward in the story of Franklin Shepard and two estranged friends in this rollicking piece of humor and music based on a 1934 play by Kaufman and Hart. With such Broadway classics as “Old Friends” and “Not a Day Goes By,” “Merrily” has become a timeless element of the American theater. $15 and up. 7:30 p.m. through June 6 except Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 Sunday; discount Wednesday, May 27; Le Petit Theatre du ViIeux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2081. www.lepetittheatre.com.
bayou country superfest
Saturday and Sunday
The world of country music explodes on Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge for the fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest. Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Shelton, Sugarland and more bring their shows to the gridiron on the LSU campus at Nicholson Drive. $50 and up per day; $45 and up per day for a two-day package. (888) 611-8184. www.bayoucountrysuperfest.com.