New Orleans Film Festival
Opening Thursday and lasting all week, the 25th annual film extravaganza, sponsored by the New Orleans Film Society, features more than 200 narrative, documentary, short and animated films at movie houses throughout the greater metropolitan area. Highlights include a premiere of the New Orleans-shot “Black and White,” with Academy Award winners Octavia Spenser and Kevin Costner. www.neworleansfilmfestival.org.
Thursday through Sunday
Big Book Sale for Friends of the Jefferson Public Library
With over 65,000 items, including used books, vinyl, DVDs, sports memorabilia and an auction, this is the bibliophiles paradise. Daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. . (504) 455-2665. www.friendsofjeffersonlibrary.org.
Beethoven and Blue Jeans
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off a trio of concerts with perennial favorites and even a world-premiere piece. $20. 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 1400 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 523-6530.
Friday and Saturday
Boo At The Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears are the backdrop for the family-friendly Halloween favorite when the Audubon Zoo stays open for special trick-or-treating, games and loads of fun for everyone. $17, under 1 year free. Also Oct. 24-25. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. (504) 581-4629. www.auduboninstitute.org.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
The CBD is the place to be, Lafayette Square Park to be exact, for this three-day celebration of smoking meat and scorching music. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 540 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 558-6100. www.crescentcitybluesfest.com.
The Port of New Orleans truly becomes a gateway to experiences from around the work for this outdoor event that celebrates different parts of the globe and showcases entertainment, cuisine, arts and culture, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Port of New Orleans, Port of New Orleans Place. (504) 304-8198. thesocialrenaissance.com/internationalfest.
Oh What A Night Gala
The Ogden Museum of Southern Arts puts on its annual black tie gala to celebrate the unique culture of the South, through art, cuisine and music, plus auctions of works by known and soon-to-be-known Southern artists.