- BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily except Sunday and Monday, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela.
- JAZZ IN THE PARK SERIES BEGINS: 4 p.m. Thursdays through June 9; Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Nine weeks of music, plus food and retail. Three-day festival also May 6-8. First up, Amanda Shaw, plus Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. pufap.org.
- “TASTING ROME — FRESH FLAVORS AND FORGOTTEN RECIPES FROM AN ANCIENT CITY”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Katie Parla reads and signs her book about the ancient Italian city and the food culture. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
- “MILK AND SUGAR — THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SEERSUCKER”: 6 p.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. Bill Haltom signs his guide to the quintessential Southern fabric. (504) 539-9650. ogdenmuseum.org.
- THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. Leroy Jones performs in this series. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
- “THEN COMES MARRIAGE — UNITED STATES V. WINDSOR AND THE DEFEAT OF DOMA”: 7 p.m., Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Litigator Roberta Kaplan presents her story about the victory for equality for all Americans, gay or straight. Octavia Books to sell. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- “AN EDIBLE EVENING — AIN’T WE GOAT FUN!”: 7 p.m., Langston Hughes Academy Dreamkeeper Garden, 3519 Trafalgar St., New Orleans. Fundraiser, “a garden party under the stars,” benefits the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, with food, music, silent auction and a chance to see the school’s program in action. (504) 421-1060. esynola.org.
- GREAT LOUISIANA BIRDFEST: 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190 East, Mandeville. Annual event to coincide with migration patterns of birds, including trips, food and workshops. Prices vary per event. northlakenature.org/birdfest.
- FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the spot, music by Daniele Spadavecchia, screening of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in the garden. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
- NEW ORLEANS POETRY FESTIVAL: 5 p.m., also Saturday and Sunday; Arts Estuary, 1024 Elysian Fields Ave., and other locations, New Orleans. First event, with readings, poetry, workshops, panels and performances. lavenderink.org./poetryfest.
- SIPPIN’ IN SEERSUCKER: 6 p.m., Shops At Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. Food, entertainment and sartorial sights to greet the summer and benefit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. $55, $35 members. (504) 539-9650. ogdenmuseum.org.
- CAJUN FEST: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; Visitation of Our Lady Catholic Church, Ames and Barataria boulevards, Marrero. Music, food, raffles, royal tea, auctions and children’s activities are just a part of this church festival. vol.org/cajunfest.
- “FUN BY THE YARD SALE”: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., New Zion Baptist Church, 1738 New Zion Church Road, Covington. Church-wide sale, with food and beverages available. (985) 892-4711. newzion.net.
- PILATES IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m., also 6 p.m. Monday; New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106. noma.org.
- PRIME TIME BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: 8:30 a.m., Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St., New Orleans. Civics forum, book sale and a block party are slated for the 25th birthday celebration. (504) 523-4352. leh.org.
- VOLUNTEER FRENCH QUARTER GRAFFITI CLEANUP: 9 a.m., 8th District Police Station, 334 Royal St., New Orleans. Join French Quarter Business Association and “NCIS New Orleans” to rid Vieux Carre of graffiti. fqba.org.
- PRINCETON REVIEW ACT PRACTICE TEST: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Free, full-length practice ACT test in real time. Students will receive a detailed score report to identify strengths and weaknesses. Pre-registration required. Grades 10-12 only. princetonreivew.com/eastbankregional.
- ANTIQUES AND UNIQUES FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also Sunday; Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. Juried event features eclectic mix, appraisals, walking tours, food and music. covla.com
- POETS FOR ART: 10 a.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. Workshop for students in grades 6-12 with museum collection as inspiration. (504) 658-4199. noma.org.
- SISTA STRUT BREAST CANCER WALK: 10 a.m., Spanish Plaza, Riverwalk, Canal and Poydras streets at the Mississippi River, New Orleans. Fundraiser to increase awareness for breast cancer in women of color. $25 individual, $30 team. email@example.com.
COMMUNITY ARTS AND LITERACY DAY: 10:30 A.M., GRETNA LIBRARY, 102 WILLOW DRIVE, GRETNA. YOUNG AUDIENCES AND JEFFERSON PARISH LIBRARY EVENT FOR PRESCHOOLERS WITH PUPPETRY, STORYTELLING AND BOOKS. (504) 523-3525 JPLIBRARY.NET.
- KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: 10:30 a.m. for ages 7-11, noon for ages 12-15; Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Chicken will be on the menu, with nuggets for the younger and baked barbecue drumsticks for the older. $15, $10 members. (504) 267-7490. natfab.org/news/kids-in-the-kitchen
- CRAWFEST: 11 a.m., L.B.C. and Newcomb quads, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Annual music, food and arts festival located in the heart of Tulane University’s Uptown campus. $10, Tulane students, under 12, free. crawfest.tulane.edu.
- BURAS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT OILFIELD CRAWFISH BOIL-OFF: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fort Jackson Ball Field, Buras. Fundraiser for fire department. $15. plaqueminestourism.com.
- CRAWFISH COOK-OFF: 11 a.m., Fritchie Park, 901 Howze Beach Road, Slidell. Fundraiser for Hospice Foundation of the South, with teams competing for prizes and music. $35 advance, $40 gate, $10 children under 10. crawfishtickets.com.
- “A PLACE UNCHANGED — A NEW ORLEANS MYSTERY”: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. George Sanchez reads and signs his book, the third in the Jeff Chaussier series. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
- ST. BERNARD IRISH ITALIAN ISLEÑOS PARADE: noon, Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. The celebration of the saints continues in the St. Bernard parade with 43 floats and literally tons of produce. stpatrickdayneworleans.com/islenos.html.
- TEEN REAL WORLD INFOCON — HOW TO ADULT: 1 p.m., Covington Branch Library, 310 W. 21st. Ave., Covington. Speakers from Louisiana Workforce Commission will address teens ages 12-18 about job-seeking, financial advice and dietary concepts. Registration required. (985-626-9779 ext. 304. sttammanylibrary.org.
- LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTA POST-RACE PARTY: 6 p.m., Southern Yacht Club, 105 N. Roadway, New Orleans. Mississippi /Louisiana chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society weekend event with a party featuring music, food and beverages, plus silent and live auction. (504) 837-0945. lls.org/msla.
- ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING 100 SPRING CONCERT: 6 p.m., Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave., Loyola University. With special guests P.J. Morton, Robin Barnes and the Roots of Music. $15 at door. www.staugnola.org
- METAMORPHOSIS: 7 p.m., Rosa F. Keller Community Center and Library, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. An evening benefit for Broadmoor Improvement Association, with Charmaine Neville, silent auction, food, cocktails. $40 and up. biametamophosis2016.eventbritecom.
- ART IN APRIL AUCTION AND GALA: 7 p.m., St. Alphonsus Church, 2025 Constance St., New Orleans. Fundraiser by Friends of St. Alphonsus for restoration of the church, including food, auctions and music. $40 advance, $50 door. (504) 874-8008. stalphonsusneworleans.org.
- NEW ORLEANS FILM SOCIETY GALA: 8 p.m., 4717 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Fundraiser at Houghtaling home, with food, music. Cocktail attire, no heels. $175, $150 members, $125 under 35. neworleansfilmsociety.org.
- A RUN THROUGH HISTORY: 7:30 a.m., Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans. One-mile and 5K race through the historic cemetery to benefit Save Our Cemeteries. $35 registration. saveourcemeteries.org./a-run-through-history-2016.
- PINCH A PALOOZA FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 1716 Lake Ave., New Orleans. Music, art, crawfish eating contests and more are on tap at Deanie’s Seafood. pinchapalooza.com.
- “THE DOGS BURIED OVER THE BRIDGE— A MEMOIR IN DOG YEARS”: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Rheta Grimsley Johnson shares and signs her book about life with dogs. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- JEWISH ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION: 11:30 a.m., Westin New Orleans Canal Place, 100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans. Annual presentation of awards, including Tzedakah Award, with CNN National Security commentator Mike Rogers. $55. (504) 524-4559. jefno.org.
- “THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN NEW ORLEANS”: 2:30 p.m., Faulkner House, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans. James B. Borders IV, author of “Marking Time, Making Place: An Essential Chronology of Blacks in New Orleans since 1718,” and Brenda Marie Oseby, former Louisiana poet laureate, will be introduced by former first lady Sybil Morial, author of “Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment.” Reservations required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- USA DANCE: 2 p.m., Jefferson Orleans, 2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. Quickstep less at 1:30 p.m. No partner required. $12, $10 members, $5 students. Snacks requested. (504) 607-1014. (504) 258-2220.
- MAUREPAS SWAMP WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA PRESENTATION: 7 p.m., Audubon Zoo Dominion Auditorium, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Forest Burks, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fishers biologist, speaks at Orleans Sierra Club about Maurepas. (504) 307-0187.
- SPRING SYMPOSIUM WITH DR. ALLAN ARMITAGE: 5 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, 3 Victory Ave., New Orleans. Reception, lecture on “Tales from the Garden,” book signing, plant and silent auctions. $45. (504) 483-9473. symposium.nobotanicalgarden.com.
- TAI CHI CLASS: 6 p.m., NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center classes outside or in the museum. $5. (504) 456-5000. noma.org.
- CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 p.m., Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (601) 550-0983. crescentcitysound.com.
- “DARK SPARKLER”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Amber Tamblyn reads and signs her book of stories behind the eyes of a century’s worth of starlets, the adored and the disappeared. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- PRIX D’ELEGANCE: 10 a.m., Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. Men and Women of Fashion event, fundraiser for New Orleans Ballet Association $100. nobadance.com.
- EARTH DAY: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Victory Avenue, City Park, New Orleans. Information, demonstrations, activities on living sustainably and “greener.” (504) 483-9473. neworleanscitypark.com.
“CALLED TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED — STORIES FROM KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL ”: 6 P.M., GARDEN DISTRICT BOOK SHOP, 2727 PRYTANIA ST., NEW ORLEANS. WILLIAM BARNWELL DISCUSSES AND SIGNS HIS BOOK ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS AND INMATES, SET MOSTLY AT LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY AT ANGOLA. (504) 895-2266. GARDENDISTRICTBOOKSHOP.COM.
- WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visitors can pick up and try on original and reproduction uniforms and more. Free with museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288. nationalww2museum.org.
- JAZZ PILATES: Noon to 1 p.m., New Orleans National Historical Park Visitor Center, Dutch Alley, 916 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Stephanie Jordan leads a free class; participants bring their own mats. (504) 589-4841. nps.gov/jazz.
- GENEALOGY SERIES FOR BEGINNERS: 1 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sal Serio, American Italian Research Library curator, leads a series on basic research. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
- SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK: 6 p.m., Rosy’s Jazz Hall, 500 Valence St., New Orleans. Benefit gala by City Year New Orleans with music, food and cocktails. $100, $40 educators, under 35. cityyear.org/neworleans.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
- “FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO FIGHT” SYMPOSIUM: 9 a.m., National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Veterans, historians and scholars discuss role of African-Americans during war. Registration required. (504) 528-1944, ext. 463. nationalww2museum.org.
- DEDICATION OF P-51: 5 p.m., National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Dedication of Mustang airplane, painted in the likeness of those flown by Tuskegee Airmen. Registration required. (504) 528-1944, ext. 229. nationalww2museum.org.
- “SHADOWS IN SUMMERLAND”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Adrian Van Young reads and signs her novel based on the life of a spirit photographer in 1860s Boston. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
- “SUNSET CITY”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Melissa Ginsburg reads and signs her murder mystery set in Houston. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
- “HEAR DATE NEW ORLEANS — A GUIDE TO THE RICH MUSICAL HERITAGE AND LIVELY CURRENT SCENE”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Michael Murphy signs his latest book about the Crescent City. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- POETRY DISCUSSION: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Mark Yakick, Loyola professor, will discuss the importance of poetry for National Poetry Month. (504) 889-8143. jefferson.lib.la.us.
- HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For $25, customers can purchase a share of local produce. Walk-ins welcome. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
- MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 901 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Food, music and arts and crafts market. (504) 684-5410. icdnola.org.
- CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. camelliacitymarket.org.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
- COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
- GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
- KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 468-7211.
- GRETNA FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna. gretnafarmersmarket.com.
- GROW DAT FARM STAND: 9 a.m., 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Produce grown in City Park, sold by youth. (504) 598-2743. growdatyouthfarm.org.
- ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi. visitstbernard.com.
- ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne avenues). Arts and crafts vendors plus food, music and a kids tent. (504) 523-1465. artsneworleans.org.
- SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Weekly market featuring produce, seafood, preserves, breads and baked goods. (504) 522-2621. frenchmarket.org.
- PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982.
- SWAP MEET NOLA: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. An all-in-one farmers market, bakers market, arts and crafts market, and flea market. (504) 813-5370. swapmeetnola.com.
- FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors. Food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds. freretmarket.org.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
- HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.
- SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. sankofanola.org.?
- COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.
- GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., St. Charles Plaza, 12715 U.S. 90, Luling. (985) 764-9762. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621. frenchmarket.org.
AROUND THE STATE
- DEWEY BALFA CAJUN AND CREOLE HERITAGE WEEK: Vermilionville Living History and Folklife Park, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. “The Greatest Week of Cajun and Creole Culture on the Planet!” forklore workshops and culinary celebrations. Prices vary per event. lafolkroots.org.
THURSDAY TO SATURDAY
- GREAT SOUTHERN BLUEGRASS EVENT: Great Southern RV Park, 30338 La. 21, Angie. Indoor festival with bluegrass music, concessions. $20 per day. greatsouthernbluegrassevent.com.
THURSDAY TO SUNDAY
- LOUISIANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinemark, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. Film festival, music events, gala receptions to celebrate state’s film industry. Prices vary per event. lifilmfest.org.
FRIDAY TO SATURDAY
- NATCHITOCHES JAZZ/R&B FESTIVAL: Cane River banks, downtown Natchitoches. Music festival with headliners Grand Funk Railroad, Midnight star and 7 Bridges. $25 weekend pass. natchjazzfest.com.
- ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN LAKE CHARLES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Music, food, fun and crawfish. downtowncrawfishfest.com.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
- BAYOU TECHE BLACK BEAR FESTIVAL: Downtown Franklin. Festival dedicated to education on the Louisiana black bear, with food, music, field trips, education exhibits and children’s activities. bayoutechebearfest.org.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
- ANGOLA RODEO: Louisiana State Penitentiary, 10000 Tunica Trace, Tunica. Rodeo events, food, music and inmate hobby and craft items for sale are the hallmarks of this spring version of the world-famous prison rodeo. $15 admission. angolarodeo.com.
- LE FEU ET L’EAU FESTIVAL: NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Highway, Arnaudville. Arts event with artists, performers, cultural workers. fireandwaterfestival.org.
- MELROSE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Melrose Plantation, 3533 La. 119, Melrose. Fine arts and crafts held on the grounds of the historic home, with food vendors and home tours, 18 miles south of Natchitoches. $5. melroseplantation.org.
WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY, APRIL 24
- FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: Downtown Lafayette, with shuttles from Cajun Field, 2351 W. Congress St. Expansive festival with music, food, a fine arts market, a world market, workshops, theater and other performing arts. festivalinternational.org.