Don’t Miss Events in New Orleans, Aug. 20-26, 2015 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH. Hoda Kotb will be the keynote speaker Friday at the American Red Cross luncheon honoring The Power of Women. $150. 11:30 a.m., New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 620-3176. redcross.org/PowerofWomen.

power of women luncheon

Friday

The contributions of women to the area since Hurricane Katrina will be the focus of this event, recognizing volunteers and community leaders for their efforts at the Power of Women luncheon. Hoda Kotb, former New Orleans resident and NBC morning news personality, will deliver the keynote at this event hosted by the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross. Tickets are $150. 11:30 a.m., New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 620-3176. redcross.org/PowerofWomen.

louisiana spca grand opening

Friday through Sunday

It’s all about the paws, the purrs and the petting — and a new spot for just that. The Louisiana SPCA opens the doors to their new Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic. The multitude of activities includes tours, demonstrations, children’s events and giveaways. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 368-5191. la-spca.org.

moonshine fever

Friday

Feeling like a kid again? Need to quench that thirst for a roller coaster ride? Moonshine Fever will be the place to be for those over 21 who want to enjoy an evening of rides, beer, food and fun under the Oaks at City Park. For those wanting more than just a spin on the carousel, there will be a mechanical bull ride at this casual attire event. $30. 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Carousel Gardens, City Park, New Orleans. neworleanscitypark.com.

saints dome kickoff

Saturday

The Saints kick off their 2015 preseason in the Mercedes-Benz Sumerdome against the New Orleans Patriots at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and starting at 3:30 fans can gather in Champions Square to celebrate the return of football. The Mixed Nuts will play, and food trucks will be on hand. Admission to the fan pre-party is free.

freret summer strut

Saturday

Believe it or not, it is halfway through the year to Mardi Gras, at least until the Krewe of Freret rolls in 2016. So, the gang decided to stage the “Summer Strut,” a festive second-line to mark the midway point. With the Pocket Aces Brass Band and Grand Marshal Dancingman504, the krewe is encouraging costumes, flags, streamers and “floats” made of shopping carts or anything else “legal.” Freret and Calhoun streets are the takeoff point, with the fun headed for the Freret Street Publiq House for an after party with Cardinal Sons. 6 p.m. strut, 8 p.m. party. $20. kreweoffreret.org.

chairish the children

Saturday

While chairs might be the mainstay, Chairish the Children is certainly no reason to “sit this one out.” The annual benefit, “Silver Linings,” for the Louisiana Children’s Museum features food, music, a shopping spree raffle, live and silent auctions for the colorful chairs and more, all in the museum itself. $75. 7 p.m. patrons, 8 p.m. benefit. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julila St., New Orleans. (504) 266-2415. www.501.auctions.com/LCMChairish.

10 years after panel discussion

Monday

“The State of New Orleans Music and Culture” will be the theme when artists at the grassroots of the city’s indigenous cultural traditions gather for a panel discussion and question and answer period. Included in the mix will be Tamara Jackson, Fred Johnson, Bennie Pete, Jordan Hirsch, Evan Christopher, Howard Miller and Lolis Eric Elie, with Larry Blumenfeld moderating. 6:30 p.m., Basin St. Station, 501 Basin St., New Orleans. (504) 782-8271.