mid-city bayou boogaloo festival
Friday through Sunday
Along the banks of historic Bayou St. John, this 10-year-old festival has grown into an in-demand event, attracting entertainment and attention. Look for great food, great music, a variety of activities (such as boat races and foot races) in a rain-or-shine event. Things kick off from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. 500 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans. www.thebayouboogaloo.com.
ew kids on the block
The kids get a rocking weekend at the Smoothie King Center off to a rolling start with the main event: New Kids on the Block, with very special guests TLC and Nelly. $27.50 and up. 7 p.m., Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans. www.smoothiekingcenter.com.
the dark side of the moon — music of pink floyd
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra rocks out when the august ensemble performs the music of the legendary rock band, with vocals by Randy Jackson. 7:30 p.m. $23 and up. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. (504) 523-6530. www.lpomusic.com.
tails but no black tie
Equest Farm, the stables in New Orleans City Park, will host its 10th annual fundraiser to replace the 75-year-old roof. When it rains, the horses get wet in their stalls. The goal is to replace the roof on the main barn and refurbish the roof on the back barn. Watch the horses compete for the $10,000 prize. Ticket holders will enjoy a catered meal, an open bar and a swing band. $175 grandstands, $15 general admission (bleachers and access to concession stands), $10 children. A shuttle will operate from parking on Marconi. 4 p.m. gates open; 5:30 p.m. grandstands open; 6 p.m. Calcutta begins (auction of horse and rider teams); 6:30 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. Calcutta grand prix. Equest Farm, 1001 Filmore Ave., New Orleans. (504) 982-0888.
The Divine Miss M brings her timeless wit, talent and Divine Intervention Show to New Orleans audiences for a one-night-only performance. The multi-talented singer, writer and actor brings a portfolio of impressive musical history with her. $42 and up. 8 p.m. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans. www.smoothiekingcenter.com
77 cents: an unapologetically feminist comedy show.
Feminist comics, live music, the launch of a feminist comedians’ coloring book and anatomically accurate cookies come together for a night of laughs and a partying. Hosts Molly Ruben-Long and Sophie Lucido Johnson feature the talents of Brittany Hunt, Pruneet Lakhmani (the only guy), Mary-Devon Dupuy, Lauren LaBorde and Julie “Bootleg Poptart” Mitchell, with music by Alexis M. Marceau and Amanda Wuerstlin. 10 p.m. $10 gets a ticket and comic book, $5 for the show alone. Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. (504) 945-4446. www.hiholounge.net.
local food fest
Cafe Hope, the West Bank nonprofit restaurant where students develop skills they can bring to any job in the restaurant and hospitality industry, is putting on a most hospitable event. Presented by Zatarain’s, the free festival is a day of music, children’s activities, car shows and food from more than 20 New Orleans-area restaurants. All proceeds from the day benefit Cafe Hope’s projects. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cafe Hope, 1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. www.cafehope.org.
the big 4-oh! gala
The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts is turning 40 and having a wingding celebration hosted by Terence Blanchard and Robin Burgess. Entertainment will include Grammy Award-winner Pedrito Martinez, plus NOCCA students and alumni. There will be food by New Orleans’ top chefs like Tory McPhail, Frank Brigtsen, Justin Devillier and Aaron Burgau. And of course, there will be an outstanding, art-filled silent and live auction. 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. “Twilight”. $75 alumni, $100 and up. Chevron Forum, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. (504) 940-2851. www.noccainstitute.com.