- CRESCENT CITY CLASSIC HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., also Friday; Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Classes, demonstrations, vendors and race packet pickup and some last-minute registration for Saturday’s event. ccc10k.com.
- 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.
- “CELEBRATING JACKSON DAY — A FRANCOPHONE PERSPECTIVE ON THE WAR OF 1812”: 1 p.m., Historic New Orleans Collection, Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. Yale Alumni association present an afternoon of talks exploring the history and traditions of the day. RSVP. (504) 523-4662. hnoc.org.
- PURIM IN OUTER SPACE: 6 p.m., Torah Academy, 5210 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Jewish celebration including buffet, music, dancing, children’s activities and more. $25, $15 children. jewishlouisiana.com/purim.
- THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. James Andrews performs in this series. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
- “WILLIE — THE LIFE OF WILLIE MORRIS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Author Teresa Nicholas and photographer David Rae Morris read and sign the book about the Mississippi nonfiction author. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- “BAYOU MAJARAJAH” SCREENING: 6 p.m., Patrick F. Taylor Library, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. Film about piano legend James Booker followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Lily Keber. $12.50, members free. (504) 539-9650. ogdenmuseum.org.
- “SWEET GEORGIA BROWN — IMPACT, COURAGE, SACRIFICE AND WILL” SCREENING: 6 p.m., Solomon Victory Theater, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Documentary, followed by Q&A with filmmaker Lawrence Walker about his film that examines the changes and consequences in race and gender polices and the impact on the nation, the military and African American women. RSVP required. (504) 528-1944, ext. 229. nationalww2museum.org.
- GIRL’S LITERARY NIGHT OUT: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Authors Carroll Devine (“Sleeping Between the Rails: A Woman’s Odyssey), Juyanne James (“The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories”) and Vicki Salloum (“Candyland”) discuss their new works and the art of writing. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
- PROSPECT NEW ORLEANS AND THE BIG PICTURE: 7:30 p.m., Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans. Roundtable discussion on exploring contemporary art exhibitions through place, artistic practice and community. prospectneworleans.org.
- WAY OF THE CROSS/WAY OF JUSTICE: 10 a.m., Central Business District, New Orleans. Traditional Catholic devotional on final trek of Jesus to Golgotha at 14 “stations.” Begins at St. Joseph’s Church, 1802 Tulane Ave., to Spanish Plaza at the foot of Poydras Street and the Mississippi River. (504) 525-2561.
- 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 Daria and Hip Drops Duo, screening of “Mr. Dial Has Something to Say.” (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
- ABITA SPRINGS WHOLE TOWN GARAGE SALE: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs. Annual community sale and flea market attracts hundreds. (985) 892-0711. abitagaragesale.com.
- CRESCENT CITY CLASSIC: 8 a.m., starting at Poydras Street and Loyola Avenue, ending at New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. City’s premier road race/walk heads from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to Decatur Street, through the French Quarter to Esplanade Avenue, and to NOMA and the RaceFest after party. ccc10k.com.
- 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.
- VISION FEST HEALING ARTS FUNDRAISER: 9 a.m. to midnight, Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. Fundraiser for the Louisiana Himalaya Association, with African dance throw down, music, yoga, a fire puja and Buddhist teachings, with massage, food, beverages and more. $15 advance, $25 at festival. tibetanhouse.com.
- KINDER GARDEN — SPRINGTIME BLOSSOMS: 9:30 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Hands-on class for children ages 18 months to 5 years. $12, $10 members, with sibling and additional adult discounts. (504) 293-4722. longuevue.com.
- EASTER EGG HUNT: 9:30 a.m., West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling. Egg hunt in three age groups, with hat contest and photos with Easter Bunny. $2 suggested donation to benefit Special Olympics. (985) 331-3795. stcharlesparish-la.gov.
- COLLEGE DAY AT THE LIBRARY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Admissions representatives from 10 local colleges and universities on hand, starting with a panel discussion on requirements and a Q&A. jplibrary.net.
- VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944. nationalww2museum.org.
- “A DAY WITHOUT VIOLENCE” HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SHOWCASE: 1 p.m., Southern University of New Orleans gym, Press Drive at Campus Boulevard, SUNO, New Orleans. Basketball tournament, postponed from earlier.
“A BAYOU HOME — THE ADVENTURE OF SWAMPMASTER BEJEAUX”: 1 P.M., BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSELLER, PREMIER CENTER II, 3414 U.S. 190, SUITE 10, MANDEVILLE. NANCY BACKUS RONIGER READS AND SIGNS HER CHILDREN’S BOOK. (985) 626-8884. BARNESANDNOBLE.COM.
- “YOU MAY JUST BE A DINOSAUR”: 2 p.m., Barnes and Noble Bookseller, Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville. Illustrator Jason Gillard signs his children’s book. (985) 626-8884. barnesandnoble.com.
- “HERCULES ON THE BAYOU”: 3 p.m., Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Connie Morgan reads and signs her book, a mix of myth, culture and Louisiana spice. (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com.
- ART MADNESS FESTIVAL: 6 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Art, music and food (free and for purchase) at community exhibit presented by Axiom Artist Collective. (504) 230-9240.
- HISTORIC FRENCH QUARTER EASTER PARADE: 10 a.m.., setting off from Antoine’s restaurant, rolling through the French Quarter.
- CHRIS OWENS FRENCH QUARTER EASTER PARADE: 1 p.m., Canal and Bourbon streets, New Orleans. The annual stroll through the Vieux Carre starts with breakfast at 11 a.m. at the Astor Crowne Hotel on Canal Street, with a hat contest, silent auction and entertainment. Then, the parade runs through French Quarter to return to the hotel. Owens is the grand duchess of the parade. frenchquartereasterparade.com.
- GAY EASTER PARADE: 4:30 p.m., North Rampart and St. Ann streets, New Orleans. Culmination of fundraising activities for Food for Friends meals and grocery program of NO/AIDS Task Force. Parade run through the French Quarter and ends at GrandPre’s, 834 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. gayeasterparade.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.
- “INCARCERATION NATIONS — A JOURNEY TO JUSTICE IN PRISONS AROUND THE WORLD”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Baz Dreisinger shares insights from her new book about criminal justice in nine countries. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP: 4 p.m., also Wednesday and Thursday; Longue Vue House and Gardens 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. “Iris Walk” is the theme for this 10-person only art class by Peg Usner. Paint and materials required. $30 per class, $55 for all, members 20 percent discount. (504) 293-4724. longuevue.com.
- “MY JOURNEY THROUGH WAR AND PEACE — EXPLORATIONS OF A YOUNG FILMMAKER, FEMINIST AND SPIRITUAL SEEKER”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Melissa Burch discusses and signs her book about her experiences as a war correspondent. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
- NUTRITION CLASS: 7 p.m., Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Karen Walker, LSU AgCenter, offers class on food safety and food budget management, and makes a plate wrap. Final of a series. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
- 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.
- SIPPIN’ IN THE COURTYARD: 5 p.m., Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Jazz with a portion of cocktail purchases to benefit the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. (504) 586-8000. maisondupuy.com.
- BADHAM, BRAGG AND TENNESSEE: 5:30 p.m., Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Rick Bragg interviews Mary Badham, actress who played Scout in “To Kill A Mockingbird” and later in Williams’ “This Property is Condemned.” She will also read from Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman.” Opening event for 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. $25 and up. tennesseewilliams.net.
QUEER CARTOGRAPHY PRESENTS THE 2ND FIVE POSTERS: 6 P.M., SIDEARM GALLERY, 1122 ST. ROCH AVE., NEW ORLEANS. LAUNCH FOR POSTERS MAPPING THE UNTOLD STORIES OF THE QUEER CITY THAT IS NEW ORLEANS. CO-CREATORS AESHA RASHEED AND DAVID JACK BROWNING DISCUSS THE MAPS AND THE STORIES BEHIND THEM, JOINED BY ABRAM HIMELSTEIN, OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD STORY PROJECT. MAPS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. PART OF THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL. TENNESSEEWILLIAMS.NET.
- “CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT” SCREENING: 8 p.m., Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. Orson Welles plays Shakespeare’s Falstaff in this epic motion picture. $7. (504) 948-9998. marignyoperahouse.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31
- TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. through April 3, various locations throughout New Orleans. Theater, speakers, discussions, openings and seminars are just a part of the 30th annual festival. Hotel Monteleone is the base. tennesseewilliams.net.
- FRIENDS OF JEFFERSON PARISH LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., also Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, videos and vinyl records for sale. friendsofjeffersonlibrary.org.
- IRIS DAY: 4 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Celebration of flowers with music, refreshments, sponsored by Greater New Orleans Iris Society. RSVP online. (504) 293-4723. longuevue.com.
- THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. The Write Brothers perform in this series. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
- 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
- Friday, March 25, TO Saturday, MARCH 26
- HAMMOND SMOKIN’ BBQ CHALLENGE: Downtown Hammond. More than 50 Kansas City barbecue teams will compete for the headline event, but there will be many contests, live entertainment, pairing events and more. hammondbbq.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, TO SATURDAY, APRIL 2
- BOGGY BAYOU FESTIVAL: La. 1172, Heritage Road, Pine Prairie. This Evangeline Parish festival offers music, carnival rides, arts and crafts and an assortment of authentic Cajun food.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, TO SUNDAY, APRIL 3
- LOUISIANA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Sigur Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Louisiana crawfish dishes, live entertainment, rides and arts crafts are all offered at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival. $5. louisianacrawfishfestival.com.