Concerts in the park
It’s a musical double header with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Concert Band performing at Swing in the Park. The band kicks off the musical melange at 6 p.m. with the orchestra to follow. Some of the works to be performed include cinematic classics by Strauss, Williams and Shore, plus music from Tchaikovsky and “Game of Thrones.” Bring a lawn chair and a non-perishable food item for Second Harvest Food Bank. 6 p.m., Al Copeland Concert Meadow, Lafreniere Park, Metairie.
V-E day ceremony
On the 70th anniversary, the National World War II Museum will host a ceremony commemorating the end of the war in Europe, featuring reflections of those who remember the events of the day. Led by Bill Detweiler, consultant for military and veterans affairs. The museum’s Living History Corps will be on hand throughout the day with artifacts from the war. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; ceremony at 11 a.m. 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. (504) 582-1944 x 229. www.nationalww2museum.org.
Sippin’ in seersucker
The look and feel of Southern summer comes to the fore at this benefit for Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Participants enjoy cocktails, entertainment, food and contests, plus shopping specials from the retailers. Needless to say, Southern attire — seersucker — preferred. 6 p.m., Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. Advance tickets $30 for members, $50 others; $40 members, $60 others at the door; includes parking. (504) 539-9616. www.ogdenmuseum.org/events/sippin.
Three vocalists, a Celtic violinist, a choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers are part of the 10th anniversary of music and more from the Emerald Isle in this stage production. $43 and up. 7:30 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 525-1052. www.saengernola.com.
Lake Pontchartrain arts and crafts fair and water safety day
Blend some local arts and crafts, food, and safety instructions for boating, fishing and swimming, set it on the Lakefront and you’ve got a great day to spend outside. More than 30 vendors will offer a wide assortment of arts and crafts, plus state and local agencies will discuss fishing, boating and swimming safety — presented by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. (504) 836-7281. www.saveourlake.org.
Mothers’ Day concerts
Irma Thomas returns for her annual concert in Audubon Zoo, taking the stage at 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.; Mykia Jovan kicks it off at 11 a.m. and Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses take over from 12:30 to 2 p.m. As always, mothers get in free.
And the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates host the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra in the French Quarter’s Cabrini Park, with attendees encouraged to bring picnics, chairs and their dancing shoes. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 1200 Dauphine St., New Orleans. www.vcpora.org.