Thursday through Sunday

“A Lovely Night,” “Do I Love You” and “The Prince is Giving A Ball” are just three of the songs by musical monarchs Rodgers and Hammerstein that will fill the stage of the Saenger Theatre for “Cinderella.” This version of the classic “poor-girl-makes-good” story, complete with pumpkin carriages, a fairy godmother and evil stepsisters, comes to life in an updated production. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. $50 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.

undead con

Thursday through Sunday

What would New Orleans do without Anne Rice for Halloween? Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Unnecessary. Undead Con is a cauldron of captivating events put on by the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club, with panels, a vendors bazaar (hmm) and events around the city, including a Q&A with Rice herself at St. Alphonsus Church and a grand vampire ball. Happenings start at 1 p.m. Thursday. The main locale is Hilton Garden Inn, 1001 S. Peters St., New Orleans. $45 per day, $125 weekend pass, does not include ball tickets or St. Alphonsus event. arvlfc.com.

words and music festival

Thursday through Monday

The 25th anniversary celebration of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society is the centerpiece of the annual Words and Music Festival. “Out of This World: The Other-Worldly in Literature & Life” banners the four-day event, with everything from panel discussions, workshops, master classes and seances. The happenings kick off at 8 a.m. Thursday, Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans. $200 discussions, workshops and master classes; $475 writers tuition. wordsandmusic.org.

voodoo experience

Friday through Sunday

It’ll put a spell on you — and Ozzy Osbourne will be there to cite the enchantment. The Voodoo Experience has grown into a must-attend music festival that attracts acts, attention and attendance to the Festival Grounds at City Park. In addition to Sharon’s husband, look for Zac Brown Band, Florence + The Machine, Jane’s Addiction and a musical myriad of talents. It starts at 10:30 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday. $125 single day or $250 and up three-day general admission. worshipthemusic.com.

big chief alfred doucette birthday bash


Celebrate Big Chief Alfred Doucette’s 75th birthday in style with a cadre of rhythm and blues musicians and, of course, Mardi Gras Indians. 7 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. $20 up. (800) 745-3000.

‘minette fontaine’

Friday through Sunday

What happens when you ostracize a diva in New Orleans? Opera! The tragic story of a singer’s revenge on Creole New Orleans society is the musical magic of “Minette Fontaine.” OperaCréole presents the Crescent City-set story of the 1840s and a diva who works with Marie Laveau to exact revenge. 7 p.m., opening Friday, through Sunday, Marigny Opera House, 725 Ferdinand St., New Orleans. $30, $20 students/seniors. (504) 948-9998. marignyoperahouse.org.

gretna goblin night


Children 10 and under can participate in activities and crafts, jump in inflatables, and enjoy treats at the Gretna Riverfront Amphitheater, Huey P. Long Avenue at the river, Gretna. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (504) 363-1505.