Symphony Chorus at Thursdays at Twilight
The Symphony Chorus of New Orleans celebrates “New Orleans in Song” as part of the weekly Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. The all-volunteer ensemble brings its vocal talents to this summerfest of melodies. $10. 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, New Orleans. (504) 483-9488. neworleanscitypark.com.
Friday through Sunday
“Under the oaks” of John Davis Park will be the annual three-day celebration of the Lacombe Crab Festival. A wide assortment of musicians are on the schedule for this event, as well as food, and arts and crafts. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs to sit back and enjoy the fun. $5 Friday, $10 Saturday and Sunday. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. John Davis Park, 61100 S. 12th St., Lacombe. (985) 218-9304. www.crabfestlacombe.com.
Deacon John’s 75th Birthday Bash
Deacon John and the Ivories will be celebrating his 75th Birthday Bash with music, dancing and fun — a great way to celebrate any birthday. Must be 18 or older to attend this birthday party. $20. 9 p.m. Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. (504) 895-8477. www.tipitinas.com.
Cat Art & Film Festival
It will be the purrr-fect storm of cat art, cat jewelry, cat videos and cat-tastic fun when the Louisiana SPCA, SpayMart, Art for Cat’s Sake and Kingsley House pounce on the New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival. Food, music, kids activities, raffles and more are on tap at this event, including Internet celebs on hand for photos and autographs. Blankets to “catnap” on the grounds are encouraged. $12 in advance, $15 at door; kids under 12 get in free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kingsley House, 6300 Constance St., New Orleans. (504) 368-5191. www.la-spca.org.
Reinventing Soul Food
In a town known for food, why would anyone try to reinvent the cultural icon that is soul food? Leave it to three chefs at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum when they present Reinventing Soul Food. Chefs Jeff Henderson, Gason Nelson and Syrena Johnson show twists on classic soul food dishes. 1 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. $25, $20 members, $30 door. (504) 267-7490. sofabinstitute.org.
Kenner Hispanic Summer Fest 2015
Saturday and Sunday
The rich culture, music, food and spirt of Hispanic peoples come alive for the fifth annual Kenner Hispanic Summer Fest 2015. Listen to authentic Latin music while sampling delicious cuisine, along with crafts, refreshments and family fun. VIP packages are available. 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Rivertown, 5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner. www.khsfest.com.
Patriotic Music Festival
As a prelude to the Fourth of July festivities, the Trinity Artist Series unfurls its Stars and Stripes with a Patriotic Music Festival. A true taste of American music will be on the program, with the Marine Corps Band New Orleans, under the direction of Bryan Shylock, playing patriotic and film music, as well as Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and even a second-line procession into the renovated Bishop Polk Hall for more. 3 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. (504) 670-2520 or albinas.org.