Thursday through June 27

One of the lesser-performed works by Shakespeare, “Cymbeline” is a love story with all the requisite elements for great theater: a princess in distress, an evil stepmother and a forest with friends and foes. This marks the opening production of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. $15 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sunday and Saturday, June 27. Lupin Theater, Dixon Hall Annex, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 865-5106. neworleansshakespeare.org.

ringling bros. and barnum & bailey: legends

Thursday through Sunday

Cossack trick-riders who thunder into the arena on the backs of thoroughbred horses, acrobats, a one-of-a-kind double-wide trapeze specifically designed for The Greatest Show on Earth — the circus is coming to town. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Legends comes to the Crescent City for four days of performances. Shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. $15 and up. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans. (504) 587-3822. smoothiekingcenter.com.

snake oil festival

Friday through Sunday

The first Snake Oil Festival in New Orleans will present an eclectic mix of shows, workshops, parties and afterparties throughout the city that celebrate a variety of music, performance and art styles. Tickets for the events vary as do locations. The major productions are at Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. snakeoilfestival.com.

jefferson performing arts center grand opening gala


Years in the making, this musical gala will celebrate the completion of the venue with performances by the Branford Marsalis and Joe Calderazzo Duo, the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Delta Festival Ballet, Jefferson Ballet and John “Spud” McConnell. Enjoy Champagne and refreshments before the production, with music from LPO members. $75 for balcony, $100 orchestra. 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. gala. 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. (877) 840-0457. jeffersonpac.com.

pride festival and parade


The LGBT community celebrates awareness and community in the annual Pride Festival and Parade. The festival, with entertainment, information booths, vendors and more, begins at 11 a.m. at Washington Square Park in the Faubourg Marigny at Elysian Fields Avenue and Frenchmen Street. The parade kicks off at 7 p.m., running through the French Quarter and ending on Bourbon Street and Esplanade Avenue. prideneworleans.com.

magnolia ball


Moonlight and magnolias should be in full bloom when the Ogden Museum of Southern Art stages the annual Magnolia Ball. The event benefits the Center for Southern Craft and Design and opens the museum for music, merriment and more. Attendees can expect a banquet of local cuisine and craft cocktails and choose from silent or live auction items. $150 nonmembers, $100 members, $75 Kohlmeyer Circle members; (504) 539-9650. ogdenmuseum.org.