thursday through sunday
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Knights of Columbus Council 5747 annual salute to the mudbugs, with live music, food, rides, crafts, pageants and more. $5 per day except Thursday or $25 one-day, pay-one-price armband. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, Chalmette. louisianacrawfishfestival.com
Friends of Jefferson Library Big Booksale
Image about 100,000 books for sale? The literary lover will be in “hog heaven” when the semi-annual Friends host their sale, which helps raise funds to fight illiteracy. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner.
(504) 455-2665. friendsofjeffersonlibrary.org.
friday and saturday
Hogs For The Cause
Bring a hearty appetite, dancing shoes and a good attitude to this annual benefit that raises funds for patients with brain cancer. Two stages will feature live music and a barbecue contest will keep things smoking. $20 and up. 3 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, City Park Festival Grounds, 1701 Wisner Blvd., New Orleans. hogsforthecause.org
friday through sunday
Kenner Italian Heritage Festival
Now celebrating 14 years, this three-day “Festa Italiana” celebrates the rich Italian heritage and customs. Music, food, activities for children and rides will be part of this event. $5 entry. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Rivertown, 405 Williams Blvd., Kenner. italianheritagefestival.com.
City Park Easter Egg Hunt
New Orleans City Park hides more than 15,000 candy-filled Easter eggs around the amusement park, including golden eggs with prizes. Kids will enjoy face painting and entertainment. The event is recommended for children 8 years and younger, with an area for toddlers. Children will place their 12 collected eggs into a provided carton. Tickets are needed for everyone and available ahead of time or the gate. $4 per person. 10 a.m., gates open at 9 a.m., rides at 11 a.m. Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, 7 Victory Ave., New Orleans. neworleanscitypark.org/events/easter-egg-hunt.
Redd Linen Night
An evening of the arts comes to life for this opening and fundraising event in Central City where visual arts are paired with live performance art. Named after Ashé Cultural Arts Center founder Douglas Redd, the juried evening harkens to other “linen” nights celebrating New Orleans art throughout the city. $35. 6 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1724 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 569-9070. achecac.org.
Ana Gasteyer and Seth Rudetsky
This former “Saturday Night Live” and Broadway star joins the keyboardist and XM Radio host for an evening of musing and music, part of the Broadway in New Orleans series. 7:30 p.m., New Orleans Center Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. $50 and up. (800) 838-3006. broadwaynola.com.
saturday and sunday
FoodFest Street Festival
Four blocks in the French Market will be lined with dozens of America’s best hometown eats from New Orleans and all of Louisiana as well as from all across America. Portions are right-sized and priced to provide everyone a chance to taste the maximum number of great regional eats as they stroll through the French Market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. French Market, New Orleans. nolafoodfest.com