New Orleans Events Calendar July 2-8, 2015 _lowres

Photo by Peter Nakhid -- Maafa participants pause at the site of slave executions during their 2013 walk in the French Quarter.

THURSDAY

ESSENCE FESTIVAL: today through Sunday, various and locations throughout the city, New Orleans. Empowerment seminars, A-list entertainment and a calendar packed with events are the hallmark of this annual superfest that celebrates in Crescent City on Independence Day weekend. Tickets are available for any combination of events, days and programs. www.essence.com/festival.

RANGERS’ CHOICE TALK: 2 p.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Wednesdays through Sundays. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10.

YAPPY HOUR: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Courtyard happy hour for people and pets, with discounts and proceeds for Louisiana SPCA. rareformnola.com.

THursdays at twilight concert: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, New Orleans. Rocky’s Hot Fox Trot Orchestra presents swing music. $10. (504) 483-9488. neworleanscitypark.com.

SPARKS IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive, Covington. Fireworks display, with food and beverage for purchase, face-painting for kids. Chairs, picnics encouraged. (985) 892-1873. covla.com.

ESSENCE FESTIVAL: 7 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugarbowl Drive, New Orleans. The four-day mega-event kicks off with an evening of entertainment in the Dome, featuring comedian Kevin Hart and his “What Now?” tour. $48 and up. www.essence.com/festival.

FRIDAY

ESSENCE FESTIVAL: today through Sunday, various and locations throughout the city, New Orleans. Empowerment seminars, A-list entertainment and a calendar packed with events are the hallmark of this annual superfest that celebrates in Crescent City on Independence Day weekend. Tickets are available for any combination of events, days and programs. www.essence.com/festival.

RED, WHITE AND BUTTERFLIES: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also Saturday and Sunday, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St., New Orleans. Patriotic display of red, white and blue butterflies. Releases and chats at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Plus seeds to attract butterflies and bees. Independence weekend discounts are available. (504) 524-2847. www.auduboninstitute.org/insectarium.

UNCLE SAM JAM: noon to 10 p.m., Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. Music, picnicking and fireworks are the celebration of the day. Food and beverage vendors will be on hand (no outside) with fireworks at 8 p.m. (504) 628-4459. www.lafrenierepark.org.

Coca-Cola Crawl: 4 p.m., The Crazy Lobster, Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza, Poydras Street at the Mississippi River, New Orleans. First stop on this happy hour crawl, featuring music, appetizers and special Coke cocktails. www.riverwalkneworleans.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Music by Banu Gibson, Art on the Spot. Half-price admission for visitors wearing red, white and blue. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.

FREE JULY CONCERT AT WESTWEGO FARMERS & FISHERIES MARKET: 7 p.m., 484 Sala Ave., Westwego. Celebrate Independence Day at the market, with live music, food, music and fireworks at 10 p.m. www.cityofwestwego.com.

HAPPY 3RD OF JULY: 7:15 p.m., Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn, City Park, New Orleans. Marine Corps Band New Orleans will provide patriotic music, with fireworks from the Peristyle at 9 p.m. Concessions available to purchase. Chairs and picnics encouraged, no tents or stakes. www.neworleanscitypark.com

SATURDAY

ESSENCE FESTIVAL: today through Sunday, various and locations throughout the city, New Orleans. Empowerment seminars, A-list entertainment and a calendar packed with events are the hallmark of this annual superfest that celebrates in Crescent City on Independence Day weekend. Tickets are available for any combination of events, days and programs. www.essence.com/festival.

MAAFA COMMEMORATION: 7 a.m., Congo Square, Armstrong Park, New Orleans. Annual ceremony to pay tribute to African ancestors who died during the transatlantic slave trade, includes multi-denominational speakers, music and culture. A procession leads from the square through Treme and the French Quarter to the Mississippi River, with shuttles to return participants. Presented by the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. (504) 813-9008 or 569-9070.

VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944. nationalww2museum.org.

RED, WHITE AND BUTTERFLIES: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also Friday and Sunday, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St., New Orleans. Patriotic display of red, white and blue butterflies. Releases and chats at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Plus seeds to attract butterflies and bees. Independence weekend discounts are available. (504) 524-2847. www.auduboninstitute.org/insectarium.

Mandeville City Seafood festival: noon to midnight, Foutainebleau State Park, 67825 Hwy. 190., Mandeville. Music, food, children’s activities, rides, fireworks and a craft market are the hallmarks of this festival. $20 adults, $10. (888) 677-3668. www.mandevillecityseafoodfest.com.

STARS AND STRIKES CELEBRITY DAYTIME SOIREE AND BOWLING BASH: 1:30 p.m., Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton St., New Orleans. Benefit for Le Sanctuary Book Club, with musical artist P.J. Morton, reality stylist Thomasina “Goo Goo” Atkins and City Councilman Jason R. Williams. $55. RSVP required. www.lesanctuary.org.

MADISONVILLE OLD-FASHIONed FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: 2 p.m., banks of the Tchefuncte River, Madisonville. Parade, games, pageants, races, food, music and fireworks are on the slate. (985) 237-1688. www.madisonville4thofjuly.org.

PELICAN POWWOW BAD ASS BARBECUE: 3 p.m., Spellcaster Lodge, 3052 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Weekend punk festival host a barbecue with live music, food for purchase. $5. www.pelicanpowwow.com.

CHESS CLUB: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. All ages, skill levels invited. Every Saturday through August. (504) 596-2660.

50th Anniversary Celebration: 4 p.m., also 10 a.m. and noon Sunday, Our Lady of Divine Providence Church, 1000 N. Starrett Road, Metairie. Celebrate the church’s half-century mark at one of three Masses. There will be apple pie a la mode and American flag pins following by the Knights of Columbus and the Altar Society. (504) 466-4511. www.rc.net/neworleans/oldp.

Fourth of July celebration on the lake: 4 p.m., along Lakeshore Drive near Coffee and Carroll Streets, Mandeville. Live music, picnic opportunities, food and drink vendors and more, plus a fireworks show. (985) 624-3147. www.cityofmandeville.com.

St. Bernard salutes america: 4:30 p.m., Frederick Sigur Civic Center grounds, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Live music, contests, games rides and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. are planned for this St. Bernard celebration of Americana. (504) 473-7238. www.visitstbernard.com/events/st-bernard-salutes-america-0

JULY Fourth FLOTILLA: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bayou St. John at Dumaine and Moss Streets. Krewe of Kolossos stages their annual boat parade and picnic, weather permitting. Costumes are encouraged but glitter, boas are shunned. www.kolossos.org/july-4th-parade.

Firework riverboat cruiseS: 6:30 p.m. for the steamboat Natchez, 8 p.m. for the paddlewheeler Creole Queen. The two boats will take passengers for an up close and personal fireworks cruise with music and food. The Creole Queen sails from the dock at the foot of Poydras Street and the Natchez sails from the dock at 400 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Reservations should be made online ahead of time. www.steamboatnatchez.com, www.creolequeen.com.

BOOMTOWN FIREWORKS: 7:30 p.m., 4132 Peters Road, Harvey. The casino plans food, drinks, live music and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth. The rockets go off at 9:30 p.m. (504) 366-7711. www.boomtownneworleans.com.

GO 4th ON THE RIVER: 9 p.m., Mississippi River front, downtown and Algiers, New Orleans. A Crescent City tradition explodes in colors and sounds when two “dueling” barges will shoot off one of the largest firework displays in New Orleans as they attempt to one-up each other. The display can be seen from either side of the river.

SUNDAY

ESSENCE FESTIVAL: today through Sunday, various and locations throughout the city, New Orleans. Empowerment seminars, A-list entertainment and a calendar packed with events are the hallmark of this annual superfest that celebrates in Crescent City on Independence Day weekend. Tickets are available for any combination of events, days and programs. www.essence.com/festival.

50th Anniversary Celebration:10 a.m. and noon, Our Lady of Divine Providence Church, 1000 N. Starrett Road. Metairie. Celebrate the church’s half-century mark at one of three Masses. There will be apple pie a la mode and American flag pins following by the Knights of Columbus and the Altar Society. (504) 466-4511. www.rc.net/neworleans/oldp.

RED, WHITE AND BUTTERFLIES: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also Friday and Saturday, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St., New Orleans. Patriotic display of red, white and blue butterflies. Releases and chats at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Plus seeds to attract butterflies and bees. Independence weekend discounts are available. (504) 524-2847. www.auduboninstitute.org/insectarium.

MONDAY

“COCKTAIL FOR A CAUSE”: Through June, Ralph’s on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Portion of “Six-Toed Cat” cocktail benefits the Louisiana SPCA. la-spca.org.

SUMMER ART CAMP: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NOMA, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. “Decorative Designs” first and “Puppet Theater” second, weekly camps for ages 8-10, exploring artwork and creativity. (504) 658-4100. www.noma.org.

TASTE OF NEW orleans cooking class: 11 a.m., Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air, southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Weekly lunch demonstrations on New Orleans’ distinctive cuisines. $40 (504) 267-7490. www.sofabinstitute.org.

TAI CHI CLASS: 6 p.m., NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park, One Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center classes outside or in the museum. $5. (504) 456-5000. www.noma.org.

WOMEN’S STUDY: 6:30 p.m., Westbank Community Ministries, 2525 Apollo Ave., Harvey. The study group will focus on the book “Boundaries” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend, which discusses how to set limits and still exhibit love toward others. The book costs $10. Call to reserve the book. (504) 368-2525.

CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 p.m., music room, Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (504) 442-7449 or (985) 898-0951. crescentcitysound.com.

TUESDAY

CHILD PASSENGER FITTING STATION: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop L, 2600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Troopers host free check to help parents safely and properly install child seats based on age, height and weight of child. www.lsp.org.

“Scotlandville”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Drs. Rachel L. Emanuel, Ruby Jean Simmons, Charles Vincent and Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden read and sign this story of the town in East Baton Rouge Parish that is home to Southern University. (504) 866-4916. www.maplestreetbookshop.com.

Organ and Labyrinth and Candlelight: 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Music director Albinas Prizgintas performs classical to rock to pop on the 5,000-pipe organ. (504) 670-2520. albinas.org.

“Secessia”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Kent Wascom launches his novel about New Orleans in 1862 and the personal and private conflicts. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

WEDNESDAY

WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visitors can pick up and try on original and reproduction uniforms and more. Free with museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288. nationalww2museum.org.

JAZZ PILATES: Noon to 1 p.m., New Orleans National Historical Park Visitor Center, Dutch Alley, 916 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Stephanie Jordan leads free class, participants to bring their own mats. (504) 589-4841. nps.gov/jazz.

SIPPIN’ IN THE COURTYARD: 5 p.m., Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Music, food and a cork pull for wine. Portion of proceeds from specialty cocktail benefits Cafe Reconcile. (504) 586-8000. maisondupuy.com.

Wednesdays on the point: 5:30 p.m., Algiers Ferry Landing, 200 Morgan St., New Orleans. Live music during eight-week summer concert series. Food and drink vendors will be on hand. wednesdaysonthepoint.com.

“The Witch of Bourbon Street”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans Suzanne Palmieri signs and reads from her book set in Louisiana about family, redemption and forgiveness. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

Thursday, July 9

RANGERS’ CHOICE TALK: 2 p.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Wednesdays through Sundays. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10.

YAPPY HOUR: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Courtyard happy hour for people and pets, with discounts and proceeds for Louisiana SPCA. rareformnola.com.

THursdays at twilight concert: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, New Orleans. Julio and Cesar bring Latin rhythms to the park. $10. (504) 483-9488. neworleanscitypark.com.

“Troutmouth — The Two Careers of Hugh Clegg”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Oreans. Ronald F. Borne discusses his book about the Mississippi figure and his careers at Ole Miss and the FBI. (504) 862-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

“DOLLBABY”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Laura Lane McNeal reads and signs her book about growing up in civil rights-era New Orleans. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

San Fermin Spanish Wine Dinner: 7 p.m., Boubon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. Four-course wine-paired meal to kick off events for the running of the bulls Saturday. Attire is traditional red and white of the San Fermin feast day. $98. www.nolabulls.com.

“THe winter circus”: 7 p.m., East Jefferson Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Author Emilie Staat is joined by fellow writer Maurice Carlos Ruffin to discuss their works. (504) 889-8143. www.jefferson.lib.la.us.

MARKETS

THURSDAY

HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For $25, customers can purchase a share of local produce. Walk-ins welcome. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.

CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.

MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 901 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Food, music, and arts and crafts market. (504) 684-5410. icdnola.org.

SATURDAY

Camellia CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. camelliacitymarket.org.

CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.

COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. covingtonfarmersmarket.org.

GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762.

KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 468-7211.

GRETNA FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna. gretnafarmersmarket.com.

mandeville trailhead community market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville. (985) 624-3147. mandevilletrailheadmarket.com.

OLD ALGIERS HARVEST FRESH MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 922 Teche St., Algiers. oldalgiersharvestfreshmarket.com.

GROW DAt FARM STAND: 9 a.m., 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Produce grown in City Park, sold by youths. (504) 598-2743. growdatyouthfarm.org.

ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne). The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids tent. Free. (504) 523-1465, artsneworleans.org.

SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Weekly market featuring produce, seafood, preserves, breads and baked goods. (504) 522-2621. frenchmarket.org.

PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. Indoor-outdoor market. (504) 269-3982.

SWAP MEET NOLA: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. An all-in-one farmers market, bakers market, arts and crafts market and flea market. (504) 813-5370. swapmeetnola.com.

FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors of food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds. freretmarket.org.

TUESDAY

CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.

HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.

SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. sankofanola.org.

WEDNESDAY

COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead at East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.

CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621. frenchmarket.org.

GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET WEST BANK: 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., 12715 Highway 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Luling. (504) 782-8517. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.