- BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela.
- RENOVATORS’ HAPPY HOUR: 5:30 p.m., French Quarter restoration project, 1035 Royal St., New Orleans. Preservation Resource Center sponsors renovaton-in-progress event. $10, PRC members free. (504) 581-7032. prcno.org.
- “BLOOD EAGLE”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Adam Crittenden reads and signs his book of poetry. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
- CREOLE NIGHT: 6 p.m., New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Greg Osborn of the Louisiana Division of the City Archives presents one of three programs on the history of the city. (504) 596-2560. neworleanspubliclibrary.com.
- EAT LOCAL DINNER: 7 p.m., Growing Local NOLA Farm Site, 1750 Carondelet St., New Orleans. Meal featuring produce and products from within 200 miles of the plate. $40, $35 Eat Local Challenge participants. squareup.com/store/Growing-local-nola.
- “FEAR DAT NEW ORLEANS” AND “EAT DAT NEW ORLEANS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Michael Murphy discusses food and voodoo. (504) 889-8143. jplibary.net.
- SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL: also Saturday and Sunday, various locations throughout the city. Weekend festival of workshops, classes and performances dedicated to preserving the art and spirit of variety entertainment and sideshow history. Prices vary on events, classes. snakeoilfestival.com.
- TUNE UP FOR LIFE — HEALTH MAINTENANCE FOR MEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., New Orleans East Hospital, 5620 Read Blvd., New Orleans. Program looks at issues important to health and wellness of men. (800) 561-4127. peoplehealth.com.
- ORIENTATION FOR CITY MASTER PLAN COMMUNITY MEETING: 5 p.m., Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Resource Center, 2022 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans. Prep for day-long meeting Saturday for residents of Claiborne Corridor. Saturday meeting 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. thenetworkneworleans.org.
- FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Opening for “The Essence of Things,” music by NOLA String Quartet, lecture by Reiner Packeiser and gallery talk with Mel Buchanan. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
- DINNER AND A ZOOVIE: 6 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Screening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” plus option for Cool Zoo/Gator Run water park. Food trucks and concessions available or bring picnic. $6 movie, $12 movie and water park. audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoovie.
- LOVER NOT BITERS DOG RESCUE FUNDRAISER: 7 p.m., Sip and Paint, 3350 Ridgelake Drive, Suite 105, Metairie. Painting evening for benefit. $40. facebook.com/events/609312522551216.
- FRIDAY NIGHT CHALLENGE — LIFE-SIZE GAME OF LIFE: 7 p.m., St. Tammany Parish Library, 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Real-sized version of classic board game with pizza and snacks. Ages 12-18. Registration required. register.stpl.us/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=15085.
- MISSION POSSIBLE GALA: 7:30 p.m., Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd., New Orleans. Fundraiser for New Orleans Medical Mission Services, with food, music and auction. $75 and up. (504) 392-1934. nomms.org.
- AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH ANDERSON COOPER AND ANDY COHEN: 8 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The journalist and late-night talk show host go off script. $60 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- PILATES IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m., also 6 p.m. Monday; New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106. noma.org.
- “RUM, RHUM, RON! A HISTORY OF RUM IN THE NEW WORLD”: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Williams Research Center, Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St.; tasting at 4 p.m., Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans. Historic New Orleans Collection explores the history of local foodways. $70, $60 members, teachers students. Includes Friday happy hour and Saturday run tasting. (504) 523-4662. hnoc.org.
- “MASTER CHEF JUNIOR” OPEN CASTING CALL: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St., New Orleans. Open call for culinary kids ages 8-13. Preregistration necessary. masterchefjuniorcasting.com.
- PHO FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Mel Ott Park, 2301 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna. The traditional Vietnamese dish will be prepared and served by community organizations and restaurants at this benefit for students. (504) 615-5606. visitjeffersonparish.com/events/pho-festival-2016
- “HOW WE ROLL — A TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT”: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rear parking lot behind Sears Clearview, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Fundraiser for Families Helping Families of Jefferson allows kids to touch and explore variety of vehicles. $5, $20 families up to 6. (504) 888-9111. fhfjefferson.org.
- NOLA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Roux Carre, 2000 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Multicultural event showcases cuisine, music and culture. $15. nolabaribbeanfestival.com.
- BIG TOP CAKE COMPETITION: 11 a.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Cake decorating contest with circus carnival theme. Free with museum admission. natfab.org.
- PICNIC IN THE PARK: Noon, French Quarter Visitors Center courtyard, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. Bring lunch and celebrate National Picnic Day, plus a ranger’s talk about the role of courtyards. nps.gov/jela.
- ROCK AND ROLL LUAU: 8 p.m., Bank St. Bar, 4401 Banks St., New Orleans. Louisiana Modified Dolls and Rolling Elvi host fundraiser for Ukulele Kids Club with music, food, fire dancing, performances by the Elvi and auction of instruments. facebook.com/events/241640736198466.
- EXTRAORDINARY MASS: 12:30 p.m., St. Stephen Church, 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. Tridentine or Latin form of Mass, including “Missa de Angelis” by Good Shepherd Choir. (504) 899-1378. “The God Wave”: 2 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Patrick Hemstreet discusses and signs his book regarding individuality and creative passion. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
- SAENGER THEATER OPEN HOUSE: 1 p.m., Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Survey seating, hear samples of upcoming shows and tour the renovated facility. RSVP required at Saenger Theatre Open House Facebook page.
- “REGINA”: 3 p.m. Maple Leaf, 8316 Oak St., New Orleans. Carolyn Levy reads and signs her novel about a 1980s murder in New Orleans. (504) 895-0520.
- TAI CHI CLASS: 6 p.m., NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center classes outside or in the museum. $5. (504) 456-5000. noma.org.
- CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 p.m., Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (601) 550-0983. crescentcitysound.com.
- “THE BREAKFAST CLUB” SHOWING: 7 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Tipitina’s Foundation sponsors free showing of John Hughes classic featuring the Brat Pack. (504) 274-4871. orpheumnola.com.
- “FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF” SHOWING: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Thee theater shows John Hughes’ classic school skipping epic. $6. (504) 274-4871. orpheumnola.com.
- “THE BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE — REFLECTIONS BY 100 AUTHORS, ACTORS, MUSICALS AND OTHER REMARKABLE PEOPLE”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Bethanne Patrick discusses and signs her examination of literary impact. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- PUBLIC SPEAKING SEMINAR: 9 a.m., JEDCO Conference Center, 701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale. JEDCO and Jefferson Chamber sponsor. jedco.org/events.
- 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.
- CANCER MOONSHOT SUMMIT: Noon, Louisiana Cancer Research Center, 1700 Tulane Ave., New Orleans. LSU Health New Orleans event with special engagement from Vice President Joe Biden and updates on research and treatments, philanthropy and advocacy. Register online. surveymonkey.com/rL87SPTV.
- 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 a free class; participants bring their own mats. (504) 589-4841. nps.gov/jazz.
- ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASS: 6:30 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Alessandro Steinhaus, director of Language and Cultural Programs at the American-Italian Cultural Center, will lead. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
- BALLROOM DANCE LESSON SERIES BEGINS: 7 p.m., Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 5914 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. Six-week program, no partner required. $48. (504) 837-5377.
- “WHAT LOU CAN DO”: 11 a.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Christine Audler presents her children’s book about fighting obesity, with activities and giveaways. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
- 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 buy 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.
- CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front 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. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
- 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.
- GROW DAT FARM STAND: 9 a.m., 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Produce grown in City Park, sold by youth. (504) 598-2743. growdatyouthfarm.org.
- MANDEVILLE TRAILHEAD COMMUNITY MARKET: 9 a.m., 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville. Vendors, live music, prepared foods. (985) 845-4515. mandevilletrailheadmarket.com.
- ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi. visitstbernard.com.
- ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne avenues). Arts and crafts vendors plus food, music and a kids tent. (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. (504) 269-3982.
- FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors. Food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds. freretmarket.org.
- 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.?
- COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.
- GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., St. Charles Plaza, 12715 U.S. 90, Luling. (985) 764-9762. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
- 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.
AROUND THE STATE
- Thursday to Saturday
- BEAUREGARD WATERMELON FESTIVAL: Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, DeRidder. Live entertainment, food, pageants, children’s activities and watermelons are the hallmarks of this west Louisiana festival. beauregardwatermelonfestival.com.
FRIDAY TO SATURDAY
- LE FESTIVAL DE LA VIANDE BOUCANÉE DE LA LOUISIANE: Ville Platte. This festival showcases local smoked meats including sausage, tasso, pounce bourée, deer, pig, rabbit and fish. Music runs all both days, and arts and crafts booths and beauty pageants are slated. lasmokedmeatfestival.com.
- LOUISIANA PEACH FESTIVAL: Dowtown Ruston. Festival celebrates the north Louisiana peach crop, with contests, carnival rides, art exhibits, pageants, food, music and more. $15 weekend pass. louisianapeachfestival.org.