Words and Music 2014

Starting Thursday, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society presents four days of events promoting writers, engaging readers and creating literacy initiatives. The culmination of the event is the black-tie gala “Faulkner for All” Sunday. Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans.


Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party

Here’s a chance to see the lights of City Park and enjoy food, drink and music to get the holiday season in gear. Festive holiday cocktail is requested. Plus, there will be more parties, including Saturday’s Jingle Bells and Beer, and Sunday’s Family Party, when children are welcome. Tickets for the preview party start at $90 per person for Friends of City Park members. 7:30 p.m., Botanical Garden, City Park, Victory Avenue, New Orleans. (504) 483-9415.


Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

With an expanded area, this year’s salute to the famous New Orleans sandwich promises food, music and celebration. Look for a Children’s Village and Family Fest, history center and food truck village. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oak Street between South Carrollton and Leake avenues.


Ice Skating at Audubon Zoo

A synthetic “ice” rink creates a winter wonderland amidst the animals when the Audubon Zoo sets the scene. Holiday tunes, a sleigh for photos and characters will join in the merriment. Sunday. $17.50 for adults, $12 for children. (504) 581-4629.


Bobby Cure and the Summertime Blues

For the six months of the 1984 world’s fair, Bobby Cure and the group were an entertainment mainstay. To mark the 30th anniversary of the fair, the group will play a reunion/anniversary party. Let the memories begin. 5 p.m., Rock ’n’ Bowl, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. (504) 861-1700.


Canal Street Lighting Ceremony

The holidays hit home as the Downtown Development District flicks the switch on more than 1 million lights. Cider and holiday cookies, plus a chance to see Santa will be on tap at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter. Lights go on at 5:30 p.m., in front of the hotel, 739 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 561-8927.