Tales of the Toddy
Tales of the Cocktail’s holiday version is a single night of craft cocktails, cuisine and music just in the nick of time. $40. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. (504) 310-4999. www.talesofthecocktail.com.
Thursday through Sunday
‘Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage’
Packed with hits like “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” this touring company production shows the story of two young lovers as their worlds collide in a spectacular summer. $35.55 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (504) 525-1052. www.saengernola.com.
Kool & the Gang and Cheap Trick
Kicking off events for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will be two top musical headliners at a free concert Friday night. The gridiron action takes place Saturday inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but the Friday night fun is outside in Champions Square. 7 p.m., LaSalle Street, New Orleans. www.neworleansbowl.org.
Tis the season for silly sweaters at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Wear the loudest and goofiest sweater you own; admire the museum’s annual festival of trees, and get in the holiday spirit. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357. www.lcm.org.
Bring home a friend
Find the perfect year-round animal companion or just stock up on holiday baked treats at a neighborhood pet adoption and bake sale. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Blvd., Metairie. LA/SPCA counselors and pets on hand. (504) 368-5191. www.la-spca.org.
Piety Street Art Market
An indoor-outdoor market with crafts, jewelry, clothes, treats and plenty of holiday spirit for last-minute shoppers who want to keep it local. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982.
Caroling in Jackson Square
A timeless New Orleans tradition, this evening of music brings the community together in song with St. Louis Cathedral as the backdrop for the candlelight. The annual event is presented by the Patio Planters. 7 p.m., Jackson Square, New Orleans. www.patioplanters.org.
A Very Electric Christmas
Lightwire Theater, the New Orleans group that appeared in the semi-finals of “America’s Got Talent,” brings a new experience to the holidays with its production. Featuring dance, puppetry, music and light, the troupe’s performance is a holiday journey of inspiration and light. $30 and up. 7:30 p.m. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 528-9569. www.thejoytheater.com.