THURSDAY, FEB. 12

  • BRIDGE LESSONS: 9 a.m., Wes Busby Bridge Center, 2709 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. (504) 889-0869.
  • MORNING BIRDING: 9 a.m., Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego. Ranger-led activity. (504) 736-7140. www.lastateparks.com.
  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays, 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. www.hollygrovemarket.com.
  • 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. www.nps.gov/jela.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. www.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.
  • YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., also Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Benson Cancer Center, Ochsner Medical Center, 1515 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. Open to all cancer survivors. (504) 842-3910. www.ochsner.org/ochsner_cancer_institute/healing_yoga.

FRIDAY, FEB. 13

  • MARDI GRAS MASK MARKET: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Monday, French Market, Dutch Alley, Decatur and Dumaine streets, New Orleans. Mask makers from around the country, plus live music, masquerading and food. (504) 522-2621. www.frenchmarket.org.
  • FRIDAY THE 13TH AND GREASING OF THE POLES: 10 a.m., Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans. The French Quarter hotel throws a mini-festival the Friday before Mardi Gras. Because it also falls on Friday the 13th, the hotel will have ladders to walk under, black cats on stage and salt spilling. But fear not: The Zulu Witch Doctor will also be on hand to break any bad-luck spell. (504) 586-0300. www.sonesta.com.
  • WESTWEGO FARMERS AND FISHERIES MARKET: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Ave., Westwego. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (504) 341-9803.
  • STORIES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF CARNIVAL: 5 p.m., International House Hotel, 221 Camp St., New Orleans. Author, designer and historian Henri Schindler will recount tales from the gilded era of Carnivals past immediately preceding the Proteus parade, one of the city’s oldest parading organizations. Also on display are reproductions of original works featuring costumes and float design. (504) 553-9550. www.ihhotel.com.
  • (504) FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Art on the Spot, “Watermark” by Ed Burtynsky, 7 p.m. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
  • KREWE DE LUNE SPACE BALL: 9 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. “Lune Saloon — Space Cowboys” is the theme for the event that features food, music, aerial performances, lasers, art and more. $30 in advance; $35 at the door. (504) 948-9961. www.neworleanshealingcenter.org.

SATURDAY, FEB. 14

  • YOGA IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m., also Monday evening. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106. www.noma.org.
  • 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. www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
  • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762.
  • KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMER’S 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.
  • OLD ALGIERS HARVEST FRESH MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 922 Teche St., Algiers. www.oldalgiersharvestfreshmarket.com.
  • FRIENDS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Also Wednesday.
  • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944. www.nationalww2museum.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. www.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. www.freretmarket.org.
  • OVERNIGHT CRITTER CINEMA VALENTINE’S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA: 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. For kids ages 5-10, an overnight experience to play with animals, eat pizza and watch a movie. Bring sleeping bag, pajamas, toothbrush and pillow. Preregistration required. $55 per child. (504) 368-5191, ext 207. www.la-spca.org/crittercinema.

SUNDAY, FEB. 15

  • NOLA CHESS CLUB: Noon, Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Free, open to the public. www.nolachessclub.yolasite.com.
  • TRINITY ARTIST SERIES: 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Ivan Griffin, bass/baritone, with pianist Michael Borowitz, sings American songs and spirituals. (504) 522-0276. www.trinityartistseries.com.
  • USA DANCE: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Jefferson Orleans North, 2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. Monthly event with a free lesson at 1:30 p.m. $10 members, $12 nonmembers, $5 students. (504) 607-1041 or (504) 258-2220.

MONDAY, FEB. 16

  • ZULU LUNDI GRAS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Woldenberg Park, New Orleans. A day-long celebration of food, music and the magical characters and royalty of Zulu will take place on three stages throughout the day. www.lundigrasfestival.com.
  • LUNDI GRAS ON THE MISSISSIPPI: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Spanish Plaza, Canal and Poydras streets, New Orleans. Music, food, fireworks and the arrival of Rex, King of Carnival, will be the order of the day for this event sponsored by the Riverwalk New Orleans. www.riverwalkneworleans.com.

TUESDAY, FEB. 17

  • MARDI GRAS: Looking for a parade? Chances are, you’re not too far from one. As the culmination of the Carnival season, Fat Tuesday is the big day. In addition to the traditional Rex and Zulu parades in New Orleans, plus Argus in Metairie and Grela on the West Bank, there are walking krewes throughout the greater metropolitan area that strike out along their routes in the early morning hours. Look for such meandering ensembles as Pete Fountain’s Half-Fast Walking Club, the Jefferson City Buzzards, the Society of St. Anne, the Lyons Carnival Club, the Irish Channel Corner Carnival Club, Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club and the KOE. And don’t forget the truck parades of Elks Orleanians, Crescent City, Elks Jefferson and Krewe of Jefferson, certain to delight the viewers as well as the thousands of riders who punctuate the end of Carnival’s parade schedule.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18

  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, National World War II 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. www.nationalww2museum.org.
  • 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. www.frenchmarket.org.
  • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET WEST BANK: 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., 12715 U.S. 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Luling. (504) 782-8517. www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org.