THURSDAY, AUG. 28
- BLESSING OF THE HERBS: 9:30 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. The Herb Society hosts a traditional blessing on the eve of St. Fiacre Day, followed by a reception and talk on herbal liqueurs. Free with RSVP. (985) 781-4372.
- GARDEN DISTRICT WALKING TOUR: 1 p.m., Outside the Defend New Orleans Store, 1101 First St., New Orleans. Two-hour walking tour brings you through the beautiful Garden District and includes stops for refreshments. Bring comfortable shoes, an umbrella or poncho and cash for drinks. $25.
- LOWER GARDEN DISTRICT RENOVATORS HAPPY HOUR: 5:30 p.m., 1421 Josephine St. Features a rare Gothic Revival home under renovation by Andrea St. Paul Bland, sponsored by the Preservation Resource Center. $10. (504) 636-3300, prcno.org.
- “THE SHELTERING” AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. In his fourth novel, Mark Powell broadens the Southern backdrop of his earlier work into a sprawling thriller taking readers from the Middle East to the South to the storied American West. maplestreetbookshop.com.
- “A DARKER SIDE OF THE LIGHT” AND “NEVER STOP DREAMING” AUTHOR EVENT: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sally Michelle Jackson, local author, will discuss two new books. In “A Darker Side of the Light,” the central character is a paranormal investigator who played at investigating his case load. In “Never Stop Dreaming,” the main character searches for a woman in his nightly dreams. Copies will be available for sale.
- MEMPHIS REDBIRDS AT NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS: 7 p.m., Zephyr Field, 6000 Airline Drive, Metairie.
TECH-NOLA-GY TECH FEST DINNER: 6 P.M., LA LOUISIANE AT HOTEL MAZARIN, 730 BIENVILLE AVE., NEW ORLEANS. TECHNOLAGY TECHFEST DINNER WILL CELEBRATE LOCAL INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY WITH A FOUR-COURSE DINNER. HOSTED BY THE FIRST SPANISH GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA, ANTONIO DE ULLOA, WHO WAS A RENOWNED SCIENTIST IN THE 18TH CENTURY. THE DINNER IS $100 PER PERSON, WHICH INCLUDES TAX, GRATUITY AND WINE BUT NOT EVENTBRITE FEES.
FRIDAY, AUG. 29
- COCKTAIL HISTORY TOUR: 5 p.m., Evangeline, 329 Decatur St., New Orleans. Join New Orleans tour guide Dylan O’Donnell, aka Dr. Gumbo, on a journey through New Orleans’ history of cocktails while sampling them along the way. The cost is $65, which includes tour and four cocktails, or $32 for just the tour. doctorgumbo.com.
- FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Visit NOMA for activities and performances, which range from lectures, music, cooking, art activities and films inspired by the current exhibitions. Free with museum admission.
SATURDAY, AUG. 30
- PILATES IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m., Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art. NOMA has teamed with the East Jefferson Wellness Center to offer wellness classes throughout the week. The beginner-friendly classes are $5 and free for NOMA and East Jefferson Wellness Center members. To register, call East Jefferson Healthfinders at (504) 456-5000.
- ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park New Orleans, intersection of South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues, New Orleans. Presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, the market is held the last Saturday of each month. Features between 75 and 135 local and regional artisans, entertainment, refreshments and a kids’ tent with a show and activities.
- BBQ BURNOUT, CAR SHOW & CRUISE-IN FEATURING DJ MANNIE FRESH: 2 p.m., Digby Park, corner of Dwyer Road and Virgilian Street, New Orleans. An annual event dedicated to custom-car culture and automobile enthusiasts that raises funds for the New Orleans East community as well as the public playground, Digby Park. This year it will host events throughout the entire Labor Day weekend with the main event being Saturday. There will be a car show, live music, a spacewalk and face painting for the kids and more. bbqburnout.com.
BOOK SIGNING, AUTHOR EVENT: 6 P.M. TO 9 P.M., FAUBOURG MARIGNY ART AND BOOKS, 600 FRENCHMEN ST., NEW ORLEANS. GREGORY ALEXANDER, AUTHOR OF “THE HOLY MARK: THE TRAGEDY OF A FALLEN PRIEST,” AND CLAYTON DELERY-EDWARDS, AUTHOR OF “THE UP STAIRS LOUNGE ARSON,” WILL BE SIGNING THEIR BOOKS. IN ALEXANDER’S NOVEL, A DISGRACED CATHOLIC PRIEST FROM A PROMINENT NEW ORLEANS FAMILY PONDERS HIS FUTURE AND REFLECTS ON HIS 25 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD. DELERY-EDWARDS’ BOOK CHRONICLES THE HORRIFIC 1973 FIRE AT A FRENCH QUARTER BAR THAT KILLED 32 PEOPLE. FABONFRENCHMEN.COM.
SUNDAY, AUG. 31
- SECOND ANNUAL LABOR DAY ALL WHITE AFFAIR HOSTED BY GINUWINE & TANK: 10 p.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Poydras St., New Orleans. Enjoy the greatest R&B and hip-hop music with celebrity hosts Tank, a Grammy-nominated R&B singer, and Ginuwine, a popular R&B artist who had several hits starting in the ’90s. $40-$85.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 2
- “PROCLIVITY,” “THE DEVIL HATES MARRIAGES” AND “BORN SPECIAL” AUTHORS EVENT: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Three new local authors will discuss their books. “Proclivity,” by Tanisca Wilson, an anthology of human experiences illustrated through five short stories; “The Devil Hates Marriages,” by Cynthia Addison, a look at different failed marriages; and “Born Special,” by Rhea B. Woodruff, a memoir on her unusual life. The books also will be available for sale.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3
- READING BETWEEN THE WINES: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. Fleur de Lit and Pearl Wine Co. present Reading Between the Wines, a new, free literary series on the first Wednesday of the month, where local authors will discuss and sign their books. Pearl will offer $5 glasses of wine, and Indochow will provide a food pop-up. fleurdelit.com.
- “THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA” LAUNCH PARTY: 7 p.m., Columns Hotel, 3811 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans. Maple Street Book Shop will host a launch party for Katy Simpson Smith’s debut novel. Set in a coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this novel follows three generations of a family yearning for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery and love. thecolumns.com.
- “LOUISIANA CRAWFISH, A SUCCULENT HISTORY OF THE CAJUN CRUSTACEAN” AUTHOR EVENT: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sam Irwin tells the story of Louisiana’s favorite crustacean with recipes and tall tales. Copies of the book will be on sale.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 4
- BROS. GRIMM: 7 p.m., Lusher Charter Elementary School, 7315 Willow St., New Orleans.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 6
- GENEALOGY ROADSHOW: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., New Orleans Board Of Trade, 316 Board of Trade Place, New Orleans. PBS and the Nine Network of Public Media presents the series Genealogy Roadshow, a free event where family mysteries of local residents are revealed on camera. Members of the public also may explore their personal histories with historical and genealogical societies that will be on-site. neworleansbot.com.
- SOIREE, SIP, SHOP, SAVOR COCKTAIL PARTY: 7 p.m., The Beauregard-Keyes House, 1113 Chartres St., New Orleans. Celebrate the New Orleans Moms Blog’s second birthday by enjoying refreshments and shopping. Tickets are $35. VIP tickets are also available. All attendees must be 21 or older.