NOAC Turkey Day Race

The 107th running of this Thanksgiving Day 5-miler for adults and half-miler for kids raises funds for Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans — a great way to build up an appetite before the feast. $30 day-of-race registration. 7 a.m. registration and packet pickup, 8:30 a.m. start. (504) 944-5515.

Sheriff’s Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration

Marking a 40th anniversary, Sheriff Marlin Gusman continues this event packed with goodwill, good food and great entertainment by such notables as Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield, Kermit Ruffins, Ronald Jones, Chucky C and Tony Owens. Volunteers needed; go to and report from 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hall I-2, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 827-8504.

Bayou Classic Parade

No New Orleans holiday is complete without a parade. This one runs from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the French Market and kicks off events for the gridiron classic between Southern and Grambling State Universities set for Saturday. 3:30 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans.


41st annual Bayou Classic

This gridiron grudge match has blossomed into a weekend filled with events, including parades, business symposia, benefit events and a mammoth display of talent and culture. But all eyes will be focused on the field when the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars vie to end the 20-20 tie in this classic matchup. Noon, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans.

Saturday and Monday

Walter Issacson and ‘The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created a Digital Revolution’

Isaacson discusses and signs his book. 1 p.m. Saturday at Newman School Auditorium, 5333 Danneel St., New Orleans; Garden District Book Shop, (504) 895-2266. 7 p.m. Monday at Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans; Octavia Books (504) 899-7323.


Luna Fête

Contemporary light, sound installation, motion graphics and video mapping are merged to create artistic large-scale outdoor light shows. 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 6, Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. An Arts Council (Light up NOLA Arts) contemporary art experience. (504) 523-1465.


Melissa Etheridge

The Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist takes to the stage for her “Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E.” tour, with songs from her new album and her extensive repertoire of hits. $39.50 and up. 7:30 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 525-1052.


Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Southern Rep presents Doris Baisley’s adaptation with music of the holiday classic, starring John “Spud” McConnell. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 21. Marquette Theatre, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 522-6545.