NOAC TURKEY DAY RACE: 8:30 a.m., Tad Gormley Stadium, City Park, 5400 Stadium Drive, New Orleans. New Orleans Athletic Club 5-mile and kids’ half-mile races to benefit Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans. (504) 304-2326. www.runnotc.org.
SHERIFF’S ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hall I-2, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. 40th annual event. Volunteers needed to arrive 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Preregister at www.opso.us. Rides and information: (504) 827-8504.
THANKSGIVING DAY AT THE RACES: 11 a.m. (first post), Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Live thoroughbred racing. (504) 944-5515. www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.
BAYOU CLASSIC THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE: 3:30 p.m., beginning at Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the French Market. Events kicks off a weekend of activities surrounding the annual Southern and Grambling State universities’ gridiron contest.
FRIDAY, NOV. 28
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS $12 ADOPTIONS: Though Dec. 31, Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Adult dogs, cats and kittens. Also, Santa’s Special Delivery program for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hanukkah or Kwanza $75. (504) 368-5191. www.la-spca.org.
UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SUMMIT: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. Bayou Classic business event, plus Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch program and Business Challenge. Career and College Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.mybayouclassic.com.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends through Christmas. Throughout downtown Covington. Shopping events, musicians, refreshments, door prizes. www.covla.com.
“A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING” AND “GARFIELD’S THANKSGIVING”: 10 a.m., Friday and Saturday, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. Double feature showing of children’s films. $5.75. (504) 891-2787. www.prytaniatheatreneworleans.com.
10 COMMANDMENTS HIKE: 10 a.m., Chabad House, 7037 Freret St., New Orleans. Scout Interfaith hike with stops at various representatives of many faiths. (504) 889-0388.
BAYOU CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT: 10 a.m., Joseph M. Bartholomew Sr. Municipal Golf Course, 6515 Congress Drive, New Orleans. $125 individual. (504) 658-3387. www.mybayouclassic.com.
HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. 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.
MOTHER’S CIRCLE: 10 a.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Exclusively for mothers who have lost a child to gun violence. (504) 658-4993. www.ashecac.org.
EDUCATOR APPRECIATION DAY AT NOMA: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Free admission for educators with ID and up to three family members. (504) 658-4100. www.noma.org.
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.
FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Art on the Spot, music by The New Orleans Moonshiners and “Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress” film. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTING OF THE PARK: 5 p.m., Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs. (985) 892-0711. www.townofabitasprings.com.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS AND GREEK SHOW: 6 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Southern and Grambling State universities’ marching bands and Greek organizations vie for honors before Saturday’s football classic.
CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, New Orleans. The annual spectacle of millions of lights for the holiday season opens to the public and runs through Jan. 3. $8. (504) 483-9415. www.celebrationintheoaks.com.
AN EVENING OF ELEGANCE: 7:30 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Lalah Hathaway, Najee and Kindred The Family Soul. $62.50 and up. (504) 525-1052. www.saengernola.com.
“NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION”: 12:15 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. Holiday hijinks with the Griswolds. $10. (504) 891-2787. www.prytaniatheatreneworleans.com.
SATURDAY, NOV. 29
DRAW-A-THON: 6:30 a.m., Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. Press Street’s 24-hour art experience by participants, with materials provided. (504)-298-3161. www.press-street.org.
CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. camelliacitymarket.org.
CHRISTMAS TREE AND HOLIDAY GIFT SALE: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Cita Dennis Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., New Orleans. Friends of the Hubbell Library hosts, with proceeds benefiting the library. (504) 322-7479. www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org.
FRIENDS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.
VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944. www.nationalww2museum.org.
ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Palmer Park, South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues, New Orleans. Market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. (504) 523-1465.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AUTHORS EVENTS: Local independent bookstores will have several authors throughout the day signing their work. At Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans, (504) 899-7323: 9 a.m., Moira Crone, “The Ice Garden”; 9 a.m., Lorin Gaudin, “New Orleans Chef’s Table”; 11 a.m., Kim Marie Vaz, “The Baby Dolls”; 11 a.m. Edward J. Branley, “New Orleans Jazz”; 1 p.m., Louis Maistros, “The Sound of Building Coffins”; 1 p.m., Carolyn Kolb, “New Orleans Memories”; 3 p.m., Michael Patrick Welch, “New Orleans: The Underground Guide”; 3 p.m., Katy Simpson Smith, “The Story of Land and Sea”; 4 p.m., Claudia Gray, “A Thousand Pieces of You”; 5 p.m., Sally Asher, “Hope and New Orleans.” At Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St., New Orleans, (504) 866-4619: 11:30 a.m., Ryan Adams, “New Orleans Mother Goose”; 1 p.m., Madeline Herlong, “Buddy”; 2 p.m., Cornell Landry, “Goodnight NOLA”; 3 p.m., Ryan Murphy, “What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo.”
HOLIDAY BOOKSIGNING AUTHORS EVENTS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Authors include Kid Chef Eliana, Kit Wohl, and Addie and Jeremy Martin. (504) 569-0405. www.southernfood.org.
FESTIVAL OF TREES HOLIDAY SOCK HOP: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Kickoff for festival. (504) 523-1357. www.lcm.org.
PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Peity 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.
BAYOU CLASSIC: Noon, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. 41st annual gridiron matchup of Grambling State and Southern universities. www.mybayouclassic.com.
“THE INNOVATORS — HOW A GROUP OF HACKERS, GENIUSES, AND GEEKS CREATED A DIGITAL REVOLUTION” AUTHOR EVENT: 1 p.m., Newman School Auditorium, 5333 Danneel St., New Orleans. Walter Isaacson discusses and signs his book about how the mind works for these innovators and how they mastered the art of teamwork. For books, contact Garden District Book Shop, (504) 895-2266.
“NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC CREOLE RECIPES” AUTHOR EVENT: 1 p.m., Cita Dennis Hubbel Library, 725 Pelican Ave., New Orleans author Kit Wohl signs her books during the Friends of Hubbell Tree Sale.
“A LITTLE GIRL NAMED DESTINY WHO LOVES TO PRAY” AND “WHAT JESUS SAYS ABOUT IT” AUTHOR EVENT: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Bren Daniels will sign copies of her children’s books. (985) 626-8884.
“THE NUTCRACKER”: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Roussell Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. $20 and up. (504) 210-0222. www.neworleansballettheatre.com.
SUNDAY, NOV. 30
300 RIDERZ FOR THE ROUGE HOUSE: 8 a.m., Hunter’s Field Park, 1600 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. Four-mile route to create awareness on the impact of the black dollar and encourage support of black and independent businesses. $10 per horse. (504) 638-3165.
“MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS”: Noon, Sunday and Wednesday, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. MGM classic with Judy Garland debuting “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” (504) 891-2728. www.prytaniatheatreneworleans.com.
LUNA FETE VIDEO MAPPING INSTALLATION: 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 6, Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Arts Council initiative (Light up NOLA Arts) contemporary art experience. (504) 523-1465. www.artsneworleans.org.
MONDAY, DEC. 1
BEAUREGARD-KEYES HOUSE CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1113 Chartres St., New Orleans. Historic French Quarter home in holiday dress through December. (504) 523-7257. www.bkhouse.org.
CHRISTMAS IN THE DISTRICT LIGHT DISPLAY: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through December, Central Business District, Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans. Light display. (855) 477-8746. christmasinthedistrict.com.
TAI CHI/CHI KUNG CLASS: 6 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center class. $5. (504) 456-5000. noma.org.
CATHEDRAL CONCERTS — LEROY JONES: 6 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans. Produced by French Quarter Festivals Inc., this is one in a series of concerts at the cathedral during the holiday season. www.fqfi.org.
“THE INNOVATORS — HOW A GROUP OF HACKERS, GENIUSES, AND GEEKS CREATED A DIGITAL REVOLUTION” AUTHOR EVENT: 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Walter Isaacson discusses and signs his book about how the mind works for these innovators and how they mastered the art of teamwork. For books, contact Octavia Books (504) 899-7323.
KINDER GARDEN — CREEPY CRAWLIES: 9:30 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans. Intro to gardening for toddlers up to 3 years. $12. (504) 293-4722. www.longuevue.com.
HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.
SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. www.sankofanola.org.
“YO GABBA GABBA” LIVE! MUSIC IS AWESOME: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Children’s television phenomenon comes to life with guests Leslie Hall and Biz Markie. (504) 525-1052. www.saengernola.com.
ROOSEVELT HOTEL LOBBY LIGHTING: 5:45 p.m., 123 Baronne St., New Orleans. Iconic holiday attire for downtown hotel. (504) 648-1200. www.therooseveltneworleans.com.
“BUSTER VOODOO” AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Mason James Cole reads and signs his novel about children disappearing, voodoo and Katrina. (504) 899-7323.
“A WORLD AT ARMS — A GLOBAL HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II” AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, National WWII Musuem, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Gerhard L. Weinberg lectures on “The Legacies of World War I” and signs his book. (504) 528-1944, ext. 229.
ORGAN AND LABYRINTH: 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1320 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. (504) 522-0276. www.albinas.org.
CATHEDRAL CONCERTS — CRESCENT CITY BRASS QUINTET: 6 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans. Produced by French Quarter Festivals Inc., this is one in a series of concerts at the cathedral during the holiday season. www.fqfi.org.
ART OF GIVING: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. Holiday shopping with a selection of the South’s greatest artisans and authors. (504) 539-9650. www.ogdenmuseum.org.
“STANDING IN THE SHADOWS (NO MORE)” QUILTING WORKSHOP: 6 p.m., Ashé Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Exhibited in March and April. (504) 569-9070.
“NEW ORLEANS HOMES AT CHRISTMAS” AUTHOR EVENT: 6:30 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Bonnie Warren discusses her new book on holiday décor in the Crescent City. (504) 889-8143.
JUSTICE REVIUS O. ORTIQUE JR. LECTURE ON LAW AND SOCIETY: 7 p.m., Georges Auditorium, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Benjamin Crump, civil rights attorney in the Trayvon Martin case speaks. Part of Brain Food, the Dillard University president’s lecture series. (504) 816-4800. www.dillard.edu.
THE ARCHETYPAL PATH OF TAROT: 7:30 p.m., Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave., New Orleans. C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans presents exploration of tarot as a spiritual practice. $15, $10 students. www.jungneworleans.org.
“HOME ALONE”: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, The Theatres at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. Merriment and mayhem ensue when an 8-year-old boy, left behind when his family flies to Paris, fights off burglars. (504) 581-2540. www.thetheatres.com.
HERMITAGE PIANO TRIO: 8 p.m., Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Friends of Music presentation of Russian ensemble. $35. (504) 895-0690. www.friendsofmusic.org.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3
WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. By 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.
NOMA’S NOONTIME TALK: Noon, New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Q&A with curator on photorealism exhibit. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
LUNCHBOX LECTURE: Noon, H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Nathan Huegen presents “Womanless Weddings: Arkansas Drag Tradition During WWII.” (504) 528-1944, ext. 229. www.nationalww2museum.org.
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.
CHRISTMAS SEASON IN NEW ORLEANS — A CELEBRATION: 5:30 p.m., Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. Librarian and curator Pamela Arceneaux talks about tradition and celebration in the Crescent City. (504) 596-2660. www.neworleanspubliclibrary.com.
CATHEDRAL CONCERTS — BETTY WINN AND ONE A-CHORD: 6 p.m. St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans. Produced by French Quarter Festivals Inc., this is one in a series of concerts at the cathedral during the holiday season. www.fqfi.org.
“BOUKI FAIT GUMBO — A HISTORY OF THE SLAVE COMMUNITY OF HABITATION HAYDEL (WHITNEY PLANTATION)” AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Ibrahima Seck reads and signs his book about slavery at the Whitney Plantation and the impact on Southern culture. (504) 899-7323.
THE LIGHTING OF THE BALCONIES: 6 p.m., Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans. Ceremony includes “flipping the switch” by two Children’s Hospital patients, characters and music. (504) 586-0300. www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans.
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS: 6:30 p.m., NAMI New Orleans, 1538 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans. Support group meeting. Please call or email before attending. (504) 410-7025. email@example.com.
COMMUNITY ARTS AWARDS: 7 p.m., Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Arts Council’s event to honor achievements.