SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
SECRET GARDENS TOUR: Noon to 4 p.m., Creole Delicacies, 533 St. Ann St. Join the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre in this annual self-guided walking tour of neighborhood gardens, to benefit the group that stages the caroling in Jackson Square. Twelve gardens total, six on each day. $20. facebook.com/patioplantersvieuxcarre.
PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St. Free. (504) 505-4113.
PELICAN GREENHOUSE SALE: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pelican Greenhouse, 4 Golf Drive. Greenhouse volunteers sell flowers, vegetables, herbs that were intended for sale at last weekend's canceled garden show. Free. (504) 483-9464, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARADE OF HOMES: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., various homes in Arabi and Chalmette. Check out the newest home buying options in St. Bernard Parish, downriver of Jackson Barracks. Projects are part of the “Sold on St, Bernard” initiative. Free. soldonstbernard.com.
CIRQUE DE CUISINE KITCHEN TOUR: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Bourbon Orleans, 717 Orleans Ave. Tour the kitchens and enjoy tasty treats at 10 French Quarter homes, to benefit SoFAB. $55 advance, $65 at the door. natfab.org/southern-food-and-beverage.
URBAN ECOLOGY EXPLORATION: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hollygrove Market & Farm, 8301 Olive St. Southbound Gardens joins Jonathan Carpenter of BioDiversity schematics in a BioBlitz during which guests will count as many organisms as possible in a set time frame. $15 suggested donation. (504) 483-7037.
ALTERED BOOK WORKSHOP: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave. Jessica Peterson of the Southern Letterpress leads a workshop which explores various methods of alteration including changing the text, to collage, painting and cutting. Free. email@example.com.
HISTORY OF ST. BERNARD: 7 p.m., Los Isleno Museum, 1345 Bayou Road, St. Bernard. Parish Historian William Hyland discusses the history of the area from 1817 to 1865. Free. (504) 512-5120.
BIG BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Loads of hone design and gardening books will be on sale at this event organized by the Friends of Jefferson Parish Library. Free. friendsofjeffersonlibrary.org.
MUSIC & DANCE IN 19TH CENTURY NEW ORLEANS: 2 p.m., departs from the Cabildo (at Spanish Canon). Friends of the Cabildo leads a tour of the French Quarter highlighting places where the French Opera once stood and where Quadroon Balls took place. $25, friendsofthecabildo.org.
SATURDAY, OCT. 21
NEW ORLEANS HISTORIC HOTELS: 10 a.m. to noon, 314 Holiday Drive. Paul Oswell, of England, a frequent visitor to the Crescent City, lectures on his research into the history of New Orleans hotels. Presented by the Algiers Historical Society. Free. (504) 596-2641.
UPTOWN HOME TOUR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Café Luna, 802 Nashville Ave., (headquarters). The New Orleans Architecture Foundation sponsors its second annual home tour featuring eight homes in Uptown and in Carrollton. $45 advance, $30 day of. noaf.org.
OCT. 24 – 31
LA DANSE MACABRE: 11 a.m., The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St. Take a special guided tour of the Louisiana History galleries focusing on “The Nightmare of History,” from executions in French Louisiana to cemetery relocation. $5, children under 13 not admitted. hnoc.org. No event on Monday, Oct. 30.
TROPICAL PLANT CONSERVATION: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., New Orleans Botanical Garden, Garden study Center. Chipper Wichmann of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii discusses the importance of preserving the biodiversity of plants. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org.
N.O. MUSICIANS’ BURIAL SITES: 6:30 p.m., Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave. Emily ford of Oak and Laurel Cemetery Restoration discusses the final resting places of New Orleans musicians. Free. (504) 596-3113.
TOMBS BY TWILIGHT: 5:30 p.m., St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery. Join a guide from Save Our Cemeteries for an exclusive tour at dusk of the cemetery, which includes Marie Laveau’s resting place. $45. saveourcemeteries.org.
PALMER PARK ARTS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park, South Carrollton at South Claiborne. Free. artsneworleans.org.