SATURDAY

  • DILLARD HOUSING FAIR: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Professional Schools Building, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd. The fair features more than 65 exhibitors presenting information on topics including credit repair, loans, grant funding for homeowners and more. Free. (504) 816-4704, nharris@dillard.edu
  • IRIS SOCIETY MEETING: 10 a.m. to noon, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Internationally recognized iris expert Benny Trahan presents a talk entitled “Did You Know?” on little-known or misunderstood facts about Louisiana irises. Free.
  • SPREAD THE HERBS: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden. Learn from Linda Franzo, of the Passionate Platter, how to make dips, hummus and other spread using herbs fresh from the garden. $15 by advance registration only. (504) 483-9473, scapley@nocp.org.
  • MUSEUM DAY LIVE!: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Visit the house and gardens for free on this day, organized by the Smithsonian. Free with ticket downloaded from www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/?no-ist . Check the site for additional museums accessible by downloading a free ticket. (504) 293-4720, sduperon@longuevue.com.
  • ALGIERS FALL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Federal City, 2500 General Meyer Ave. The first annual event honors the military and Federal City community. The festival offers food, music, arts and crafts. Free. (504) 367-3331, www.algiersdevelopment.com.
  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne). The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. (504) 523-1465, www.artsneworleans.org.

SUNDAY

  • PLEIN AIR GARDEN PAINTING CLASS: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Longue Vue’s artist-in-residence, Peg Usner, leads a painting class in which students can capture the estate’s beauty on canvas. $35. (504) 293-4724, www.longuevue.com.

TUESDAY

  • FINANCING YOUR RENOVATION: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Preservation Resource Center, 923 Tchoupitoulas St. Learn about renovation loans, as well as tax credits. $20, space limited. (504) 581-7032, www.prcno.org.

WEDNESDAY

  • HEALTHY SOIL, HEALTHIER WATERWAYS: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center’s Earth Lab, 2372 Saint Claude Ave. Groundwork New Orleans hosts a hands-on workshop on how to build and manage a compost bin from a variety of materials in a range of sizes to fit your kitchen or yard. Free with reservation. (504) 208-2771, http://bit.ly/1DrVIbo.

THURSDAY, OCT. 1

  • ORIGAMI CLASS: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2011 Magazine St. Learn the Japanese art of making paper flowers from Alison Scott. $16. (504) 235-1558

SATURDAY, OCT. 3

  • FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret at Napoleon. This outdoor market features art, crafts, vintage goods, pet adoptions, food and music. Free. www.freretmarket.org.
  • TREMÉ FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., corner of Henriette Delille and Governor Nicholls St. Historic Faubourg Tremé sponsors a street festival to raise funds to restore Historic St. Augustine Church. The festival will feature food, crafts and music, as well as second lines and stilt walkers. Free. www.faubourgtreme.org.
  • INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE PLANTS: 9 a.m. to noon, Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park. John Manion leads class that introduces terminology and definitions of native plants and their historical and contemporary uses. Manion is the Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and has worked at the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland. The class will begin inside then continue outside. $30 by advance registration only. (504) 483-9473, scapley@nocp.org.

SUNDAY, OCT. 4

  • CIRQUE DU CUISINE KITCHEN TOUR: Noon to 4 p.m., begins at Tableau Restaurant, 616 St. Peter St. Tour ten historic kitchens in the Vieux Carré while tasting complementary wines and dishes from local restaurants, all to benefit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. $50. (504) 267-7490, www.sofabinstitute.org.

THURSDAY, OCT. 8

  • NOTARIAL ARCHIVES TOUR: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Notarial Archives Division, 1340 Poydras St., Suite 360. Take a guided tour of the city’s notarial archives. Free with advance registration. jstrawn@orleanscdc.com.

FRIDAY, OCT. 9 TO SUNDAY, OCT. 11

  • GENTILLYFEST: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Pontchartrain Park, between Press Drive and Prentiss. The eighth annual Gentillyfest celebrates the area’s rebirth with music on four stages, food, arts and crafts, and activities for children. Free. www.gentillyfest.com.

SATURDAY, OCT. 10 AND SUNDAY, OCT. 11

  • BROMELIAD AND CRYPTANTHUS SHOW AND SALE: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Crowne Plaza Hotel 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner. For the 37th annual Southwest Bromeliad Guild Show and 14th International Cryptanthus Society Show, local growers and others from Texas and Florida will exhibit and sell exotic plants. This is the fourth time since 1971 that the event has been held locally. Free. nklazarre@msn.com.
  • FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park. The annual event offers plant and garden product exhibits and sales throughout the garden, a Children’s Fun Fest area, educational programs, music, arts and crafts, and more. $8 adults, $4 children ages 5 to 12. (504) 658-2900, www.neworleanscitypark.org.

SATURDAY, OCT. 10

  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St. This indoor and outdoor market offers dozens of vendors purveying food, refreshments, vintage goods, art, crafts and live music. Free. (504) 269-3982.
  • WATERSHED HEALTH: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, Room 252, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Learn how water quality affects life and health in your neighborhood and what you can do to make a difference. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. Free. (504) 208-2771.
  • SECOND SATURDAY SALE AND TALK: 9 a.m. to noon sale, 10 a.m. talk, Parkway Partners, 1139 Baronne St. Learn about making fire cider, tinctures and herbal remedies. Free. (504) 620-2224, www.parkwaypartnersnola.org.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14

  • HARRISON AVENUE MARKETPLACE: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 801 Harrison Ave. The market offers food, music, art, crafts and kid-friendly activities for families. Free. (504) 535-4486, www.harrisonavenuemarketplace.org.

THURSDAY, OCT. 15

  • NOTARIAL ARCHIVES TOUR: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Notarial Archives Division, 1340 Poydras St., Suite 360. Take a guided tour of the city’s notarial archives. Free with advance registration. jstrawn@orleanscdc.com.

THURSDAY TO SUNDAY, OCT. 15 TO OCT. 18

  • BIG BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd. (at the Lake), Kenner. The sale offers more than 65,000, including gently used home design and garden books, all to benefit the Jefferson Parish Library System. Sponsored by Friends of the Jefferson Parish Library. (504) 455-2665, friendsJPL@yahoo.com.

FRIDAY, OCT. 16

  • FERRY SAIL-EBRATION: 9 p.m., Crown and Anchor Pub, 200 Pelican Ave. Celebrate extended hours for the Algiers ferry with a second line led by a local brass band and the Pussyfooters. Free, but ferry ride costs $2 each way. www.facebook.com/FridaysonthePoint.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCT. 17 AND OCT. 18

  • ALGIERS POINT HOME TOUR: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., starts at 141 Delaronde St. The Algiers Point Association hosts a self-guided tour of eight residences in the city’s second oldest neighborhood. Stops include six historic homes, an apartment in a renovated school building and a rooftop deck with panoramic views. $15. www.algierspoint.org/hometour.html.
  • SECRET GARDENS OF THE VIEUX CARRÉ: Noon to 4 p.m., tour starts at Creole Delicacies, 533 St. Ann St. This self-guided walking tour offers admission to seven different gardens each day, all in the French Quarter. Sponsored by Patio Planters, the group that puts on the annual Christmas caroling in Jackson Square. $20, free for children under 12. (888) 756-6250, news@patioplanters.org.

SATURDAY, OCT. 17

  • LASALLE PARK GARDEN OPEN HOUSE: 9 a.m. to noon, Stable Drive across from Zephyr Field. Sarah Bertrand of the LSU AgCenter leads tours of the vegetable garden, which serves as a demonstration garden for various growing techniques. Free. (504) 483-9471, cdunaway @agcenter.lsu.edu.

THURSDAY, OCT. 22

  • NOTARIAL ARCHIVES SEMINAR: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Notarial Archives Division, 1340 Poydras St., Suite 360 To celebrate American Archives Month, Clerk of Civil District Court Dale Atkins’ office will offer an in-depth seminar on how to use the notarial archives for a variety of purposes. Free, but registration limited to 25. jstrawn@orleanscdc.com.

FRIDAY, OCT. 23

  • AT HOME IN THE VIEUX CARRE: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 1128 Burgundy St. Join residents of the French Quarter at an 1853 Creole cottage to initiate VCPORA’s annual “At Home” series, aimed at introducing New Orleanians and guests to the Quarter’s residential community. $10. (504) 581-7200, meglousteau@vcpora.org.

SATURDAY, OCT. 24

  • HOW TO BUILD AND INSTALL RAIN BARRELS: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, Room 252, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Reduce your water bill by learning how to make and install rain barrels. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. Free. (504) 208-2771.

THURSDAY, OCT. 29

  • NOTARIAL ARCHIVES TOUR: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Notarial Archives Division, 1340 Poydras St., Suite 360. Take a guided tour of the city’s notarial archives. Free with advance registration. jstrawn@orleanscdc.com.

SATURDAY, OCT. 31

  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne). The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids tent. Free. (504) 523-1465, www.artsneworleans.org.

SATURDAY, NOV. 14

  • PORTABLE PLANTERS: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, Room 252, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Learn about vertical and flow-through planters, as well as additional space-saving solutions. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. Free. (504) 208-2771.

SATURDAY, NOV. 21

  • THE TREES AND ME: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, Room 252, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Learn about the benefits of growing trees in the urban landscape, various species to plant and how to plant for best results. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. Free. (504) 208-2771.

SATURDAY, DEC. 5

  • NATIVE PLANTS, NATIVE CULTURE: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, Room 252, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Learn about local wild foods, medicines and more and make tea from local herbs. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. Free. (504) 208-2771.