After seven years of sharing a weekend with the Creole Tomato Festival, the eighth annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival strikes out on its own from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St.

Admission is free, and performers include Buckwheat Zydeco, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with Jo-El Sonnier, Rosie Ledet, Bruce Daigrepont, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Les Freres Michot, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, and Sweet Crude.

Those who need to polish their two-step can join the dance team of Glenn Laigast and Lori Bertaut, who will offer free lessons.

Food venders will prepare Louisiana fare, including shrimp, catfish, soft-shell crab and alligator. And more than two dozen artists will sell their wares.

Festivalgoers are invited to bring folding chairs, but leave the ice chest and pets at home.

For information, visit

Grow Dat farm stand

Youth-grown produce will be sold from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, between City Park’s dog park and Pan Am Stadium.

A variety of flowers, herbs and vegetables will be offered, including arugula, kale and chard. Visitors to the farm stand are welcome to visit the organic fields.

For information, visit

Neighborhood porch crawl

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will host its fourth annual Porch Crawl from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, starting at Kennedy Park in the 3100 block of Ursulines Avenue. The event is a fundraiser in support of Desmare Playground in the historic Faubourg St. John neighborhood.

Participants will visit six neighborhood porches and enjoy hors d’oeuvres from restaurants including Café Degas, The Ruby Slipper, Lola’s, Liuzza’s, Santa Fe and Slow Food New Orleans. Food will be paired with Jim Beam Global Brand specialty cocktails and Lange Twins wine.

Tickets are available at Terrranova Brothers Superette, 3308 Esplanade Ave.; Swirl Wines, 3143 Ponce de Leon St.; or by visiting

For information, call (504) 237-2532 or email

Theater camp for kids

Southern Rep theater is offering a performance arts summer camp for children 4-18. Some classes are full, so those who are interested should make haste and email or visit for information about tuition fees and requirements.

The July session for children 4-8 offers the chance to take part in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” Camp dates are July 21 to Aug. 1, and performances are Aug. 1 and 2.

The “Footloose” camp for teens 13-18 is July 7-25 with performances July 25 and 26.

Founded in 1986, Southern Rep’s mission is to develop and produce plays that reflect the diversity of New Orleans, to provide audiences with professional theater of the highest artistic quality and achievement, and to establish a creative working environment that nurtures theater professionals. The year-round theater offers educational and outreach programs.

Courtyard concert finale

The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Concert in the Courtyard spring series will end with music by Africa Brass 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at 533 Royal St.

The concert is free for members and $10 for others and includes three beverages. Participants must be 21 or older. For information visit or call (504) 523-4663.

Golden luncheon for seniors

The Lakeview Golden Community Luncheon, sponsored by the Lakeview Shepherd Center, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20 at the Unitarian Church, 6690 Fleur de Lis Ave.

The St. Paul’s women’s group will prepare a gourmet lunch, and the Hector Gallardo trio will play Cuban percussion music. Peoples Health will provide a cake for those born in May and June. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

The Lakeview Shepherd Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling older adults to remain vital and independent. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers a variety of courses, including tai chi, yoga, ballet and bridge. Also offered are quilting classes, conversational French and computer help. The cost to participate is $15 per month. Visitors are welcome, and information is available at lakeview

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at