Here’s a bloody good way to enjoy brunch, music and cocktails while helping animals, and don’t forget to enter the Best Bloody Mary contest. Brunch Fest NOLA, a benefit for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at City Park, on the lawn between Lelong and Dreyfous drives, in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The inaugural event is free and pet friendly, and folks are invited to dress up or down — be it fancy brunch attire or pajamas and hair curlers. There’s a contest for this, too, of course.

Emceed by Chriss Knight and Andrew Ward, Brunch Fest NOLA will present music by the Messy Cookers Jazz Band, Shades of Praise Gospel Choir and Kinfolk Brass Band. Food will include brunch-inspired dishes and cocktails and beer and wine. Animals from the SPCA will be available for adoption.

Highlighting the event is the Best Bloody Mary contest, open to professional and amateur mixologists and judged by local food writer Scott Gold; New Orleans Wine and Food Experience founder Brenda Maitland; professional wine judge Tim McNally; and Tales of the Cocktail creator Ann Tuennerman.

Skyy Vodka is a major sponsor, and vendors include Velvet Cactus, Brick & Spoon, Crossroads, House of Blues and Ruby Slipper Café.

“We’re so excited to bring the first-ever brunch festival to New Orleans,” said SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “Our fall fundraiser, NOLA on Tap, has grown into a nationally recognized beer festival, and we hope that Brunch Fest NOLA will follow in its footsteps to raise money for the animals in our region.”

For information, including rules and registration for the bloody mary contest, a list of vendors and sponsors and volunteer opportunities, visit

Spring Garden Show

A sure sign that spring has sprung in New Orleans is the annual Spring Garden Show at the New Orleans Botanical Garden from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 3 Victory Ave. in City Park.

Explore more than 50 horticultural exhibits, enjoy family-friendly activities and take part in a variety of educational “Walk and Talk” lectures. Plants and garden products will be sold, and a plant health clinic will offer help for gardeners.

Enjoy an art market and music on the Haspel outdoor stage, and park for free in the lot next to the City Putt golf course. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 5-12. Children younger than 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter free. Please note that admission to the garden show does not include admission to the China Lights exhibit.

The garden show is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Metro Area Horticultural Foundation and the New Orleans Botanical Garden. For information, visit

Algiers treasure hunt

The annual Treasures From the Point, featuring about 100 family porch and garage sales, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Algiers Point neighborhood on the West Bank of New Orleans.

Along with shopping, folks are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the music of Hazel and the Delta Ramblers from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, including a map and directions, visit treasures

Jung Q&A

The C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans invites members and nonmembers to a Q&A discussion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave.

Questions and comments about Carl Jung’s writings, theories and dreams and his relationship with Sigmund Freud will be facilitated by Jungian analyst Marilyn Marshall. It’s free to members but $15 for nonmembers and $10 for students.

Questions may be submitted at the event or by email in advance to For information, visit

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