FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the Spot family activity, music by Reed Turchi and a lecture by Joe Earle on "Japanese Ceramics Tomorrow." (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
NOAGE GOES ON SAFARI: 7 p.m., Cajun Ballroom at the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit, Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Food, dancing, auction and more for New Orleans Advocates for LGBT Elders. Safari attire encouraged. $45 and up. (504) 517-2345. noagenola.org.
CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS PREVIEW PARTY: 7:30 p.m., Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, 7 Victory Ave., New Orleans. Adults-only party in advance of annual holiday display, with access to the Botanical Garden and train route, with live music and beverages. $100 advance, $90 members of Friends of City Park, $120 gate. celebrationintheoaks.com.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WORLD WAR II AND SYMPOSIUM ON HITLER: 8 a.m., also Friday and Saturday; National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., and the Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Three-day conference on the war and the United States, plus a one-day symposium on the genocidal leader. $299 and up. (877) 813-3329, ext. 511. ww2conference.com.
ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE FESTIVAL: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday, Court 13 Arts Headquarters, 2801 Franklin Ave.; and Monday and Tuesday at Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Five-day festival of movies, music, art, performance and more, including a karaoke parade. alwaysforpleasure.org.
HELL YES FEST: Various locations around New Orleans. Comedic celebration of improv, sketch and stand-up, with other surprise shows and formats (podcasting, film, food, video games, etc.) sprinkled throughout. $10 advance, $12 door, $50 all-fest wristband. hellyestfest.com.
JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION ONE WALK: 8:30 a.m., Audubon Park, Shelter 10, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Fundraiser for 1.5 miles. (504) 828-2873. jdrf.org.
FALL FEST: 10 a.m., Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, 11000 Lake Forest Blvd., New Orleans. Music, nature walks, healthy cooking demonstrations, animal encounters and more are on tap, with activity bands for entry to planetarium, face painting, crafts and more. $8 advance, $10 door. audubonnatureinstitute.org.
MADISONVILLE FALL GUMBO COOK-OFF: 11 a.m., along the Tchefuncete River, Madisonville. Gumbo competition, with tastings and votes. $25 team, $5 wristband for samples and voting. madisonillechamber.org.
CRITTER CINEMA: 6 p.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. A G-rated film, with pets, popcorn, pillows, pajamas, pizza and more. Ages 5-10. Registration required. $35 per child. (504) 368-5191, ext. 207. la-spca.org.
WYES SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL: 6:30 p.m., Innovation Center for Educational Media, 916 Navarre Ave., New Orleans. Costume contest, raffles, food, music and fun to raise funds for public television. $25 and up. wyes.org.
JINGLE BELLS & BEER: 7 p.m., Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, 7 Victory Ave., New Orleans. Adults-only party in advance of annual holiday display, with access to the Botanical Garden and train route, with live music, and beers and bar snacks. $40 advance, $35 Friends of City Park. celebrationintheoaks.com.
CENTRAL CITY BOUCHERIE: 8 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, also Sunday; 1201 S. Rampart St., New Orleans. Whole hog feast and music festival, with butchering and preparing Saturday and serving on Sunday. (504) 558-4276. centralcitybbq.com.
COMIC AND ZINE FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Amateur and professional artists and writers sell and trade their works, plus workshops and live performances. nocazfest.com.
TREMÉ CREOLE GUMBO FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Brass band showcase and food festival, with the emphasis on gumbo, plus a "Gumbosium" with demonstrations, arts market, kids activities and food vendors. jazzandheritage.org/treme-gumbo.
ST. CATHERINE'S DAY HAT PARADE: 10:30 a.m., St. Charles Avenue and Pleasant Street, New Orleans. "Two Hats Are Better Than One" is the theme for the street promenade of women in hats, a salute to the French custom of honoring St. Catherine (patron saint of milliners, seamstresses and single women). (440) 503-6951. hatnola.com.
CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS FAMILY PARTY: 5 p.m., Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, 7 Victory Ave., New Orleans. Party in advance of annual holiday display, with access to the Botanical Garden and train route, unlimited rides, with live music and beverages. $100 advance, $90 members of Friends of City Park, $30 and up. celebrationintheoaks.com.
ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE FESTIVAL: 7 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, also Thursday through Saturday, Court 13 Arts Headquarters, 2801 Franklin Ave.; and Monday New Orleans. Five-day festival of movies, music, art, performance and more, including a karaoke parade. alwaysforpleasure.org.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: 5 p.m., Julia Street and Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans. The Riverwalk kicks off the holidays turning on the 50-foot tree, with food and beverage samples, live music and appearances by Santa's friends. riverwalkneworleans.com.
"HOPPY THANKSGIVING": 10 a.m., Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St., New Orleans. Chefs create new twists on traditional Thanksgiving family recipes in Bug Appetit. $17.95 and up. auduboninstitute.org.
Visit theadvocate.com/new_orleans for more events and a complete listing of what's going on this weekend.
Compiled by Marchaund Jones.