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 Ramblin' Letters, curator Russell Lord discusses tourism in the 19th century and film "O Brother, Where Art Thou." (504) 658-4100.

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT: 6 p.m., Botanical Garden, City Park, New Orleans. Al fresco dinner to benefit an outdoor teaching kitchen in the garden, with four-course meal by John Folse, followed by dancing. For under 45, a "party within a party" will be a cocktail hour then dinner. $300 and up. (504) 483-9386.

MARITIME MANIA: 7:30 p.m., Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mable Drive, Madisonville. Kick-off party for the Wooden Boat Festival, with music, food and mingling. $125 for two.

MASQUERADE PARTY: 8 p.m., Corpus Christi Community Resource Center, 2022 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans. Friends of the New Orleans Council on Aging host a fundraiser with food, beverages and entertainment, plus a costume contest. $25 and up.


FIELD OF SCREAMS: 5 p.m., Covington Recreation Center at Blue Swamp Creek, 4001 DePorres Road, Covington. Haunted tour along the nature trail.

ST. CHARLES ROCKIN' RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. Friday and Noon Saturday, Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. Concert featuring Molly Hatchet, Dee Snyder, Great White, Blackfoot and more to benefit St. Charles Care Center and Susan G. Komen New Orleans. $20 and up.

WEST JEFF FAMILY FEST: 6 p.m. Friday and Noon Saturday, West Jefferson Medical Center, 920 Avenue B, Marrero. This two-day fest includes food, music, carnival rides, kid zone, car and bike shows, costume contest and trunk or treat. Proceeds benefit patients at the medical center.


CRESCENT CITY BLUES AND BBQ FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Free event with live music, barbecue offerings and an arts market are on tap at this fest presented by the Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation. VIP passes provide premium seating, access to hospitality areas. VIP $250 and up.

ST. MARY MAGDALEN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. Friday, Noon Saturday and Sunday, 6425 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie. "Treasure Chest of Fun" is the theme for the fundraiser with food, music, carnival rides and more. Ride bands available. $20 and up. (504) 733-0922.


WALK FOR EDUCATION: 8:30 a.m., Audubon Park Riverview, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. United Negro College Fund annual 5k fundraiser. $35, $15 under 12. (504) 581-3794.

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: 10 a.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1830 M.L. King Jr. Blvd., New Orleans. "Gullah-Geechee: Ova deh Shrimp and Rice" will be the entree for kids ages 7-11. $20, $15 SOFAB members. (504) 267-7490.

STAY CONNECTED TALENT SHOW: 5 p.m., Grand Ballroom, University Center, UNO, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Autism and Down syndrome communities benefit from first talent show, with concessions. $38, $25 children.

"IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE" COSTUME PARTY: 6 p.m., GrandPre's Bar, 834 Rampart St., New Orleans. Friday Night Before Mardi Gras presents a Halloween costume party with food, beverage, a "meatier shower" for charity and costume contest. $20 donation.

"MERMAIDS & MAYHEM — DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES": 8 p.m., Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., New Orleans. Enter the realm of the Sirens of New Orleans for their annual Halloween party fundraiser to support The New Orleans Family Justice Center with beverages, music, food trucks and performances by several local marching organizations, plus costume contests. $45, $75 couples.


STEAM TRAIN FESTIVAL: 9 a.m., the Fly behind Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive 745 returns, with exhibits about passenger train stations in New Orleans, food trucks and music, plus kids activities. $15 donation requested. (504) 539-4600.

SELL-A-BRATION ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. Slidell Newcomers Craft Show features handcrafted items for sale, raffles and food for purchase. (985) 641-2021.


DAY OF THE GIRL: 10 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. For girls in grades 6-12 and adults, an interactive education workshop connecting peers and positive role models under the top "Finding Your Voice." RSVP.

CELEBRACÍON LATINA: 10 a.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Music, children's activities, Latin cuisine, crafts and community information. With zoo admission.

CHOCOLATE COVERED INSECT DAY: 10 a.m., Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St., New Orleans. Executive Bug Chefs will be cooking up chocolate treats for guests to sample.


NOLA & LEE ON HIS 78TH BIRTHDAY: 10 a.m. Lafayette Square, 602 Camp St., New Orleans. Speakers call for release of all files on the JFK assassination, plus "ground zero" walking tour of Lee Harvey Oswald's "march to infamy."

KICK OFF FOR KIDNEYS: 5:30 p.m., Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton St., New Orleans. National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana kick-off for annual walk, with information on teams, registration, hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. $5 donation. (504) 861-4500.


OKTOBERFEST: 4 p.m., through Oct. 21; along Bayou St. John, 1700 Moss St., New Orleans. Celebration of all things German, including food, music, beverages, heritage, souvenirs and more. First Keg Tap and festival opening. $8.

PUMPKIN PATCH: Noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, through Oct. 31; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3245 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Pumpkins, gourds, crafts, baked goods with photographer. (504) 366-0123.

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Compiled by Marchaund Jones