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 Smoke N Bones, artist perspective with Teresa Cole, Art in Peril Film Series with "Through A Lens Darkly — Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People." (504) 658-4100.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: 6 p.m., Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. Kickoff for fall monthly series, with The Players Ella & Louie Tribute Band, with beverages $10, members free. (504) 523-4662.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: 7 p.m., Ursuline Convent, 1100 Chartres St., New Orleans. Lighthouse Louisiana fundraiser, with food, cocktails, dancing, auction and more. $100 and up. (504) 899-4501.

WE STAND AS ONE HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF: 7 p.m., Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. Fundraiser with The Batiste Fathers & Sons, James "12" Andrews, Hot 8 Brass Band, Brass-A-Holics, Zion Harmonizers and more. $10. (504) 304-0460.

MEXICAN AND CENTRAL AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY STREET PARTY: 7 p.m., Casa Borrega, 1719 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Music, regional food and beverages on tap for the celebration to mark the independence from Spain.

FIESTA FEST: 7 p.m., Mid-City Market, 411 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Music, food, dancing and beverages, with performance by José Fermín Ceballos and his Salsa Orchestra. A portion of the proceeds benefit Son of a Saint program.

MARTINI MADNESS: 8 p.m., Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, 12 Magnolia Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Madness, munchies and martinis all blend for a wonderful evening to benefit the restoration of Popp Bandstand at the park. $55 and up. (504) 483-9376.

JUSTICE FOR ALL BALL: 8 p.m., Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. The Pro Bono Project benefit with honorary chair Leah Chase, music, auctions and more. $75 and up. (504) 581-4043.


NOLA STORYCON: 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, JW Marriott, 614 Canal St., New Orleans. Three days of book seminars, receptions and panels and book signings by authors, including Charlaine Harris, Christine Feehan, Darynda Jones, PC Cast and more. $50 and up.


IRISH FEST NEW ORLEANS: 9 a.m., Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St., New Orleans. Music, food, a traditional ceili group folk dance and competitions with several food vendors. $10 advance, $15 gate.

MIDAUTUMN FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., Westbank Flea Market, 1048 Scotsdale Drive, Harvey. Asian-Pacific American Society presents a day of entertainment, food, arts, crafts and more celebrating the cultures of Asia and the Pacific region.

ST. CHARLES GREENWING DAY AND CHILI COOK-OFF: 10 a.m., Wetland Watchers Park, 1650 Lower Guide Levee Road, Norco. St. Charles Ducks Unlimited cooking competition. $5. (504) 329-6621.


PIRATES AND PRINCESSES DAYS: 11 a.m., Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. Discounted admission for those in costume during these special days.

SHRIMP AND JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., Archbishop Shaw High School, 1000 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Annual cook-off, with music, car show and craft fair. $20 advance, $25 door. (504) 340-6727.

HONODURAN INDEPENDENCE DAY COOKING: Noon, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Chefs Amy Sins and Melissa Araujo demonstrate flavors and techniques. (504) 267-7490.

BAD TO THE BONE — RESCUED ON THE RUNWAY: 6 p.m., Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Food, music, costume contests, silent auction and adoptable dogs from 10 rescue/shelter groups. (504) 269-8711.

JAZZ'N THE VINES: 6:30 p.m., Pontchartrain Vineyards, 81250 Old Military Road, Bush. Charmaine Neville and fireworks kickoff the season of music, wine and food among the grapes. Flashlights, chairs and dinner are encouraged. $10, under 17 free. (504) 892-9742.

YLC ROLE MODEL AWARDS GALA: 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Black tie-event celebrates young leaders of today and tomorrow and generates funds for the organization's service projects. $200 and up. (504) 585-1500.

JAZZ & HERITAGE CONCERT SERIES KICKOFF: 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1205 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. The James Rivers Movement starts the series of 13 shows through July. (504) 558-6100.


READ NOLA EVENT: Noon, Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St., New Orleans. Luncheon, panels, signings and meetings with authors Joshilyn Jackson, Christina Baker Kline, Anne Bogel, Jamie DeMent, Lynette Eason, Alan Gratz, Denise Kiernan, Micah LeMon, Bernard Manshiem, Mary Alice Monroe, Scott Reintgen, Crabel Shofner, Andrea Thome, Sarah Tolcser, Leah Weiss and Kim Wright. $55. (803) 994-9530.

BOGO DANCE: 2 p.m., Jefferson Orleans North 2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. USA Dance celebrates National Ballroom Dance Week with an event where members can bring a guest at no charge. Argentine tango lesson and performance by Carlos and Maureen Urrego to highlight. $12, $10 members. (504) 607-1041 or (504) 258-2220.


"ABSOLUTE VENGEANCE — THE ALEX SHEPHERD STORY": 6 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville. C.W. Lemoine signs his book about a SWAT sniper who attempts to stop a suburban terrorist attack and save his family. (985) 626-8884.

"CULINARY FIGHT CLUB" SEAFOOD SHOWDOWN: 6 p.m., Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St., New Orleans. Live cooking competition in timed contest with seafood as the main course. $30 and up.


COLLEGE NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY: 6:30 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Admissions representatives from local and national colleges and universities on hand for Q&A sessions and information about the process. (504) 889-8143.

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Compiled by Marchaund Jones