‘the 25th annual putnam county spelling bee’

Friday to Sunday, through March 20

What happens when six “kids” enter a spelling bee and end up opening up about their lives and characters? “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a musical production that takes the audience right in to the world of these youngsters, played by adults. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts presents the award-winning show that even includes a chance for four audience members to get in on the act. $40, $38 seniors, $36 students/active military. The show runs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 20; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.

the boat show

Friday to Sunday

The entire Mercedes-Benz Superdome floor will evolve into the region’s largest boat show, featuring the deals on all the equipment needed for aquatic fun. Also represented at the show will be companies offering boat insurance, electronics, sunglasses, boat lifts and other accessories. This year there will be a “Kid’s Zone,” with games for young children and adult-supervised play. Kids are welcome, with all-day access to the Kid’s Zone at $5, giving parents some freedom to enjoy the show while their young children are playing safely. The show opens at 3 p.m. Friday, at 10 a.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $5 12 and under. 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. boatshowneworleans.com.

spring fiesta

Saturday and Sunday, also March 12-13

For generations, Spring Fiesta has been a seasonal celebration of the spirit of New Orleans and the French Quarter. With several tours of homes and courtyards planned, as well as royalty, parades, special dinners and more, the Spring Fiesta continues to be a stellar event in the Crescent City calendar. The tours, often of homes and locales normally not available for public view, begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; 826 St. Ann St., New Orleans. $15 and up. springfiestanola.com.

once in a brew moon


Head to the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park in New Orleans City Park for all the rides and beer you can handle for one low price. Once In A Brew Moon is an over-21 only event that allows the adults to enjoy the park, with beer, vodka snowballs, food and giveaways. The event is a popular one and often sells out in advance. And at $30, it’s a deal. 7:30 p.m., Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, City Park New Orleans. NewOrleansCityPark.com.

wyes ‘downton abbey’ grand finale screening


The Crawley family saga comes to a close this weekend and WYES is hosting a special viewing of the much-anticipated wrapup of the four generations that have called “Downton” home (or work, depending on your point of view. VIP tickets are available, but the 2 p.m. screening will be free. There will also be a costume contest so don that period apparel. VIP $45. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. wyes.org.

ickel a dance series


Nickel A Dance is a free series of afternoon jazz concerts by the New Orleans Jazz Celebration each spring and fall that is a hit with children, families, seniors and the general dancing public that don’t tend to go to clubs. It attracts a diverse group of fans that meet on Frenchmen Street to celebrate jazz as America’s original dance music while listening to the best of today’s classic jazz bands. Gregg Stafford and the Jazz Hounds start up the season. 4 p.m., the Maison Restaurant and Music Club, 508 Frenchmen St., New Orleans. nojc.org.