- BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily except Sunday and Monday, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela.
- FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., also Friday to Sunday; various locations throughout the Vieux Carre. Eighteen stages throughout the Quarter with New Orleans music, food and beverage booths and the world’s largest jazz brunch. fqfi.org.
- NORTH SHORE CRAWFISH BOIL: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fidelity Bank, 500 C.M. Fagan Drive, Hammond. Benefit to raise funds for American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana.
- “TO MARRY AN ENGLISH LORD — TALES OF WEALTH AND MARRIAGE, SEX AND SNOBBERY”: 5 p.m., House of Broel, 2220 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. WYES and the English-Speaking Union of New Orleans sponsor author Carol McD. Wallace in a presentation about the book that served as the inspiration for “Downton Abbey.” $60 and up. wyes.org.
- MUSEUM PLANNING TOWN HALL MEETING: 5:30 p.m., Bayou Gauche Fire Station, 410 First St., Bayou Gauche. Planning session for museum in the Comardell School Building. (504) 559-3439. stcharlesgov.net.
- A TASTE OF COVINGTON: Various locations in Covington, through Sunday. Celebration of food and wine, with music, vintner’s dinners, a grand tasting, art shows and a Champagne jazz brunch. Tickets vary per event. atasteofcovington.com.
- “BOOKSHELF — OBJECT LESSON SERIES”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Lydia Pyne and editor Christopher Schaberg discuss the latest in this series. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- “PLATFORM REVOLUTION — HOW NETWORKED MARKETS ARE TRANSFORMING THE ECONOMY AND HOW TO MAKE THEM WORK FOR YOU”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Geoffrey Parker launches and reads his book about digital networks. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
- THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. Pianist and comedian Philip Melancon performs in this series. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
- BRIGHT LIGHTS AWARD DINNER: 7 p.m., Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities honors Zachary Richard with Humanist of the Year award, plus others. $150 and up. (504) 620-2632. leh.org/humanities-awards.
- “THE LANGUAGE OF JESUS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Wyming Sun, Aramaic scholar, presents a lecture about this language. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
- QUILT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also Saturday; Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. Gulf States Quilting Association show with more than 360 quilts on display, demonstrations, classes, merchants. $7, $10 two-day pass, $4 under 12. (504) 895-4435. gulfstatesquilting.org.
- BRETT THOMAS DOUSSAN FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: 11 a.m., City Park, New Orleans. Fundraiser for mental health agencies. $150 per player. btdfoundation.org.
- FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the spot, music by Yvette Voelker with Josh Paxton, screening of film on Henry Darger, “In the Realms of the Unreal.” (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
- MUSEUM PLANNING TOWN HALL MEETING: 5:30 p.m., Paradis Fire Station, 807 Barber Road, Paradis. Planning session for museum in the Comardell School Building. (504) 559-3439. stcharlesgov.net.
- FRENCH COOKING CLASS: 6 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1830 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., New Orleans. “Le printemps est dans l’assiette” is the official name for Alliance Française’s three-course cooking class. $85, $70 members. af-neworleans.org/events.
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEYS: 6:30 P.M., LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS, 7 BAMBOO ROAD, NEW ORLEANS. THE MAJOR FUNDRAISER FOR LONGUE VUE, SILENT AUCTION FEATURING LUXE TRIPS, ART AND JEWELRY. $100 AND UP. (504) 293-4723. LONGUEVUE.COM.
- PILATES IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m., also 6 p.m. Monday; New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106. noma.org.
- SUPER SATURDAY VOLUNTEER DAY: 9 a.m., Volunteer Center, 1009 Harrison Ave., City Park, New Orleans. Bring close-toed shoes, water, sunscreen, bug spray and a hat to help with tasks around the park. (504) 483-9459. neworleanscitypark.com.
- SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK: 10:30 a.m., Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Guide tour of the preserve with information on botany and what’s in bloom. Reservations suggested. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10. nps.gov/jela.
- “MARCO GETS A PUPPY”: 11 a.m., Barnes and Noble Bookseller, Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville. Mary Bilich signs her children’s book. (985) 626-8884. barnesandnoble.com.
- “BUGGY BOXES” CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP: 11 a.m., RHINO Contemporary Craft Gallery, Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. Hands-on project for children. Reservations suggested. $5 donation for materials. (504) 523-7945. rhinocrafts.com.
- “GETTING OFF AT ELYSIAN FIELDS”: 1 p.m., Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. John Pope signs his book of noteworthy newspaper obituaries. (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com.
- “MY SUNSHINE AWAY”: 5:30 p.m., Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St., New Orleans. M.O. Walsh launches and signs his paperback about life and crime in Baton Rouge. Octavia Books to sell. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- CRITTER CINEMA: 6 p.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Pizza, popcorn, movies and pets. Bring PJs, a pillow and enjoy a G-rated movie. Ages 5-10. $35 per child. Pre-registration required. (504) 368-5191, ext. 207. la-spca.org/crittercinema.
- SPRING FOR ART: 6 p.m., historic St. John district, downtown Covington. St. Tammany Art Association opens of galleries with demonstrations, shopping, dining and live music. sttammanyartassociation.org.
- “LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE” GALA: 7 p.m., Abita Quail Farm, 23185 La. 435, Abita Springs. Benefit for the Women’s Center for Healing and Transformation, with live and silent auction, food, music, cash bar and fireworks. $65 and up. (985) 892-8111. womenscenterforhealing.org.
- MORNING MEDITATION: 10 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Session led by Dr. Jess Tregle. Mats suggested. $10. (504) 293-4721. longuevue.com.
- FESTIVAL OF BALLOONS: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. Showcase of balloon displays and art by international artists, part of world balloon convention. $10. facebook.com/festivalballoon.
- PET TRAINING CLASSES: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. “Reactive Rover” workshops for people only on why pets do what they do. $25, registration required. “Intro to Dog Training,” also people only, covers the basics. Free, walk-ins welcome. la-spca.org.
- “FAREWELL TO AN ANGEL — IT ALL BEGAN IN OLD NEW ORLEANS”: 3 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. John Hanson reads and signs his book about life and his late wife, Patty. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
- PEOPLE PROGRAM’S POETRY CLASS: 3 p.m., 2240 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley reads. (504) 284-7678.
- MESSIAH IN THE PASSOVER MODEL SEDER: 4:30 p.m., Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans. Tikvat Yisrael, a Messianic women’s group, will have an abbreviated seder, with singing, dancing and informal conversation. (504) 738-3119. media.cjfm.org/pub/reps/michelleb/beadle_messianic_fellowship.pdf.
- TAI CHI CLASS: 6 p.m., NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center classes outside or in the museum. $5. (504) 456-5000. noma.org.
- “OLLIE’S ODYSSEY”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. William Joyce discusses and signs his book about the adventures of a stuffed animal to save himself and other “lost” stuffies. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
- “BEIRUT ON THE BAYOU — ALFRED NICOLA, LOUISIANA AND THE MAKING OF A MODERN LEBANON”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Raif Shwayri discusses and signs his book about a family’s saga in the Crescent City and the Fertile Crescent. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 P.M., DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 615 CITY PARK AVE., NEW ORLEANS. LOCAL CHAPTER OF SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S CHORUS. (601) 550-0983. CRESCENTCITYSOUND.COM.
- EATMOOR IN BROADMOOR: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. Food truck fest hosted by Broadmoor Improvement Association. myhousenola.com.
- BEST CHEFS OF LOUISIANA AWARDS: 6 p.m., Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter and New Orleans Mission team for award presentation, with food, entertainment, auctions and beverage. $100. acfno.org/the-best-chefs-of-louisiana.
- “DEAD WAKE — THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA”: 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Erik Larson signs his book about the historic sinking and the world during World War I. Tickets required. Octavia Books to sell. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visitors can pick up and try on original and reproduction uniforms and more. Free with museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288. nationalww2museum.org.
- JAZZ PILATES: Noon to 1 p.m., New Orleans National Historical Park Visitor Center, Dutch Alley, 916 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Stephanie Jordan leads a free class; participants bring their own mats. (504) 589-4841. nps.gov/jazz.
- GENEALOGY SERIES FOR BEGINNERS: 1 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sal Serio, American Italian Research Library curator, leads a series on basic research. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
- “PRUNO, RAMEN AND A SIDE OF HOPE — STORIES OF SURVIVING WRONGFUL CONVICTION”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Courtney B. Lance and Nikki D. Pope read and sign their book of stories about innocent people eventually set free. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
- “GARDENS OF AWE AND FOLLY —A TRAVELER’S JOURNEY ON THE MEANING OF LIFE AND GARDENING”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Vivian Swift reads and signs her book about nine masterpiece gardens, including one in New Orleans. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14
- JAZZ IN THE PARK SERIES BEGINS: 4 p.m. Thursdays through June 9; Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Nine weeks of music, plus food and retail. Three-day festival also May 6-8. First up, Amanda Shaw, plus Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. pufap.org.
- “TASTING ROME — FRESH FLAVORS AND FORGOTTEN RECIPES FROM AN ANCIENT CITY”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Katie Parla reads and signs her book about the ancient Italian city and the food culture. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
- “THEN COMES MARRIAGE — UNITED STATES V. WINDSOR AND THE DEFEAT OF DOMA”: 7 p.m., Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Litigator Roberta Kaplan presents her story about the victory for equality for all Americans, gay or straight. Octavia Books to sell. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. Leroy Jones performs in this series. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
- “AN EDIBLE EVENING — AIN’T WE GOAT FUN!”: 7 p.m., Langston Hughes Acadmey Dreamkeeper Garden, 3519 Trafalgar St., New Orleans. Fundraiser, “a garden party under the stars,” benefits the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, with food, music, silent auction and a chance to see the school’s program in action. (504) 421-1060. esynola.org.
- HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For $25, customers can purchase a share of local produce. Walk-ins welcome. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK: 3 P.M. TO 7 P.M., 901 N. RAMPART ST., NEW ORLEANS. FOOD, MUSIC AND ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET. (504) 684-5410. ICDNOLA.ORG.
- CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. camelliacitymarket.org.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
- COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
- GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
- KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 468-7211.
- GRETNA FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna. gretnafarmersmarket.com.
- GROW DAT FARM STAND: 9 a.m., 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Produce grown in City Park, sold by youth. (504) 598-2743. growdatyouthfarm.org.
- ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi. visitstbernard.com.
- ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne avenues). Arts and crafts vendors plus food, music and a kids tent. (504) 523-1465. artsneworleans.org.
- SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Weekly market featuring produce, seafood, preserves, breads and baked goods. (504) 522-2621. frenchmarket.org.
- PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982.
SWAP MEET NOLA: 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M., ST. MARGARET’S CHURCH, 3525 BIENVILLE ST., NEW ORLEANS. AN ALL-IN-ONE FARMERS MARKET, BAKERS MARKET, ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET, AND FLEA MARKET. (504) 813-5370. SWAPMEETNOLA.COM.
- FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors. Food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds. freretmarket.org.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
- HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.
- SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. sankofanola.org.?
- COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.
- GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., St. Charles Plaza, 12715 U.S. 90, Luling. (985) 764-9762. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621. frenchmarket.org.
AROUND THE STATE
- Thursday TO Saturday
- LOUISIANA RAILROAD DAYS FESTIVAL: Railroad Museum, DeQuincy. Features a pageant, barbecue cook-off, rides, cannonball run, railroad “idol” contest, canine pageant and more. larailroaddaysfestival.com.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
- BATTLE OF PLEASANT HILL: 23271 La. 175, Pelican. Re-enactors from across the United States participate in the Civil War battle event. The Soldiers’ Ball is open to everyone, but period attire must be worn. battleofpleasanthill.com.
- CAJUN HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL: Sugarena Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia. Pageants, talent contests, live entertainment and hot sauce contests headline this festival. www.sugarena.com/chsf.htm.
- MARKET AT THE MILL: 311 Mill St., New Roads. A three-day antique and handmade craft show at the historic cotton oil mill. newroads.net.
- PONCHATOULA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Memorial Park, 300 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula. This festival features over 60 nonprofit organizations cooking Louisiana cuisine. Continuous entertainment runs on two stages; a Saturday morning parade rolls downtown. Contests include strawberry eating, an egg toss and sack races. lastrawberryfestival.com.
- WESTLAKE FAMILY FUN & FOOD FESTIVAL: St. John Bosco Catholic Community, 1301 Sampson St., Westlake. Games and activities for people of all ages, plus a petting zoo, as well as bingo and auctions. stjohnboscochurch.com.
- FRANKLIN PARISH CATFISH FESTIVAL: Downtown Winnsboro. More than 300 vendor booths, gospel, rock and country music stages, a children’s play area, petting zoo and a half-block food court serving delicious fried pond-raised catfish at this north Louisiana event. franklinparishcatfishfestival.com.
- SPRING FOR ART: 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. Gallery openings, demonstrations, shopping and dining from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. highlight this art event. sttammanyartassociation.org.
- Saturday TO Sunday
- BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL: Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza, downtown Baton Rouge. From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. the Capital City celebrates its blues heritage with music and food that will be anything but blues-inducing. batonrougebluesfestival.org.
SATURDAY TO THURSDAY, APRIL 14
- DEWEY BALFA CAJUN AND CREOLE HERITAGE WEEK: Vermilionville Living History and Folklife Park, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. “The Greatest Week of Cajun and Creole Culture on the Planet!” forklore workshops and culinary celebrations. Prices vary per event. lafolkroots.org.
- ALLONS MANGER FESTIVAL: St. Jules Catholic Church, 7161 La. 1, Belle Rose. “A Cajun Extravaganza” is how this church festival of food, music and fun is billed. stelizabethstjules.com.
WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY, APRIL 15
- LOUISIANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinemark, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. Film festival, music events, gala receptions to celebrate state’s film industry. Prices vary per event. lifilmfest.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14 TO SATURDAY, APRIL 16
- GREAT SOUTHERN BLUEGRASS EVENT: Great Southern RV Park, 30338 La. 21, Angie. Indoor festival with bluegrass music, concessions. $20 per day. greatsouthernbluegrassevent.com.