Fairs and festivals calendar for April 29-May 5, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -- Tomatoes, like this luscious batch of Creoles, are the main feature in the Our Lady of Prompt Succor Tomato Festival this weekend in Chalmette.


  • JEFFERSON PRAYER BREAKFAST: 7 a.m., Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. LIFE Resources sponsors, Chris Reis of the Saints speaks. $25. (985) 626-9582. liferesources.net.
  • BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela.
  • COLLEGE CHALLENGES AND MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP: 2:30 p.m., Medical Education Building, LSU Health Sciences Center, 1901 Perdido St., New Orleans. Department of Psychiatry hosts interactive workshop open to the public. RSVP. (504) 568-6004. lsuhsc.edu.
  • AUDUBON COMMISSION COMMUNITY MEETING: 4 p.m., Audubon Tea Room, Audubon Nature Institute, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Public input requested by the Audubon Commission for any new development of open green space overseen by the commission at its regular meeting. audubonnatureinstitute.org.
  • LINE DANCE CLASS: 5 p.m., St. Rose Community Center, 608 Mockingbird Lane, St. Rose. (504) 305-5138.
  • RAISING FINANCIALLY AWARE KIDS: 5:30 p.m., St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St., Madisonville. Teaching young people the value of money. (985) 845-4819. sttammanylibrary.org.
  • GARDEN-FRESH SALAD DEMO: 6 p.m., Recirculating Farms Coalition, 1750 Carondelet St., New Orleans. Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University off salad and dressing ideas. RSVP. (504) 507-0357. facebook.com/recirculatingfarmscoalition
  • ADULT IRISH DANCE CLASSES: 6:30 p.m., McTeggart Irish Dancers of Louisiana, 4504 Lorino St., New Orleans. No experience necessary. $60. (504) 715-0020. mcteggart-la.org.
  • READINGS: 6:30 p.m., New Orleans Community Printshop and Darkroom, 1201 Mazant St., New Orleans. Ashley Chapman, Christopher Staudinger and Colin Roberson read from their works. nolacommunityprintshoporg.
  • BACKBEAT JAZZFEST SERIES: 7 p.m., Botanical Garden, City Park, New Orleans. Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood and the Honey Island Swamp Band. $20. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • POET LAUREATE TO SPEAK: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Peter Cooley, state poet laureate, will discuss the importance of poetry. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.


  • LITTLE RED CHURCH FOOD AND FUN FESTIVAL: also Saturday and Sunday; St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 13396 River Road, Destrehan. The festival features bands, dance performances, pageants, paint ball, karate exhibitions, carnival rides and Louisiana cuisine. scblittleredchurch.org.
  • JAZZ FEST SHABBAT: 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. service; Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Dinner with service, featuring Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Dinner $150, $50 children. (504) 895-4843. tourosynagogue.com.
  • OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR TOMATO FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. The school and church fair is a celebration of south Louisiana delicacies, with live entertainment and a variety of festival royalty. olpsschool.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 DJ Kazoo with special guests, screening of “James Castle: Portrait of an Artist.” (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
  • ZOO-TO-DO FOR KIDS: 6:30 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Zoo fundraiser with children’s activities, entertainment and food. $25, $20 members, $40 early admission. (504) 861-6160. audubonnatureinstitute.org/ztdk.


  • 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.
  • ACROBATIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: 8:30 a.m., also Sunday; Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego. Region 3 of USA Gymnastics Acrobatic gymnastics competition. $10, $6 ages 4-12. (504) 861-1740. crescentcitygymnastics.com.
  • BLOOM SOUTHSHORE — A NEW AND EXPECTANT MOMS BRUNCH: 9 a.m., Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans. Food, information and conversation with new and expectant moms. Also on the northshore. $27.37. touro.com/fbc.
  • KINDER GARDEN: 9:30 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Hands-on horticultural fun for ages 18 months to 5 years. Sunshine only. $12, $10 members. (504) 293-4722. longuevue.com.
  • WONDERFUL INDONESIA FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Riverwalk at Spanish Plaza, foot of Canal and Poydras Streets, New Orleans. Festival, music, cultural shows and trade expo. wonderfulindonesiafestival.org.
  • SAINTS DRAFT SUPER BOIL: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saints Practice Facility, 5800 Airline Drive, New Orleans. Food, live music and appearances by current and former Saints during NFL draft. Proceeds benefit American Red Cross and the Saints Hall of Fame. $20, $15 13 and under. (504) 731-1700. neworleanssaints.com/fan-zone.
  • TABLETOP DAY 2016: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, 631 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Gathering for enthusiasts of tabletop games. (504) 598-5536. tubbyandcoos.com.
  • ST. ROSE SUMMER ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION: noon, St. Rose Community Center, 608 Mockingbird Lane, St. Rose. Open registration for summer program ages 5-12. (504) 305-5138. stcharlesgov.net.


  • 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.
  • “THE MATHEWS MEN — SEVEN BROTHERS AND THE WAR AGAINST HITLER’S U-BOATS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. William Geroux about the Merchant Marines in World War II. (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.


  • GIVENOLA DAY: midnight to midnight Wednesday, throughout the city. Online philanthropic effort with more than 713 local agencies involved. Minimum contribution is $10. (504) 598-4663. givenola.org.
  • TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK PARADE: 9 a.m., Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans — through the French Quarter to Woldenberg Park, St. Louis Street at the Mississippi River. The New Orleans Convention and Visitors’ Bureau sponsor the stroll ending in a rally. neworleanscvb.com.
  • VALENCE CEMETERY CLEANUP: 9 a.m., 2000 Valence St., New Orleans. Save Our Cemeteries supervises community volunteer effort. Location subject to change. saveourcemeteries.org.
  • JEFFERSON PARISH JOB FAIR: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego. Information expo on job opportunities in government, with fire department, sheriff’s office and area hospitals. (504) 364-2730. jeffparish.net.
  • GIVENOLA EVENING IN THE GARDEN: 5 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Celebration, with games for children, yoga, music and light refreshments. (504) 293-4722. longuevue.com.
  • “BLOODLINE”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Claudia Grey reads and signs her book of the years before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “JULIA REED’S SOUTH — SPIRITED ENTERTAINING AND HIGH-STYLE FUN ALL YEAR LONG”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Reed signs and discusses her book of entertaining options. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
  • TECHNOLOGY IN JEFFERSON PARISH GOVERNMENT: 6:30 p.m., Congregation Gates of Prayer, 4000 W. Esplanade Ave. South, Metairie. Director of Electronic Information Systems Ridley Boudreaux discusses the parish website and services available.
  • “RIGGING A CHEVY INTO A TIME MACHINE AND OTHER WAYS TO ESCAPE A PLAGUE”: 7 p.m., Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The 1718 Society hosts author Carolyn Hembree. Maple Street Book Shop to handle sales. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.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.
  • RETIRE YOUR WAY!: 5:30 p.m., Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 Gen. Taylor St., New Orleans. Financial preparation for retirement. (504) 899-1044. broadmoorimprovement.com.
  • “FREE SPEECH — THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL LIBERTY”: 6 p.m., Weinmann Auditorium, Metairie Park Country Day School, 300 Park Road, Metairie. Greg Lukianoff, president of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, speaks as part of the Free Market Speaker series. mpcds.com.
  • “THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Katarina Bivald discusses and signs her book about a Swedish bookseller in small-town America. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • BOW TIE BASH — A CRESCENTCARE EVENT: 6:30 p.m., Il Mercato, 1911 Magazine St., New Orleans. Benefit for Food for Friends program with live auction, creative bow tie contest, food and music. $75. facebook.com/events/1560166784280381.
  • “THE DOLPHIN”: 7 p.m., Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. Craig Bennett Hallenstein reads and signs his thriller about kidnapping in the Crescent City for Reading Between the Wines. Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Store to sell. (504) 598-5536. tubbyandcoos.com.
  • SOIRÉE D’OR: 7:15 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. The Historic New Orleans Collection celebration of 50 years, with music and food. $175. (504) 523-4662. hnoc.org.


  • “BILL CLINTON — NEW GILDED AGE PRESIDENT”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Patrick Maney discusses and signs his book about the president from Hope, Arkansas. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.


    • 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.

    • 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.

      • Thursday to Sunday
      • ZFEST — ZACHARY ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL: BREC Zachary Community Park, 20101 Old Scenic Highway 964, Zachary. The ninth annual event will be a weekend full of activities for art and music lovers.
      • THIBODAUX FIREMEN’S FAIR AND PARADE: 1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux. Proceeds from this festival benefit the volunteer fire department. Music, food, auctions, a run/walk and parade are highlights of this festival. firemensfair.com.


      • CONTRABAND DAYS: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Celebrating Jean Lafitte and his hidden treasures, the events are held at and around the Lake Charles Civic Center and include crawfish races, Cajun Days, boat races and pirates capturing the city of Lake Charles. contrabanddays.com.


      • ST. FRANCISVILLE/JACKSON SPRING GARDEN STROLL: St. Francisville Town Hall or Centenary Inn in Jackson. This fundraiser offers tours of homes in Feliciana Parish. stfrancisvillespringstroll.org.