Head out to Bugblitz at the Barataria Preserve for an insect exploration. The Biodiversity University Science and Nature Festival will have exhibits, activities and music. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6588 Barataria Blvd., Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Marrero. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10. nps.gov/jela.
suits and salads luncheon
Dress For Success New Orleans sponsors a Suits and Salads Luncheon to raise funds to assist job-seekers find the proper clothing for interviews. Also features a silent auction, fashion show, speakers, Volunteer of the Year presentation and raffle. $85. 11 a.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. (504) 891-4337. neworleans.dressforsuccess.org.
Crawfish, music and the end of the semester? Sounds like time for Crawfish Mambo. A cooking contest and all-you-can-eat benefit staged by the UNO International Alumni Association, with music and more. $20 advance, $25 gate. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., UNO Sandbar and The Cove, Founders Road, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. crawfishmambo.com.
mother’s day at the zoo
In a city that loves tradition and mommas, the zoo strikes again with the annual Mother’s Day At Audubon Zoo. Irma Thomas headlines at 2:30 p.m., with complimentary admission for mothers. The event features food, music and family fun. 10 a.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. audubonnatureinstitute.org.
For a classic spin on the day, try the Mother’s Day concert with the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras, featuring violinist Justice Savoie, the Concerto Competition winner, as well as performances by the three orchestra ensembles: Sinfonia, Harmonia and Symphony. 3 p.m. Sunday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. $30 reserved seats, $20 general admission, $10 students. GNOYO.org .
zulu on the bayou festival
Just in time for Mom to celebrate her day, the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club hosts the free Zulu on the Bayou Festival with food, music and merriment. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Along the banks of Bayou St. John in Mid-City, New Orleans. kreweofzulu.com.
visual arts exhibit
The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts proudly displays (and sells) work of the visual arts students at the exhibition opening, with works in a variety of mediums. 6 p.m. Monday. 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. nocca.com.