Don’t Miss events in New Orleans for March 19-25, 2015 _lowres

Photo caption: Leon Contavesprie, Chelle Duke, Liz Launey and Eddie Simon at Le Peiti


SweetArts 2015

The Contemporary Arts Center hosts a lavish evening of unique theater, dining, costuming and an music for their annual gala. The centerpiece of the evening is the local premiere of Double Edge Theatre’s “The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century),” plus food, music, costume decoration and more. $100 and up. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. CAC, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 528-3800.


Terrytown Spring Festival 2015

It’s food, rides, crafts, games and a stellar music lineup for the three-day event. Slated to perform at the event are Loverboy, Cowboy Mouth, Top Cats, Amanda Shaw and the Chee Weez. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oakwood Center, 197 Westbank Expressway, Terrytown. $8 per day, $20 three-day pass, does not include rides. (504) 361-6013.

Shrine Circus

Royal Bengal Tigers, Priceless Pachyderms and Windy City Tumblers are just some of the acts under the “big top” of Lakefront Arena for this 2015 version of the perennial favorite circus. Producers boast acts from more than 15 countries around the globe for this big of pageantry that raises funds for the work of the Jerusalem Shrine Temple. Showtimes include 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $18, with coupons for children. UNO’s Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans.

Greater New Orleans International Auto Show

Cars, cars and more cars (and trucks, SUVs and other vehicles) are the feature of this expo that showcases 2015 and 2016 models from the major auto manufacturers. $10, $7 military and seniors, under 12 free. Open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center Hall F.



Ever wanted to sit in a bulldozer? Hop in the front seat of a fire engine? Here’s the chance to do just that — the Junior League of New Orleans’s annual chance for families to “up close and personal” with big trucks and those who protect, serve and build the greater metropolitan area. Includes emergency responder vehicles, tractors, fire engines and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Children’s Hospital, 210 State St., New Orleans. $8, $30 family of five. (504) 891-5845.


Spring Fiesta

The French Quarter is the main focus for the annual event that includes two weekends of tours of Vieux Carre homes, both guided and self-guided. A highlight of the weekend events is the presentation of the Spring Fiesta queen and her court in Jackson Square, followed by the “Night in Old New Orleans” horse-drawn carriage parade to the site of the gala.

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

The music and dance of Africa, the Caribbean, the American Gulf South and beyond are the focus of this two-day, family-friendly New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation festival. With an arts market, kid’s events, food and beverage vendors adding to the “spice” of the event, this free festival celebrates the music and culture of the African diaspora. No outside food or beverages allowed. 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days.


“Dinner With Friends”

Divorce is on the menu in this drama flavored with spicy bits of comedy opening Friday. Two couples begin to see their friendships and marriages unravel. $30 and up. The show runs through April 4. 7:30 p.m., March 20-21, 25-28, April 2-4; and at 3 p.m. March 29; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2081.


Stevie Wonder

Legendary singer, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder brings his “Songs In The Key Of Life Performance” tour to New Orleans, extended due to popular demand. Wonder will bring the critically-acclaimed performance, which is a live adaptation of the iconic album of the same name. $48.50 up. 8 p.m., Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans. (504) 587-3822.