- BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS SYMPOSIUM: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., also Sunday; Nunez Community College Auditorium, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. Speakers, scholars and historical artifacts will be a part of this annual event surrounding the historic engagement. Jazz lunch provided. facebook.com/Louisiana-Institute-of-Higher-Education-386532591510956/
- BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 11:30 a.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.
- GULF COAST FAITH FORMATION CONFERENCE: 2 p.m., through 6 p.m. Saturday; Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. The Archdiocese of New Orleans sponsors the annual gathering with the theme, “God-given Dignity — Respecting All of Life.” Thursday events for clergy track. $125 and up. www.gulfcoastfaithformationconference.org.
- YAPPY HOUR: 4 p.m., Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. la-spca.org.
- THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. Bobby Cure and the Poppa Stoppas. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
- PAKENHAM’S FINAL SUPPER: 6:30 p.m., Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. Dinner celebrates the anniversary of the British general’s final meal before his defeat at the Battle of New Orleans. $139. (504) 523-2222. bourbonorleans.com.
- “AN EVENING WITH JOSÉ TORRES-TAMA”: 6:30 p.m., Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. “Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares” is a debut collection that documents 25 years of Torres-Tama’s poetry in his unique bilingual voice. (504) 596-2660. neworleanspubliclibrary.org.
- BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS ANNIVERSARY LIVING HISTORY: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., also Saturday, Chalmette Battlefield, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette. Living history experts dressed as civilians and troops from 1815 share their stories, fire cannons and muskets and explain the importance of the battle in American history. “Battle of New Orleans University” presenters and performers share life in 1815 via hands-on activities, games, craft demonstrations, and period music. Parking with shuttles at St. Bernard Parish Government Complex, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela.
- WINTER STAMPFEST: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., also 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; La Quinta Inn, 2601 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Crescent City Stamp Club of New Orleans show. ccscno.org.
- WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., also 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Festival and smorgasbord of comic and science fiction fans, stars, panels, speakers and autograph-seeking opportunities. $39.95 and up. wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.
- WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY FOR BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: 3 p.m. Chalmette Battlefield, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette. Speakers, musicians, and 1815-era British and American troops and civilians gather at Chalmette Monument to honor the men who fought at the Battle of New Orleans. Parking at St. Bernard Parish Government Complex. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela.
- ROBIN COSTE LEWIS: 6:30 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Poet and National Book Award winner Lewis will present a reading and lecture in conjunction with the exhibition “Visions of US: American Art at NOMA.” (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
- RE-ENACTMENT OF NIGHT BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: 7 p.m., adjacent to Torres Park, 8207 Patricia St., Chalmette. The Meraux Living History Park and the Louisiana Living History Foundation re-enactment of the battle to celebrate the 201st anniversary. lalivinghistoryfoundation.com.
- C.G. JUNG SOCIETY OF NEW ORLEANS: 7:30 p.m., Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave., New Orleans. Everett McLaren presents “Alchemy and the Hero’s Journey: A Guide for the Seeking, Lost, Curious, or Befuddled.” CEUs for social workers and LPCs. $15, $10 students, members free.
- 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.
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS: 8:30 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Interactive workshop first of a two-part series using the estate as an anchor for academic curriculum. Participants will receive instructional resources for classroom integration and are eligible for CLU credit. Light breakfast served. (504) 293-4724. longuevue.com.
- BIG TREESY GIVEAWAY AND BLOOD DRIVE: 8:30 a.m. to noon, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and School, 6249 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. Two free trees to each household (400 to be given) plus more to purchase, including citrus, cypress, oak, magnolia and more. (504) 486-6048. nolatreeproject.org.
- FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER TRAINING: 9 a.m., also Jan. 16; 3401 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Preservation Resource Center and A Shared Initiative, Inc. offer 12-hour course. Registration required. $75, $90 couple; $50, $75 couple members. (504) 636-3046. prcno.org.
- SUPER SATURDAY VOLUNTEER DAY: 9 a.m., City Park, Volunteer Center, 1009 Harrison Ave., New Orleans. Works assignments handed out at 8:45 a.m. Wear close-toed shoes or boots; bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat and snacks. (504) 483-9459. neworleanscitypark.com.
- VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944. nationalww2museum.org.
- PET ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jefferson Feed, 309 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Louisiana SPCA counselors with pets looking for a new home. (504) 368-5191. la-spca.org.
- “WHERE WE BELONG — JOURNEYS THAT SHOW US THE WAY”: Hoda Kotb discusses and signs her book of inspiring stories at two area book stores. 1 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com. 5 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. (504) 895-2266.
- DOG TRAINING: 1:30 p.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Introductory session for pet owners looking to learn the basics. (504) 368-5191. la-spca.org/trainingworkshops.
- COCHON SAUVAGE: 2 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Cooking, sampling and learning about Louisiana wild pig. (504) 267-7490. sofab.org.
- DOGS AND BABIES WORKSHOP: 3 p.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Humans only session for making a smooth transition for entire family. (504) 368-5191. la-spca.org/trainingworkshops.
- HALF ASS BOUCHERIE: 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. music, Black Label Icehouse, 3000 Dryades St., New Orleans. Benefit whole hog dinner for Hogs for the Cause, with Dave Jordan and the N.I.A. Cooking begins at 11 a.m. (504) 875-2876. blacklabelbbq.com.
- ORCHID HONORS DINNER: 7 p.m., Felicity Church, 1818 Chestnut St., New Orleans. Orchid Society annual dinner honors African American women who have shown compassion to the city. Family-style dining, music and libations. Proceeds to benefit the group’s mentoring programs. $75. theorchidsociety.org.
- BLACK AND WHITE BALL: 7 p.m., The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. Black tie bal masque with cash boar, hors d’oeuvres, auction and music to benefit New Orleans Pride. $25 advance, $30. neworleanspridefestival.com.
- BAL MASQUE: 7 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Fundraiser for the Link Styjewski Foundation to benefit Kingsley House and Youth Empowerment Project with Jimmy Buffett, John Cleary, cuisine by Mario Batali, Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and auction items. A celebration of New Orleans’ Creole Carnival roots, with music, dance and food. $1,000. linkstryjewski.org.
- RIVERTOWN THEATERS’ SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT PARTY: 7:30 p.m., Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Party and show with highlights from the announced productions, including champagne and desserts, auction of items and services and more. $25 and up. (504) 461-9475 or 468-7221. RivertownTheaters.com.
- NORTHSHORE CAJUN DANCERS: 8 p.m., Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs. Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band provides music for this event, with lessons at 7 p.m. $9, $7 members. (985) 276-0517, (504) 887-1485. northshorecajundancers.com.
- CAMEL TOE LADY STEPPERS “TOE DOWN”: 8:30 p.m., Freret Street Publiq House, 4528 Freret St., New Orleans. Benefit for Roots of Music features the popular ladies marching organization, music, carnival games, prizes, auction and more. $15 advance, $20 door. huka.com/event/1027245.
- 13TH NIGHT: 8 p.m., Grand Oaks Mansion, Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Krewe of Orpheus’ kickoff to Carnival season. Music, food and beverages. $60 advance, $70 door. kreweoforpheus.com.
- CLAUDE, POSEIDON PARADES: Claude starts at 1 p.m., followed by Poseidon’s first ride. Both krewes follow traditional Slidell parade route, beginning at Spartan Drive in south Slidell. Themes are “Claude Celebrates the Mystical Sounds of Music” and “A First for Everything.” Featuring 25 floats, 10 marching bands and a tribe of Mardi Gras Indians.
- YOGA IN THE GARDEN: 9 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. $5 suggested donation. (504) 293-4721. longuevue.com.
- “BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS” SYMPOSIUM: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nunez Community College Auditorium, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. Speakers, scholars and historical artifacts will be a part of this annual event surrounding the historic engagement. Jazz lunch provided. facebook.com/Louisiana-Institute-of-Higher-Education-386532591510956/
- INAUGURAL CEREMONIES: 11:30 a.m., Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. Swearing-in and inauguration for St. Charles Parish president and council. Mass to precede at 10 a.m., St. Charles Borromeo Church, 13396 River Road, Destrehan. stcharlesparish-la.gov.
- “ROSENWALD” SCREENING, DIRECTOR’S TALK: 2 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Screening of documentary on immigrant Julius Rosenwald who rose to head Sears, Roebuck & Co. and built thousands of schools for African-American communities. Reservations required. $35, $25 members. (504) 293-4724. longuevue.com.
- TRINITY ARTIST SERIES: 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Pianist Brody Smith plays Clementi, Schubert and Chopin. (504) 670-2520. trinityartistseries.com.
- ORLEANS SIERRA CLUB: 7 p.m., Audubon Zoo Dominion Auditorium, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. “Prothonontary Warblers: A Swamp Canary in the Coal Mine” is based on Erick Johnson’s study of migratory routes of this species that is a measure of the health of forested wetlands in Louisiana. (504) 307-0187.
- “FEVERBORN”: 9 a.m., Le Pavillon Hotel, 833 Poydras St., New Orleans. Karen Mari Moning launches her latest installment in the Fever series. Book must be purchased through Octavia Books to attend. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- “THE BONE LABYRINTH”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. James Rollins presents and signs his book about ancient secrets hidden in DNA and the impending battles. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- 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.
- GALATOIRE’S MARDI GRAS AUCTION: 6:30 p.m. Galatoire’s Restaurant, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans. Auction of first floor table reservations for Friday before Fat Tuesday, to benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope and the New Orleans Mission. $50 couple, $25 each additional. (504) 525-6022. galatoires.com.
- WWE RAW: 6:30 p.m., Smoothie King Center, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Live broadcast of wrestling with John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and more. $20 and up. smoothiekingcenter.com.
- “A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES COOKBOOK — RECIPES FROM IGNATIUS J. REILLY’S NEW ORLEANS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Cynthia LeJeune Nobles will discuss and sign her book. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
- 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.
- ST. CHARLES PARISH TREE RECYCLING: Curbside recycling of trees to aid coastal restoration. All decorations must be removed. Flocked or artificial trees are not acceptable. stcharlesparish-la.gov.
- HIDDEN TREASURES — CARNIVAL EDITION: 6 and 7 p.m., also Jan. 14; Louisiana State Museum Collection Facility, 1000 Chartres St., New Orleans. Friends of the Cabildo and LSM open the Carnival collection for viewing of historic costumes and rarely-seen artifacts, with costume and textile curator Wayne Phillips. Reservations required; advance sales only. $25, $20 FOC and LSM members. (504) 523-3939. friendsofthecabildo.org.
- FIRST-TIME RENOVATOR TRAINING — BUY RIGHT: 6 p.m., also Jan. 26; Preservation Resource Center, 923 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. Two-night course on renovation, project selection, budget and more. Registration required. $40, $35 members. (504) 636-3399. prcno.org.
- 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.
THURSDAY, JAN. 14
- AFTERNOON WITH WYES — DOWNTOWN ABBEY TEA AND WINE, TOO: 3 p.m., 5809 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Frances and Calvin Fayard’s Wedding Cake House is locale for fundraiser to celebrate the final season of the PBS hit “Downton Abbey.” Tea, champagne, noshes and silent auction. $100, $175 patrons. (504) 486-5511. wyes.org.
- CIGAR BOX GUITAR FESTIVAL: 7 p.m.,also Friday and Saturday, Frenchmen Theatre, 514 Frenchmen St., New Orleans. Celebration of the cultural and musical dimensions of improvised stringed instruments, with kickoff film “Strung Together,” followed by Q&A. neworleanscbg.com.
- TASTE + PAIR: 6 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Dine while learning edible education from local chefs and drink experts, including the savory food of Chef Bradley McGehee with cocktails selected by Scot Mattox, of El Guapo Bitters. $55 advance. Online purchases Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. (504) 293-4721. longuevue.com.
- THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
- “SPLINTER THE SILENCE”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Val McDermid signs and discusses her book with local author Greg Herren. (504) 895-2266.
- “THE PERSIMMON TRAIL AND OTHER STORIES”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Juyanne James shares her collection of 17 stories of Louisiana. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
- NEW AUTHORS PANEL DISCUSSION: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Kevin Bitter Sr. (“An Emigrant’s Song”), Sol Heiman (“The Way Eye See It”), Alice Abel Kemp (“The Jury Scandal”) and Dawn Ruth Wilson (“The Night Walker’s Dream”) discuss their books, craft. (504) 889-8143.
- 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. www.hollygrovemarket.com.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. www.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. WWW.ICDNOLA.ORG.
- CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. www. camelliacitymarket.org.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans. www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
- COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
- GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762. www.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. www.gretnafarmersmarket.com.
- MANDEVILLE TRAILHEAD COMMUNITY MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville. (985) 624-3147. www.mandevilletrailheadmarket.com.
- OLD ALGIERS HARVEST FRESH MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 922 Teche St., Algiers.
- 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. www.growdatyouthfarm.org.
- CRESCENT PARK CRAFTS BAZAAR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mandeville Wharf, 2300 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Every third Saturday, except January, February and August. www.frenchmarket.org/crescent-park-bazaar.
- ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi. www.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. www.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. www.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. www.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. www.freretmarket.org.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans. www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
- HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037. www.hollygrovemarket.com.
- SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. www.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.
- CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621. www.frenchmarket.org.
- GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET WEST BANK: 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., 12715 U.S. 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Luling. (504) 782-8517. www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org.