It’s a tradition as typically New Orleans as red beans and rice on Mondays: spending Mother’s Day at the Aubudon Zoo with soul queen Irma Thomas.
The Grammy winner and her band, The Professionals, entertain from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., playing to the moms in the audience with anecdotes and old favorites, just as they’ve been doing for about 25 years. And all moms get in free.
If you’re down to the wire choosing a gift for your mother, the crafts tents are sure to hold some tempting creations. Ashley Sno kicks off the music at 11:30 a.m., and Sweet Crude takes the stage at 12:30 p.m.
Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tickets are $19.95 adults, $14.95 children ages 2 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors over 65.
NEW FESTIVAL: The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club is hosting a new Mother’s Day music and culture festival, marking the joy of motherhood and honoring the pain. Zulu on the Bayou will showcase local artists, Creole and soul food and the importance of mothers to the community, but there also will be a moment of silence dedicated to mothers who have lost children to violence.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the banks of the Historic Bayou St. John in Mid-City. Entertainment includes the Rebirth Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, Amanda Shaw, The Topcats, DJ Captain Charles and DJ Jubilee.
Zulu Gospel Ensemble Original arts and crafts will be on available in the African Village area. There also will be a Zulu store featuring official Zulu items. King Zulu and the Zulu Characters will make a special appearance and close the festival by leading the second-line back to the Zulu headquarters on Broad Street and Orleans Avenue.
QUARTER TIME: In another decadeslong Mother’s Day tradition, the New Leviathan Foxtrot Orchestra plays a free concert of toe-tappin’ popular music in Cabrini Park, located on Barracks Street in the French Quarter, courtesy of the Vieux Carre Property Owners Association. The concert runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring chairs and picnics. (504) 581-7200.
JAZZ BRUNCH: Tulane Memorial Baptist Church is hosting a Mother’s Day jazz brunch and silent auction, “Love Beyond Measure,” on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. A full “beignet to signature beverages” buffet will be served.
Both events will be held at 3601 Paris Ave., in the church’s K. Alfred Sloan Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger, and can be purchase by calling (504) 450-7049 or by emailing mothers firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAZZ SERVICE: Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will perform during a Mother’s Day jazz service at 11 a.m. Sunday at Second Free Mission Baptist Church, 1228 Burdette St., New Orleans.
The service also will feature gospel music by the sanctuary choir of the Second Free Mission Baptist Church, under the direction of Timothy D. Ray. The pastor of Second Free Mission is the Rev. Warren J. Ray. For information, call (504) 861-0213 or visit www.SecondFreeMission.com.