PRIMA FEST: Mississippi River Heritage Park, Kenner. Lena Prima, daughter of legendary Louis Prima and also an accomplished singer, artist and recording artist, will be honoring her famous father at the New Orleans Italian Heritage Festival. Entertainment lineup includes Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., The Topcats, Bucktown Allstars, Ingrid Lucia, The Pfister Sisters and more. Restaurants include Frank’s Restaurant, Ristorante Filippo, Deanie’s Seafood, Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant and more. http://www.theprimafest.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF NEW ORLEANS PUB NITE: 6 p.m.-8 p.m., The Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Free admission; cash bar. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE UNITED WAY’S ‘GOT GUMBO’ COOKOFF: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans. Food lovers will enjoy over 30 different gumbos from some of the best restaurants in the city. Participating restaurants include Desire Oyster Bar, Restaurant R’evolution, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Hyatt Regency New Orleans and more. Proceeds benefit the United Way. $30. http://www.unitedwaysela.org.
PALEYFEST FEATURING ‘THE WALKING DEAD’: 8 p.m., AMC Palace Theatre 16 Westbank, 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Cast members from “The Walking Dead” screen show footage and take part in a panel discussion. http://www.amctheatres.com.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 8 AND 9
BUKU MUSIC + ART PROJECT: 4 p.m., Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Live bands, art. http://thebukuproject.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
COVINGTON FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. Music by The Lucky Dogs at 9:30 a.m., fresh produce, seafood, meat and dairy products, herbs, baked goods, tamales, plants, crafts and more. http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
RACE JUDICATA: 8:30 a.m., Audubon Park, Shelter 1, Magazine St., New Orleans. Family and pet friendly 5 K race and one-mile fun run/walk benefitting Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans. Prizes for best team name, best dressed team and individual along with best-dressed pet. Complimentary food and beverages and live music. http://www.racejudicata.org or (504) 484-7744.
PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St., just off Chartres, New Orleans. Art, crafts, vintage, flea. Food. Live music by Rites of Swing. Free. Email email@example.com.
‘LIFE, LAUGHTER AND LOVE’: 6 p.m., VIP patron reception; 7 p.m., dinner gala, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Dinner gala and auction to benefit Divine Care Hospice and Ida Steib Breaux Foundation. $150. http://www.divine_isbfoundation.eventbrite.com.
‘T-GALOP–A LOUISIANA HORSE STORY’: 7 p.m., Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans. The New Orleans Film Society, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots present a free outdoor screening of the award-winning documentary film “T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story.” (504) 944-5515. http://www.fgno.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10
GARDEN PARTY: 4 p.m., City Park, New Orleans. Music by Honey Island Swamp Band and Mia Borders. No outside food and beverages allowed. http://neworleanscitypark.com.
FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE 2013: 5 p.m., patron party; 6 p.m., main event, Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Dr., New Orleans. Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans’ annual music festival and fundraiser. The event is an entertainment extravaganza showcasing the culture of New Orleans. Each year, the best local musicians, chefs and entertainers come together to put on an interactive celebration unlike any other school fundraiser. Galactic will perform with special guests Cyril Neville and Corey Henry. The Wild Magnolias with Big Chief Bo Dollis and NewBirth Brass Band are also in the lineup, as are the beautiful Sirens and Trixie Minx and the ladies of Fleur de Tease. The Patron Party features jazz legend Ellis Marsalis. http://www.lfno.org.
EW ORLEANS–A FOOD BIOGRAPHY AND DINNER: 6 p.m., Dijon, 1379 Annunciation St., New Orleans. Liz Williams will present a lecture on her new book New Orleans: A Food Biography. Cocktails, hor d’ouevres and four-course dinner with wine pairing. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. $90 per person or $120 with wine pairing. (504) 522-4712 or http://dijonnola.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
HARRISON AVENUE MARKETPLACE: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 801 Harrison Ave., New Orleans. Band: Eudora Evans & Deep Soul. Muggivan School of Irish Dance at 6:15 p.m. and Fini Beauty Boutique Spring Fashion Show at 7:30 p.m. Kid’s Activity Booth hosted by Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church http://harrisonavenuemarketplace.org.
VENDY AWARDS: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., The Historic French Market; 1008 N. Peters St., New Orleans. After eight years in New York and events in LA and Philadelphia, the Vendy Awards — an intense cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs in the city — is coming to New Orleans to determine the best street food vendor in town while raising money for the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition & Slow Food NOLA.
PALEYFEST FEATURING ‘THE BIG BANG THEORY’: 9 p.m., AMC Palace Theatre 16 Westbank, 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Exclusive show footage, plus cast members answer questions from the audience. http://www.amctheatres.com/