One Christmas tradition New Orleanians and visitors alike look forward to is when The Roosevelt lobby officially turns into the Waldorf Wonderland for the holiday season. This year’s illuminating kick-off is Nov. 29 at 5:00 p.m. when Grammy-winning musician Irma Thomas turns on the lighting extravaganza — did you know it uses more than 112,000 lights, 1,600 feet of garland and 4,000 glass ornaments? Don’t forget to stay after for cocktails at the Sazerac Bar. The Roosevelt Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way, therooseveltneworleans.com; Instagram: @theroosevelt_no


Black and Gold Sensation

Come watch the New Orleans Saints at the stylish Windsor Court Polo Lounge, where during home and away games a specialty Black and Gold cocktail and Who Dat Golden Ale Beer from Urban South will be poured, and it’s half-off select bottles of sparkling wine (and Dom, Krug and Veuve until sold out). There’s even a $75 caviar service. Info. windsorcourthotel.com; @windsorcourt

Words & Music Festival

Words & Music Festival is back in-person after two virtual-festing years! Organized by One Book One New Orleans, the 2022 event is a combination of literature and music interwoven with an activist theme. Featured writers include Jarvis DeBerry and Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley, while music is represented by the Stooges Brass Band discussing its book and Melissa A. Weber and Bryan Wagner talking about the 1976 album The Wild Tchoupitoulas. The event is Nov. 17-19 at the New Orleans Jazz Market. wordsandmusic.org,
@OneBookOneNola

Hanging Out Dry

For its first-ever Sober Fest on Nov. 12, Bridge House / Grace House has put together a stellar lineup of performers: Camile Baudoin, Cha Wa, Trombone Shorty Academy and as headliner, Dumpstaphunk. The family-friendly musical festival will also have a kids tent, food trucks and vendors, and mocktail options for purchase. The event is 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Mardi Gras World River City Plaza and is free. bridgehouse.org; 
@bridgehousegracehouse

City Park Serenade

Music and mint juleps are the enticing lures for City Park’s Thursdays at Twilight featuring: Nov. 3, Raphael Bas and Harmonouche; Nov. 10, Bruce Daigrepont; and Nov. 17: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue. Sponsored by the Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, concerts are at the Pavilion of Two Sisters, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Drinks and food available for sale. Info.: neworleanscitypark.com;  @neworleanscitypark