May 1
17th Annual Spring
Garden Party
Benefits: The McFarland Institute
Event Info: Guests will dance and dine on gourmet food at the event put on by the Christian Health Ministries Foundation. In addition, patrons will have the opportunity to bid on fabulous prizes at the silent and live auctions and tour the surrounding gardens.
Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: The Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park
Tickets: begin at $150
Contact: 593-2300

May 1
Run Forrest Run
5K Run/Walk
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: Run the historic French Quarter at this 13 annual 5K. Bubba Gump will provide the refreshments including Shrimp Shack Pasta, salad, bread and drinks.
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant, 429 Decatur St.
Tickets: $27
Contact: 896-9375

May 2
Instruments A Comin’
Benefits: Tipitina’s Foundation and the recovery efforts in Japan.
Event Info: At this year’s 10th annual concert, silent auction and community arts fair, more than 10 local musicians, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., and marching bands will perform. In addition to local schools and music programs, some funds will be allocated to the relief effort in Japan to “pay it forward” after the country pledged more than $15 million after Hurricane Katrina. The organization is already working with Yoshio and Keiko Toyama’s Wonderful World of Jazz Foundation and Swing Dolphins youth big band.
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Tipitina’s,
501 Napoleon Ave.
Tickets: $40 General Admission; $200 VIP
Contact: 895-8477

May 4
Allfax Specialties Golf Classic Pre-Party
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: One week prior to the annual golf tournament, enjoy a night with Saints’ offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb and some of his teammates. The event features a live and silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and drinks from local vendors, and live entertainment.
Time: 6-11 p.m.
Location: Southport Music Hall, 200 Monticello Ave.
Tickets: One ticket included in registration fee; additional
tickets $50
Contact: 896-9375

May 6
Pat Browne/Radio for
the Blind and Print Handicapped (88.3 FM)
Golf Tournament
Benefits: WRBH
Event Info: Play a round of golf and support the first full-time reading service on the FM dial in the U.S. Registration fees include greens fees, cart rental, awards, prizes, box lunch, refreshments and a 19th hole party.
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Audubon Golf Course
Tickets: $150; corporate
sponsorships also available
Contact: 899-1144;

May 6
Whitney Zoo-To-Do
Benefits: Audubon Zoo
Event Info: Guests are treated to cocktails and food from hotspots around town at the zoo after dark as the sounds of The Four Tops, among others fill the air. A silent auction and raffle of a new Lexus will also take place.
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Audubon Zoo
Tickets: begin at $155
Contact: 861-6160

May 6
Friday Night Where Y’Art/ Quintron cd release party
Benefits: New Orleans Museum
of Art
Event Info: New Orleans artist Quintron will be on hand to play tracks and sign autographs for his latest cd “Sucre Du Sauvage” which was recorded during his NOMA exhibition, Parallel Universe, in 2010.
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: New Orleans Museum
of Art
Tickets: $10 adults; $8 seniors and students; $6 children; Free under age 6 and NOMA and University members
Contact: 658-4100

May 6
Shakespeare in the Garden
Benefits: New Orleans Museum
of Art
Event Info: Every Friday in May, NOMA and The NOLA Project will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the stars in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden as a part of the museum’s Where Y’Art program.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: NOMA Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park
Tickets: $10 adults; $8 seniors and students; $6 children; Free under age 6 and NOMA and University members
Contact: 658-4100

May 7
Healthy Athlete Day
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: At this free event, middle and high school students can receive free LHSAA physicals, nutrition and hydration classes, and free immunizations.
Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Children’s Hospital Auditorium, 200 Henry Clay Ave.
Tickets: Free
Contact: 896-9373

May 7
Plant Sale
Benefits: City Park
Event Info: A fresh selection of plants will be available for purchase at a variety of prices. Checks and cash only.
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Pelican Greenhouse
Tickets: Free
Contact: 483-9464

May 9
East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation 2011 Annual Golf Tournament
Benefits: East Jefferson General Hospital
Event Info: Proceeds from the tournament support programs for EJGH including diagnostic and treatment equipment, patient education, community wellness programs and nursing scholarships.
Time: 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner
Tickets: Sponsorship and individual price levels vary.
Contact: 456-5025,
May 10
Rite Aid Golf Tournament
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: Features lunch, drinks, post-party and awards ceremony.
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: English Turn Golf & Country Club
Tickets: Various sponsorship
levels available
Contact: 896-9373,

May 12
Southeast Louisiana Council, Boy Scouts
of America 2011
Golden Eagle Dinner
Benefits: Boy Scouts of America, Southeast Louisiana Council
Event Info: At this special dinner – with Honorary Chairman, Plaquemines Parish President Bill Nungesser – the distinguished Eagle Scout Award will be presented to world-renowned artist George Rodrigue.
Time: 6 p.m. Reception; 7 p.m. Dinner
Location: Sheraton Hotel
Tickets: N/A
Contact: 899-0388

May 13
Allfax Specialties
Golf Classic
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: Help Children’s Hospital and host New Orleans Saints player Jon Stinchcomb, celebrate the 13th annual golf classic. Enjoy a first-class round of golf, food and drinks from local vendors along the course, a commemorative gift, ditty bag and a chance to win some draw prizes.
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Beau Chene Country Club, Mandeville
Tickets: $200 player; $800 foursome; sponsorship
opportunities available
Contact: 896-9375

May 13
Amazing Grapes Fine Wine and Entertaining Auction
Benefits: Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses
Event Info: A patron cocktail party in the Hermann-Grima courtyard precedes a seated dinner and auction at the Omni Royal Orleans.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Omni Royal Orleans
Tickets: $150; additional $50 for the patron party
Contact: 274-0744

May 13
BRAVO Gala 2011:
A España Con Amor
Benefits: New Orleans Ballet Association
Event Info: The annual gala celebrates the debut of Spain’s Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon the following night by recreating colonial New Orleans under Spanish rule during 1763-1803. Patrons will enjoy music, dancing, an auction, wines and food prepared by a team of culinary experts led by Café Adelaide Executive Chef Chris Lusk.
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Gallier Hall
Tickets: $200; various benefactor and patron levels also available
Contact: 522-0996

May 13
Cork in the Park
Benefits: City Park
Event Info: A live jazz band will fill City Park as guests enjoy a special wine tasting, hot hors d’oeuvres and silent auction.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Pavilion of Two Sisters at City Park
Tickets: $60 per person tax-deductible
Contact: 586-7715

May 13
16th Annual Women of Substance Luncheon
Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House
Event Info: “Women of Words” will be honored at this year’s event. Before lunch, guests will have the opportunity to bid on items during a silent and live auction.
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St.
Tickets: $85 per person; $850 for table of 10
Contact: 821-7135

May 13-14
Fishing Rodeo
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: A ticket to this fishing event will get you a shirt, hat, entry into the Captain’s party, food, drinks and beer during the event. Friday’s weigh-in is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. with the Captain’s Party to follow, and Saturday’s scales open at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Awards and raffle drawing will follow.
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Breton Sound Marina, Hopedale
Tickets: $35
Contact: 957-4403

May 14
New Orleans Heart
and Soul Gala
Benefits: The American Heart Association
Event Info: Guests will enjoy an evening filled with dinner, live music and dancing late into the night. They will also have the opportunity to bid on items featured in the silent and live auctions.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, 100 Rue Iberville
Tickets: $250
Contact: 830-2300

May 15
The Home Show
at Lambeth House
Benefits: Lambeth House Foundation
Event Info: Tour five of Lambeth House’s residences to see and get inspiration from the beautifully decorated interiors and antiques. With a ticket, each guest can receive one free expert verbal appraisal and only spend $5 for each additional appraisal. Live jazz music and refreshments will be provided.
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Location: Lambeth House,
150 Broadway St.
Tickets: $20 in advance; $25
at the door
Contact: 865-1960 ext. 114

May 19
Business Hall of Fame Gala
Benefits: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Event Info: Join Junior Achievement as they honor four local entrepreneurs at the annual dinner gala.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception; 7:15 p.m. Dinner and Awards
Location: The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St.
Tickets: $500 per couple;
Tables of 10 also available
Contact: 569-8658

May 19-21
Symphony Book Fair
Benefits: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Event Info: Get great deals on 44 categories of books, art, sheet music and CDs at one of the largest used book sales in the South.
Time: Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Delgado Community College Student Life Center, 916 Navarre Ave.
Tickets: $10 Thursday at door;
Free Friday and Saturday
Contact: 861-2004

May 20
Sippin’ in Seersucker
Benefits: Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Event Info: Guests will enjoy an evening of Southern art, local music, cocktails, complimentary food from local restaurants, fashion, shopping and exquisite raffle packages.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: The Shops at
Canal Place
Tickets: $25 for museum
members; $35 for nonmembers
Contact: 539-9616

May 20-22
Sixth Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival
Benefits: The MotherShip Foundation
Event Info: Friday through Sunday guests will enjoy hours of non-stop local music on three different stages; food, spirits and libations; and an art market to explore.
Time: Friday 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-7p.m.
Location: Banks of Bayou St. John
Tickets: Free
Contact: 488-3865,

May 21
Zulu Anniversary
Run-to-Ride 5K
Benefits: NORD Playground
Event Info: Held in conjunction with the Bayou Boogaloo, the third annual runs will be followed by a post-race ceremony at the Pub Crawlers. All winners will receive a Zulu signature coconut. A raffle for two free rides in the 2012 Mardi Gras parade will also take place.
Time: 8 a.m. Jr. Zulu 1/2-mile race; 8:30 a.m. 5K
Location: 732 N. Broad St.
Tickets: $25 individual; $250 group

May 21
Benefit with Benefits Youth Scholarship Fundraiser
Benefits: Ya/Ya Inc. Scholarship Fund
Event Info: Single ladies and gents around town will have the opportunity to bid on a date at the inaugural event organized by the local chapter of the WGIRLS Inc.
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Location: 12 Bar, 608 Fulton St.
Tickets: $35 presale, $50 at door
Contact: 338-4838

May 21
Benefits: The Build Now Foundation
Event Info: Build Now partners with the Arts Council to showcase works of art from artists in the council’s Artist as Entrepreneur program in houses currently
under construction by Build Now. The program brings together
some of the city’s emerging artists with  Build Now’s new, energy-efficient homes.
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Location: 5713 Elysian Fields Ave.
Tickets: $10 suggested donation
Contact: 324-3964
May 24-28
New Orleans Wine &
Food Experience
Benefits: Various local charities
Event Info: Local sommeliers, foodies or anyone looking for good food and fun will enjoy this five-day event featuring more than 175 wineries, 75 restaurants and thousands of wines and champagnes.
Time: Various
Location: Citywide
Tickets: Various packages
available at
Contact: 529-9463,




June 3
Make a Splash
Benefits: Kingsley House
Event Info: Join honorary chair Wendell Pierce of Treme in your casual tropical wear for a night of food, libations, music and a silent auction to raise funds for their summer camp and swimming pool (the first integrated pool in New Orleans), which has been in disrepair since Hurricane Katrina.
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St.
Tickets: $50; $75 VIP
Contact: 523-6221 extension 127

June 4
STAIR Kids’ Day featuring Alex Beard
Benefits: Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR)
Event Info: Children will enjoy jungle-inspired stories read by Alex Beard, and the author will also help them create their own artwork. Light refreshments will be provided.
Time: 10 a.m.–noon
Location: Alex Beard Studio, 712 Royal St.
Tickets: Free but reservations required
Contact: 899-0820

June 4
Plant Sale
Benefits: City Park
Event Info: A fresh selection of plants will be available for purchase at a variety of prices. Checks and cash only.
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Pelican Greenhouse,
City Park
Tickets: Free
Contact: 483-9464

June 5
Brunch Fundraiser
Benefits: ACCESS, a pro-life program of Catholic Charities
Event Info: An 11 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Shelton Fabre precedes a brunch in City Park. This 40th annual event, which features a silent auction, is dedicated to the memory of Larry Garvey, a longtime devotee to pro-life activities.
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park
Tickets: $60
Contact: 888-1223

June 10
Ladies in Red
Benefits: Preservation Resource Center’s African American Heritage Preservation program
Event Info: Come celebrate local musicians and music with dancing, dining and an open bar. George French Band will entertain guests along with other special guests.
Time: 7 p.m. Patron Party; 8 p.m. Event
Location: 310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Tickets: $75; $150 for patron party
Contact: 581-7032

June 10
Children’s Hospital Volleyball Classic
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: Grab five to nine friends and get ready to spike, pass and set for a good cause.
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Coconut Beach Volleyball Complex
Tickets: $350 team; sponsorships opportunities available
Contact: 896-9373

June 11
Children’s Hospital Telethon
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: WDSU NewsChannel 6 broadcasts live from Children’s Hospital and their studio. Telethon will feature patient stories and testimonials from hospital supporters.
Time: 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
Location: WDSU Studios and Children’s Hospital
Tickets: Donations accepted via telephone
Contact: 896-3934

June 12
New Orleans St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway
Benefits: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Event Info: Miller Building Company, Inc, is building a new home in Metairie, valued at approximately $650,000 to be raffled off to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Starting May 21, the house will be open for public viewing every weekend until the weekend of the giveaway.
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location: 3408 Sixth St., Metairie
Tickets: $100
Contact: (800) 327-2559,

June 16
Official Launch Event
Benefits: Wish Upon a Wedding
Event Info: Attendants will enjoy an evening of food, spirits and live entertainment while acquainting themselves with an organization that helps provide weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or serious life altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: The New Orleans Board of Trade, 365 Magazine St.
Tickets: Free
Contact: neworleansmarketing@


July 9
Plant Sale
Benefits: City Park
Event Info: A fresh selection of plants will be available for purchase at a variety of prices. Checks and cash only.
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Pelican Greenhouse,
City Park
Tickets: Free
Contact: 483-9464

July 16
Mr. Legs XI
Benefits: Bridge House/Grace House
Event Info: It is the guys’ turn to compete in this “different kind of pageant.” Contestants must dress in shorts and in a costume to compete for the coveted title.
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Location: Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Tickets: $30 general admission; $50 VIP
Contact: 821-7135

July 17-18
Birdies for the Brave
Benefits: Six nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting United States troops and their families: Homes for Our Troops, Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Homefront, Naval Special Warfare Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and United Through Reading
Event Info: The benefit dinner and silent auction fundraiser will kick off this annual event followed by a round of golf at TCP Louisiana, home of the PGA Zurich Classic, taking place the following day. Entry fee includes ticket to the benefit dinner, breakfast the morning of the tournament,
on-course food, dinner after tournament awards, and tee
gifts that include a pair of Nike
golf shoes.
Time: Sunday 6 p.m.; Monday 9 a.m. registration with dinner and awards ceremony to follow round of golf
Location: TPC Louisiana, 11001 Lapalco Blvd., Avondale
Tickets: $50 per person for the dinner; Golf entry fees $250 individual, $800 foursome
Contact: Adriana Vinson 436-8721 extension 206

July 20-24
Tales of the Cocktail
Benefits: New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
Event Info: For the ninth year, the world will travel to New Orleans for five days seminars, dinners, competitions, parties and special brand showcases. The event is perfect for cocktail professionals, amateurs and fans.
Time: All Day
Location: French Quarter
Tickets: Various
Contact: 948-0511,


August 7
Pelicanpalooza 2011
Benefits: Camp Pelican
Event Info: The ninth annual benefit concert will feature local cover bands, including The Topcats and The Molly Ringwalds. The concert is family-friendly, and the proceeds go directly to the program, which organizes recreation and education activities for children with chronic and
debilitating illnesses.
Time: Noon
Location: Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., Jefferson
Tickets: $15; Free 12 and under
Contact: 237-4375

August 9
Plant Sale
Benefits: City Park
Event Info: A fresh selection of plants will be available for purchase at a variety of prices. Checks and cash only.
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Pelican Greenhouse,
City Park
Tickets: Free
Contact: 483-9464

August 11
Miracle Treat Day
Benefits: Children’s Hospital
Event Info: Stop by your local Dairy Queen and purchase your favorite Blizzard. Children’s Miracle Network receives $1 for every treat sold.
Time: All day
Location: Various
Tickets: Price of a Blizzard
Contact: 896-3934 F