Need plans this weekend? 10 things to do around New Orleans Nov. 11-13 – NOLA.com

Boiled seafood is served up during the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival.
Rendering of ‘Expressions of America’ projected onto outdoor walls of the World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Young riders enjoy the roller coaster during the Annual Seafood Festival on the festival grounds in the town of Jean Lafitte. The weekend festival featured rides, dancing, Cajun cooking, and midway games.
Visitors check out the various vendors at the Destrehan Plantation’s Annual Fall Festival in Destrehan.
Young artists participate in one of the activities at ‘FORESTival’ at A Studio in the Woods.’
The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library will hold a book sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Milton Latter Library.
Derrick Tabb leads an outdoor rehearsal of ‘What a Wonderful World’ for the swearing in ceremony for the new New Orleans Superintendent of Public Schools at the Roots of Music classrooms in New Orleans, Monday, July 25, 2022. The nonprofit Roots of Music is an after-school music program that works with at-risk students between the ages of 9-14. (Photo by Sophia Germer, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)
Mia and Mina Janssen look at some of Steve McQueens art at the Three Rivers Arts Festival which celebrated its 25th year in down town Covington on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. A celebration of art. Works in every medium were represented in the booths lining both sides of Columbia Street.
Larry Kerner and Steve Crain serve up plates of boiled seafood during the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival in Lafitte on Sunday, June 27, 2021. The three-day festival included crafts, live music, carnival rides, swamp tours, kayak rentals, art walk, and of course, plenty of seafood. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)
A tray of some fried boudin balls and French fries are on display during the Destrehan Plantation’s  Fall Festival in Destrehan.
People gather for a Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans on Thursday, November 11, 2021. This yearÕs ceremony highlighted the significance of wartime correspondence among veterans and their loved ones and included special guest Linda Hope sharing correspondence between a G.I. and Bob Hope, her father. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)
The jazz ensemble of the U.S. Navy Band Commodores will present two free performances in New Orleans in November.
New Orleans funk and soul band Dumpstaphunk will headline the inaugural Soberfest.
Boiled seafood is served up during the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival.
Rendering of ‘Expressions of America’ projected onto outdoor walls of the World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Young riders enjoy the roller coaster during the Annual Seafood Festival on the festival grounds in the town of Jean Lafitte. The weekend festival featured rides, dancing, Cajun cooking, and midway games.
Visitors check out the various vendors at the Destrehan Plantation’s Annual Fall Festival in Destrehan.
It’s a fall festival of … festivals and much more as the New Orleans area celebrates seafood, music, heritage, art, veterans and good times.
Larry Kerner and Steve Crain serve up plates of boiled seafood during the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival in Lafitte on Sunday, June 27, 2021. The three-day festival included crafts, live music, carnival rides, swamp tours, kayak rentals, art walk, and of course, plenty of seafood. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)
Music, swamp tours, kayak adventures, art and more are all additions to the great Louisiana cuisine found at the annual JEAN LAFITTE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL in this Jefferson Parish community. It all happens at the Auditorium and Grounds at 4953 City Park Drive in Jean Lafitte. Friday music starts at 5 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 9:15 p.m. Tickets start at $10 per day. Get more information on the festival here.
People gather for a Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans on Thursday, November 11, 2021. This yearÕs ceremony highlighted the significance of wartime correspondence among veterans and their loved ones and included special guest Linda Hope sharing correspondence between a G.I. and Bob Hope, her father. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)
The National World War II Museum hosts its annual VETERANS DAY ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday with a tribute by local students. Veterans of any conflict era receive free admission to the museum all day. At 6 p.m. Saturday, the outdoor sound-and-light show, “Expressions of America,” debuts for the public with stirring 90-foot-tall imagery projected on the sides of the museum. Get more information about the events, show here. 
Derrick Tabb leads an outdoor rehearsal of ‘What a Wonderful World’ for the swearing in ceremony for the new New Orleans Superintendent of Public Schools at the Roots of Music classrooms in New Orleans, Monday, July 25, 2022. The nonprofit Roots of Music is an after-school music program that works with at-risk students between the ages of 9-14. (Photo by Sophia Germer, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)
The Roots of Music program has helped bring music and mentorship to New Orleans youth for a decade and half. THE BIG 15 GALA, with a patron hour at 7 p.m. Friday, will take place in The Sazerac House and will include a silent auction, food and beverages, and music. Tickets start at $125. Listen up for the details here.
A tray of some fried boudin balls and French fries are on display during the Destrehan Plantation’s  Fall Festival in Destrehan.
Celebrating half a century, the DESTREHAN PLANTATION FALL FESTIVAL features more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, with live music, Creole and Cajun cuisine and tours of the plantation home and grounds. There are also kids’ activities. The fest runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 13034 River Road, Destrehan. Tickets start at $5. Check out more on the festival here.
Mia and Mina Janssen look at some of Steve McQueens art at the Three Rivers Arts Festival which celebrated its 25th year in down town Covington on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. A celebration of art. Works in every medium were represented in the booths lining both sides of Columbia Street.
Downtown Covington, the 200-600 blocks of Columbia Street, will be the convergence of art and fun for THREE RIVERS ART FESTIVAL, the annual juried festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists of several media will be displaying paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, clothing and more. A food truck rally, music and a children’s area are also part of the event. Get a closer look at the festival information here.
The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library will hold a book sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Milton Latter Library.
Friends of the New Orleans Public Library will offer hundreds of used titles for sale at the REALLY, REALLY BIG BOOK SALE Saturday with a presale hour just for members at 10 a.m. The children’s books, rare and antique book finds, fiction and nonfiction titles will be available for all from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Milton H. Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave. Check it out here.
New Orleans funk and soul band Dumpstaphunk will headline the inaugural Soberfest.
SOBER FEST, a one-day, alcohol-free festival, will debut Saturday at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mardi Gras World’s River City Plaza. Hosted by Bridge House/Grace House, the free fest features Dumpstaphunk, Camile Baudoin of The Radiators, Cha Wa and the Trombone Shorty Academy, plus food from local vendors and food trucks, as well as a kids tent with games and activities staffed by Ursuline Academy. Registration is encouraged for the fun at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place. Register for the fun here.
Young artists participate in one of the activities at ‘FORESTival’ at A Studio in the Woods.’
A Studio in the Woods, about a 25-minute drive from downtown New Orleans, will be the spot Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for FORESTIVAL: A CELEBRATION OF ART AND NATURE, a day to celebrate music, art, dance and more in a woodland setting. The one-day, $15 event will take place at the bottomland hardwood forest at 13401 Patterson Road in Lower Algiers. On tap will be art activities, environmental information, food and beverages and music and dance. Take a look a the fun here.
The jazz ensemble of the U.S. Navy Band Commodores will present two free performances in New Orleans in November.
New Orleans audiences have two chances to hear the U.S. NAVY BAND COMMODORES this weekend. The jazz ensemble, on a national tour, will play at the National World War II Museum Saturday at 2 p.m., 945 Magazine St., and Loyola’s Roussel Performance Hall Sunday at 3 p.m., 6363 St. Charles Ave. Both performances are free but both require registration. Sign up for the museum music here. Register for the Roussel performance here.
Got gumbo? How about a cooking contest? Head over to the Hotel St. Vincent Sunday at noon for the inaugural GUMBO COOK-OFF for the title of “Gumbo Great of New Orleans” where local restaurant teams will vie for honors and a chance to win funds for local charities. Ticket holds will be the judges, with tickets at $30. There’s also live music, beverages and a big-screen view of the Saints game. The roux gets stirred at 1507 Magazine St. Get a taste here.
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