Grammy-nominated neo-soul singer Eric Benet (pictured) headlines the Audubon Nature Institute's Soul Fest. Performers include Pastor Jai Reed, Naydja CoJoe and The Lagniappe Section, Hot 8 Brass Band and others on Saturday. On Sunday, Benet is joined by Jelly Joseph, Tara Alexander, Caren Green and others. The festival also features soul food from area restaurants and caterers. There will be representatives of local social service, education and health organizations, including a blood drive by The Blood Center of New Orleans. Portable folding chairs and blankets are allowed. Free with zoo admission ($22.95 adults, $17.95 children, $19.95 seniors). Festival hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3-4. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 861-2537; www.auduboninstitute.org.