Beaujolais Nouveau Festival
7 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday
New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 613-2888
The party celebrates French winter wines and the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau, and attendees can sample Guillaume Gonnet Cotes du Rhone, Aegerter Borgogne pinot noir and chardonnay and others. There is food from restaurants including Cafe Degas, Chateau du Lac, Crepes a la Cart, Breads on Oak, Cafe NOMA and others. Tickets $85 in advance, $100 at the door.
Cafe Giovanni 25th anniversary
7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday
Cafe Giovanni, 117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154
Chef/owner Duke LoCicero celebrates Cafe Giovanni's 25th anniversary with a '70s-themed disco party. The event features many of his signature dishes, an open bar and music by DJ Bam Bam Belonge. There also is a costume contest and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Chef Duke Foundation for Kids. Tickets $75.
Lower Coast Wine and Music Festival
2 p.m. Saturday
English Turn, 1 Clubhouse Drive, (504) 381-8000
The festival features tastings of more than 100 wines from around the world curated by Lirette Selections, Bizou Importers and Distributors and The Tasting Room, plus small plates from English Turn Country Club. General admission tickets $75 in advance, $95 on the day of the event.