10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St., (504) 861-2537
The insectarium's Bug Appetit cafe offers buggy takes on Thanksgiving favorites, such as mealworm muffins, waxworm cranberry sauce and cricket pumpkin pie, as well as six-legged salsa and "chocolate chirp" cookies. Samples free with museum admission.
Canal Street Lighting Ceremony
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday
Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 Canal St., (504) 962-0500
The Downtown Development District and Astor Crowne Plaza host a reception for the lighting of Canal Street for the holidays. Guests can decorate their own cookies and there's complimentary hot cocoa and apple cider. Attendees donating an unwrapped toy can have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Free admission.
Wayward Owl Turns One!
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday
Wayward Owl Brewing Company, 3940 Thalia St., (504) 827-1646
The brewery celebrates its first birthday with live music and special beers, including Dat Radler, Dunkelweiss, Macguffin Cascadian dark ale, My Funky Family with local strawberries, Megascops bourbon barrel-aged Scotch ale, and Wed-locked & Loaded bourbon barrel-aged coconut Irish coffee brown ale. There's food from Taylor Made Wings on the Geaux beginning at 1 p.m. and Grita Tacos beginning at 4 p.m.