Paradigm Gardens Concert Series
6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday
Paradigm Gardens, 1131 S. Rampart St., (504) 344-9474
The Maggie Bell Band performs and there's food by chefs from Coquette, Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria, Maypop and Coutelier NOLA. Two Girls One Shuck serves oysters. Courtyard Brewery provides beer and there are Cathead Vodka cocktails. Tickets $60 plus $4.29 fee.
6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 1 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday St. John Community Center, 2900 Highway 51, LaPlace, (985) 652-9569
Andouille is the focus of a gumbo cookoff, a sausage-eating contest and many dishes from food vendors. The music lineup includes Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers, The Chee-Weez, Catch 22, DJ Captain Charles and others. There's also a second line parade with Mardi Gras Indians, a pageant, a kids' tent, craft vendors and more. Admission $3, $1 for children ages 3 to 12.
Chocolate-Covered Insect Day
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 425 Canal St., (504) 524-2847
The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium's Bug Appetit cafe serves treats including "chocolate chirp" cookies, tarsal toffee and campfire fudge and there's a chocolate fountain. The menu includes grasshoppers, wax worms and more. Free with regular museum admission: $22.95 adults, $19.95 seniors, $17.95 children.