Scales and Ales
8 -p.m.-11 p.m. Friday
Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., (504) 565-3033
The Audubon Institute fundraiser features music by The Molly Ringwalds and DJ Brice Nice, food from 40 restaurants and Abita Brewing Company beers. There also are temporary tattoos, a raffle and a virtual reality arcade. Tickets $75, $65 Audubon members, $125 VIP tickets (allows 7 p.m. entrance).
Chef Serigne Mbaya's Senegalese Dinner
7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday
Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-0405
Chef Serigne Mbaya serves a four-course dinner inspired by Senegalese cuisine. The menu includes a salad with fonio, caviar, watermelon, tamarind and mint; a Senegalese-style gumbo; a version of the traditional dish thieboudienne with redfish; and a dessert of blackberry sorbet. There also are wine pairings and herbal teas. Tickets $70-$80.
7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., (504) 528-3800
The Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser has food, drinks, music by The Tin Men and a silent auction. Urban South Brewery provides beer and there are bars by Cavan, High Hat Cafe, Three Muses and others. There's food from a dozen restaurants and food trucks. Tickets $50, VIP tickets $75-$150.