Marques de Caceres wine dinner
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday
Martin Wine Cellar, 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (504) 896-7300
Wines from Spanish vintner Marques de Caceres, including several 1980s vintages of its Gran Reserva, are served with a six-course meal. Dishes include butter-poached shrimp, sweet corn flan with crab, charred octopus with piquillo pepper and herb salad, chicken and chorizo ballantine, Spanish cheeses and olive oil cake with fermented watermelon granita. Tickets $90.
Sept 8 - 9
7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
Crescent Park, 1008 N. Peters St.
There are creative burgers from local restaurants and food vendors including lobster cheeseburgers, hot sausage burgers, shrimp burgers and others. Stephanie Mills and Deniece Williams perform Friday, and Saturday brings Cyril Neville Swamp Band, Donald Harrison Jr., OTRA, Los Hombres Caliente and others. Admission is free on Saturday. Friday tickets start at $20.
Down River Festival
10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993
The festival theme is "Shrimp and Sno-Balls," and there are panel discussions, walking tours, music, food and more. Chef Ryan Pruitt of Peche and Kevin McCaffery lead panels on the shrimp industry. The event kicks off with a second line parade from Jackson Square to the Old U.S. Mint, and there are guided walks along the riverfront. Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Soul Brass Band, Javier Olondo and AsheSon, Fredy Omar con su Banda and others perform at the Mint. Food and sno-balls are available, and the Mexican Consulate sponsors tequila tastings. Free admission.