Beer Geek New Year's Eve party
5 p.m. Tuesday
Avenue Pub, 1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243
The event features rare beers including Cantillon Mamouche from Belgium's Brasserie Cantillon, barrel-aged beers from Belgium's De Struise Brouwers and some from Orange County, Calif.'s The Bruery.
King Cake Festival
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Cottage Catering and Bakery, 1536 River Oaks Road W., Harahan, (504) 343-5706
King cakes are sold and there are food tastings, games and kids' activities. All proceeds from Caluda's king cake sales, at least $25,000, benefit Team Gleason, Animal Rescue New Orleans and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Customers choose which charity will benefit from their purchases.
Sneaux@Loyno and king cake party
6 p.m. Monday
Loyola University, Thomas Hall Plaza, 6363 St. Charles Ave., (504) 861-5888
Play in more than 20 tons of snow, eat king cake samples and watch the Phunny Phorty Phellows. The snow event is free, but a king cake party that includes cocktails and appetizers costs $15.