FRIDAY-SUNDAY

NOLA PYRATE WEEK: Various location in New Orleans and throughout the state. A host of activities, ranging from family days to history days, benefit a number of causes. nolapyrateweek.com.

JAZZ IN THE PARK TREME CRAB FESTIVAL: Armstrong Park, New Orleans. People United for Armstrong Park kicks off music series with a bushel of crab delicacies from local restaurants, music and more. Free concerts Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. pufap.org.

DENHAM SPRINGS FAIR: South Park, 7510 Vincent Road, Denham Springs. Carnival rides, live entertainment, food and family activities. facebook.com/denhamspringsfair 

FESTA ITALIANA — KENNER ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Rivertown, Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, Kenner. Three days of celebrating the Italian contributions to the Jefferson Parish city, including live performances, food and kids' activities. $5. italianheritagefestival.com

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

HOGS FOR THE CAUSE: Festival Grounds, City Park, 1701 Wisner Blvd., New Orleans. Two days of barbecue competition, entertainment and a celebration of the wonders of pork — all to benefit pediatric brain cancer patients. $25 and up. hogsforthecause.org

SATURDAY

FRERET STREET FESTIVAL: Freret Street, between Napoleon Avenue and Robert Street, New Orleans. Three music stages, blocks of food vendors, children's activities, and pet adoptions are just a portion of what is on tap for this local event sponsored by the Freret Market. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. freretstreetfestival.com

ZAPP'S INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST: Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Featuring more than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews. $40. Advanced purchase required. lsu.edu/rurallife

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

EBB & FLOW FESTIVAL: Riverfront, Baton Rouge. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's new festival offers multiple stages with music, dancers, poets and art installations. ebbandflowbr.org

KITE FEST LOUISIANÉ: West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, 3853 Rosedale Road, Port Allen. Highlights include professional flying expo and unique kits, a kite-making competition and kite-flying lessons. westbatonrouge.net

SPRING FIESTA: French Quarter locations, New Orleans. Walking tours of the French Quarter and historic and Uptown homes. Prices vary. springfiestanola.com

STARTING WEDNESDAY 

A TASTE OF COVINGTON: Various locations in Covington. Celebration of food and wine, with music, vintner's dinners, a grand tasting, art shows and a Champagne jazz brunch. Tickets vary per event. atasteofcovington.com

STARTING THURSDAY

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout the Vieux Carre, New Orleans. Eighteen stages throughout the Quarter present the New Orleans music, food and beverage booths and make up the World's Largest Jazz Brunch. fqfi.org