TENNESSEE WILLIAMS NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout New Orleans. The 30th annual celebration of arts and letters returns to the city Williams loved, with writing contests, seminars, dinners, gatherings and live theatrical productions throughout the region.

LOUISIANA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Sigur Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Louisiana crawfish dishes, live entertainment, rides, and arts and crafts are all offered. $5 admission.

NEW ORLEANS BOURBON FESTIVAL: Marriott Convention Center and other locations in New Orleans. Seminars, panels, tasting and judging for bourbon. Tickets vary by event.


HAMMOND SMOKIN' BBQ CHALLENGE: Downtown Hammond. More than 50 Kansas City barbecue teams will compete for the headline event, but there will by many contests, live entertainment, pairing events and more.

JACKSON ASSEMBLY ANTIQUES AND ART SHOW: downtown Jackson. Antiques and collectibles dealers from seven states, including furniture, lighting and antique maps. Tours include the 1840 Masonic Lodge building, the massive Center Building at East Louisiana Hospital, Brown Cottage and the historic old Jackson Cemetery. $10.


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.


BRUNCH FEST NOLA: City Park, New Orleans. Food, music and a bloody mary contest are on tap for this salute to the midday meal, with funds benefiting the Louisiana SPCA. Kids and pets are welcome, as is festive attire. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CHILDREN'S WORLD'S FAIR: Louisiana Children's Music, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. The museum celebrates cultures of other countries in day-long "trek" for children.

FÊTE FRANÇAISE: Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 821 Gen. Pershing St., New Orleans. Annual festival of French with food, music, art and culture.

UNITED WAY ANNUAL PLAQUEMINES PARISH JAMBALAYA COOK-OFF: YMCA Belle Chasse, 8101 La. 23, Belle Chasse. Teams compete, with attendees voting for honors.


SPRING FIESTA: French Quarter locations, New Orleans. Walking tours of the French Quarter and historic homes, with prices varying on tours. Queen's promenade and parade Saturday. Also April 1-2.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CRAWFISH ÉTOUFFÉE COOK-OFF: Northwest Community Center, Eunice. Teams of cooks, from amateur home chefs to culinary professionals, vie for honors in this event that rewards cooking as well as event-space decorating, plus music, arts and crafts and more events.


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.