THIBODAUX FIREMEN'S FAIR AND PARADE: 1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux. Proceeds from this festival benefit the Volunteer Fire Department. Music, food and auctions are highlights.

BAYOU CAJUN FEST: Larose Civic Center, Larose. Come out for the pirogue races; stay for the music, food, dancing and sports tournaments. The festival promotes cultural, educational and leisure activities.

BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Parc Hardy, 2090 Rees St., Breaux Bridge. The Crawfish Capitol of the World’s festival has crawfish-based dishes, crawfish races, crawfish-eating contest, a crawfish étouffée cook-off and Cajun and zydeco dance contests, as well as arts and crafts booths and carnival rides.

LITTLE RED CHURCH FOOD AND FUN FESTIVAL: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 13396 River Road, Destrehan. The festival features bands, dance performances, pageants, paint ball, karate exhibitions, carnival rides and Louisiana cuisine.

OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR TOMATO FESTIVAL: 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. The school and church fair is a celebration of south Louisiana delicacies, with live entertainment and a variety of festival royalty.

ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Featuring music from The Molly Ringwalds on Friday, and Contraflow on Sunday, as well as food, rides and other attractions.


CONTRABAND DAYS: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Celebrating Jean Lafitte and his hidden treasures in southwest Louisiana, the events are held at and around the Lake Charles Civic Center and include crawfish races, Cajun Days, boat races and pirates capturing the city of Lake Charles.


RAYNE FROG FESTIVAL: Gossen Memorial Park, Rayne. Signature events like frog racing and jumping and the selection of the Frog Derby Queen are accented by carnival rides, live entertainment, and an arts and crafts show.

COCHON DE LAIT FESTIVAL: Downtown Mansura. Celebration of the roast suckling pig, with music, a vast array of contests, carnival rides, arts and crafts and ending with a Grand Feast of, what else?