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Theresa Romano and David Smith, of upstate New York, taste several hot sauces during the 2016 Cajun Hot Sauce Festival. The event returns this weekend at the Sugarena Acadiana Fairgrounds in New Iberia. Get more information at sugarena.com/chsf.htm

ADVOCATE PHOTO BY PAUL KIEU

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

CAJUN HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL: Sugarena Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia. Pageants, talent contents, live entertainment and hot sauce contests headline this festival. sugarena.com/chsf.htm.

STARTING THURSDAY 

LOUISIANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Baton Rouge. Film festival, music events, gala receptions to celebrate the state's film industry. Prices vary per event. lifilmfest.org

NEW ORLEANS POETRY FESTIVAL AND SMALL PRESS FAIR: New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., and other locations in New Orleans. Readings, "poetry with bands" show, workshops, panels and performances. nolapoetry.com