FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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.

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.

GREAT LOUISIANA BIRDFEST: Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190 East, Mandeville. Annual event to coincide with migration patterns of birds, including trips, food and workshops. Prices vary per event. northlakenature.org/birdfest

ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN LAKE CHARLES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Music, food, fun and crawfish prepared every way possible. downtowncrawfest.com

PONCHATOULA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Memorial Park, 300 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula. This festival feature more than 60 nonprofit organizations cooking Louisiana cuisine. Continuous entertainment runs on two stages; a Saturday morning parade rolls downtown. Contests include strawberry eating, an egg toss and sack races. lastrawberryfestival.com

SATURDAY

SOUTH LOUISIANA CRAWFISH BOIL, CRAFT AND CAR SHOW: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Boiling and eating contests are just part of the fun, including arts and crafts, pageants, contests, food and music to raise funds for Dreams Come True of Louisiana. lamardixonexpocenter.com/events

SOUTHDOWN MARKETPLACE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma. This event features more than 300 local and national vendors with handmade products. Tours of Southdown also will be available. $5. southdownmuseum.org/marketplace

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL: Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza, downtown Baton Rouge. From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Capital City celebrates its blues heritage with music and food that will be anything but blues-inducing. batonrougebluesfestival.org

NEW ORLEANS SPRING GARDEN SHOW: New Orleans Botanical Gardens, City Park, 3 Victory Ave., New Orleans. A festival of green and growing comes alive at this annual event, with demonstrations, activities and plants for sale, plus food vendors. $8 adults, $4 kids 5-12, free for Friends of City Park. neworleanscitypark.com

SATURDAY-THURSDAY, APRIL 13 

DEWEY BALFA CAJUN AND CREOLE HERITAGE WEEK: Vermilionville Living History and Folklife Park, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. "The Greatest Week of Cajun and Creole Culture on the Planet!" includes folklore workshops and culinary celebrations. Prices vary per event. lafolkroots.org

SUNDAY 

SALT & SMOKE FESTIVAL: Tin Roof Brewing Company, 1624 Wyoming St., Baton Rouge. A barbecue roadshow festival with a smoked whole hog, crawfish boil, live music and beer. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. saltandsmoke.com/events