Whether they're two-stepping to Cajun music, celebrating history or sampling local food favorites, festivalgoers know that somewhere in the Bayou State, the good times are always rolling this time of year.
Louisiana enjoys a true embarrassment of riches in fairs and festivals, so take advantage of the revelry from the Red River down to Venice. Here's a sampling of some of the party pastimes in the months to come.
Friday-Saturday, March 17-18
IOWA RABBIT FESTIVAL: Burton Coliseum Complex, 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. Carnival rides, food, music, a rabbit cook-off and more are on tap for this southwest Louisiana festival in its 31th year. iowarabbitfestival.org.
Friday-Sunday, March 17-19
AMITE OYSTER FESTIVAL: Downtown Amite. “Oysters in Wonderland” will the theme for this Tangipahoa Parish festival celebrating the bivalve with food, music, rides and more. amiteoysterfestival.org.
AUDUBON PILGRIMAGE: St. Francisville. Tours of historic buildings, costumed re-enactments, theater about John James Audubon’s stay in the area and graveyard tours are only part of this annual event in the English plantation country of the state. westfelicianahistoricalsociety.org/audubon-pilgrimage.html.
LOUISIANA NURSERY FESTIVAL: 4300 La. 112, Forest Hill. Vendors with garden supplies and plants, plus arts and crafts and Carnival rides join a festival of Louisiana fair food at this event. louisiananurseryfestival.com
Saturday, March 18
ACADIAN MEMORIAL FESTIVAL AND WOODEN BOAT CONGRÈS: Acadiana Memorial, 121 S. New Market St., St. Martinville. Cajun culture is celebrated in re-enactments of the Acadians’ arrival, cooking, dance, music, conversation and a parade of watercraft. acadianmemorial.org.
AUDUBON ZOO EARTH FEST: 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Exhibitors involved with environmental issues help answer questions for prices on Earth Quest game. Food and crafts available for purchase. Included with admission. audubonnatureinstitute.org/earth-fest.
BLOOMIN’ ON THE BRICKS: Historic Landmark District, Natchitoches. Lawn and garden vendors, from flowers to furniture, ironwork to art, display along the Cane River city. downtownnatchitoches.com.
Saturday-Sunday March 18-19
CONGO SQUARE RHYTHMS FESTIVAL: Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Music and culture of African diaspora are celebrated at this festival that includes Mardi Gras Indians, New York's Bombazo Dance Co., a high school band contest, a drumming workshop for kids, Bamboula 2000, an arts market and food. jazzandheritage.org/congo-square.
Sunday-Tuesday, March 19-21
Hangout Music Festival — Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean headline the three-day music fest on Orange Beach, Alabama. hangoutmusicfest.com
Thursday, March 23
TOP TACO FESTIVAL:
6:30 p.m. Culinary competition featuring gourmet tacos and creative tequila cocktails from 40 of the Big Easy’s best restaurants, along with live entertainment. Spanish Plaza. Must be 21. $65 and up. toptaconola.com.
Wednesday-Sunday, March 22-26
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout New Orleans. The 30th annual celebration of arts and letters returns to the city Tennessee loved, with writing contests, seminars, dinners, gatherings and live theatrical productions throughout the region. tennesseewilliams.net.
Thursday-Sunday, March 23-26
LOUISIANA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Sigur Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Louisiana crawfish dishes, live entertainment, rides and arts crafts are all offered at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival. $5 admission. louisianacrawfishfestival.com.
Saturday, March 25
STATE TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nine categories of truck driving contests at Blue Bayou Water Park, 18142 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.
Friday-Saturday, March 24-25
HAMMOND SMOKIN’ BBQ CHALLENGE: Downtown Hammond. More than 50 Kansas City barbecue teams will compete for the headline event, but there will be many contests, live entertainment, pairing events and more. hammondbbq.com.
JACKSON ASSEMBLY ANTIQUES AND ART SHOW: Downtown Jackson. Antiques and collectibles dealers from seven states including furniture, lighting, antique maps, tools, rare books, china, silver and more. Tours include the 1840 Masonic Lodge building, the massive Center Building at East Louisiana Hospital, Brown Cottage and the historic old Jackson Cemetery. $10. jacksonassemblyantiqueshow.com.
Friday-Sunday, March 24-26
NEW ORLEANS BOURBON FESTIVAL: Marriott Convention Center and other locations, New Orleans. Seminars, panels, tastings and judging for bourbon. Tickets vary by event. neworleansbourbon2017.sched.com.
Friday-Sunday, March 24-April 2
NOLA PYRATE WEEK: Various locations 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.
Saturday, March 25
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. la-spac.org/brunchfest.
CHILDREN’S WORLD’S FAIR: Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Museum celebrates cultures of other countries in daylong “trek” for children. lcm.org.
FÊTE FRANÇAISE: Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 821 Gen. Pershing St., New Orleans. Annual festival of French with food, music, art and culture. fetefrancaise.com.
UNITED WAY ANNUAL PLAQUEMINES PARISH JAMBALAYA COOK-OFF: YMCA Belle Chasse, 8101 La. 23, Belle Chasse. Teams compete for honors, with attendees voting for honors. plaqueminestourism.com/ymcajc16.pdf
Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26
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. springfiestanola.com.
SPRING FLING CARNIVAL: Concordia Lutheran School, 6700 Westbank Expressway, Marrero. Fundraisier for school with food, inflatables, kid's zone and more. clsmarrero.com.
Sunday, March 26
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 reward cooking as well as event-space decorating, plus music, arts and crafts and more events. etouffeecookoff.org.
Thrusday-Sunday, March 30-April 2
JAZZ IN THE PARK TREME CRAB FESTIVAL: Armstrong Park, New Orleans. People United for Armstrong Park kick off music series with a bushel of crab delicacies from local restaurants, music and more. Free concerts Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. pufap.org.
Friday-Saturday, March 31-April 1
NORTH LOUISIANA SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL: 302 W. Main St., Oak Grove. The festival features a carnival, arts and crafts vendors, food and more celebrating this crop in the West Carroll Parish town. westcarrollchamber.com.
SLABTOWN FESTIVAL: Mill Street, Ringgold. This festival remembers the early days of Ringgold when timber was pulled by mule and ox to the sawmill. Lumber was then cut to a standard size and the leftovers was called slabs. Events includes a parade, music, kids area, food, crafts, baseball and basketball games and a mayor’s breakfast. www.facebook.com/pages/Slabtown/444242015649422.
HOGS FOR THE CAUSE: UNO Lakefront Arena grounds, 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 admission. hogsforthecause.org.
Friday-Sunday, March 31-April 2
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, activities for kids and more. $5. italianheritagefestival.com.
Saturday, April 1
WEST LOUISIANA BARBECUE COOKOFF: Barbecue contest and tasting. West Louisiana Forestry Fairgrounds, 276 H.M. Stevens Blvd., Leesville.
FRERET STREET FESTIVAL: Freret Street, between Napoleon Avenue and Robert Street, New Orleans. Three music stages, blocks of food vendors, children’s activities, pet adoptions and more 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.
Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2
EBB & FLOW FESTIVAL: Riverfront, Baton Rouge. Arts council of Greater Baton Rouge new festival with multiple stages with music, dancers, poets, art installations, kids activities, food and experiences. ebbandflowbr.org.
KITE FEST LOUISIANÉ: West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, 3853 Rosedale Road, Port Allen. Highlights include professional flying expo and unique kites, a kite-making competition, kite-flying lessons and a children’s kite workshop. westbatonrouge.net.
SPRING FIESTA: French Quarter locations, New Orleans. Walking tours of the French Quarter and historic and Uptown homes, with prices varying on tours. springfiestanola.com.
Wednesday-Sunday, April 5-9
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.
Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8
BOGGY BAYOU FESTIVAL: La. 1172, Heritage Road, Pine Prairie. This Evangeline Parish festival offers music, carnival rides, arts and crafts and an assortment of authentic Cajun food.
LOUISIANA RAILROAD DAYS FESTIVAL: Railroad Museum, DeQuincy. Festival features a pageant, barbecue cook-off, rides, cannonball run, railroad “idol” contest, a canine pageant, craft and food booths, plus a gospel night and more. larailroadaysfestival.com.
Thursday-Sunday, April 6-9
FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout the Vieux Carre. Eighteen stages throughout the Quarter presents the New Orleans music, food and beverage booths and make up the World’s Largest Jazz Brunch. fqfi.org.
Friday-Sunday, April 7-9
BATTLE OF PLEASANT HILL: 23271 La. 175, Pelican. Re-enactors from across the United States participate in the Civil War battle event. The Soldiers’ Ball is open to everyone, but period attire must be worn. battleofplesanthill.com.
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.
MARKET AT THE MILL: 311 Mill St., New Roads. A three-day antique and handmade craft show at the historic cotton oil mill. marketatthemillnewroads.com
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 features over 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, April 8
RAILROAD MAKERS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Downtown Ruston. Seratones and Louisiana Soul Revival headline at music fest ($5); arts and crafts sale admission is free.
FRANKLIN PARISH CATFISH FESTIVAL: Downtown Winnsboro. More than 300 vendor booths, gospel, rock and country music stages, a children’s play area, petting zoo and a half-block food court serving delicious fried pond-raised catfish at this north Louisiana event. franklinparishcatfishfestival.com.
SOUTH LOUISIANA CRAWFISH BOIL, CRAFT AND CAR SHOW: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 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. 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. 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 including jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, original art, garden items, seasonal products, Cajun Cuisine food favorites such as jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and corn soup. Tours of Southdown will also be available. $5. southdownmuseum.org/marketplace.
SPRING FOR ART: 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. Gallery openings, demonstrations, shopping and dining from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. highlight this art event. sttammanyartassociation.org.
Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9
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. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $8 adults, $4 kids 5-12, free for Friends of City Park. neworleanscitypark.com.
Saturday-Thursday, April 8-13
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!” forklore workshops and culinary celebrations. Prices vary per event. lafolkroots.org.
Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15
GREAT SOUTHERN BLUE GRASS EVENT: Great Southern RV Park, 30338 Hwy. 21, Angie. Indoor festival with bluegrass music, concessions. $20 per day. greatsouthernbluegrassevent.com.
Friday-Sunday, April 14-16
CAJUN HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL: SUGARENA Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia. Pageants, talent contests, live entertainment and hot sauce contests headline this festival. www.sugarena.com/chsf.htm.
Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23
LOUISIANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinemark, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. Film festival, music events, gala receptions to celebrate 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, New Orleans. Readings, “poetry with bands” show, workshops, panels and performances. nolapoetry.com.
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22
BAYOU TECHE BLACK BEAR FESTIVAL: Downtown Franklin. Festival dedicated to education on the Louisiana black bear, with food, music, field trips, education exhibits and children’s activities. bayoutechebearfest.org.
PARKS CRACKLIN’ COOK-OFF: CECILE Rousseau Poché Memorial Park, Melancon Street, Parks. A cracklin’ cooking competition, other delicacies, entertainment, a poker run and more at this festival near Breaux Bridge. parkscracklincookoff.com.
Friday-Sunday, April 21-23
CAJUN FEST: Visitation of Our Lady Catholic Church, Ames and Barataria boulevards, Marrero. Music, food, raffles, royal tea, auctions and children’s activities are just a part of this church festival. vol.org/cajunfest.
LECOMPTE PIE FESTIVAL: Old Lecompte High School grounds, Elm Street and La. 456, Lecompte. Food, carnival rides, parades, royalty and pies in the state’s official pie capital. asliceoflouisiana.net.
SCOTT BOUDIN FESTIVAL: LIONS Club Street, Scott. This festival features food, music, rides, pageants and events in the heart of Cajun country near Lafayette. www.scottboudinfestival.com.
THIRD STREET SONGWRITER'S FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout downtown Baton Rouge. Panels, performances and critiques from writers and professionals in the music business. thirdstreetsongwritersfestival.com.
PARKS CRACKLIN' FESTIVAL: Parks. Cooking contests, music. 103 Periou St. Free.
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23
ANGOLA RODEO: Louisiana State Penitentiary, 10000 Tunica Trace, Tunica. Rodeo events, food, music and inmate hobby and craft items for sale are the hallmarks of this spring version of the world-famous prison rodeo. $15 admission. angolarodeo.com.
LE FEU ET L’EAU FESTIVAL: NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Highway, Arnaudville. Arts event with artists, performers, cultural workers. fireandwaterfestival.org.
MELROSE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Melrose Plantation, 3533 La. 119, Melrose. Fine arts-and-crafts held on the grounds of the historic home, with food vendors and home tours, 18 miles south of Natchitoches. $5. melroseplantation.org.
Wednesday-Sunday, April 26-30
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: Downtown Lafayette, with shuttles from Cajun Field, 2351 W. Congress St. Expansive festival with music, food, a fine-arts market, a world market, workshops, theater and other performing arts. festivalinternational.org.
Friday-Sunday, April 28-30
ETOUFFEE FESTIVAL: St. John Francis Regis Church Grounds, 370 Main St., Arnaudville. This festival features a mayor’s cooking competition, a variety of étouffées and other foods, music, rides and arts and crafts. johnfrancisregis.net.
THE ITALIAN FESTIVAL: 500081 U.S. 51, Tickfaw. Three days of entertainment, rides, parades, pageants and cuisine celebrate the rich heritage of the area. theitalianfestivalorg.com.
WESTLAKE FAMILY FUN & FOOD FESTIVAL: St. John Bosco Catholic Community, 1301 Sampson St., Westlake. Games and activities for people of all ages, plus a petting zoo, as well as bingo and auctions. stjohnboscochurch.com.
Friday-Sunday, Thursday-Sunday, April 28-May 7
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Mega-music festival with food, crafts, demonstrations and a lineup of glittering talent at stages and tents throughout the grounds. $70 at the gate, $58 in advance, $5 children 2-10. nojazzfest.com.
Saturday, April 29
BURAS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT OILFIELD CRAWFISH BOIL-OFF: FORT Jackson Ball Field, Buras. Fundraiser for fire department. $15. facebook.com/events/525147587689545.
Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30
SPRING STREET FAIR: First, Second and Erlanger streets, Slidell. More than 200 vendors offer antiques, jewelry, art, crafts, toys and collectibles, plus live music. slidellantiques.com.
Sunday, April 30
ALLONS MANGER FESTIVAL: St. Jules Catholic Church, 7161 La. 1, Belle Rose. “A Cajun Extravaganza” is how this church festival of food, music and fun is billed. stelizabethstjules.com.
ST. JOAN OF ARC’S FAIR: 529 W. Fifth St., LaPlace. Sample food dishes from vendors around the area, plus rides and games for kids of all ages. sja-school.com.
Monday-Wednesday, May 1-3
NOLA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: NOLA Brewery and Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. New festival celebrates music, food and brews in this weekday after-hours fest over three nights. $45 and up. nolacrawfishfest.com.
Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7
THIBODAUX FIREMEN’S FAIR AND PARADE: 1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux. Proceeds from this festival benefit the volunteer fire department. Music, food, auctions, a run/walk and parade are highlights of this festival. firemensfair.com
Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 14
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. contrabanddays.com.
Friday-Saturday, May 5-6
MAYFEST 2017: Downtown Leesville. The two-day event features live music, demonstrating artists and children’s activities, plus food, a gospel tent and pancake breakfast. venturevernon.com.
Friday-Sunday, May 5-7
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. bayoucivicclub.org.
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 contest, as well as arts and crafts booths and carnival rides. bbcrawfest.com.
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. scblittleredchurch.org.
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. olpsschool.org.
Saturday, May 6
HERB AND GARDEN FESTIVAL: Marie Street, Sunset. The festival offers over 75 vendors selling fresh herbs, herbal products, yard art, and native plants and flowers. Guest speakers and book signings are also slated. sunsetherbfestival.com.
Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13
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. raynefrogfestival.com.
Thursday-Sunday, May 11-14
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? cochondelaitfestival.com.
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13
ZWOLLE LOGGERS & FORESTRY FESTIVAL: Zwolle Festival Grounds, South Main Street, Zwolle. The festival was started to celebrate the community’s logging history. There are arts and crafts, food, rides, music and the famous “mudbog.” zwolleloggersandforestryfestival.com.
Saturday, May 13
CRAWFISH MAMBO: UNO Sandbar and The Cove, Founders Road, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. A cooking contest and all-you-can-eat benefit staged by the UNO International Alumni Association, with music and more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $20. crawfishmambo.com.
LOUISIANA VETERANS’ FESTIVAL: Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. A day of tribute and honor for all Louisiana veterans, activities include a tribute, car show, amusement rides, entertainment, arts and crafts, Louisiana cuisine, drinks and more surprises. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $8, $5 veterans. laveteransfestival.com.
Thursday-Saturday, May 18-20
STARKS MAYHAW FESTIVAL: La. 12 and La. 109, Starks. Arts and crafts, food, carnival rides, and gospel and country-western music are featured attractions at this festival. mayhawfest.com.
Friday-Sunday, May 19-21
MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO: 500 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., New Orleans. Music, food, an arts market against the backdrop of Bayou St. John — a rising festival in the local calendar. thebayouboogaloo.com.
PLAQUEMINES PARISH SEAFOOD AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: F. Edward Hebert Boulevard, Belle Chasse. Visitors enjoy local seafood and other unique local food specialties plus live music, local artists and craftsmen, carnival rides and helicopter rides over an historic battlefield. plaqueminesparishfestival.com.
Thursday-Saturday, May 25-27
NEW ORLEANS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE: VARIOUS locations, New Orleans. From vintner dinners to wine strolls, seminars to grand tastings, this gourmand’s paradise is a four-day event packed with the flavors of the city. www.nowfe.com.
Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28
KROTZ SPRINGS SPORTSMEN’S HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 548 Haas St., Krotz Springs. This festival includes rides, food, music, crafts, pageants, fishing tournament, cook-off and skeet-shooting competition. It is also known for the Blessing of the Hunter and celebrating Krtoz Springs' 100th anniversary. kssportsmensheritagefestival.com.
Friday-Sunday, May 26-28
BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Top-flight country entertainers come to the dome for a Memorial Day weekend of music, fan fests, tailgating and more. Ticket packages available. bayoucountrysuperfest.com.
GREEK FESTIVAL: Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans. Opa! The rich heritage of Greeks in New Orleans comes alive in food, music, dance and more at this popular event. $7 admission. greekfestnola.com.
JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL: Gonzales Civic Center, Irma Boulevard and Cornerview Road, Gonzales. The 50th anniversary of the festival features world champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food and so much fun it takes three days to get it all in. www.jambalayafestival.org.
Monday-Saturday, May 29-June 3
BIRDFOOT FESTIVAL: Various locations, New Orleans. Seven days of live chamber music, parties, dinners, mentoring programs and more. birdfootfestival.org.
Wednesday-Saturday, May 31-June 3
LE FESTIVAL DE LA VIANDE BOUCANÉE DE LA LOUISIANE: Northside Civic Center, Ville Platte. This festival showcases local smoked meats including sausage, tasso, pounce bourée, deer, pig, rabbit and fish. Music runs all both days, and arts and crafts booths and beauty pageants are slated. lasmokedmeatfestival.com.
Friday-Sunday, June 2-4
GHEENS BON MANGÉ FESTIVAL: Vacherie-Gheens Community Center, Gheens. This festival offers Cajun dishes and sweets, live entertainment, children’s rides, a truck, car and bike show and a live auction. gheensbonmange.weebly.com.
Saturday, June 3
NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL: Champions Square, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Showcasing two-ounce unlimited sampling of the craft beers from around the world with food, cider garden, seminars, beer garden for “cask” beer, music and games. $20 and up. neworleansinternationalbeerfest.com.
Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4
THE NEW ORLEANS OYSTER FESTIVAL: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. The bivalve gets the star treatment at this festival, being showcased in a stellar mélange of dishes and as the backdrop for some rocking good music. neworleansoysterfestival.org.
Thursday-Saturday, June 8-10
LOUISIANA CORN FESTIVAL: Lake Street, Bunkie. Rides, food, music, sports tournaments, pageants, parades and cooking competitions are part of this festival. A car, truck and bike show are added this year. bunkiechamber.net/cornfestival.
Friday-Sunday, June 9-11
NEW ORLEANS PRIDE FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout New Orleans. Celebrations of LGBT events, including appearances by Bianca del Rio, a parade (June 18) and more. prideneworleans.com.
Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11
CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL: French Market District, from Dumaine and Decatur Streets to Barracks Street, French Quarter, New Orleans. Music, food, activities and a celebration of the Creole tomato are accented with cooking demonstrations and culinary discussions. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. frenchmarket.org.
Thursday-Saturday, June 15-17
SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL: The Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. Festival of workshops and performances of burlesque, sideshow, vaudeville and circus acts. Prices vary. snakeoilfestival.com.
Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18
COQUILLE PARK JUNEFEST: Coquille Park and Recreation Center, Covington. Indoor arts and crafts festival. steinhaurerproductions.com.
Friday-Saturday, June 23-24
ACADIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL: Lafayette. Celebration of diversity and LGBT pride, featuring events through the Hub City. acadianapride.org.
BEAUREGARD WATERMELON FESTIVAL: Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, DeRidder. Live entertainment, food, pageants, children’s activities and watermelons are the hallmarks of this west Louisiana festival. beauregardwatermelonfestival.com.
LOUISIANA PEACH FESTIVAL: Dowtown Ruston. Festival celebrates the north Louisiana peach crop, with contests, carnival rides, art exhibits, pageants, food, music and more. $15 weekend pass. louisianapeachfestival.org.
Friday-Sunday, June 23-25
LOUISIANA CATFISH FESTIVAL: St. Gertrude Catholic Church, 17324 La. 631, Des Allemands. Food, music, arts and crafts, rides and a 5K and 1-mile fun run are on tap for this locally popular festival. louisianacatfishfestival.com.
Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25
LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL: Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Traditional and modern performers of Cajun and Zydeco music, as well as crafts, seafood and arts. jazzandheritage.org/Cajun-zydeco.
Friday-Tuesday, June 30-July 4
ERATH 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Erath. Five days of music, food, fireworks, waterfights and a parade highlight the USA’s birthday bash. www.erath4.com.
Thursday-Sunday, June 29-July 2
ESSENCE FESTIVAL: Various locations in New Orleans. Headline recording artists, empowerment workshops, a host of seminars and more are just part of the national celebration sponsored by Essence magazine. Prices vary by event. essence.com/festival.