FriDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 19-21
WASHINGTON CATFISH FESTIVAL: festival grounds, Washington. Live Cajun, Creole, zydeco, swamp pop and R&B music, native crafts, exhibits, parade, antiques, food booths, arts and crafts and a catfish cook-off on Sunday. http://www.townofwashingtonla.org or (337) 826-3626.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
ART IN APRIL WITH CHAMPAGNE: 6 p.m.-10 p.m., downtown Hammond. Art stroll, outdoor art exhibits, live music, champagne cocktail tasting, shopping. (985) 542-3471.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 19-21
BAYOU TECHE BLACK BEAR FESTIVAL: downtown Franklin. Arts and crafts; fun zone; cub club arena for children; educational seminars; boat trips into the Bayou Teche; teddy bear and friends repair clinic; food; music; fireworks. Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show runs in conjunction with Bear Festival. Antique and newly built watercraft on display. (985) 395-4905 or http://www.cajuncoast.com.
GRAND ISLE MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL: various locations at Grand Isle. Birdwatching tours, lunch presentation by nature photographer C.C. Lockwood, kayak tours, island history, bird art and bird crafts, children’s activities, bird games and prizes. Helps support the purchase and management of the Grand Isle Sanctuary to protect some of the last remaining undeveloped chenier habitats (live oak ridges). (800) 259-0869 or http://grandisle.btnep.org
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 20-21
ANGOLA PRISON RODEO: Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola. Inmates competing in various rodeo events, arts and crafts made by inmates, food, live music. Gates open at 9 a.m., rodeo begins at 2 p.m., crafts open until 5 p.m. $15. (225) 655-2030, 2607 or 2008 or http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=22030&schedule=list.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH FAIR:La. 414, Jarreau (across from the Chenal Cemetery). Food, music, meet and greet with American Idol contestant Brandy Hotard, Jazzercise demonstration, carnival rides, bingo, raffle for four-wheeler with trailer. (225) 324-0852.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Bugs & Brew for Drew Crawfish Cook-off and Beer Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., River City Plaza at Mardi Gras World, New Orleans. Crawfish competition, beer garden, local music including Papa Grows Funk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch, and Stone Rabbits and entertainment for kids. Benefits the Drew Rodrigue Foundation, a local non-profit which celebrates heroes in the face of adversity, in honor of Drew Rodrigue, a local football coach who battled against cancer. Free. Advance VIP tickets can be purchased online for $60. http://bugsandbrew.com.
CRAWFEST: Tulane University’s Uptown campus, New Orleans. Three stages with live music including performances by funky METERS, The Main Squeeze, Honey Island Swamp Band and Mission South; food booths, art vendors. Free. http://crawfest.tulane.edu/
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
Earth Day Festival At Bayou St. John: 10 a.m., Bayou St. John, 4226 Canal St., New Orleans. Live music, food, children’s activities, art, green business information. Free. http://nolaearthdayfest.wordpress.com.
LOUISIANA EARTH DAY: noon-8:30 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. Creative exhibits and activities produced by more than 400 volunteers on how to live green at home and at work, regional music, food. Free. http://www.laearthday.org.
DEANIE’S PINCH A PALOOZA FESTIVAL AND CRAWFISH EATING CONTEST: noon-8 p.m., Deanie’s Seafood, 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie. Family-friendly street party featuring live music, entertainment for kids, an artists market, boiled crawfish and other crawfish dishes. A portion of the proceeds from Pinch A Palooza supports the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and its New Canal Lighthouse Museum. http://www.pinchapalooza.com.
MONDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 22-28
AGMAGIC: Parker Coliseum, Highland Road, LSU. Presents by the LSU AgCenter, the event offers an interactive experience in a visually stimulating environment that will link food and fiber products Louisiana residents use every day to the forests, field crops and livestock produced by Louisiana farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Featured crops will be displayed in various stages of development, and the importance of interactions between agriculture, the environment and society at large will be highlighted. Open to school groups 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday, and the general public 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. http://www.lsuagcenter.com.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 24-28
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: downtown Lafayette. Giant Francophone celebration with food, music, art, dance, film, theater, workshops and more. http://www.festivalinternational.com.