• FORDOCHE FAIR: Ryan Shoupe Park, La. 77, Fordoche. Carnival rides, food, games, live entertainment by DJ Steven Landry, J.C. Melancon and the Bayou Rock Band, Sheriff Bud Torres and Parish County Line and more. (225) 638-3998 or


  • JACKSON ASSEMBLY ART SHOW: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Charter Street Studios, 1740 Charter St., Jackson. Charter Street Studio artists Donna Bateman Kilbourne, Roger Persons, Alice Kent, Linda Broderick and Carolyn Ory Thornton will anchor the show. The event raised funds to support the historic preservation projects of the Jackson Assembly. $10, good for all three days.
  • LOUISIANA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Sigur Cultural Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Food, entertainment, carnival games, rides and more.
  • ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Rivertown, 405 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Featuring a display of historical memorabilia and photographs from Kenner’s Italian families, Italian and local music, children’s activities, genealogical research tutoring, crafts and Italian food from local vendors.
  • ACADIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL: Parc International, 200 Garfield St., Lafayette. Celebrating the LGBTQ population of Acadiana with festival filled with music, theater, film and the arts.


  • “I REMEMBER...” ART EXHIBIT AND WETLANDS FESTIVAL: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Jean Lafitte National Historical Park andf Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. The art exhibit will feature environmental portraits and landscape photograghs by Lane Lefort and oil paintings by Marian Brister Martinez. Both artists are Louisiana natives and have used their artistic talents to capture the culture and heritage of the communities in coastal Louisiana. Jefferson Parish President John F. Young will be the exhibit’s keynote speaker. Festival activities include walking tours and music. (337) 266-8623 or
  • ACADIANA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia. Boats are powered to the finish line by 20 paddlers while one drummer keeps the best. There will be local vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. (337) 352-2180 or
  • SOUTHDOWN MARKETPLACE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Southdown Plantation House, Houma. With More than 300 local and national vendors with hand-made products including jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, original art, garden items, seasonal products and more; Cajun food favorites like jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, and corn soup.
  • BATEAU DE BOIS FESTIVAL: The Center for Louisiana Traditional Boat-building, 202 Main St., Lockport. Boat-building demonstrations, entertainment, food and other activities. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


  • FESTIVAL DES FLEURS: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Blackham Coliseum, Lafayette. (337) 298-1770 or
  • FEST FOR ALL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, downtown Baton Rouge. Live music, visual arts, live art demos, children’s activities and more. Festival schedule:


  • SPRING FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, children’s walking parade, arts and crafts and other children games, contests and a plant sale and demonstration. (225) 687-2029 or