FRIDAY-SATURDAY

  • MAYFEST: Downtown Leesville. The two-day event offers live music, demonstrating artists and children’s activities, plus food, a gospel tent and pancake breakfast. venturevernon.com

FRIDAY-SATURDAY AND MAY 8-9

  • ALL CITY TEEN POETRY SLAM FESTIVAL: Magnolia Theatre and Performing Arts Pavilion, Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Drive. The festival will include writing and performance workshops, community-building activities and bouts (competition) for previously selected teams of youth poets, ages 13-19. forwardarts.org

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • ZFEST — ZACHARY ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL: BREC Zachary Community Park, 20101 Old Scenic Highway (U.S. 964), Zachary. The ninth annual event will be a weekend full of activities for art and music lovers. zfest.us
  • EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, and 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. manshiptheatre.org
  • 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; $5, children 2-10. nojazzfest.com

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 ETOUFFEE 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
  • OLPS TOMATO FESTIVAL: Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. Enjoy grilled and raw oysters on the half-shell, jambalaya, shrimp pasta, and Tomato-a-la-Chalmette while listening to live entertainment. Other events include a pageant and baby contest. olpsschool.org

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, THROUGH MAY 10

  • 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

SATURDAY

  • FESTIVAL OF TWO RIVERS: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road. There will be food, live bands, entertainment, 5K and fun run, rides, games, crafts, a poker run and a chance to win $1000 cash. Session passes and weekend passports for rides are available. (225) 261-4650 or FestivalofTwoRivers.com.
  • LOUISIANA DRAGON BOAT RACES: Red River, downtown Alexandria. Sponsored by the Alexandria Museum of Art, the races are part of a festival that includes music, art, food and activities. themuseum.org/ldbr
  • HERB AND GARDEN FESTIVAL: Marie Street, Sunset. The festival offers more than 75 vendors selling fresh herbs, herbal products, yard art, and native plants and flowers. Guest speakers and book signings are also slated. sunsetherbfestival.com
  • ST. FRANCISVILLE/JACKSON SPRING GARDEN STROLL: St. Francisville Town Hall or Centenary Inn in Jackson. This fundraiser offers tours of homes in Feliciana Parish. st.francisvillescpringstroll.org

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, MAY 9

  • 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

Compiled by Red staff