Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Elliott Monroe, then 2, laughs as she rides the motorcycles with her mom Brittany at the carnival during last year's Gonzales Jambalaya Festival. This year's fest run Friday-Sunday.


  • NEW ORLEANS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE: various locations, New Orleans. From vinter dinners to grand tastings, this gourmand’s paradise is packed with the flavors of the city.


  • GONZALES JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL: Irma Boulevard, Gonzales. The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests and a variety of food.
  • GREEK FESTIVAL: Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans. The rich heritage of Greeks in New Orleans comes alive in food, music, dance and more. $5.
  • KROTZ SPRINGS SPORTSMEN’S HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 548 Haas St., Krotz Springs. There will be rides, food, music, crafts, pageants, fishing tournament, cook-off and skeet shooting competition. It is also known for the Blessing of the Hunter.


  • BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST: Tiger Stadium, LSU. Two days of performances by national music stars, including Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton. Fan Fest, tailgating.


  • AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS FREEDOM FEST: Lake End Parkway, Morgan City. Featuring the 13th annual Freedom Ride, car show, children’s activities, food, live music. (985) 397-1786 or


  • BIRDFOOT FESTIVAL: Various locations, New Orleans. Seven days of live chamber music, parties, dinners, mentoring programs and more.

Compiled by Red staff