FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 10-12
CONTRABAND DAYS LOUISIANA PIRATE FESTIVAL: See modern day “pirates” in full regalia on boats out on the lake, and hear the cannon fire as Lake Charles residents try to defend the seawall from the “pirates.” The mayor is “captured, put on trial and sent to the lake!” Carnival rides, games, entertainment, live music on multiple stages. http://www.contrabanddays.com.
COCHON DE LAIT FESTIVAL: downtown Mansura. Cajun food, fun and music with cochon de lait (French for roast suckling pig). Also, a giant midway, nightly street dances, contests, parade, arts/crafts booths and more. http://www.cochondelaitfestival.com/.
SATURDAY, MAY 11
BATON ROUGE GREEK FESTIVAL: Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium. Running 11 a.m.-10 p.m., the second annual festival will feature Greek food, music, beverages and arts and crafts. http://www.facebook.com/BatonRougeGreekFestival.
Spring Fest/Cure JM (Juvenile Myositis) Fundraiser: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Chappapeela Sports Park, 43076 S. Airport Road, Hammond. $5. (985) 320-4337.
CRAWFISH MAMBO COOK-OFF AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., The Cove, UNO Lakefront campus, New Orleans. All-you-can-eat crawfish, live music, other food, vendors. https://crawfishmambo.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 11-12
NEW ORLEANS VEGGIE FEST: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Local food vendors, product sampling, cooking demonstrations, speakers, films, live music.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, MAY 16-18
STARKS MAYHAW FESTIVAL: La. 109 at La. 12, Starks. Jelly-making, carnival rides, live music. http://www.visitlakecharles.org.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 16-19
PLAQUEMINES PARISH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: 109 Good News Ave., Belle Chasse. Food, crafts, live music, carnival and more.