It doesn’t take much longer than five minutes in Louisiana before someone spouts, “Laissez les bon temps rouler,” especially in the spring.

With Mardi Gras a memory and St. Patrick’s Day festivities out of the way, Bayou State denizens turn their thoughts to crawfish, catfish, cracklin, cochon de lait, tomatoes, boudin, bivalves and enough music to fill ... well, to fill a state.

Indeed, we know how to let the good times roll.

But in Louisiana, festivals are not just a celebration of cuisine and toe-tapping rhythms. The history, folkways and reasons why these events are important are memorialized and institutionalized.

Local fairs and festivals are scheduled nearly every day from now through the Fourth of July. Besides a chance to experience local culture, many serve as fundraisers for worthy causes.

But most of all, the gatherings celebrate their communities and Louisiana’s unique ways of life.

MARCH

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 25-26

HAMMOND SMOKIN’ BBQ CHALLENGE: Downtown Hammond. More than 50 Kansas City barbecue teams will compete for the headline event, but there will be many contests, live entertainment and pairing events. hammondbbq.com

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 30-APRIL 3

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout New Orleans. The 30th annual celebration of arts and letters returns to the city Williams loved, with writing contests, seminars, dinners, gatherings and live theatrical productions throughout the region. tennesseewilliams.net

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 31-APRIL 2

BOGGY BAYOU FESTIVAL: La. 1172 (Heritage Road), Pine Prairie. This Evangeline Parish festival offers music, carnival rides, arts and crafts and an assortment of authentic Cajun food.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 31-APRIL 3

LOUISIANA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Sigur Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Louisiana crawfish dishes, live entertainment, rides and arts crafts are all offered. $5 admission. louisianacrawfishfestival.com

APRIL

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 1-2

HOGS FOR THE CAUSE: Festival Grounds, City Park, 1701 Wisner Blvd., New Orleans. Two days of barbecue competition, entertainment and a celebration of the wonders of pork — all to benefit pediatric brain cancer patients. $25 and up admission. hogsforthecause.org

PARKS CRACKLIN COOK-OFF: Cecile Rousseau Poché Memorial Park, Melancon Street, Parks. Enjoy a cracklin cooking competition, other delicacies, entertainment and a poker run at this festival near Breaux Bridge. parkscracklincookoff.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 1-3

FIRST DENHAM SPRINGS FAIR: South Park, Vincent Road, Denham Springs. Live music by the Chee-Weez, Werewolf and Chase Tyler. Carnival rides, food.

FESTA ITALIANA — ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Rivertown, Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, Kenner. Three days of celebrating the Italian contributions to the Jefferson Parish city, including live performances, food and children’s activities. $5. italianheritagefestival.com

JACKSON ASSEMBLY ANTIQUES AND ART SHOW: Downtown Jackson. Antiques and collectibles dealers from seven states, including furniture, lighting, antique maps, tools, rare books, china and silver. Tours include the 1840 Masonic Lodge building, the massive Center Building at East Louisiana Hospital, Brown Cottage and the historic old Jackson Cemetery. $10. jacksonassemblyantiquesshow.com

KITE FEST LOUISIANÉ: 3853 Rosedale Road, Port Allen. Highlights include professional flying expo and unique kites, a kite-making competition, kite-flying lessons and a children’s kite workshop. westbatonrouge.net

PATTERSON CYPRESS SAWMILL FESTIVAL: Kemper Williams Park, Cotten Road, Patterson. This event features rides and games, arts and crafts, Louisiana cuisine, entertainment, a poker run, fireworks, classic car and lumberjack shows, golf and softball tournaments and tours of the Louisiana State Museum. cypresssawmill.com

SCOTT BOUDIN FESTIVAL: Lions Club Street, Scott. This festival features food, music, rides, pageants and events in the heart of Cajun country near Lafayette. scottboudinfestival.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

ACADIANA PO-BOY FESTIVAL: Parc Sans Souci, Lafayette. The inaugural festival celebrates the po-boy and features local restaurants such as Pop’s Po-Boys, The French Press and Social Southern Table & Bar showing off some sandwich goodness. Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars will perform. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. facebook.com/acadianapoboyfestival

ERATH FIREFIGHTERS CHILI COOK-OFF: QSA RV Park, Erath. The volunteer fire department will host live music, a chili cook-off, live and silent auction, fun jumps and camper parking. facebook.com/erathvolfiredept

FRERET STREET FESTIVAL: Freret Street, between Napoleon Avenue and Robert Street, New Orleans. Three music stages, blocks of food vendors, children’s activities, pet adoptions and more are just a portion of what is on tap for this local event sponsored by the Freret Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. freretstreetfestival.com

SLABTOWN FESTIVAL: Mill Street, Ringgold. This festival remembers the early days of Ringgold, when timber was pulled by mule and ox to the sawmill. Lumber was then cut to a standard size, and the leftovers were called slabs. Events include a parade, music, kids area, food, crafts, baseball and basketball games and a mayor’s breakfast. facebook.com/pages/Slabtown/444242015649422

SOUTH LOUISIANA CRAWFISH BOILING CONTEST: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Boiling and eating contests are just part of the fun at this event, which also includes arts and crafts, pageants, contests, food and music to raise funds for Dreams Come True of Louisiana. lamardixonexpocenter.com/events

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, April 2-3

FESTFORALL: Downtown, North Boulevard from Fifth Street to the North Boulevard Town Square, Baton Rouge. Free festival celebrating arts in the capital city with food, arts, music, theater and vendors. artsbr.org

NEW ORLEANS SPRING GARDEN SHOW: New Orleans Botanical Gardens, City Park, 3 Victory Ave., New Orleans. A festival of green and growing comes alive at this annual event, with demonstrations, activities and plants for sale, plus food vendors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $8 adults, $4 kids 5-12, free for Friends of City Park. neworleanscitypark.com

NOLA FOOD FEST: Spanish Plaza, Riverwalk, Poydras Street at the Mississippi River, New Orleans. This festival of food vendors from throughout the Gulf Coast celebrates the cuisine of the Crescent City and the entire country. nolafoodfest.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 3

BRUNCH FEST NOLA: City Park, New Orleans. Food, music and even a Bloody Mary contest are on tap for this first salute to the midday meal, with funds benefiting the Louisiana SPCA. Kids and pets are welcome, as is festive attire. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. la-spca.org/brunchfest

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 6-10

A TASTE OF COVINGTON: Various locations in Covington. Celebration of food and wine, with music, vintners dinners, a grand tasting, art shows and a Champagne jazz brunch. Tickets vary per event. atasteofcovington.com

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 7-9

LOUISIANA RAILROAD DAYS FESTIVAL: Railroad Museum, DeQuincy. Festival features a pageant, barbecue cook-off, rides, cannonball run, railroad “Idol” contest, a canine pageant, craft and food booths, plus a gospel night. larailroaddaysfestival.com

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 7-10

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout the Vieux Carre. Eighteen stages throughout the Quarter present New Orleans music, food and beverage booths and make up the World’s Largest Jazz Brunch. fqfi.org/frenchquarter

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 8-10

BATTLE OF PLEASANT HILL: 23271 La. 175, Pelican. Re-enactors from across the United States participate in the Civil War battle event. The Soldiers’ Ball is open to everyone, but period attire must be worn. battleofpleasanthill.com

CAJUN HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL: SugArena Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia. Pageants, talent contests, live entertainment and hot sauce contests headline this festival. sugarena.com/chsf.htm

MARKET AT THE MILL: 311 Mill St., New Roads. A three-day antique and handmade craft show at the historic cotton oil mill. marketatthemillnewroads.com

PONCHATOULA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Memorial Park, 300 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula. This festival features more than 60 nonprofit organizations cooking Louisiana cuisine. Continuous entertainment runs on two stages, and a Saturday morning parade rolls downtown. Contests include strawberry eating, an egg toss and sack races. lastrawberryfestival.com

WESTLAKE FAMILY FUN AND FOOD FESTIVAL: St. John Bosco Catholic Community, 1301 Sampson St., Westlake. Games and activities for people of all ages, plus a petting zoo, bingo and auctions. stjohnboscochurch.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

FRANKLIN PARISH CATFISH FESTIVAL: Downtown Winnsboro. More than 300 vendor booths, gospel, rock and country music stages, a children’s play area, petting zoo and a half-block food court serving delicious fried catfish at this north Louisiana event. franklinparishcatfishfestival.com

SPRING FOR ART: 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. Gallery openings, demonstrations, shopping and dining from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. highlight this art event. sttammanyartassociation.org

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 9-10

BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL: Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza, downtown Baton Rouge. From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., the capital city celebrates its blues heritage with music and food that will be anything but blues-inducing. batonrougebluesfestival.org

SATURDAY-THURSDAY, APRIL 9-14

DEWEY BALFA CAJUN AND CREOLE HERITAGE WEEK: Vermilionville Living History and Folklife Park, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. “The Greatest Week of Cajun and Creole Culture on the Planet!” includes forklore workshops and culinary celebrations. Prices vary per event. lafolkroots.org

SUNDAY, APRIL 10

ALLONS MANGER FESTIVAL: St. Jules Catholic Church, 7161 La. 1, Belle Rose. “A Cajun Extravaganza” is how this church festival of food, music and fun is billed. sesjchurch.com

FESTIVAL OF BALLOONS: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. Showcase of balloon displays and art by international artists, part of world balloon convention. $10. facebook.com/festivalballoon

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 13-17

LOUISIANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Baton Rouge. Film festival includes special screenings, music events, and gala receptions to celebrate state’s film industry. Prices vary per event. lifilmfest.org

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 14-16

GREAT SOUTHERN BLUEGRASS EVENT: Great Southern RV Park, 30338 La. 21, Angie. Indoor festival with bluegrass music, concessions. $20 per day. greatsouthernbluegrassevent.com

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 15-16

NATCHITOCHES JAZZ/R&B FESTIVAL: Cane River banks, downtown Natchitoches. Music festival with headliners Grand Funk Railroad, Midnight Star and 7 Bridges. $25 weekend pass. natchjazzfest.com

ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN LAKE CHARLES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Music, food, fun and crawfish prepared every way possible. downtowncrawfest.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 15-17

BAYOU TECHE BLACK BEAR FESTIVAL: Downtown Franklin. Festival dedicated to education on the Louisiana black bear, with food, music, field trips, education exhibits and children’s activities. bayoutechebearfest.org

CAJUN FEST: Visitation of Our Lady Catholic Church, Ames and Barataria boulevards, Marrero. Music, food, raffles, royal tea, auctions and children’s activities are just a part of this church festival. vol.org/cajunfest

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

BURAS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT OILFIELD CRAWFISH BOIL-off: Fort Jackson Ball Field, Buras. Fundraiser for Fire Department. $15. burasvfd.com

THIRD STREET SONGWRITERS’ FESTIVAL: Various venues in downtown Baton Rouge. Experience live music on Third Street from some of the area’s most talented singer-songwriters. visitbatonrouge.com/songwriters-festival

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 16-17

ANGOLA RODEO: Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, 10000 Tunica Trace, Tunica. Rodeo events, food, music and inmate hobby and craft items for sale are the hallmarks of this spring version of the world-famous prison rodeo. $15 admission. angolarodeo.com

COVINGTON HERITAGE ANTIQUE FESTIVAL: Covington Trailhead. This event showcases vintage-inspired crafts and DIY products and features a live auction. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

GREAT LOUISIANA BIRDFEST: Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190 East, Mandeville. Annual event to coincide with migration patterns of birds, including trips, food and workshops. Prices vary per event. northlakenature.org/birdfest

LE FEU ET L’EAU FESTIVAL: NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Highway, Arnaudville. Arts event with artists, performers, cultural workers. fireandwaterfestival.org

LOUISIANA HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL AND EXPO: Blackham Coliseum, 2330 Johnston St., Lafayette. A celebration of hot sauce and spicy food. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. lahotsaucefest.com

MELROSE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Melrose Plantation, 3533 La. 119, Melrose. Fine arts and crafts held on the grounds of the historic home, with food vendors and home tours, 18 miles south of Natchitoches. $5. melroseplantation.org/events

NEW ORLEANS POETRY FESTIVAL: Arts Estuary, 1024 Elysian Fields Ave., and other locations, New Orleans. First event, with readings, poetry, workshops, panels and performances. lavenderink.org/poetryfest

SUNDAY, APRIL 17

LOUISIANA EARTH DAY: Downtown Baton Rouge. Enjoy a day filled with exhibits, hands-on activities and music from Geno Delafose and Pine Leaf Boys from noon to 6 p.m. laearthday.org

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, April 20-24

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: Downtown Lafayette, with shuttles from Cajun Field, 2351 W. Congress St. Expansive festival with music, food, a fine arts market, a world market, workshops, theater and other performing arts. festivalinternational.org

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 22-23

ALLEN PARISH CANOE FESTIVAL: Allen Parish Fairgrounds, Oberlin. The festival features carnival rides, games, food vendors and entertainment. All proceeds go toward scholarships for Allen Parish students. thecanoefestival.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 22-24

ÉTOUFFÉE FESTIVAL: St. John Francis Regis Church Grounds, 370 Main St., Arnaudville. This festival features a mayor’s cooking competition, a variety of étouffées and other foods, music, rides and arts and crafts.

THE ITALIAN FESTIVAL: 500081 U.S. 51, Tickfaw. Three days of entertainment, rides, parades, pageants and cuisine celebrate the rich heritage of the area. theitalianfestivalorg.com

LECOMPTE PIE FESTIVAL: Old Lecompte High School grounds, Elm Street and La. 456, Lecompte. Food, carnival rides, parades, royalty and pies in the state’s official pie capital. asliceoflouisiana.net

ST. JOAN OF ARC’S FAIR: 529 W. Fifth St., LaPlace. Sample food dishes from vendors around the area, plus rides and games for kids of all ages. Plan to take part in the Fun Run/Walk on Saturday.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 22-24, and THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 28-MAY 1

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 at the gate, $58 in advance, $5 children 2-10. nojazzfest.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 23-24

SPRING STREET FAIR: First, Second and Erlanger streets, Slidell. More than 200 vendors offer antiques, jewelry, art, crafts, toys and collectibles, plus live music. slidellantiques.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 24

LAUREL VALLEY SPRING FESTIVAL: 595 La. 308, Thibodaux. Enjoy Cajun food and homemade sweets at this festival that benefits the Laurel Valley Village, the largest American surviving sugar cane plantation complex. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25-27

NOLA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: NOLA Brewery and Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. New festival celebrates music, food and brews in this weekday after-hours fest over three nights. $45 and up. nolacrawfishfest.com

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 27-MAY 1

ZFEST — ZACHARY ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL: BREC Zachary Community Park, 20101 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary. The ninth annual event will be a weekend full of activities for art and music lovers. Food and fun will be in abundance.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 28-MAY 1

THIBODAUX FIREMAN’S FAIR AND PARADE: 1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux. Proceeds from this festival benefit the volunteer fire department. Music, food, auctions, a run/walk and parade are highlights. firemensfair.com

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 28-MAY 8

CONTRABAND DAYS: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Celebrating Jean Lafitte and his hidden treasures, 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

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 29-MAY 1

FESTIVAL IN THE PARK: Cassidy Park, 625 Willis Ave., Bogalusa. Annual Chamber of Commerce festival with arts and crafts, nonprofit and food booths.

LITTLE RED CHURCH FOOD AND FUN FESTIVAL: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 13396 River Road, Destrehan. The festival features bands, dance performances, pageants, paintball, karate exhibitions, carnival rides and Louisiana cuisine. scblittleredchurch.org

OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR TOMATO FESTVAL: 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. The school and church fair is a celebration of south Louisiana delicacies, with live entertainment and a variety of festival royalty. olpsschool.org/TomatoFest.html

SATURDAY, APRIL 30

ST. FRANCISVILLE/JACKSON SPRING GARDEN STROLL: St. Francisville Town Hall or Centenary Inn in Jackson. This fundraiser offers tours of homes in Feliciana Parish. stfrancisvillespringstroll.org

MAY

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, MAY 6-7

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

ZWOLLE LOGGERS & FORESTRY FESTIVAL: Zwolle Festival Grounds, South Main Street, Zwolle. Celebrate the community’s logging history with arts and crafts, food, rides, music and the famous “mudbog.” zwolleloggersandforestryfestival.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 6-8

Bayou Cajun Fest: Larose Civic Center, Larose. Come out for the pirogue races; stay for the music, food, dancing and sports tournaments. The festival promotes cultural, educational and leisure activities. bayoucivicclub.org/features/bayou-cajun-fest

BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Parc Hardy, 2090 Rees St., Breaux Bridge. The Crawfish Capital of the World’s festival has crawfish-based dishes, crawfish races, crawfish-eating contest, a crawfish étouffée cook-off and Cajun and zydeco dance contests, as well as arts and crafts booths and carnival rides. bbcrawfest.com

SATURDAY, MAY 7

CRAWFISH MAMBO: UNO Sandbar and The Cove, Founders Road, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. A cooking contest and all-you-can-eat benefit staged by the UNO International Alumni Association, with music and more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $20. crawfishmambo.com

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

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, MAY 11-14

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

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 12-15

COCHON DE LAIT FESTIVAL: Downtown Mansura. Celebration of the roast suckling pig, with music, a vast array of contests, carnival rides, arts and crafts and ending with a grand feast of, what else? cochondelaitfestival.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 13-15

PLAQUEMINES PARISH SEAFOOD AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: F. Edward Hebert Boulevard, Belle Chasse. Visitors enjoy local seafood and other unique local food specialties plus live music, local artists and craftsmen, carnival rides and helicopter rides over an historic battlefield. plaqueminesparishfestival.com

SATURDAY, MAY 14

LOUISIANA VETERANS FESTIVAL: Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. A day of tribute and honor for all Louisiana veterans. Activities include a tribute, car show, amusement rides, entertainment, arts and crafts and Louisiana cuisine. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $8, $5 veterans. laveteransfestival.com

NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: Tchefuncte River, Madisonville. Experience the high-spirited water-sport of dragon boat racing. This year’s highlights include live music, athlete’s village and a family zone. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 18-29

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

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, MAY 19-21

STARKS MAYHAW FESTIVAL: La. 12 and La. 109, Starks. Arts and crafts, food, carnival rides and gospel and country-western music are featured attractions. mayhawfest.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 20-22

MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO: 500 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans. Music, food, an arts market against the backdrop of Bayou St. John — a rising festival in the local calendar. thebayouboogaloo.com

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 26-29

KROTZ SPRINGS SPORTSMEN’S HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 548 Haas St., Krotz Springs. This festival includes rides, food, music, crafts, pageants, fishing tournament, cook-off and skeet shooting competition. It is also known for the Blessing of the Hunter. kssportsmensheritagefestival.com

NEW ORLEANS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE: Various locations, New Orleans. From vintner dinners to wine strolls, seminars to grand tastings, this gourmand’s paradise is a four-day event packed with the flavors of the city. nowfe.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 27-29

GREEK FESTIVAL: Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans. Opa! The rich heritage of Greeks in New Orleans comes alive in food, music, dance and more at this popular event. $7 admission. greekfestnola.com

JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL: Gonzales Civic Center, Irma Boulevard and Cornerview Road, Gonzales. The festival features World Champion jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food and so much fun it takes three days to get it all in. jambalayafestival.org

BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST: LSU Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge. Country superstars perform over three days in the capital city. Tickets range from $50-$250. bayoucountrysuperfest.com

JUNE

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 3-5

GHEENS BON MANGÉ FESTIVAL: Vacherie-Gheens Community Center, Gheens. This festival offers Cajun dishes and sweets, live entertainment, children’s rides, a truck, car and bike show, and a live auction. gheensbonmange.webs.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 4-5

THE NEW ORLEANS OYSTER FESTIVAL: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. The bivalve gets the star treatment at this festival, being showcased in a stellar mélange of dishes and as the backdrop for some rocking good music. neworleansoysterfestival.org

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 9-11

LOUISIANA CORN FESTIVAL: Lake Street, Bunkie. Rides, food, music, sports tournaments, pageants, parades and cooking competitions are part of this festival.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 10-11

COQUILLE PARK JUNEFEST: Coquille Park and Recreation Center, Covington. Indoor arts and crafts festival.

Lake Arthur Regatta: Downtown Lake Arthur. Held along the water in Lake Arthur, this event provides top-rated musical entertainment, Cajun dishes and swimming and boating activities. lakearthurfestivals.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

BATON ROUGE PRIDE FEST: Baton Rouge River Center, 275 S. River Road. Designed to form a sense of community among LGBT people and their friends, the festival centers on an educational fair. brpride.org

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 11-12

CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL: French Market District, from Dumaine and Decatur streets to Barracks Street, French Quarter, New Orleans. Music, food, activities and a celebration of the Creole tomato are accented with cooking demonstrations and culinary discussions. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. frenchmarket.org

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 17-19

LOUISIANA CATFISH FESTIVAL: St. Gertrude Catholic Church, 17324 La. 631, Des Allemands. Food, music, arts and crafts, rides and a 5K and 1-mile fun run are on tap for this locally popular festival. louisianacatfishfestival.com

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout New Orleans. Celebrations of LGBT events, including appearances by Bianca del Rio. A parade runs June 18. prideneworleans.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 18-19

LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL: Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Hear traditional and modern performers of Cajun and zydeco music while enjoying arts and crafts and seafood. jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 23-25

BEAUREGARD WATERMELON FESTIVAL: Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, DeRidder. Live entertainment, food, pageants, children’s activities and watermelons are the hallmarks of this west Louisiana festival. beauregardwatermelonfestival.com

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 24-25

LE FESTIVAL DE LA VIANDE BOUCANÉE DE LA LOUISIANE: Ville Platte. This festival showcases local smoked meats, including sausage, tasso, pounce bourée, deer, pig, rabbit and fish. Music runs all day both days, and arts and crafts booths and beauty pageants are slated. lasmokedmeatfestival.com

LOUISIANA PEACH FESTIVAL: Downtown Ruston. Festival celebrates the north Louisiana peach crop with contests, carnival rides, art exhibits, pageants, food, music and more. $15 weekend pass. louisianapeachfestival.org

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 24-26

SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL: The Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. Festival of workshops and performances of burlesque, sideshow, vaudeville and circus acts. Prices vary. snakeoilfestival.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 25-26

ST. TAMMANY CRAB FESTIVAL: Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. Crab and the cuisine that features it are the showcases of this festival that includes other foods, music, children’s activities, and a car show. sttammanycrabfestival.com

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 30-JULY 3

ESSENCE FESTIVAL: Various locations in New Orleans. Headline recording artists, empowerment workshops and a host of seminars are just part of the national celebration sponsored by Essence magazine. Prices vary by event. essence.com/festival

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