FRIDAY-SATURDAY

  • ASCENSION HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Festival will feature car show, hot air balloons, live music, craft shows, and food. ascensionballooning.com

TINSEL & TREASURES: CAJUNDOME, 444 CAJUNDOME BLVD., LAFAYETTE. THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LAFAYETTE’S ANNUAL ONE-STOP SHOPPING EXPERIENCE FEATURES JEWELRY AND APPAREL VENDORS. $10 IN ADVANCE. $12.50 AT THE DOOR. CAJUNDOME.COM

  • BOGALUSA BLUES AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Cassidy Park, 129 Ben Miller Drive, Bogalusa. This relatively new festival makes a big splash with lots of music, events, food and activities. $10 per day in advance, $15 at the gate. bogalusablues.com
  • HOLLYDAYS 2015: Baton Rouge River Center, 275 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. Shop till you drop at this annual event, which also showcases the Junior League of Baton Rouge’s community programs and mission-based initiatives. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. juniorleaguebr.org

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • ALLIGATOR FESTIVAL: West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling. This Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish festival funds scholarships for local youth and features rides, food, music, and arts and crafts under the bridge. alligatorfestival.org
  • CUT OFF YOUTH CENTER HURRICANE FESTIVAL: Cut Off Youth Center, 205 W. 79th St., Cut Off. Music, food, carnival rides and fun are part of this festival. (985) 632-7616. visitlafourche.com
  • LOUISIANA SUGAR CANE FESTIVAL: Bouligny Plaza, W. Main Street, New Iberia. A sweet time is certain at this festival with parades, pageants, music, cars, arts and crafts, and food. $10 starting at 5 p.m. hisugar.com

SATURDAY

  • ALGIERS FALL FESTIVAL: 2500 General Meyer Ave., New Orleans. This inaugural festival features live music, food and fun in an event that celebrates the military and community. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band will perform. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

  • BEST OF THE BAYOU FESTIVAL: Main Street along Bayou Terrebonne, downtown Houma. This free two-day festival highlights music and includes food, an arts marketplace and “great gator race.” (985) 876-5600. bestofthebayou.la

SUNDAY

  • FESTIVAL LATINO: Baton Rouge State Fairgrounds, 17200 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. Enjoy authentic food from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Honduras as well as live entertainment at this festival that celebrates the local Hispanic culture. (225) 927-8700. festivallatinobr.com

STARTING WEDNESDAY

  • ST. TAMMANY PARISH FAIR: 1304 N. Columbia St., Covington. Five days of fair events, including live stock and produce judging, pageants, parades, carnival rides, entertainment and a rodeo. (985) 892-8421. sttammanyparishfair.info
  • TANGIPAHOA PARISH FAIR: 400 Reid Ave., Amite. This parish fair dates back to 1888 and features five days of carnival rides, contests, food, parades and entertainment in the heart of Amite. tangipahoaparishfair.org