Fairs & festivals calendar for May 30-June 5, 2014 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Abraham Nunez saddles 'Butterscotch' in the petting zoo as the 2014 Cajun Heartland State Fair prepared to open last week at the Cajundome in Lafayette. The fair runs through Sunday.


  • COOKING IN CENTRAL: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road, Central. Crawfish boil, live music, auctions, cook-offs, silent and live auctions, games and raffles. Proceeds benefit local schools and charities. cookingincentral.com


  • CAJUN HEARTLAND STATE FAIR: Cajundome, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette. Family entertainment, rides, games, food. cajundome.com


  • NEW ORLEANS OYSTER FESTIVAL: Woldenberg Riverfront Park, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. Oyster-eating and oyster-shucking contests, food from almost two dozen restaurants, daiquiris, beer, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ tent and more. Free. (504) 888-7608 or neworleansoysterfestival.org

Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn