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.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

  • 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

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

  • 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