BLACKPOT FESTIVAL AND COOKOFF: Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. The 12th annual event celebrates music, food and culture of southwest Louisiana. Featuring music from The Revelers, Pine Leaf Boys, Savoy Family Band and many more. Camping and festival tickets available at


FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL: Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., Larose. Cajun food, music and dancing, plus carnival rides, cultural demonstrations, contests and events are highlights of this festival. (985) 693-7355.

LOUISIANA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. Three days of celebrating luscious Bayou State seafood, cooking demonstrations, kids area, arts village and music, to benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.

VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE: City Park Festival Grounds, Friedrichs Avenue, New Orleans. Three-day festival of music, food and arts that has blossomed into a national draw for the Crescent City. Headlining performers include Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem. $140 and up.

WWII AIR, SEA & LAND FESTIVAL: Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. Three-day festival brings air and water crafts for up close and personal experiences. $21 and up. (504) 528-1944.


GREATER BATON ROUGE STATE FAIR: 16072 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. Perched on the edge of East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes, the fairgrounds is home to a whirlwind of activity, from live entertainment, agricultural and livestock shows, special events, food, rides and a south Louisiana good time. $5 and up. (225) 755-3247.


HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL: Main Street, downtown Franklin. Family-friendly event with food, music, treats, a dog costume contest, cemetery tours and crafts. (337) 828-2486.

HENRY TURNER JR. DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square, downtown Baton Rouge. The inaugural free music festival features performances from local and regional bands. Honoring Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge.

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL: Various locations downtown Baton Rouge. Meet authors and enjoy book-related activities and presentations. Food, music and more are part of the fest.

SWEET DOUGH PIE FESTIVAL: St. Charles Catholic Church, 174 Church St., Grand Coteau. One-day event celebrates the history of this St. Landry Parish town with contests, speakers, music and arts and crafts. (337) 662-3058.


EXPERIENCE LOUISIANA FESTIVAL: LSU-Eunice, 2048 Johnson Highway, Eunice. The rich heritage of this area comes to life in a festival that includes music, folklife, food, cooking demonstrations, a film village and exhibition games of the world-champion LSU-E ball teams. (337) 457-1776.