• ANNUAL FORDOCHE FAIR: Ryan Shoupe Park, La. 77, Fordoche. This all-ages fair in small-town Louisiana features fish dinners, rides and music from Ryan Foret on Friday at 8 p.m., Roland Doucet on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Todd O’Neill on Saturday at 9 p.m.
  • 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.
  • BATTLE OF PLEASANT HILL: 23271 La. 175, Pleasant Hill. 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.
  • CAJUN HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL: SugArena Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia. Pageants, talent contests, live entertainment and hot sauce contests headline this festival.
  • MARKET AT THE MILL: 311 Mill St., New Roads. A three-day antique and handmade craft show at the historic cotton oil mill.
  • 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.
  • WESTLAKE FAMILY FUN & 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.


  • BALLET BON TEMPS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center, 10745 Linkwood Court, Baton Rouge. An event featuring more than 20 regional ballet companies and hundreds of aspiring young artists, this three-day event includes master classes, interactive seminars and performances.
  • DAVE ROBICHEAUX’S HOMETOWN LITERARY FESTIVAL: New Iberia’s historic district and around Iberia Parish. The world-famous literary detective Dave Robicheaux is celebrated at this the inaugural literary festival in New Iberia. Events include a 5K on Saturday morning, live music and Cajun delicacies.
  • 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.

    • 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.
    • 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.


    • 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.
    • IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ANNUAL CHURCH FAIR: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Highway 414, Jarreau. Enjoy bingo under the tent, rides for all ages, and music from Roland Doucet, Foret Tradition and the South 70 Band. For information, call (225) 324-0852 or (225) 627-5124.


    • 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.


    • 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.
    • FESTIVAL OF BALLOONS: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. View balloon art and experience magical balloon entertainers. The event is held in conjunction with the World Balloon Convention. $10.


    • LOUISIANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Showtimes vary. Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, 10000 Perkins Rowe, Suite 125, Baton Rouge. The film festival begins with a screening of “Giving Birth in America” at 7:30 p.m. and continues through April 17 with mentorship programs, screenings and musical performances.


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