• HOGS FOR THE CAUSE: Festival Grounds, City Park, 1701 Wisner Blvd., New Orleans. Two days of barbecue competition, entertainment and a celebration of the wonders of pork — all to benefit pediatric brain cancer patients. $25 and up admission.
  • PARKS CRACKLIN COOK-OFF: Cecile Rousseau Poché Memorial Park, Melancon Street, Parks. Enjoy a cracklin cooking competition, other delicacies, entertainment and a poker run at this festival near Breaux Bridge.


  • FIRST DENHAM SPRINGS FAIR: South Park, Vincent Road, Denham Springs. Live music by the Chee-Weez, Werewolf and Chase Tyler. Carnival rides, food.
  • FESTA ITALIANA — ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Rivertown, Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, Kenner. Three days of celebrating the Italian contributions to the Jefferson Parish city, including live performances, food and children’s activities. $5.
  • JACKSON ASSEMBLY ANTIQUES AND ART SHOW: Downtown Jackson. Antiques and collectibles dealers from seven states, including furniture, lighting, antique maps, tools, rare books, china and silver. Tours include the 1840 Masonic Lodge building, the massive Center Building at East Louisiana Hospital, Brown Cottage and the historic old Jackson Cemetery. $10.
  • KITE FEST LOUISIANÉ: 3853 Rosedale Road, Port Allen. Highlights include professional flying expo and unique kites, a kite-making competition, kite-flying lessons and a children’s kite workshop.
  • PATTERSON CYPRESS SAWMILL FESTIVAL: Kemper Williams Park, Cotten Road, Patterson. This event features rides and games, arts and crafts, Louisiana cuisine, entertainment, a poker run, fireworks, classic car and lumberjack shows, golf and softball tournaments and tours of the Louisiana State Museum.
  • SCOTT BOUDIN FESTIVAL: Lions Club Street, Scott. This festival features food, music, rides, pageants and events in the heart of Cajun country near Lafayette.


  • ACADIANA PO-BOY FESTIVAL: Parc Sans Souci, Lafayette. The inaugural festival celebrates the po-boy and features local restaurants such as Pop’s Po-Boys, The French Press and Social Southern Table & Bar showing off some sandwich goodness. Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars will perform. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • ERATH FIREFIGHTERS’ CHILI COOK-OFF AND FAMILY FUN DAY: QSA RV Park, Erath. The volunteer fire department will host live music, a chili cook-off, live and silent auction, fun jumps and camper parking.
  • FRERET STREET FESTIVAL: Freret Street, between Napoleon Avenue and Robert Street, New Orleans. Three music stages, blocks of food vendors, children’s activities and pet adoptions are just a portion of what is on tap for this local event sponsored by the Freret Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • SOUTH LOUISIANA CRAWFISH BOILING CONTEST: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Boiling and eating contests are just part of the fun at this event, which also includes arts and crafts, pageants, contests, food and music to raise funds for Dreams Come True of Louisiana.


  • FESTFORALL: Downtown, North Boulevard from Fifth Street to the North Boulevard Town Square, Baton Rouge. Free festival celebrating arts in the capital city with food, arts, music, theater and vendors.
  • NEW ORLEANS SPRING GARDEN SHOW: New Orleans Botanical Gardens, City Park, 3 Victory Ave., New Orleans. A festival of green and growing comes alive at this annual event, with demonstrations, activities and plants for sale, plus food vendors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $8 adults, $4 kids 5-12, free for Friends of City Park.
  • NOLA FOODFEST: Spanish Plaza, Riverwalk, Poydras Street at the Mississippi River, New Orleans. This festival of food vendors from throughout the Gulf Coast celebrates the cuisine of the Crescent City and the entire country.


  • BRUNCH FEST NOLA: City Park, New Orleans. Food, music and even a Bloody Mary contest are on tap for this first salute to the midday meal, with funds benefiting the Louisiana SPCA. Kids and pets are welcome, as is festive attire. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • A TASTE OF COVINGTON: Various locations in Covington. Celebration of food and wine, with music, vintners dinners, a grand tasting, art shows and a Champagne jazz brunch. Tickets vary per event.


  • 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.
  • 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.