Fairs and festivals calendar for March 20-26, 2015 _lowres

Advocate file photo by Roger W. Zettler Jr.-- Jesse Turner Jr., of Amite, shucks oysters for the Spitale's Oyster Mobile Seafood and Catering booth at last year's Amite Oyster Festival. This year's festival runs Friday-Sunday in downtown Amite.

FRIDAY

  • LOUISIANA SWAMP STOMP FESTIVAL: Nicholls State University campus, La.1 and Audubon Avenue, Thibodaux. Local and regional musicians, south Louisiana foods, presentations on the history, culture, and economic development of the region, and artisans demonstrating their crafts and selling handmade items.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • ST. JUDE CATHOLIC CHURCH FAIR: 9150 Highland Road. Live music, martial arts exposition, live auction, raffles for $1,000 and $10,000. (225) 766-2431
  • AUDUBON PILGRIMAGE: St. Francisville. There will be tours of private hostorical homes and gardens, living history demonstrations, a cemetery tour, soiree and more. (225) 635-6330 or audubonpilgrimage.info
  • AMITE OYSTER FESTIVAL: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, downtown Amite. Rides, chili cook-off, live music, parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. amiteoysterfestival.com
  • LOUISIANA NURSERY FESTIVAL: Forest Hill. Also known as the festival of flowers, there will be more than 50 booths offering a variety of handmade crafts and other wares for sale. There will be children’s activities. louisiananurseryfestival.com

FRIDAY AND MONDAY- FRIDAY, MARCH 23-29

  • BRCC’S ARTS FEST 2015: Various times and locations, Baton Rouge Community College, Baton Rouge. Theatrical production “Dead Man Walking,” student art showcase, visiting artists, student talent competition, band, poetry and more. Free. mybrcc.edu

SATURDAY

  • ROCK ‘N ROAR: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Southeastern Louisiana University campus, Hammond. Annual campus-community festival. (985) 549-2150 or southeastern.edu
  • FESTIVAL OF LIVE OAKS: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia. There will be an Easter egg hunt, train rides, face painting, pony rides, arts and crafts, music, workshops, a barbecue cook-off, refreshments and more. Free. (337) 369-2337
  • PIONEER DAY: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Antique Village, Denham Springs. Bands, food, quilters, bee observation deck, covered wagon, grist mill, more. denhamspringsantiquesdistrict.com

ACADIANA MEMORIAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 10 A.M.-4 P.M., EVANGELINE OAK PARK, ST. MARTINVILLE. CELEBRATION OF LOUISIANA’S DISTINCT CAJUN CULTURE AND HERITAGE, FOLLOWED BY A CAJUN MUSIC JAM SESSION AT THE EVANGELINE OAK UNTIL DUSK. BOUDIN AND CRACKLIN COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS, CAJUN ARTS AND CRAFTS, FREE BOAT RIDES ON THE BAYOU, ANTIQUE CAR SHOW, AND ANTIQUE WOODEN BOAT DISPLAYS. FREE.

EARTH FEST: 10 A.M.-6 P.M., AUDUBON ZOO, 6500 MAGAZINE ST., NEW ORLEANS. EXHIBITS, FOOD, MUSIC, GAMES. INCLUDED IN ZOO ADMISSION. AUDUBONINSTITUTE.ORG

  • ZAPP’S INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL: 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., LSU’s Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. There will be more than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews available for tasting. Patrons must be at least 21 years old. To benefit the museum. $40. rurallife.lsu.edu

SATURDAY, SUNDAY

  • EIGHTH ANNUAL CONGO SQUARE RHYTHMS FESTIVAL: Armstrong Park, New Orleans. Brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians and music from Africa, the Caribbean and the Gulf South. Free.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, MARCH 26-28

  • FORDOCHE FAIR: Ryan Shoupe Park, La. 77, Fordoche. Carnival rides, food, games, live entertainment by DJ Steven Landry, J.C. Melancon and the Bayou Rock Band, Sheriff Bud Torres and Parish County Line and more. (225) 638-3998 or pctourism.org

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 26-29

  • ACADIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL: Parc International, 200 Garfield St., Lafayette. Celebrating the LGBTQ population of Acadiana with music, theater, film and the arts.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 28-29

  • FEST FOR ALL: Volunteers are needed for artist hospitality, various vendor booths, recycling and site management. Shifts for March 28 are 9:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1 p.m-4:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; March 29 shifts are 11:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.-6 p.m. acgbr.com

Compiled by Leslie D. Rose