FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 5-7
ANNUAL CYPRESS SAWMILL FESTIVAL: Kemper Williams Park, Patterson. Continuous live music; cypress sawmill display; tournaments; a passé partout (two-person saw) contest; arts and crafts; rides; games; Cajun food. Admission: $5 per car on Friday; $10 per car on Saturday and Sunday; and $20, weekend pass. Overnight camping available. (800) 256-2931 or http://www.cypresssawmill.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 6-7
FESTFORALL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, along North Boulevard, in Town Square, and on the grounds of the Shaw Center for the Arts and the Old State Capitol. Presented by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, the festival features music, artists, a children’s village and much more. http://www.artsbr.org. (See more, page 18).
ZIPPITY ZOO FEST: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. admissions (zoo closes at 6 p.m.), BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Keeper chats, face painting, photo booth, animal shows. Also, the new program Expedition BREC will debut. Regular zoo admission applies; $8.25, adults and teens; $5.25, children 2-12; $7.25, senior citizens; free, children 1 and under. (225) 775-3877 or http://brzoo.org.
KITE FEST LOUISIANE: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, La. 415 at Rosedale Road, Port Allen. Kite flying; design competitions; children’s kite making workshop; professional kite flying; indoor kite flying; show kite demonstrations; Louisiana food booths; kite flying lessons; inflatables; night fly (weather permitting). (800) 654-9701 or http://www.westbatonrouge.net.
PLAQUEMINE POW WOW: Iberville Museum, 57735 Main St., Plaquemine. Native American dance competitions; drumming; singing; Native American arts and crafts; food. Presented by the Iberville Museum Association, the City of Plaquemine and the Louisiana Indian Education Association. Free. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Iberville-Museum/258474536916.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
ZAPPS INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL: 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m., LSU Rural Life Museum, Essen Lane at I-10. Taste more than 200 foreign and domestic beers and ales. Jambalaya and non-alcoholic beverages available. Music by the CJ Solar Band. All proceeds benefit the Rural Life Museum. $30; must be 21 or older to attend. (225) 765-2437 or http://www.zappsbeerfest.com.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
LOUISIANA IRIS RAINBOW FESTIVAL: noon-4 p.m., Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park. The Sculpture Garden is planted with masses of hybrid species of Louisiana irises. The Greater New Orleans Iris Society and Master Gardeners will answer questions and provide information on Louisiana irises. Several brief educational presentations on Louisiana irises, music, food. http://www.louisianairisgnois.com/.
ALLONS MANGER FOOD FESTIVAL: beginning at 10:30 a.m., St. Jules Catholic Church, La. 1, Belle Rose. Louisiana foods; hamburgers; homemade sweets; games for children; live entertainment; 1 p.m. auction; money raffle. (225) 473-8569.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 11-13
LOUISIANA RAILROAD DAYS FESTIVAL: Railroad Museum Park, DeQuincy. Cupcake eating contest, carnival rides, food booths, queen pageant, arts and crafts, parade at 2:30 p.m. Friday, parent/child look alike contest, 5K run, barbeque cook-off Saturday, live music. Hours: 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday. http://larailroaddaysfestival.com.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 11-14
FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: French Quarter, New Orleans. The festival’s 30th anniversary will offer more than 800 local musicians, more than 65 of New Orleans finest restaurants, free special events, family fun with two kids’ areas, and fireworks on the Mississippi River at 9 p.m. Saturday. http://www.fqfi.org/frenchquarterfest/.