Fairs & Festivals calendar for Aug. 14-20, 2015 _lowres

Advocate file photo -- The second annual New Orleans Sushi Fest and Competition is Sunday at the Lakefront Arena.


  • ARTS AND CRABS FEST: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Burton Complex, 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. Regional cuisine, culture and art. Festival-goers take part in an extensive crab and beer tasting which features area chefs and restaurants each offering a crab dish representative of their cuisine’s styles and personalities. Dishes are then paired with Louisiana craft brews as complementary offerings. Local art displays, interactive cultural activities, and live music from Sinners, and Thomas and Theresa. will also accompany the festivities.


  • STREET FARE DERBY: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Fair Grounds, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. An eclectic blend of New Orleans and Baton Rouge-based food trucks and pop-ups, several crafts vendors and live music on Saturday by Flowtribe, Johnny Sketch, and the Dirty Notes, as well as Sunday, with the John “Papa” Gros Band and Bonerama. Free general admission to Fair Grounds during the Summer Quarter Horse Meet. Admission to Street Fare Derby is $15. www.fairgroundsracecourse.com


  • SUSHI FEST AND COMPETITION: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans. Celebrate Japanese culture and food with an afternoon of sushi, beer, sake and crafts for purchase, plus entertainment. $15, advance; $25, door. neworleanssushifest.com

Compiled by Red staff