- PARKS CRACKLIN’ COOK-OFF: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight, Saturday, Cecile Rousseau Poche Memorial Park, 103 Periou St., Parks. Two-day cooking contest with live music, family activities and art scholarship awards. Free. (337) 230-1860 or parkscracklincookoff.com
- FESTIVAL DE LA PRAIRIE: St. John the Evangelist Church, 15208 La. 73, Prairieville. Carnival rides, children’s games, crafts, raffles, live entertainment, Cajun cuisine, silent auction, 5K race and fun run. (225) 572-1017
- FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: downtown Lafayette. International performances, food and more. (800) 346-1958
- ETOUFFEE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., Little Flower School Grounds, Main Street, Arnaudville. Cajun etouffee of different kinds, music and carnival rides with a small town feel.
- ITALIAN FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., Our Lady of Pompeii Baseball Park, Tickfaw. Food, live music on two stages, carnival rides, food booths, fun games, arts and crafts, beer and daiquiris.
LOUISIANA SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND COSTUME FESTIVAL: EMBASSY SUITES, CONSTITUTION AVENUE. “ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW” EXTRAVAGANZA, WORKSHOPS ON COSTUMING, PROP MAKING AND MORE. COSTUME CONTEST AND COSTUME PROMENADE. KIDDIE TRACK WITH GAMES AND WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN. SCI FI GAMERS ALSO WELCOME. LASCIFI.COM OR (225) 400-1793
CAJUN FEST: HOURS VARY, VISITATION OF OUR LADY, 3520 AMES BLVD., MARRERO. FOOD, FUN AND GAMES. LIVE MUSIC. FREE.
- SPRING FAIR DEAUX DEAUX: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday, St. Joan of Arc Church and School, 529 W. Fifth St., LaPlace. Live music, carnival rides, games, kids’ stage, gourmet dinner and other food vendors. (985) 652-9100. Free.
- ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Centenary State Historic Site, 3522 College St., Jackson. Craft demonstrators, artists and vendors. Live music by the Hat Band, classic car show, food available for purchase. $4; free, seniors and children ages 12 and younger. (888) 677-2364.
- LOUISIANA TURKISH FEST: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 7712 Goodwood Blvd. Food, music, folk dancing, arts and crafts, games.
SPRING FESTIVAL: 10 A.M.- 5 P.M., ANTIQUE DISTRICT, SOUTH RANGE AVE., DENHAM SPRINGS. RANGE AVENUE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR THE DAY AS THE STREET IS FILLED WITH MORE THAN 150 BOOTHS FEATURING LOCAL AND REGIONAL VENDORS SHOWCASING CRAFTS, ANTIQUES AND ART. FREE RIDES. FREE. (225) 284-8231 OR DENHAMSPRINGSANTIQUEDISTRICT.COM
- STIR THE POT SEAFOOD COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville. Food, music, live auction, nature hikes, native arts and crafts and more. $5; kids ages 2 and younger free. stirthepotcookoff.com or (337) 898-6600
- CRAWFISH COOKOFF: 11 a.m., Fritchie Park, 901 Howze Beach Road, Slidell. Crawfish, live music. $30, advance; $35, gate; $5, children 10 and younger.
- OILFIELD CRAWFISH BOIL-OFF: 11 a.m., Fort Jackson Highway 23, Buras. This crawfish competition helps raise funds for the volunteer fire department and the city’s holiday decorations. $20.
- ANGOLA PRISON RODEO: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (rodeo starts at 2 p.m.), Louisiana State Penitentiary, La. 66, Angola. The prison’s spring rodeo features inmates participating in rodeo events such as bull riding, wild cow milking and “Guts-n-Glory.” The rodeo offers prisoner arts and crafts, jewelry, furniture and more, plus food booths, pony rides, Space Walks, a carousel and carnival games. $15 ($20 premium seating). (225) 655-2415 or angolarodeo.com
- SLIDELL SPRING STREET FAIR: 10 a.m., 124 Erlanger St., Slidell. More than 200 antiques, arts, crafts and collectibles vendors sell their wares and six bands perform.
- NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Headliners include Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish, Arcade Fire, Santana, Robin Thicke, Trey Songz, and many more. nojazzfest.com
- BATON ROUGE EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: noon-8:30 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square, 3rd Street and North Boulevard. Education and entertainment. Come early for the children’s activities. With Sunday in the Park featuring music by Sol Driven Train. No pets by city ordinance. No ice chests. Free. (225) 389-5520 or earthdaybr.org
- ALLONS MANGER FOOD FESTIVAL: 10:30 a.m., St. Jules Catholic Church, 7165 La. 1, Belle Rose. The 29th annual festival celebrates Cajun food with crawfish, oysters, turtle, shrimp and fish dishes. Creole jambalaya and desserts are available. Live entertainment, children’s activities and an auction of more than 100 items. Free. (225) 473-8569 or stelizabethstjules.com
Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn