Fairs and festivals calendar for April 17-23, 2015 _lowres

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- One of several bulls wait in the chute during the Angola Prison Rodeo in October. The spring rodeo is this weekend.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

  • NATCHITOCHES JAZZ/R&B FESTIVAL: Cane River banks, downtown Natchitoches. Music festival with headliners .38 Special, Mitch Ryer and Hoe Molland’s Badfinger. $20, weekend pass. www.natchjazzfest.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • 12TH ANNUAL BAYOU TECHE BLACK BEAR FESTIVAL: downtown Franklin. The festival’s purpose is to educate the public about the Louisiana black bear, a species listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, while providing all the components of a traditional south Louisiana festival. There will be food, music, arts and crafts and children’s activities. Free. There will also be a 5K and walk. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the St. Mary Parish Court House Square. $25. cajuncoast.com/bearfest or bayoutechebearfest.org
  • SPRING FEST: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, South Baton Rouge Charter Academy, 9211 Parkway Drive, Baton Rouge. There will be carnival rides, games, food, a fashion show, raffles and a live band. sbrcharter.org
  • CHURCH FAIR: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, St. Mark Catholic Church, 42021 La 621, Gonzales. There will be rides, food, music, a car show, a mini pot competition, silent auction and more. facebook.com/LightLaneFestival
  • WASHINGTON CATFISH FESTIVAL: Washington Festival Grounds, 143 Veterans Memorial Highway, Washington. Music, native crafts, exhibits, parades antiques, arts and crafts and food. www.townofwashingtonla.com

SATURDAY

  • SPRING FEST: noon-8 p.m., Friendship Circle, Southeastern Louisiana University campus, Hammond. A program of the Southeastern African American Alumni Chapter. There will be food, music and arts and crafts. Free. There will also be a gospel choir competition from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. with area churches vying to secure the “Joyful Noise of the Northshore” title. $25 entry fee to compete. Majorie.Parker@southeastern.edu
  • 4TH ANNUAL SPRING CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Maison Jardin, Morgan City. (985) 385-3003

SATURDAY- SUNDAY

  • CHURCH FAIR: Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., La 414, across from the Chenal Cemetery, Jarreau. There will be food, live music and more. (225) 324-0852 or (225) 627-5124

HERITAGE ANTIQUE FESTIVAL: 10 A.M.-5 P.M., COVINGTON. ANTIQUES, VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES AND CRAFTS, ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE, DEMONSTRATIONS, HISTORIC WALKING TOURS, CLASSIC CARS, FOOD, MUSIC AND MORE. THERE WILL ALSO BE A LIVE AUCTION FROM 5 P.M.-7 P.M. SATURDAY AND AN APPRAISE-A-THON FROM NOON-3 P.M. SUNDAY. COVINGTONHERITAGEFOUNDATION@GMAIL.COM

  • SPRING 2015 ANGOLA RODEO: Louisiana State Penitentiary, 10000 Tunica Trace, Tunica. Rodeo events, food, music and inmate hobbycraft items for sale. $15 admission. www.angolarodeo.com
  • LES BON VIEUX TEMPS SUR LE CHENAL: Highway 414, Jarreau. The annual Immaculate Conception Church Fair offers food, live music, carnival rides and bingo. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
  • MELROSE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Melrose Plantation, 3533 La. 119, Melrose. Fine arts and crafts sold on the grounds of the historic home, with food vendors and home tours, 18 miles south of Natchitoches. $5. www.melroseplantation.org

SUNDAY

  • LOUISIANA EARTH DAY FESTIVAL: noon-6 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. There will be food, live music and educational activities. laearthday.org
  • ABITA SPRINGS BUSKER FESTIVAL: noon-7 p.m., Abita Springs Trail Head Museum Stage, Abita Springs. In partnership with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, there will be live music, food, arts and crafts and more. labuskerfestival.com

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 26

  • FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: downtown Lafayette, with shuttles from Cajun Field, 2351 W. Congress St. Expansive festival with music, food, a fine arts market, a world market, workshops, theater and other performing arts. www.festivalinternational.org