Livingston-Tangipahoa community photo gallery for April 17, 2014 _lowres

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Adults relax under a berry-decorated tent for a game of bingo at last year's Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. This year's fest opens Friday night and runs through Sunday in and around the town's Memorial Park.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

  • MARKET AT THE MILL: 311 Mill St., New Roads. A three-day antique and handmade craft show at the historic cotton oil mill. www.newroads.net
  • LOUISIANA RAILROAD DAYS FESTIVAL: Railroad Museum, DeQuincy. Festival features a pageant, barbecue cook-off, rides, cannonball run, railroad “idol” contest, a canine pageant, craft and food booths, plus a gospel night and more. www.larailroaddaysfestival.com
  • LOUISIANA FARM FESTIVAL: Moreauville. Festival features a beauty pageant, parade, food, and arts and crafts vendors from around the state, entertainment, rides and games.
  • PARKS CRACKLIN’ COOK-OFF: Cecile Rousseau Poché Memorial Park, Melancon Street, Parks. A cracklin’ cooking competition, other delicacies, entertainment, a poker run and more at this festival near Breaux Bridge. www.parkscracklincookoff.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • INDY GRAND PRIX OF LOUISIANA: NOLA Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale. This three-day weekend festival will attract partygoers from all over the world to witness this first-time event. The newly designed facility will feature a 2.74-mile track with 13 turns that incorporate passing zones suitable for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy Series. This event promises to offer outstanding racing, local New Orleans flair and family-friendly activities. www.gpofnola.com
  • PONCHATOULA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Memorial Park, 300 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula. This festival offers more than 60 nonprofit organizations cooking Louisiana cuisine. Continuous entertainment runs on two stages; a Saturday morning parade rolls downtown. Contests include strawberry eating, an egg toss and sack races. www.lastrawberryfestival.com
  • FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: Eighteen stages throughout the Quarter, New Orleans. Presenting New Orleans music, food and beverage booths and the World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.
  • SEMI-ANNUAL ANTIQUE FAIR & YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall, 123 S. Church St., Washington. There will be food, games, and 200-plus vendors. (337) 826-3580 or oldschoolhouseantiquemall.com
  • GREAT LOUISIANA BIRDFEST: Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Birdfest will visit varied habitat including swamps, wetlands, pine savanna and hardwoods of southeast Louisiana. northlakenature.org
  • PATTERSON CYPRESS SAWMILL FESTIVAL: Kemper Williams Park, Cotton Road, Patterson. This event features rides and games, arts and crafts, Louisiana cuisine, entertainment, a poker run, fireworks show, classic car and lumberjack shows, golf and softball tournaments and tours of the Louisiana State Museum. www.cypresssawmill.com
  • SCOTT BOUDIN FESTIVAL: Lions Club Street, Scott. This festival includes food, music, rides, pageants and events in the heart of Cajun country near Lafayette. www.scottboudinfestival.com
  • CAJUN HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL: Sugarena Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia. Pageants, talent contests, live entertainment and hot sauce contests headline this festival. www.sugarena.com/chsf.htm
  • BATTLE OF PLEASANT HILL: 23271 La. 175, Pelican. Re-enactors from across the United States participate in the Civil War battle event. The Soldiers’ Ball is open to everyone, but period attire must be worn. www.battleofpleasanthill.com
  • ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN LAKE CHARLES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Music, food, fun and crawfish prepared every way possible. www.downtowncrawfishfest.com

SATURDAY

  • BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL: various locations in the Baton Rouge River Center. From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. the Capital City celebrates its blues heritage with music and food that will be anything but blues-inducing. www.batonrougebluesfestival.org

SPRING FOR ART: 320 N. COLUMBIA ST., COVINGTON. GALLERY OPENINGS, DEMONSTRATIONS, SHOPPING AND DINING FROM 6 P.M.-9 P.M. HIGHLIGHT THIS ART EVENT. WWW.STTAMMANYARTASSOCIATION.ORG

  • FRANKLIN PARISH CATFISH FESTIVAL: Downtown Winnsboro. More than 300 vendor booths, gospel, rock and country music stages, a children’s play area, petting zoo and a half-block food court serving fried pond-raised catfish at this north Louisiana event. www.franklinparishcatfishfestival.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

  • KITE FEST LOUISIANÉ: 3853 Rosedale Road, Port Allen. Highlights include professional flying expo and unique kites, a kite-making competition, kite-flying lessons and a children’s kite workshop. www.westbatonrouge.net
  • ZIPPITY ZOO FEST: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, Thomas Road, Baker. Celebrate the zoo’s birthday with the Children’s Village, education stations, food court and animal encounters. Regular zoo admission applies. (225) 775-3877
  • NEW ORLEANS SPRING GARDEN SHOW: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., New Orleans Botanical Gardens, City Park, 3 Victory Ave., New Orleans. A festival of green and growing comes alive at this annual event, with demonstrations, activities and plants for sale, plus food vendors. $8, adults; $4, kids 5-12; free, Friends of City Park. www.neworleanscitypark.com

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 19

  • WASHINGTON CATFISH FESTIVAL: Washington Festival Grounds, 143 Veterans Memorial Highway, Washington. Music, native crafts, exhibits, parades, antiques, arts and crafts and food. www.townofwashingtonla.org

Compiled by Red staff