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. festivalinternational.org
THE ITALIAN FESTIVAL: 500081 U.S. 51, TICKFAW. THREE DAYS OF ENTERTAINMENT, RIDES, PARADES, PAGEANTS AND CUISINE CELEBRATE THE RICH HERITAGE OF THE AREA. THEITALIANFESTIVALORG.COM
ETOUFFEE FESTIVAL: St. John Francis Regis Church Grounds, 370 Main St., Arnaudville. This festival includes a mayor’s cooking competition, a variety of etouffees and other foods, music, rides and arts and crafts. johnfrancisregis.net
ST. JOAN OF ARC’S FAIR DEAUX DEAUX: 529 W. Fifth St., LaPlace. Sample food dishes from vendors around the area, plus rides and games for kids of all ages. Plan to take part in the Fun Run/Walk on Saturday.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY AND THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 30-MAY 3
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Mega-music festival with food, crafts, demonstrations and a lineup of glittering talent at stages and tents throughout the grounds. $70, at the gate; $58, in advance; $5, children 2-10. nojazzfest.com
ALLEN PARISH CANOE FESTIVAL: Allen Parish Fairgrounds, Oberlin. Carnival rides, games, food vendors, entertainment and much more. All proceeds go toward scholarships for Allen Parish students. thecanoefestival.com
SPRING STREET FAIR: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Olde Towne Slidell. More than 200 vendors, food, music. Hosted by the Slidell Historical Antique Association.
DENHAM SPRINGS ANTIQUE VILLAGE SPRING FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., historic Antique Village, Denham Springs. A day of antiques, art, music and food. Free.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 3
ZFEST — ZACHARY ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL: BREC Zachary Community Park, 20101 Old Scenic Highway (U.S. 964), Zachary. The ninth annual event will be a weekend full of activities for art and music lovers. Food and fun will be in abundance. zfest.us
OUTWORKS FESTIVAL: 7:30 p.m. nightly, with extra matinee 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Studio Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive. festival of six new, previously unproduced one-act plays with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer themes. $10. (225) 578-4174 or theatre.lsu.edu
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 3
THIBODAUX FIREMEN’S FAIR AND PARADE: 1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux. Proceeds from this festival benefit the volunteer fire department. Music, food, auctions, a run/walk and parade are highlights of this festival. thibodauxfiredept.org/firemens-fair