• BEAUREGARD WATERMELON FESTIVAL: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, and 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, 506 West Drive, DeRidder. Watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, live music, arts and crafts and carnival rides. Free. (337) 463-5534
  • LOUISIANA PEACH FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. Saturday, downtown Ruston. 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk Saturday morning, tennis tournament, golf tournament, rodeo, diaper derby, kids’ and adults’ fishing tournaments, kids’ zone, baby photo contest, live music, food and drinks. Admission varies.


  • 2014 INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., New Orleans Museum of Art and New Orleans City Park, New Orleans. The festival features three showings of cat videos compiled by Walker Art Center. Video screenings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (tickets are $12). All showings will be in the theater at NOMA. The festival continues outside in City Park in front of the Sculpture Garden and across from Big Lake. There is no admission charge to the outside festival which will include costume contests, photo contests, feline art, jewelry, face painting, a photo booth area, music by Wes Raymond and the Soul Factory, and food and drinks from Katie’s Restaurant. No outside food or drinks inside the festival grounds. Proceeds benefit SpayMart and Art for Cats Sake. For more information, email
  • LIFE FEST: noon-4 p.m., Canal Street at Elk Place, New Orleans. Food, clothing, entertainment, health screenings, job opportunities. Free.
  • 2014 BATON ROUGE PRIDE FEST: noon-6 p.m., Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium, 102 France St. Food, kids’ area, games, blessing of relationships, entertainment, door prizes and mores.
  • TAYLOR PARK FESTIVAL: 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Taylor Park, 2600 S. Roman St., New Orleans. Music by DJ Captain Charles, free food, music, games, activities, and a 3-on-3 teen basketball tournament. (504) 914-3768 or


  • CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL: noon, Freret Street Publiq House, 4528 Freret St., New Orleans. An all day event full of live Caribbean/reggae music and DJs, including a free outdoor Caribbean market with food and vendors. (504) 344-9474 or
  • SUMMER WINE FESTIVAL: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. Sponsored by the French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Chapter. Food, desserts, wines, beer and other spirits as well as a silent action. $65; $55, advance; $45, FACC-GC members. (504) 458-3528 or


  • ERATH 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Downtown Erath. Carnival rides, a barbecue cook-off, a beauty pageant, parade and fireworks. Free. (337) 937-5585 or


  • 2014 ESSENCE FESTIVAL: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Concerts each night in the Superdome and the free Essence Empowerment Experience. Mainstage performers include Prince, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, Nas and Tank. $58-$1,100. (512) 986-0051 or

Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn