THURSDAY, AUG. 14 THROUGH SUNDAY, AUG. 17

  • DELCAMBRE SHRIMP FESTIVAL: Blessing of the fleet, boat parades, shrimp cook-offs, food court, rides and more in this historic town straddling Iberia and Vermilion parishes, near Abbeville. 411 Richard St., Delcambre, (337) 685-2653; www.shrimpfestival.net.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, AUG. 16 AND 17

  • JACKSON RHYTHM AND BLUES FESTIVAL: The “City with Soul” presents its first two-day R&B festival on the grounds of the Mississippi Agricultural Museum in Jackson, Miss., featuring more than 30 artists on five stages, and three indoor air-conditoined “juke joints.” Headliners include Ziggy Marley, FANTASiA and Bell Biv DeVoe. Local food specialities including fried catfish, ribs and pulled pork will be for sale. Tickets at (800) 745-3000. Friday admission $25, Saturday, $35, two-day pass $50. www.jacksonrhythmandbluesfestival.com.
  • Saturday, Aug. 23
  • DRAKE SALT WORKS FESTIVAL & TRAIL RIDE: Food, live music, children’s activities, volleyball, a treasure hunt, a parade and a trail ride. Goldonna, www.natchitoches.net.

FRIDAY, AUG. 29 AND SATURDAY, AUG. 30

  • CANE RIVER ZYDECO FESTIVAL & POKER RUN: Zydeco music, dance contest, food and a poker run for cyclists. Natchitoches, (318) 471-9960; www.natchitoches.net.