New Orleans Events Calendar, March 31-April 6, 2016 _lowres

Advocate file photo -- It's time to pinch the tails and suck the heads down in 'da Parish as the Louisiana Crawfish Festival gears up in Chalmette today through Sunday. The four-day festival features culinary crawfish creations, entertainment, rides and arts and crafts. Sigur Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. $5 admission. louisianacrawfishfestival.com.

EVENTS

THURSDAY

  • TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. through Sunday, various locations throughout New Orleans. Theater, speakers, discussions, openings and seminars are just a part of the 30th annual festival. Hotel Monteleone is the base. tennesseewilliams.net.
  • FRIENDS OF JEFFERSON PARISH LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., also Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, videos and vinyl records for sale. friendsofjeffersonlibrary.org.
  • BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily except Sunday and Monday, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela.
  • IRIS DAY: 4 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Celebration of flowers with music, refreshments, sponsored by Greater New Orleans Iris Society. RSVP online. (504) 293-4723. longuevue.com.
  • PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP: 4 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. “Iris Walk” is the theme for this 10-person only art class by Peg Usner. Paint and materials required. $30 per class, $55 for all, members 20 percent discount. (504) 293-4724. longuevue.com.
  • LOUISIANA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., also 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; Sigur Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Louisiana crawfish dishes, live entertainment, rides and arts and crafts are all offered at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival. $5. louisianacrawfishfestival.com.
  • THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. The Write Brothers perform in this series. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • “EACH VAGABOND BY NAME,” “GOLD FAME CITRUS” AND “BATTLEBORN”: 7 p.m., Antenna Gallery, 3718 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Book launch for Margo Orlando Littell’s “Vagabond,” winner of the UNO Press Laboratory Award. Also, Claire Vaye Watkins, winner of the 2016 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s fiction contest, reads and signs “Gold Fame Citrus” and “Battleborn” books. Maple Street Book Shop to sell. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

FRIDAY

  • AL COPELAND FOUNDATION CHARITY GOLF FEST: 10 a.m., Beau Chene Country Club Golf Course, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, Mandeville. Fundraiser, includes fees, breakfast, crawfish boil and shirt. $1,000 per foursome, $250 individuals. (504) 620-3727. alcopelandfoundation.org.
  • HOGS FOR THE CAUSE: 3 p.m., also 11 a.m. Saturday, Festival Grounds, City Park, 1701 Wisner Blvd., New Orleans. Two days of barbecue competition, entertainment and a celebration of the wonders of pork — all to benefit pediatric brain cancer patients. $25 and up. hogsforthecause.org.
  • FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the spot, music by Daria and Hip Drops Duo, screening of “Mr. Dial Has Something to Say.” (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
  • FESTA ITALIANA — ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., also noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; Rivertown, Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, Kenner. Three days of celebrating the Italian contributions to the Jefferson Parish city, including live performances, food, activities for kids and more. $5. italianheritagefestival.com.
  • SAINTS AND SINNERS LITERARY FESTIVAL WELCOME PARTY: 6:30 p.m., Gallier House, 1132 Royal St., New Orleans. Glitter with the Literati is the theme for the opening gala of the LGBT literary conference of artistic and educational offerings runs concurrently with Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. $25. sasfest.org.
  • “C.S. LEWIS AND LEADERSHIP”: 7 p.m., Lac Pontchartrain Room, Student Life Center, Building 23, Delagdo Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Workshop by Lewis scholar Andrew Lazo. dcc.edu.
  • EVERY CHILD COUNTS FUNDRAISER: 7 p.m., Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. CASA of Jefferson fundraiser with a Dr. Seuss theme, including food, beverage, live performances and silent auction. $50 and up. casajefferson.org.

SATURDAY

  • BIG BASS FISHING RODEO AND FISHTIVAL: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. weigh-in, City Park, New Orleans. Oldest freshwater fishing rodeo in the U.S., with Boats on the Bayou division for non-motorized boast, several divisions plus a festival with exhibitors, vendors, raffles and more. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • TREASURES FROM THE POINT: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Algiers Point, West Bank, New Orleans. Annual event of more than 90 families in a neighborhood-wide porch sale. Rain date is Sunday. treasuresfromthepoint.org.
  • PILATES IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m., also 6 p.m. Monday; New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106. noma.org.
  • SPRING SWEEP: 9 a.m., streets around Lake Pontchartrain. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation sponsors litter pickup and placement of drain markers. Picnic follows. (504) 836-2216. saveourlake.org.
  • NEW ORLEANS SPRING GARDEN SHOW: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 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 for Friends of City Park. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • CRAFT FAIR: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 12807 U.S. 90, Luling. stcharlesgov.net.
  • SAINTS AND SINNERS LITERARY FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., also Sunday, Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans. LGBT literary conference of artistic and educational offerings, panels, contests and speakers, runs concurrently with Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. sasfest.org.
  • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944. nationalww2museum.org.
  • WIGGLY WEEKEND: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also Sunday; Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Adoption for pets discounted to $40. (504) 368-5191. la-spca.org.
  • HOGS FOR THE CAUSE: 11 a.m., Festival Grounds, City Park, 1701 Wisner Blvd., New Orleans. Barbecue competition, entertainment and a celebration of the wonders of pork — all to benefit pediatric brain cancer patients. $25 and up. hogsforthecause.org.
  • NOLA FOODFEST: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., also Sunday; Spanish Plaza, Riverwalk, Poydras Street at the Mississippi River, New Orleans. Festival of food vendors from throughout the Gulf Coast celebrate the cuisine of the Crescent City and the entire country. nolafoodfest.com.
  • FRERET STREET FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Freret Street, between Napoleon Avenue and Valmont Street, New Orleans. Three music stages, blocks of food vendors, children’s activities, pet adoptions and more. freretstreetfestival.com.
  • LOUISIANA CRAWFISH BOIL CHAMPIONSHIP: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Immaculate Conception School, 601 Avenue C, Marrero. Rides, live music and more than 20,000 pounds of crawfish cooked by more than 50 teams. $25. icschoolchargers.org.
  • TEEN REAL WORLD INFOCON 2016: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Slidell Branch Library, St. Tammany Parish Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell. “How to Adult” is the theme for day of speakers with information geared to assist young job seekers, ages 12-18. Registration required. (985) 626-9779, ext. 304. sttammanylibrary.org.
  • “THE FINAL SEVEN” AND “THE WEDDING TREE”: 2 p.m., Barnes and Noble Bookseller, Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville. Erica Spindler and Robin Wells sign their respective books. (985) 626-8884. barnesandnoble.com.
  • “COPS AND CLERGY — FAITH-BASED POLICING”: 2 p.m., Lac Pontchartrain Room, Student Life Center, Building 23, Delagdo Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Workshop by Lewis scholar Andrew Lazo. dcc.edu.
  • LES ÉTOILES DE LA NOUVELLE-ORLÉANS: 6:30 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Gala for Alliance Française with food, music, silent auction and raffle. $100 and up. af-neworleans.org.?
  • COCHON COTILLION 20: 7 p.m., Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. James Carville and Mary Matalin reign over the Bridge House/Grace House Carnival ball spoof benefit, with mini parade, silent auction, music and food. Costume, tacky attire requested. $100. (504) 821-7134. bridgehouse.org/support-us/events/cochon-cotillion.

SUNDAY

  • MORNING MEDITATION: 10 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Session led by Dr. Jess Tregle. Mats suggested. $10. (504) 293-4721. longuevue.com.
  • BRUNCH FEST NOLA: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., City Park, New Orleans. Food, music, even a bloody Mary contest are on tap for this salute to the midday meal, with funds benefiting the Louisiana SPCA. Kids and pets welcome, as is festive attire. la-spca.org/brunchfest.
  • “THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER — KNUD PEDERSEN AND THE CHURCHILL CLUB”: 1 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Phillip Hoose discusses and signs his book about the young Danish resistance fighters in World War II. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “PIONEERS OF GAY CARNIVAL — A CONVERSATION WITH THE LEGENDS”: 2 p.m., Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Panel discussion on culture, krewes, groups and AIDS and gay presence in traditional krewes. louisianastatemuseum.org.
  • PRIESTESS MIRIAM/VOODOO SPIRITUAL TEMPLE BENEFIT: 3 p.m., Hotel Storyville, 1261 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Fundraiser following fire, including food, beverage and Voodoo Spiritual Temple Drummers, Sunpie Barnes and the Black Storyville Baby Dolls. $10. facebook.com/events/111972825866270.
  • BLUE JEANS BALL: 4 p.m., Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill, 434 N. Columbia St., Covington. Krewe of Olympia Foundation event fundraiser for first responders and youth organizations, featuring music, food, cooking competition of float lieutenants, dance competition, live auction. $75 kreweofolympia.net.

MONDAY

  • TAI CHI CLASS: 6 p.m., NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center classes outside or in the museum. $5. (504) 456-5000. noma.org.
  • WRITING FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Felice Picano and James Nolan discuss their works and writing for the community. jplibrary.net.
  • CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 p.m., Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (601) 550-0983. crescentcitysound.com.

TUESDAY

  • “BLACK HOLE BLUES AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE”: 6 p.m., Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Cosmologist and author Janna Levin discusses her book as part of the Crossroads Colloquium. tulane.edu.
  • COCKTAILS & CURDS: 6:45 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Attendees judge the final round of cocktail and cheese pairing competition. $50, $45 members. (504) 267-7490. natfab.org.
  • NUTRITION CLASS: 7 p.m., Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Karen Walker, LSU AgCenter, offers class on food safety and food budget management, and makes a plate wrap. Final of a series. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
  • JUNG G&A SESSION: 7:30 p.m., Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave., New Orleans. Jungian analyst Marilyn Marshall facilitates the session. $15, $10 students.

WEDNESDAY

  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visitors can pick up and try on original and reproduction uniforms and more. Free with museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288. nationalww2museum.org.
  • JAZZ PILATES: Noon to 1 p.m., New Orleans National Historical Park Visitor Center, Dutch Alley, 916 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Stephanie Jordan leads a free class; participants bring their own mats. (504) 589-4841. nps.gov/jazz.
  • GENEALOGY SERIES FOR BEGINNERS: 1 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sal Serio, American Italian Research Library curator, leads a series on basic research. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
  • A TASTE OF COVINGTON: Various locations in Covington. Celebration of food and wine, with music, vintner’s dinners, a grand tasting, art shows and a champagne jazz brunch. Tickets vary per event. atasteofcovington.com.
  • SIPPIN’ IN THE COURTYARD: 5 p.m., Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Jazz with a portion of cocktail purchases to benefit the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. (504) 586-8000. maisondupuy.com.
  • “CHENIER PLAIN”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Richard B. Crowell chronicles the history and economic development of a region in southwest Louisiana. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

  • FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., also Friday to Sunday; various locations throughout the Vieux Carre. Eighteen stages throughout the Quarter, presents the New Orleans music, food and beverage booths and make up the world’s largest jazz brunch. fqfi.org.
  • NORTH SHORE CRAWFISH BOIL: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fidelity Bank, 500 C.M. Fagan Drive, Hammond. Benefit to raise funds for American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana.
  • “TO MARRY AN ENGLISH LORD — TALES OF WEALTH AND MARRIAGE, SEX AND SNOBBERY”: 5 p.m., House of Broel, 2220 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. WYES and the English-Speaking Union of New Orleans sponsor author Carol McD. Wallace in a presentation about the book that served as the inspiration for “Downton Abbey.” $60 and up. wyes.org.
  • “BOOKSHELF — OBJECT LESSON SERIES”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Lydia Pyne and editor Christopher Schaberg discuss the latest in this series. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “PLATFORM REVOLUTION — HOW NETWORKED MARKETS ARE TRANSFORMING THE ECONOMY AND HOW TO MAKE THEM WORK FOR YOU”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Geoffrey Parker launches and reads his book about digital networks. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
  • “THE LANGUAGE OF JESUS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Wyming Sun, Aramaic scholar, presents lecture about this language. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
  • MARKETS

    • THURSDAY
    • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For $25, customers can purchase a share of local produce. Walk-ins welcome. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
    • MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 901 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Food, music and arts and crafts market. (504) 684-5410. icdnola.org.

    SATURDAY

    • CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. camelliacitymarket.org.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
    • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
    • KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 468-7211.
    • GRETNA FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna. gretnafarmersmarket.com.
    • GROW DAT FARM STAND: 9 a.m., 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Produce grown in City Park, sold by youth. (504) 598-2743. growdatyouthfarm.org.
    • ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi. visitstbernard.com.
    • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne avenues). Arts and crafts vendors plus food, music and a kids tent. (504) 523-1465. artsneworleans.org.
    • SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Weekly market featuring produce, seafood, preserves, breads and baked goods. (504) 522-2621. frenchmarket.org.
    • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982.
    • SWAP MEET NOLA: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. An all-in-one farmers market, bakers market, arts and crafts market, and flea market. (504) 813-5370. swapmeetnola.com.
    • FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors. Food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds. freretmarket.org.

    TUESDAY

    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
    • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.
    • SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. sankofanola.org.?

    WEDNESDAY

    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.
    • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., St. Charles Plaza, 12715 U.S. 90, Luling. (985) 764-9762. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621. frenchmarket.org.
    • AROUND THE STATE

      • Thursday to Saturday
      • BOGGY BAYOU FESTIVAL: La. 1172, Heritage Road, Pine Prairie. This Evangeline Parish festival offers music, carnival rides, arts and crafts and an assortment of authentic Cajun food.

      THURSDAY TO SUNDAY

      • NORTH LOUISIANA SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL: 302 W. Main St., Oak Grove. The festival features a carnival, arts and crafts vendors, food and more celebrating this crop in the West Carroll Parish town. westcarrollchamber.com.
      • 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. parkscracklincookoff.com.

      FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

      • JACKSON ASSEMBLY ANTIQUES AND ART SHOW: Downtown Jackson. Antiques and collectibles dealers from seven states including furniture, lighting, antique maps, tools, rare books, china, silver and more. Tours include the 1840 Masonic Lodge building, the massive Center Building at East Louisiana Hospital, Brown Cottage and the historic old Jackson Cemetery. $10. jacksonassemblyantiquesshow.com.
      • 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. westbatonrouge.net.
      • PATTERSON CYPRESS SAWMILL FESTIVAL: Kemper Williams Park, Cotten Road, Patterson. This event features rides, games, arts and crafts, cuisine, entertainment, a poker run, fireworks show, classic car and lumberjack shows, golf and softball tournaments and tours of the Louisiana State Museum. cypresssawmill.com.
      • SCOTT BOUDIN FESTIVAL: Lions Club Street, Scott. This festival features food, music, rides, pageants and events in the heart of Cajun country near Lafayette. scottboudinfestival.com.

      SATURDAY

      • ERATH FIREFIGHTER’S CHILI COOK-OFF AND FAMILY FUN DAY: QSA RV Park, Erath. The volunteer fire department will have live music, a chili cook-off, live and silent auction, fun jumps and camper parking. facebook.com/ErathVolFireDept.
      • SLABTOWN FESTIVAL: Mill Street, Ringgold. This festival remembers the early days of Ringgold when timber was pulled by mule and ox to the sawmill. Lumber was then cut to a standard size, and the leftovers was called slabs. Events includes a parade, music, kids area, food, crafts, baseball and basketball games and a mayor’s breakfast. facebook.com/pages/Slabtown/444242015649422.
      • SOUTH LOUISIANA CRAWFISH BOILING CONTEST: Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Boiling and eating contests are just part of the fun, including arts and crafts, pageants, contests, food and music to raise funds for Dreams Come True of Louisiana. 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. lamardixonexpocenter.com/events.

      SATURDAY TO SUNDAY

      • FESTFORALL: Downtown, North Boulevard from Fifth Street to the North Boulevard Town Square, Baton Rouge. Free festival celebrating arts in the Capitol City with food, arts, music, theater, vendors and more. artsbr.org.

      THURSDAY, APRIL 7, TO SATURDAY, APRIL 9

      • LOUISIANA RAILROAD DAYS FESTIVAL: Railroad Museum, DeQuincy. Features a pageant, barbecue cook-off, rides, cannonball run, railroad “idol” contest, canine pageant and more. larailroaddaysfestival.com.