French Quarter Festival

Calling itself the largest free festival in the South, the French Quarter Fest showcases hundreds of acts on upward of 20 stages all around the Vieux Carré Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

fqfi.org.

St. Roch Market opens

Returning to its historic roots as a market for food vendors, the

lovingly restored building also offers prepared meals and drinks and, on opening day Friday, live performances. 2381 St. Claude Ave.

(504) 408-2080. strochmarket.com

Spring Garden Show

Stop and smell the roses, irises, herbs and other growing things at the annual celebration of all things horticultural Saturday and Sunday in the Botanical Garden in City Park. Exhibits, family activities, lectures, art market and live music. $8 adults, $4 kids 5-12. neworleanscitypark.com