NOLA PYRATE WEEK: Various location in New Orleans and throughout the state. A host of activities, ranging from family days to history days, benefit a number of causes.

JAZZ IN THE PARK TREME CRAB FESTIVAL: Armstrong Park, New Orleans. People United for Armstrong Park kicks off music series with a bushel of crab delicacies from local restaurants, music and more. Free concerts Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

DENHAM SPRINGS FAIR: South Park, 7510 Vincent Road, Denham Springs. Carnival rides, live entertainment, food and family activities. 

FESTA ITALIANA — KENNER ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Rivertown, Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, Kenner. Three days of celebrating the Italian contributions to the Jefferson Parish city, including live performances, food and kids' activities. $5.


HOGS FOR THE CAUSE: 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.


FRERET STREET FESTIVAL: Freret Street, between Napoleon Avenue and Robert Street, New Orleans. Three music stages, blocks of food vendors, children's activities, and pet adoptions are just a portion of what is on tap for this local event sponsored by the Freret Market. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ZAPP'S INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST: Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Featuring more than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews. $40. Advanced purchase required.


EBB & FLOW FESTIVAL: Riverfront, Baton Rouge. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's new festival offers multiple stages with music, dancers, poets and art installations.

KITE FEST LOUISIANÉ: West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, 3853 Rosedale Road, Port Allen. Highlights include professional flying expo and unique kits, a kite-making competition and kite-flying lessons.

SPRING FIESTA: French Quarter locations, New Orleans. Walking tours of the French Quarter and historic and Uptown homes. Prices vary.


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.


FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout the Vieux Carre, New Orleans. Eighteen stages throughout the Quarter present the New Orleans music, food and beverage booths and make up the World's Largest Jazz Brunch.