FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: Downtown Lafayette, with shuttles from Cajun Field, 2351 W. Congress St. Expansive festival with music, food, fine arts market, world market, workshops, theater and other performing arts.

ÉTOUFFÉE FESTIVAL: St. John Francis Regis Church Grounds, 370 Main St., Arnaudville. This festival features a mayor's cooking competition, a variety of étouffées and other foods, music, rides and arts and crafts.

THE ITALIAN FESTIVAL: 500081 U.S. 51, Tickfaw. Three days of entertainment, rides, parades, pageants and cuisine celebrate the heritage of the area.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Megamusic festival with food, crafts, demonstrations and a lineup of glittering talent at stages and tents throughout the grounds. $70 at the gate, $58 in advance. $5 for children ages 2-10.

WESTLAKE FAMILY FUN & FOOD FESTIVAL: St. John Bosco Catholic Community, 1301 Sampson St., Westlake. Games and activities for people of all ages, plus a petting zoo, as well as bingo and auctions.


BURAS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT OILFIELD CRAWFISH BOIL-OFF: Fort Jackson Ball Field, Buras. Fundraiser for fire department. $15.

SPRING FESTIVAL: North Range Avenue in Downtown Denham Springs. Enjoy music, food and shopping from more than 150 vendors in the Antique Village. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

TUNICA HILLS MUSIC FEST AND JAM: Parker Park in St. Francisville. Featuring a host of bands, jam sessions, instructions and demonstrations. Free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 


SPRING STREET FAIR: First, Second and Erlanger streets, Slidell. More than 200 vendors offer antiques, jewelry, art, crafts, toys and collectibles, plus live music.


ALLONS MANGER FESTIVAL: St. Jules Catholic Church, 7161 La. 1, Belle Rose. "A Cajun extravaganza" is how this church festival of food, music and fun is billed.

ST. JOAN OF ARC’S FAIR: 529 W. Fifth St., LaPlace. Sample food dishes from vendors around the area, plus rides and games for kids of all ages.


NOLA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: NOLA Brewery and Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. This new festival celebrates music, food and brews over three nights. $45 and up.


THIBODAUX FIREMEN'S FAIR AND PARADE: 1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux. Proceeds from this festival benefit the Volunteer Fire Department. Music, food and auctions are highlights.

CONTRABAND DAYS: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Celebrating Jean Lafitte and his hidden treasures in southwest Louisiana, the events are held at and around the Lake Charles Civic Center and include crawfish races, Cajun Days, boat races and pirates capturing the city of Lake Charles.