LE FESTIVAL DE LA VIANDE BOUCANÉE DE LA LOUISIANE: Northside Civic Center, Ville Platte. This festival showcases local smoked meats, including sausage, tasso, deer, pig, rabbit and fish. Music, arts and crafts booths, and beauty pageants are slated.


BIRDFOOT FESTIVAL: Various locations, New Orleans. Seven days of live chamber music, parties, dinners, mentoring programs and more.

CAJUN HEARTLAND STATE FAIR: Cajundome, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette. The 29th annual event features carnival rides, games, food and music. Full schedule and more information available at

GHEENS BON MANGÉ FESTIVAL: Vacherie-Gheens Community Center, Gheens. This festival offers Cajun dishes and sweets, live entertainment, children’s rides, a truck, car and bike show, and a live auction.


NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL: Champions Square, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Showcasing 2-ounce unlimited sampling of the craft beers from around the world with food, cider garden, seminars, beer garden for “cask” beer, music and games. $20 and up.

PEACE FEST: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., 300 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. A free festival celebrating the United Nations' International Day of Peace, with energy therapy, acro yoga, hoopers, belly dancers, music and vegetarian food offerings.


THE NEW ORLEANS OYSTER FESTIVAL: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. The bivalve gets the star treatment at this festival, being showcased in a stellar mélange of dishes and as the backdrop for some rocking good music.


FLEAUXT FEST: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fleauxt, 8312 Jefferson Highway, Suite 4, Baton Rouge. Featuring food, health and wellness vendors, yoga and music. Claim your free ticket at