NEW ORLEANS WOMEN'S WEEKEND EXPERIENCE: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; JW Marriott, 614 Canal St., New Orleans. Shop, eat, drink and explore culture at this women's leadership conference.

ACADIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL: Lafayette. Celebration of diversity and LGBT pride, featuring events through the Hub City.

BEAUREGARD WATERMELON FESTIVAL: Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, DeRidder. Live entertainment, food, pageants, children’s activities and watermelons are the hallmarks of this west Louisiana festival.


LOUISIANA CATFISH FESTIVAL: St. Gertrude Catholic Church, 17324 La. 631, Des Allemands. Food, music, arts and crafts, rides and a 5K and 1-mile fun run are on tap for this locally popular festival.


GULF COAST SHRIMP AND JAZZ FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Featuring live music, student performances, food and fun. $5 adults, $2 for kids ages 12 and under.


LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL: Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Traditional and modern performers of Cajun and zydeco music, as well as crafts, seafood and arts.