BAYOU TECHE BLACK BEAR FESTIVAL: Downtown Franklin. Festival dedicated to education on the Louisiana black bear, with food, music, field trips, education exhibits and children’s activities.

PARKS CRACKLIN’ COOK-OFF: Cecile Rousseau Poché Memorial Park, Melancon Street, Parks. A cracklin' cooking competition, other delicacies, entertainment, a poker run and more at this festival near Breaux Bridge.


LOUISIANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Baton Rouge. Film festival, music events, gala receptions to celebrate the state's film industry. Prices vary per event.

NEW ORLEANS POETRY FESTIVAL AND SMALL PRESS FAIR: New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., and other locations in New Orleans. Readings, "poetry with bands" show, workshops, panels and performances.

CAJUN FEST: Visitation of Our Lady Catholic Church, Ames and Barataria boulevards, Marrero. Music, food, raffles, royal tea, auctions and children’s activities are just a part of this church festival.

LECOMPTE PIE FESTIVAL: Old Lecompte High School grounds, Elm Street and La. 456, Lecompte. Food, carnival rides, parades, royalty and pies in the state’s official pie capital.

SCOTT BOUDIN FESTIVAL: Lions Club Street, Scott. This festival features food, music, rides, pageants and events in the heart of Cajun country near Lafayette.

THIRD STREET SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout downtown Baton Rouge. Panels, performances and critiques from writers and professionals in the music business.


ANGOLA RODEO: Louisiana State Penitentiary, 10000 Tunica Trace, Tunica. Rodeo events, food, music and inmate hobby and craft items for sale are the hallmarks of this spring version of the world-famous prison rodeo. $15 admission.

LE FEU ET L’EAU FESTIVAL: NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Highway, Arnaudville. Arts event with artists, performers, cultural workers.

MELROSE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Melrose Plantation, 3533 La. 119, Melrose. Fine arts and crafts sale held on the grounds of the historic home, with food vendors and home tours, 18 miles south of Natchitoches. $5.


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.