From oysters to oranges, crawfish to Creole tomatoes, if the Bayou State has it, there's a festival to celebrate it. 

In spring, the fine weather means folks in towns large and small are out celebrating what makes their communities special.

Here's our spring list. Look for your favorite festival scheduled between now and July. Questions? Email asisco@theadvocate.com.

And don't forget the sunscreen.

MARCH

Thursday, March 15

BLACK MASKING CULTURAL FESTIVAL: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Crescent Park, 2300 N. Peters St., New Orleans. New outdoor cultural fest with second line, bands, foo, arts and crafts and kids activities. bnola.net.

TOP TACO FESTIVAL: 7 p.m., Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. Culinary competition featuring gourmet tacos and creative tequila cocktails from some of the Big Easy’s best restaurants, along with live entertainment. Must be 21. $65 and up. toptaconola.com.

Friday-Saturday, March 16-17

IOWA RABBIT FESTIVAL: Burton Coliseum Complex, 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. Carnival rides, food, music, a rabbit cook-off and more are on tap for this southwest Louisiana festival in its 32nd year. iowarabbitfestival.org.

Friday-Sunday, March 16-18

AMITE OYSTER FESTIVAL: Downtown Amite. "Come on over for a shuckin' good time" is the catchphrase for this Tangipahoa Parish festival celebrating the bivalve with food, music, rides, a gala and more. amiteoysterfestival.org.

AUDUBON PILGRIMAGE: St. Francisville. Tours of historic buildings, costumed re-enactments, theater about John James Audubon’s stay in the area and graveyard tours are only part of this annual event in the English plantation country of the state. westfelicianahistoricalsociety.org/audubon-pilgrimage.html.

LOUISIANA NURSERY FESTIVAL: 4300 La. 112, Forest Hill. Vendors with garden supplies and plants, plus arts and crafts and Carnival rides join a festival of Louisiana fair food at this event. facebook.com/louisiananurseryfestival/

Saturday, March 17

BLOOMIN’ ON THE BRICKS: Historic Landmark District, Natchitoches. Lawn and garden vendors, from flowers to furniture, ironwork to art, display along the Cane River city. downtownnatchitoches.com.

SPRING STREET FESTIVAL AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Main Street, New Roads. More than 300 cars, vendors, entertainment and more for this event on False River. newroads.net.

PIONEER DAY: Train Station Park, Denham Springs. Demonstrations and goods as created in the 1800s, with food, live entertainment and more. denhamspringsantiquedistrict.net.

Wednesday-Saturday, March 21-24

EXTREME RODEO AG FARM AND FAIR: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Rodeo events, cooking competitions, concerts, and fair. extremerodeo.org.

Wednesday-Sunday, March 21-25

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout New Orleans. The 31st annual celebration of arts and letters returns to the city Tennessee loved, with writing contests, seminars, dinners, gatherings and live theatrical productions throughout the region. tennesseewilliams.net.

Thursday-Sunday, March 22-25

LOUISIANA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Sigur Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Louisiana crawfish dishes, live entertainment, rides and arts crafts are all offered at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival. $5 admission. louisianacrawfishfestival.com.

Friday-Saturday, March 23-24

HOGS FOR THE CAUSE: UNO Lakefront Arena grounds, 6801 Franklin Ave., 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 admission. hogsforthecause.org.

HAMMOND SMOKIN’ BBQ CHALLENGE: Downtown Hammond. More than 50 Kansas City barbecue teams will compete for the headline event, but there will be many contests, live entertainment, pairing events and more. hammondbbq.com.

STATE TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Blue Bayou Water Park, 18142 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. Nine categories of truck driving contests, from straight truck, step-van to five-axle sleeper and twin trailers. Tickets required. louisianatrucking.com

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25

JACKSON ASSEMBLY ANTIQUES AND ART SHOW: Downtown Jackson. Dealers from seven states including furniture, lighting, antique maps, books, china, silver and more. Tours include the 1840 Masonic Lodge building, the massive Center Building at East Louisiana Hospital, Brown Cottage and the historic old Jackson Cemetery. $10. jacksonassemblyantiqueshow.com.

Saturday, March 24

AUDUBON ZOO EARTH FEST: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6500 Mazine St., New Orleans. Exhibitors involved with environmental issues help answer questions for prices on Earth Quest game. Food and crafts available for purchase. Included with admission. audubonnatureinstitute.org/earth-fest.

BAYOU BARK FEST: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. Canine festival with everything needed "under one woof." Adoptions, contests, a parade and more. northshoreharborcenter.com.

ABITA EARTHFEST: noon to 4 p.m., Abita Springs Trailhead Park, 22049 Main St. Fun, educational experience with music, green vendors and information, food, kids' activities and marketplace. abitapark.com.

SOUTHDOWN MARKETPLACE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma. Local and national vendors with handmade products including jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, art and cuisine. Tours of Southdown  available. $5. southdownmuseum.org/marketplace.

Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25

BLOODY MARY FESTIVAL: The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. Bloody Marys, competitions, food, live music and more. thebloodymaryfest.com.

OLDE TOWNE SLIDELL ANTIQUE FAIRS: First, Second and Erlander Streets, Slidell. One of two fairs held in historic district with plethora of antiques, collectibles, food and more. slidellantiques.com.

Sunday, March 25

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CRAWFISH ÉTOUFFÉE COOK-OFF: Northwest Community Center, Eunice. Teams of cooks, from amateur home chefs to culinary professionals, vie for honors in this event that reward cooking as well as event-space decorating, plus music, arts and crafts and more events. etouffeecookoff.org.

Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 8

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

APRIL

Thursday-Saturday, April 5-7

BOGGY BAYOU FESTIVAL: La. 1172, Heritage Road, Pine Prairie. This Evangeline Parish festival offers music, carnival rides, arts and crafts and an assortment of authentic Cajun food. 

Friday-Saturday, April 6-7

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. parkscracklincookoff.com.

NORTH LOUISIANA SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL: 302 W. Main St., Oak Grove. The festival features a carnival, arts and crafts vendors, food and more celebrating this crop in the West Carroll Parish town. westcarrollchamber.com.

Friday-Sunday, April 6-8

CYPRESS SAWMILL FESTIVAL: Kemper Williams Park Fairgrounds, Patterson. Carnival rides, games, lumber jack show, arts and crafts plus music, classic cars and songwriters' workshop for kids. cupresssawmillfestival.com.

KITE FEST LOUISIANÉ: West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, 3853 Rosedale Road, Port Allen. Highlights include professional flying expo and unique kites, a kite-making competition, kite-flying lessons and a children’s kite workshop. westbatonrouge.net.

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

Saturday, April 7

FRERET STREET FESTIVAL: Freret Street, between Napoleon Avenue and Robert Street, New Orleans. Three music stages, blocks of food vendors, children’s activities, pet adoptions and more are just a portion of what is on tap for this local event sponsored by the Freret Market. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. facebook.com.

AISIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Entertainment, food, arts and crafts and more are on display at this annual offering. apasnola.com.

SOUTH LOUISIANA CRAWFISH BOIL, CRAFT AND CAR SHOW: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Boiling and eating contests are just part of the fun, including arts and crafts, pageants, contests, food and music to raise funds for Dreams Come True of Louisiana. 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. lamardixonexpocenter.com/events.

RAILROAD MAKERS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Downtown Ruston. Music fest ($5); arts and crafts sale admission is free. facebook.com

Saturday-Sunday, April 7-8

NEW ORLEANS SPRING GARDEN SHOW: New Orleans Botanical Gardens, City Park, 3 Victory Ave., New Orleans. A festival of green and growing comes alive at this annual event, with demonstrations, activities and plants for sale, plus food vendors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $8 adults, $4 kids 5-12, free for Friends of City Park. neworleanscitypark.com.

EBB & FLOW FESTIVAL: Riverfront, Baton Rouge. Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge festival celebrates Capital City and Brazilian culture with multiple stages with music, dancers, poets, art installations, kids activities, food and experiences. ebbandflowbr.org.

Wednesday-Sunday, April 11-15

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. atasteofcovington.com.

Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14

LOUISIANA RAILROAD DAYS FESTIVAL: Railroad Museum, DeQuincy. Festival features a pageant, barbecue cook-off, rides, cannonball run, railroad “idol” contest, a canine pageant, craft and food booths, plus a gospel night and more. larailroadaysfestival.com.

Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout the Vieux Carre. Festival marks 35th anniversary with more than 20 stages throughout the Quarter presenting New Orleans music, food and beverage booths and make up the World’s Largest Jazz Brunch. fqfi.org.

Friday-Sunday, April 13-15

PONCHATOULA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Memorial Park, 300 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula. This festival features over 60 nonprofit organizations cooking Louisiana cuisine. Continuous entertainment runs on two stages; a Saturday morning parade rolls downtown. Contests include strawberry eating, an egg toss and sack races. lastrawberryfestival.com.

GRAND ISLE BLESSING OF THE FLEET FESTIVAL: Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion, Grand Isle. Carnival games and rides, music, food, arts and crafts, plus the blessing of the seafood fleet. grand-isle.com.

GREAT LOUISIANA BIRDFEST: Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190 East, Mandeville. Annual event to coincide with migration patterns of birds, including trips, food and workshops. Prices vary per event. northlakenature.org/birdfest.

OLD SCHOOLHOUSE SEMI-ANNUAL ANTIQUE FAIR AND YARD SALE: Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall, Washington. Three-day gathering of more than 200 vendors, with food, vintage items and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. cajuntravel.com.

ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN LAKE CHARLES CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Music, food, fun and crawfish prepared every way possible. downtowncrawfest.com.

MARKET AT THE MILL: 311 Mill St., New Roads. A three-day antique and handmade craft show at the historic cotton oil mill. marketatthemillnewroads.com

BATTLE OF PLEASANT HILL: 23271 La. 175, Pelican. Re-enactors from across the United States participate in the Civil War battle event. The Soldiers’ Ball is open to everyone, but period attire must be worn. battleofplesanthill.com.

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. stjohnboscochurch.com.

Saturday, April 14

SPRING FOR ART: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. Gallery openings, demonstrations, shopping and dining from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. highlight this art event. sttammanyartassociation.org.

FRANKLIN PARISH CATFISH FESTIVAL: Downtown Winnsboro. More than 300 vendor booths, gospel, rock and country music stages, a children’s play area, petting zoo and a half-block food court serving delicious fried pond-raised catfish at this north Louisiana event. franklinparishcatfishfestival.com.

Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15

BATON ROUGE BLUES FESTIVAL: Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza, downtown Baton Rouge. From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. the Capital City celebrates its blues heritage with music and food that will be anything but blues-inducing. batonrougebluesfestival.org.

Thursday-Sunday, April 19-22

NOLA NAVY WEEK: Along the Mississippi River, New Orleans. Tall ships are coming to New Orleans, with tours, a gala and more to celebrate the aquatic military with wind, water and sail. talllshipsnola2018.com.

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

Friday-Saturday, April 20-21

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. bayoutechebearfest.org

Friday-Sunday, April 20-22

FESTA ITALIANA — KENNER ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Rivertown, 400 block of Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, Kenner. Three days of celebrating the Italian contributions to the Jefferson Parish city, including live performances, food, activities for kids and more. $5. italianheritagefestival.com.

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

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. vol.org/cajunfest.

THIRD STREET SONGWRITER'S FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout downtown Baton Rouge. Panels, performances and critiques from writers and professionals in the music business. thirdstreetsongwritersfestival.com.

Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22

ANTIQUES AND UNIQUES FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. Antiques, collectibles, salvage, food music and more. covingtonheritagefoundation.com.

Saturday-Thursday, April 21-26

DEWEY BALFA CAJUN AND CREOLE HERITAGE WEEK: Chicot State Park,3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte. Forklore workshops and culinary celebrations, dancing music and more. Prices vary per day, event. lafolkroots.org.

Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22

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. $20 admission. angolarodeo.com.

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

Wednesday-Sunday, April 25-29

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

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29

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

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. sja-school.com

ETOUFFEE 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. johnfrancisregis.net.

LECOMPTE PIE FESTIVAL: LHS Corporation, 2004 St. Charles Ave., Lecompte. Food, carnival rides, parades, royalty and pies in the state’s official pie capital. asliceoflouisiana.net.

Friday-Sunday, Thursday-Sunday, April 27-May 6

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Mega-music 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 children 2-10. nojazzfest.com.

 

MAY 

Thursday-Sunday, May 3-13

LOUISIANA PIRATE FESTIVAL: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Formerly Contraband Days, this 11-day festival celebrates the 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, a parade and costume ball. louisianapiratefestival.com.

Thursday-Sunday, May 3-6

THIBODAUX FIREMEN’S FAIR AND PARADE: 1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux. Proceeds from this festival benefit the volunteer fire department. Music, food, auctions, a run/walk and parade are highlights of this festival. firemensfair.com

Friday-Saturday, May 4-5

MAYFEST 2018: Downtown Leesville. The two-day event features live music, demonstrating artists and children’s activities, plus food, a gospel tent and pancake breakfast. venturevernon.com.

Friday-Sunday, May 4-6

LITTLE RED CHURCH FAMILY FIESTA: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 13396 River Road, Destrehan. The festival features bands, dance performances, pageants, paint ball, karate exhibitions, carnival rides and Louisiana cuisine. scblittleredchurch.org.

OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR TOMATO FESTIVAL: 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. The school and church fair is a celebration of south Louisiana delicacies, with live entertainment and a variety of festival royalty. olpsschool.org.

BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Parc Hardy, 2090 Rees St., Breaux Bridge. The Crawfish Capitol of the World’s festival has crawfish-based dishes, crawfish races, crawfish-eating contest, a crawfish étouffée cook-off and Cajun and Zydeco dance contest, as well as arts and crafts booths and carnival rides. bbcrawfest.com.

Saturday, May 5

BURAS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT OILFIELD CRAWFISH BOIL-OFF: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fort Jackson Ball Field, Buras. Fundraiser for fire department. $15. burasvfd.com/events

HERB AND GARDEN FESTIVAL: Marie Street, Sunset. The festival offers over 75 vendors selling fresh herbs, herbal products, yard art, and native plants and flowers. Guest speakers and book signings are also slated. sunsetherbfestival.com.

Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12

RAYNE FROG FESTIVAL: Gossen Memorial Park, Rayne. Signature events like frog racing and jumping and the selection of the Frog Derby Queen are accented by carnival rides, live entertainment, and an arts and crafts show. raynefrogfestival.com.

Thursday-Sunday, May 10-13

COCHON DE LAIT FESTIVAL: Downtown Mansura. Celebration of the roast suckling pig, with music, a vast array of contests, carnival rides, arts and crafts and ending with a Grand Feast of, what else? cochondelaitfestival.com.

Friday, May 11

JAZZ IN THE PARK TREME CRAB FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Armstrong Park, New Orleans. People United for Armstrong Park music series with a bushel of crab delicacies from local restaurants, music and more. $30 and up. pufap.org.

Friday-Saturday, May 11-12

ZWOLLE LOGGERS & FORESTRY FESTIVAL: Zwolle Festival Grounds, South Main Street, Zwolle. The festival was started to celebrate the community’s logging history. There are arts and crafts, food, rides, music and the famous “mudbog.” toledobendlakecountry.com.

Friday-Sunday, May 11-13

EL FESTIVAL ESPAÑOL DE NEUVA IBERIA: Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia. Celebrating the exchange of food, music, art, and history between New Iberia and Alhaurin de la Torre, Spain, honoring the Spanish ancestry and culture throughout Louisiana. newiberiaspanishfestival.com

Saturday, May 12

CRAWFISH MAMBO: UNO Alumni Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. A cooking contest and all-you-can-eat benefit staged by the UNO International Alumni Association, with music and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $25 and up. crawfishmambo.com.

Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19

STARKS MAYHAW FESTIVAL: La. 12 and La. 109, Starks. Arts and crafts, food, carnival rides, and gospel and country-western music are featured attractions at this festival. mayhawfest.com.

Friday-Sunday, May 18-20

MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO: 500 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., New Orleans. Music, food, an arts market against the backdrop of Bayou St. John,, with a marketplace, two stages and even kayak rentals. thebayouboogaloo.com.

PLAQUEMINES PARISH SEAFOOD AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: F. Edward Hebert Boulevard, Belle Chasse. Visitors enjoy local seafood and other unique local food specialties plus live music, local artists and craftsmen, carnival rides and helicopter rides over an historic battlefield. plaqueminesparishfestival.com.

Saturday, May 19

LOUISIANA VETERANS’ FESTIVAL: Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. A day of tribute and honor for all Louisiana veterans, activities include a tribute, car show, amusement rides, entertainment, arts and crafts, Louisiana cuisine, drinks and more surprises. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $8, $5 veterans. laveteransfestival.com.

Wednesday-Saturday, May 23-27

NEW ORLEANS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE: Various locations, New Orleans. From vintner dinners to wine strolls, seminars to grand tastings, this gourmand’s paradise is a five-day event packed with the flavors of the city. www.nowfe.com.

Thursday-Sunday, May 24-27

KROTZ SPRINGS SPORTSMEN’S HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 548 Haas St., Krotz Springs. This festival includes rides, food, music, crafts, pageants, fishing tournament, cook-off and skeet-shooting competition. It is also known for the Blessing of the Hunter and celebrating Krtoz Springs' 100th anniversary. kssportsmensheritagefestival.com

Friday-Sunday, May 25-27

BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Top-flight country entertainers return to the dome for a Memorial Day weekend of music, fan fests, tailgating and more. Ticket packages available. bayoucountrysuperfest.com.

GREEK FESTIVAL: Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans. Opa! The rich heritage of Greeks in New Orleans comes alive in food, music, dance and more at this popular event. $7 admission. greekfestnola.com.

JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL: Gonzales Civic Center, Irma Boulevard and Cornerview Road, Gonzales. Festival features world champion jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food and so much fun it takes three days to get it all in. www.jambalayafestival.org.

Tuesday-Saturday, May 29-June 2

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

JUNE

Friday-Saturday, June 1-2

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

Friday-Sunday, June 1-3

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. gheensbonmange.weebly.com.

Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3

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. neworleansoysterfestival.org.

Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3, 16-17

COQUILLE PARK JUNEFEST: Coquille Park and Recreation Center, 13505 Hwy. 1085, Covington. Indoor arts and crafts festival. $5/ steinhaurerproductions.com.

Thursday-Saturday, June 7-9

LOUISIANA CORN FESTIVAL: Lake Street, Bunkie. Rides, food, music, sports tournaments, pageants, parades and cooking competitions are part of this festival. bunkiechamber.net/cornfestival.

Friday-Sunday, June 8-10

NEW ORLEANS PRIDE FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout New Orleans. Celebrations of LGBT events, including PrideFest, a parade more. togetherwenola.com/pride/

Saturday-Sunday, June 9-10

CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL: French Market District, from Dumaine and Decatur Streets to Barracks Street, French Quarter, New Orleans. Music, food, activities and a celebration of the Creole tomato are accented with cooking demonstrations and culinary discussions. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. frenchmarket.org.

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17

FESTIGALS: Various locations, New Orleans. Weekend gathering for women with leadership conference, Bodacious Bras brunch and Stilleto Stroll. festivals.org.

Friday-Saturday, June 22-23

LOUISIANA PEACH FESTIVAL: Dowtown Ruston. Festival celebrates the north Louisiana peach crop, with contests, carnival rides, art exhibits, pageants, food, music and more. $15 weekend pass. louisianapeachfestival.org.

Friday-Sunday, June 22-24

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. louisianacatfishfestival.com.

Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24

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. jazzandheritage.org/Cajun-zydeco.

Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30

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

Saturday, June 30

ACADIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL: Le Barn Rouge, Lafayette. Celebration of diversity and LGBT pride, featuring events through the Hub City. facebook.com/acadianapride/

Saturday-Wednesday, June 30-July 4

ERATH 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Erath. Five days of music, food, fireworks, waterfights and a parade highlight the USA’s birthday bash. www.erath4.com.

JULY

Thursday-Sunday, July 5-8

ESSENCE FESTIVAL: Various locations in New Orleans. Headline recording artists, empowerment workshops, a host of seminars and more are just part of the national celebration sponsored by Essence magazine. Prices vary by event. essence.com/festival.

Friday-Sunday, July 13-15

SAN FERMIN IN NEUVA ORLEANS: Various locations, New Orleans. It's the running of the bulls, New Orleans-style, with the procession of San Fermin, the "bulls," parties and even recouperation. nolabulls.com.

Saturday, July 14

BASTILLE DAY FÊTE: Various locations, New Orleans. The spark that started the French Revolution is celebrated with music, food and races throughout America's most French city. bastilledaynola.com

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Questions about our festival guide? Email asisco@theadvocate.com.