FESTIGALS: 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. JW Marriott, 614 Canal St., New Orleans and other locations. Weekend gathering for women with leadership conference, second-line parade, food and speakers.


LOUISIANA CATFISH FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 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 popular festival.

SWAMP MAGIC FEST: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; A Bloody Mary Haunted Museum & Le Spirit Shop, 826 and 828 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Psychic and voodoo festival coinciding with New Orleans' tricentennial. Free.


GULF COAST SHRIMP AND JAZZ FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall, 900 Lakeshore Drive. Promoting the local culture and importance of jazz and area cuisine. From $5 adults, $2 for ages 12 and under. $25 for "Jazz After Dark" concert.  


LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL: 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days. 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. Free.