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 and a gospel night.


FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout the Vieux Carre. It's the 35th anniversary of the fesitval with more than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter presenting New Orleans music, food and beverage booths, making up the world’s largest jazz brunch.

A TASTE OF COVINGTON: Various locations in Covington. Celebration of food and wine, with music, vintners dinners, a grand tasting, art shows and a Champagne jazz brunch. Tickets vary per event.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.


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

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.

ZAPP'S INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Featuring more than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews. Ages 21 and up. $35, $25 designated driver, $100 early entry. (225) 765-2437,

TOUCH A TRUCK: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cajun Field, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette. Annual unique event allowing kids to get behind the wheel of a firetruck, ambulance or bulldozer. $5.

SOUTHERN BOARD GAME FEST: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St., Lafayette. All-day fest for lovers of board games, featuring Settlers of Catan and other unique games. Ages 16 and up. $15-$30.


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.


DINNER IN THE FIELD: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., James Grace House, 24455 W.L. Grace Road, Plaquemine. Showcasing culinary arts, local farms and food traditions, featuring plates made by area chefs, benefiting Slow Food Baton Rouge. $135 and up.


WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Backpacker, 7656 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Featuring screenings of inspiring films on being mindful of the planet. $10 in advance, $15 at the door at


GOURMET IN THE GARDEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Enjoy food and drink from Baton Rouge chefs and mixologists. Early bird tickets $60, regular pricing $70.


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.

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

Compiled by Advocate staff.