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.


LOUISIANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Baton Rouge. Film festival, music events, gala receptions to celebrate state’s film industry. $10 per screening, other ticket options available.

FESTA ITALIANA — KENNER ITALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Rivertown, 400 block of Williams Boulevard, Kenner. Three days of celebrating the Italian contributions to the Jefferson Parish city, including live performances, food and children's activities. $5, free for ages 12 and under.

NEW ORLEANS POETRY FESTIVAL AND SMALL PRESS FAIR: New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., and other locations throughout the city. 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.

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


DEWEY BALFA CAJUN AND CREOLE HERITAGE WEEK: Chicot State Park, 3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte. Folklore workshops and culinary celebrations are a part of this annual event. Prices vary per day, event.


PARTY FOR THE PLANET: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge. Daylong event filled with special zookeeper chats and entertainment. Regular zoo admission applies.

NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. Experience a variety of astronomy-related activities. Included in general admission.

BUBBLES & BRUNCH: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sugar Mill Pond, Youngsville. Enjoy brunch from local and regional restaurants, drinks and live music.


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. $15-$18.

ANGOLA RODEO: Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, 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.

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


EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. Enjoy a paddle down the venue's small bayou, art displays and cooking demonstrations.


RED STICK INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL FESTIVAL: 340 E. Parker Blvd., Baton Rouge. Featuring digital media-focused events, experimental music concerts and game jams.


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.

Compiled by Advocate staff.