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.


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 ages 2-10.

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. Events include crawfish races, Cajun Days, boat races and pirates, a parade and costume ball.

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.

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

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.

BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Parc Hardy, 2090 Rees St., Breaux Bridge. The crawfish capital of the world’s festival has crawfish dishes, races, an eating contest, a crawfish étouffée cook-off and Cajun and zydeco dance contests.

ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH FESTIVAL: Opens 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11441 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. Annual festival with children's rides, live music, 5K and fun run, and food to benefit the church.


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.

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.

SPRING SEAFOOD AND FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bayou Carlin Cove, 605 S. Railroad St., Delcambre. Menu includes shrimp, crawfish and crabs to go along with shopping, crafts vendors and children's activities. 


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.


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?

Compiled by Advocate staff.