• COOKIN’ ON THE CANE: Downtown riverbank, Natchitoches. Barbecue contests for professionals, amateurs and kids. The event also features live entertainment, food and children’s activities. Free.


  • KENNY NEAL’S FAMILY & FRIENDS BLUES & SOUTHERN SOUL FESTIVAL: Noon-8 p.m., West Baton Rouge Multi-Purpose Arena, 152 Turner Road, Port Allen. Featuring the King Pharoah Session Band (1 p.m.), the Neal family (3:30 p.m.) and a tribute to Jackie Neal (6 p.m.) $15
  • PALMETTO FAMILY FUN DAY: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Palmetto Town Hall, 224 E. Railroad Ave., Palmetto. Food, music, boiled crawfish, raffle, vendors. (337) 623-4426.
  • NOLA TIME FEST: 10 a.m., Doubletree Hotel, 2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner. Costumes, discussions, prizes and live music to celebrate “Doctor Who.” $15, adults; $7.50, children, in advance. (504) 467-3111 or
  • LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN CRAFT FAIR: 10 a.m., New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Featuring local artwork, handmade jewelry, art prints, home decor, photography, pottery, glass, wooden creations and gifts as well as summer water safety information and instruction. Presented by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Refreshments available. Free. (504) 836-2205
  • GERT TOWN FAMILY FESTIVAL: 1:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Norwood Thompson Park, 7200 Forshey St., New Orleans. A second-line led by Da Truth Brass Band, music by DJ Captain Charles, church choir performances, free food, music, games, activities, and a 3-on-3 teen basketball tournament. (504) 914-3768 or


  • CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. both days, French Market, New Orleans. Hourly cooking demonstrations, “Ripe n’ Ready Rally,” a countdown to the ceremonial first bites of Creole tomatoes for the festival, followed by a second line; Creole tomato-eating contests for children and adults, free to enter; live music.
  • CAJUN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.- to 3 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St., Larose. Decoy show, live auction, carving demos, duck calling contest, wood carving contest, cajun food, vendors, raffles. (985) 228-0845


  • ST. HELENA/TANGIPAHOA PARISH DAIRY DAY: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Forrest Hill Dairy, 19413 La. 38, Kentwood. A day out on the farm will celebrate and honor Louisiana’s dairy community. Dairy judging for adults and youths, a 4-H dairy foods contest, awards, dairy-themed goodie bags.

Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn