STARKS MAYHAW FESTIVAL: La. 12 and La. 109, Starks. Arts and crafts, food, carnival rides, and gospel and country western music are featured attractions at this festival.


MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO: 500 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans. Music, food, and arts market against the backdrop of Bayou St. John, with two stages and kayak rentals.

PLAQUEMINES PARISH SEAFOOD AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: F. Edward Hebert Boulevard, Belle Chasse. Visitors enjoy local seafood and other unique local food specialties, plus live music, local artists and craftsmen, carnival rides and helicopter rides over a historic battlefield.


LOUISIANA VETERANS’ FESTIVAL: Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. A day of tribute and honor for all Louisiana veterans; activities include a tribute, car show, amusement rides, entertainment, arts and crafts, Louisiana cuisine, drinks and more surprises. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $8, $5 veterans.

CLASH OF THE COOKS: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., LSU Nicholson Lot 403, South Quad Drive, Baton Rouge. More than 20 teams cook jambalaya in this benefit to help families battling cancer. $15 and up.

LOUISIANA BOIL-OFF: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Warehouse 535, 535 Garfield St., Lafayette. Crawfish and cooking competition to benefit Miles Perret Cancer Services. Free entry. $10 tasting ticket sheets.


BATON ROUGE SOUL FOOD FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. start Saturday, 11 a.m. start Sunday, Riverfront Plaza, 300 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. Family oriented event with soul food, cook-off and more. Free. VIP tickets $25.


BAYOU FESTIVAL AND BOAT PARADE: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. Annual event with boat rides up and down the bayou, includes catfish rodeo and cook-off.


SOUTH LOUISIANA SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL AND WORKSHOP: Downtown Lafayette. Songwriters collaborate during workshops and debut songs at performances next weekend. $25 and up.


NEW ORLEANS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE: Various locations, New Orleans. From vintner dinners to wine strolls, seminars to grand tastings, this gourmand’s paradise is a five-day event packed with the flavors of the city.