RED STICK INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL FESTIVAL: 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the LSU Digital Media Center, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Goodwood Library, Baton Rouge. Featuring digital media-focused events, experimental music concerts and game jams.


FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: Performances start noon Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday. Downtown Lafayette, with shuttles from Cajun Field, 2351 W. Congress St. Expansive festival with music, food, fine arts market and theater performances. Free.

THE ITALIAN FESTIVAL: 500081 U.S. 51, Tickfaw. Three days of entertainment, rides, parades, pageants and cuisine celebrate the rich heritage of the area. Free. Ride passes available.

ST. JOAN OF ARC’S FAIR: 529 W. Fifth St., LaPlace. Sample food dishes from vendors around the area, plus rides and games for kids of all ages.

ÉTOUFFÉE FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. St. John Francis Regis Church Grounds, 370 Main St., Arnaudville. This festival features a mayor’s cooking competition, a variety of étouffées and other foods, music, rides, and arts and crafts.

LECOMPTE PIE FESTIVAL: LHS Corp., 2004 St. Charles Ave., Lecompte. Food, carnival rides, parades, royalty and pies in the state’s official pie capital.

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 children 2-10.


DENHAM SPRINGS SPRING FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Denham Springs. Featuring hundreds of vendors, children's rides, games and food. Free. 

CHALMETTE SPRING CRAFT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., East D'amour Street and Paris Road, Chalmette. Shop crafts and visit with the vendors at this seasonal show. 

CAMELLIA CITY KIDS FUN FEST: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Heritage Park, Slidell. Activities include pony rides, races and obstacle courses. 

MID CITY RISING: 6 p.m., The Collective, 2678 Government St. Monthly arts show with more than 20 artists on site, food and live music.

TAKE 4 FILM FESTIVAL: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., LSU School of Theatre, Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge. Celebrating films from undergrads, graduates and alumni from LSU, Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College. 


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.

Compiled by Advocate staff