- BEAUREGARD WATERMELON FESTIVAL: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, 506 West Drive, DeRidder. Watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, live music, arts and crafts and carnival rides. Free. (337) 463-5534.
- THE LOUISIANA PEACH FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. Saturday, downtown Ruston. 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk Saturday morning, tennis tournament, golf tournament, rodeo, diaper derby, kids’ and adults’ fishing tournaments, kids’ zone, baby photo contest, live music, food and drinks. Admission varies. louisianapeachfestival.org.
- ERATH 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Downtown Erath. Carnival rides, barbecue cook-off, beauty pageant, parade and fireworks. Free. Call (337) 937-5585. www.erath4.com.