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here’s hardly a weekend in Louisiana when there isn’t a festival to attend —and not a rinky-dink, one-band festival but multiple-day events, some with dozens of bands playing on several stages. Music is a common theme among the state’s festivals, but most also focus on food made with indigenous ingredients — seafood, sweet potatoes, andouille, strawberries and more — and the area’s arts and crafts. Louisianans also love their history, heroes, natural resources and the various groups of people who make up the state’s cultural gumbo. All are celebrated with big parties and joie de vivre. Here is a calendar of fairs, festivals and celebrations around the state for the rest of the year. A few annual festivals have not set dates for their 2013 events; check their websites for more information.

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MARCH 1-3 — Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days and Craft Fair (Downtown, Ponchatoula, 800617-4502; www.ponchatoulachamber.com) — Booths feature antiques, collectibles, fine art, crafts, food and more. There’s also live music. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free. 1- April 30 — Azalea Trail (Various locations, 888-942-3742; www.iberiatravel.com) — Driving and walking tours of the azaleas in bloom are free to the public, and maps are available at the Iberia Parish Tourist Information Center. Hours n/a. Admission free. 2 — Shadows Arts & Crafts Fair (Shadowson-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia, 337-369-6446; www.shadowsontheteche.org) — About 100 artists and craftspeople sell their wares among the gardens at Shadows-on-theTeche. A tour of the plantation house is included in ticket price. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, $3 ages 6-11, under age 6 free. 2-3 — Soul Fest (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org) — The 10th annual event celebrates African-American culture with live jazz, gospel and R&B performances, dancers, Mardi Gras Indians, soul food, hands-on activities for kids and health and wellness information. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission (festival included in regular zoo admission) $17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 children ages 2-12, free to Audubon Institute members.

3 — Here’s the Beef Cook-off and NonMotorized Trail Ride (Yambilee Fair Grounds, 1939 W. Landry St., Opelousas, 337-9450364 or 337-684-6751; www.cityofopelousas. com) — The 28th annual festival presents cuisine from the area’s best cooks, weekend chefs and culinary artists. There’s also live music, a trail ride and more. Hours 8:30 a.m.-till. Admission $5 ages 15 and older; trail ride $10.

9 — Hammond Spring Garden Day (LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Hwy., Hammond, 985-7489381 or 985-748-5462; www.lsuagcenter. com) — The event includes a plant swap and plant sale, commercial and educational exhibits and presentations, a plant diagnostic center, concessions and children’s activities. Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission $5 per vehicle.

6, 13, 20 and 27 — Wednesday at the Square (Lafayette Square Park, 504-5851500; www.wednesdayatthesquare.com) — The Young Leadership Council hosts 12 weekly spring concerts (through May 22), featuring live music, food and drink vendors and more. Hours 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission free.

9 — Italian-American Marching Club St. Joseph Day Parade and Muffuletta Dance (Parade starts at Canal and Chartres streets in the French Quarter, 504-561-1006; www. iamcnola.org) — The free parade features 16 floats, nine marching bands and hundreds of members marching in tuxedos and giving women roses in exchange for a kiss. The muffuletta dance follows at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Free pre-parade party at the hotel March 8 features “the world’s largest pasta bowl” loaded with 500 pounds of pasta and 150 gallons of red gravy. Hours 6 p.m. parade start, 9 p.m. dance. Admission for dance, $40 advance, $45 at the door.

7, 14, 21 and 28 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, www.garden.neworleanscitypark. com) — A different musician performs every week (through Oct. 10). Food is available, as well as mint juleps, wine, beer and soft drinks. Music starts at 6 p.m. Admission $10, $3 children ages 5-12; $288 season pass, $135-$153 half-season pass. 8-10 — Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival (Downtown, Independence, 985-634-6696; www.indysicilianfest.com) — Celebrating Sicilian culture, the festival offers live music and other entertainment, Sicilian food, a parade on Sunday, carnival rides, a beauty contest and more. Hours 5 p.m.midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission free.

9 — Louisiana Oyster Jubilee (300 block of Bourbon Street, 504-293-2647; www. oysterjubilee.com) — The sixth annual event features a 340-foot-long oyster po-boy made by more than 30 New Orleans restaurants using 5,500 Louisiana oysters. The giant po-boy will be cut and distributed to attendees. Chefs also will compete for “Best Oyster Po-Boy” title. Hours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission free.

Pairing wine with food is a large part of New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. 9 — New Orleans International Beer Festival (Champions Square, Superdome; www.neworleansinternationalbeerfest.com) — The event features unlimited 2-ounce samples of craft beers from around the world. There’s a separate beer garden for cask beer, as well as food and live music. Hours 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Admission $40 general, $75 VIP. 9-10 — Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show, Chili Cook-off and Car Show (John M. Parker Coliseum, LSU Campus, 225-578-2222; www.lsuagcenter.com) — The 11th annual garden show features plant sales, exhibitors, expert information, children’s activities and more. It coincides with the seventh annual Louisiana state and regional chili cookoff (10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily) and the fourth annual spring car show (9 a.m.-noon Sunday) with dozens of classic cars. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $5, children under 12 free. 9-10 — Jane Austen Literary Festival (Various locations, Mandeville; www. janeaustenfestival.org) — The book focus of the sixth annual festival is Pride & Prejudice, and activities include love letter writing and other contests, lectures, readings, dance demonstrations, a raffle and more. Sunday includes brunch, entertainment and a reception. Hours 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free Saturday, $35 Sunday. PAGE 5


THE MUSIC YOU WANT. THE PARTY YOU NEED. Another year, another weekend you’ll never forget. The line up of one of Louisiana’s biggest music festivals is ready to turn up the volume even higher. Leave your inhibitions at the door because this year will be huge!

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13 — Street Food Festival and Vendy Awards (French Market, 1008 N. Peters St., 917-716-8253; www.vendysnola.eventbrite. com or www.streetvendor.org/vendys) — The inaugural event at the French Market features cuisine from a variety of street food vendors, a top chef contest and Vendy cup awards. Festivalgoers will pick a People’s Choice award winner. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission starts at $6 (various ticket packages available), children under 6 free. 14 — Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Block Party (Annunciation Park, 1522 Chippewa St.; www.irishchannelno.org) — The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration features food, beer, music and more and is a fundraiser for St. Michael Special School. Hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission free. 14 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; www. covingtonfarmersmarket.org/landing.shtml) — The free monthly concert series offers a couple of bands each month and a variety of music. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free. 15-16 — Northshore Garden Show and Plant Sale (St. Tammany Fairgrounds, 1304 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-875-2635; www.lsuagcenter.com) — The event offers free information about plants and gardening, more than three dozen exhibitor booths, presentations by horticulture experts, food and children’s activities. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $3, children under 12 free.

15-17 — Audubon Pilgrimage (Various locations, St. Francisville, 225-635-6330; www. audubonpilgrimage.info) — The three-day festival includes tours of historic homes, living history demonstrations, an arts show and sale and night concerts. Hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (tours), night concert times vary. Admission varies.

16-17 — Vintage Glass & Collectibles Show & Sale (Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-392-5093; www. crescentcityglass.org) — The 37th annual show features American-made vintage glass tableware, pottery, Depression-era glass and more. Vendors also will sell vintage jewelry, linens, silverware, furniture and other antiques. Door prizes will be awarded every hour. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $6 (good for both days). 20-24 — Art in Bloom (New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 504-658-4100; www.noma.org) — Celebrating steel magnolias, this year’s event includes lectures, education programs and a luncheon, as well as flower displays inspired by works of art in the museum. Hours 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, patron party 6 p.m.-10 and preview party 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday. Admission $75 lectures, $100 luncheon, $150 lectures and luncheon, $125 preview party, $150 and up patron party. 22-23 — Hogs for the Cause Cookoff (City Park Festival Grounds, 1 Palm Drive; www. hogsforthecause.org) — A variety of bands will perform during the two-day festival. Friday features a tailgating party, and on Saturday teams will compete in the High on the Hog pork cookoff. Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Admission $10 general, $250 VIP. 22-23 — Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival (Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, 337-475-8812; www. gardenfest.org) — The Federated Garden Clubs of Southwest Louisiana presents a flower show with information and displays about flora. Horticulture experts will diagnose plant diseases, there will be food concessions, garden-product vendors and more. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $3, children 12 and younger free.

16 — Earth Fest (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www. auduboninstitute.org) — Groups representing business, nonprofit and governmental organizations present exhibits focused on saving the environment, an Earth Quest game with prizes, food and arts and crafts. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission (festival included in regular zoo admission) $17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 children ages 2-12, free to Audubon Institute members.

22-24 — Louisiana Swamp Stomp (331 Madewood Drive, Thibodaux, 985-448-4965; www.nicholls.edu/swamp-stomp) — The festival spotlights the food, music and culture of south Louisiana with live performances, arts and crafts sales and demonstrations, children’s activities, fais do do contests, zydeco lessons and more. Hours 3:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.10:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission $10 one day, $25 weekend, children 10 and younger free.

16 — New Orleans Sacred Music Festival (Cafe Istanbul and Fatoush Restaurant, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave., 504- 940-1130; www.neworleanshealingcenter. org) — Performers from a diverse range of spiritual and musical backgrounds perform and talk with festival-goers about the transformative power of music. Hours 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Admission $20.

22-24 — New Orleans Home & Garden Show (Superdome, 1500 Poydras St.; www.neworleanshomeshows.com/ homeandgardenshow) — The 58th annual expo is the largest consumer home show in the region and features a wide variety of home, lawn and garden products and services, products and advice for remodeling, decorating, green building and appearances by celebrities. Hours noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10

a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission $9, $5 military with ID, children 11 and younger free.

featuring live music, food and activities. Hours 8 a.m.-till. Admission $5 general admission, free for race registrants.

22-24 — Terrytown Spring Festival (Terrytown Playground, 641 Heritage Ave., Terrytown, 504-349-5551; www. terrytownfestival.com) — This family-oriented three-day event has live music, a beauty pageant, food, arts and crafts, children’s activites, carnival rides and a strongman contest. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

30 — Infield Festival (Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 504-9445515; www.fgno.com/tickets) — The festival celebrates the 100th running of the Louisiana Derby and features live music by Cowboy Mouth as well as more than 20 food trucks. Hours 11 a.m.-till. Admission $25 general, $60 VIP.

23 — Fete Francaise (Ecole Bilingue, 821 Gen. Pershing St., 504-896-4500; www. fetefrancaise.com) — The 14th annual Francophile festival features a range of French food, art, music, children’s activities and cultural demonstrations. Hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission free. 23 — Southdown Plantation Marketplace (1208 Museum Drive, Houma, 985-851-0154; www.southdownmuseum.org) — This 25-yearold semiannual tradition hosts more than 300 vendors offering Cajun cuisine, handmade items including jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, art and more. The plantation house and museum are open for tours. Proceeds benefit the Terrebonne Historical & Cultural Society and Southdown Plantation & Museum. Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, children under 12 free. 23-24 — Congo Square Rhythms Festival (Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St. 504-5586100; www.jazzandheritage.org/congo-square) — The sixth annual festival features Cuban, African and New Orleans brass and gospel music and is held in conjunction with the Class Got Brass competition for Louisiana middle and high school brass bands. There’s a kids’ stage, an art market, food and drink and more. Hours 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission free. 23-24 — FoodFest: America’s Hometown Eats (French Market, 504-888-7608; www. nolafoodfest.com) — The festival features a taste of America’s most celebrated dishes, with dozens of chefs offering specialties from their areas — staged along four blocks of the French Quarter. Admission free. 24 — World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off (Northwest Community Center Pavilion, 651 Samuel Drive, Eunice, 337-457-2565; www.eunicechamber.com) — Professional and amateur cooks vie for the World Champion title. There’s also lots of etouffee to sample, as well as zydeco music and dancing. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission free.

30-April 1 — Italian Heritage Festival (Historic River District, Kenner, 504-3888758; www.italianheritagefestival.com) — The 11th annual festival is a family-friendly event with live music, Italian cuisine, dancing, rides, arts and crafts, a 2-mile run on the levee at sunset and other activities. Hours 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5, children 12 and younger free.

April All month — Azalea Trail (Various locations, 888-942-3742; www.iberiatravel.com) — See March 1-April 30 listing for description. 1 — Italian Heritage Festival (Historic River District, Kenner, 504-388-8758; www. italianheritagefestival.com) — See March 30-April 1 for description. 3, 10, 17 and 24 — Wednesday at the Square (Lafayette Square Park, 504-585-1500; www.wednesdayatthesquare.com) — See March 6 listing for description. 4, 11, 18 and 25 — Rockin’ the Rails (Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-1873; www.covla. com) — The weekly series offers free concerts by area musicians. Hours 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Admission free. 4, 11, 18 and 25 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, www.garden.neworleanscitypark. com) — See March 7 listing for description. 4-7 — A Taste of Covington (Various locations, Covington, 504-439-2543; www. atasteofcovington.com) — The event presents four days and nights of food, wine, music and shopping, plus vintners’ dinners, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, an art market and more. Hours vary. Some events free, others require tickets.

28-31 — Laotian New Year Festival (Lanexang Village, 7913 Champ Ave., Broussard, 337-364-3403; www.iberiatravel. com) — The traditional festival celebrating New Year in Laos includes a parade, beauty pageant, live music, vendors selling international merchandise, food and more. Hours vary. Admission n/a.

4-7 — Paddle Bayou Lafourche (Donaldsonville to Lockport, 985-447-0868; www.btnep.org) — This four-day, 52-mile boating trip takes participants through Bayou Lafourche, starting at Donaldsonville and ending in Lockport. Trip includes camping sites, meals and entertainment. Registration required. Admission $30 with canoe, $50 for rental for one day; $110 with canoe, $190 for rental for four days.

30 — Crescent City Classic (Race starts at Loyola Ave. and Poydras Street, post-race fest at City Park, 504-861-8686; www.ccc10k. com) — The largest 10-kilometer road race in the region, the Crescent City Classic starts at 8 a.m. and ends about 1 p.m. with a festival in City Park

5-6 — Le Festival du Bon Temps a’ Broussard (Stine Lumber, 6501 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Broussard, 800-346-1958; www.bontempsfest.org) — It’s the fifth year for this Acadian festival, which features Cajun and zydeco music, food and drinks, dancing, a kid’s pAGE 7

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15-17 — Amite Oyster Festival (Downtown, Amite, 800-617-4501) — The family-friendly festival kicks off Friday evening with a scavenger hunt. There’s also a rodeo, oysters prepared a variety of ways, live music ranging from Cajun to reggae, carnival rides, food, arts and crafts and more. Hours vary. Admission free.

16-17 — Spring Arts & Crafts Festival (Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Hwy. 18, Vacherie, 225265-2151; www.oakalleyplantation.com) — The 22nd annual event offers more than 170 booths of juried artists and crafters who are required to sell only items they have produced themselves. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $5, children 9 and younger free.

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area and more. Hours 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Admission n/a. 5-7 — Cypress Sawmill Festival (Kemper Williams Park, 264 Cotten Road, Patterson, 800-256-2931; www.cypresssawmill.com) — The festival has live music, a gumbo cookoff, sports tournaments, a petting zoo, a lumber jack show, a car show and more. Hours 9:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5 Friday, $10 per car Saturday and Sunday, $20 weekend pass. 5-7 — Family Fun Festival (Larose Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., 985-693-7355; www. bayoucivicclub.org) — The 50th annual festival features live music, food, carnival rides, a pirogue race and more. Hours: 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission free. 5-7 — Festa Italiana (Williams Boulevard at Jefferson Hwy., Kenner, 504-830-3720; www.italianheritagefestival.com) — The 12th annual celebration features live music, local craft exibits, Italian food, seafood specialties, a display of historic photos, genealogy specialists, children’s activities and more. Hours 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5, children 12 and younger free. 6 — St. Francisville Spring Garden Stroll (Town Hall, 11936 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, 225-635-3614) — The self-guided tour takes participants through seven gardens in historic St. Francisville and the surrounding area. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $15.

6-7 — Art in the Pass (War Memorial Park, 319 E. Scenic Drive, Pass Christian, Miss., 228-324-1697; www.artinthepass.com) — One hundred artists will sell their creations at this festival, which also includes Gulf seafood cooking demonstrations, live music and food. Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival runs concurrently 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free. 6-7 — Kite Fest Louisiane (West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, 3553 Rosedale Road, Port Allen, 800-654-9701; www.westbatonrouge. net) — The event includes professional kite-flying teams, a children’s kite-making workshop, a candy drop, races, Louisiana cuisine and live music. Hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission free. 6-7 — Old Algiers Riverfest (Corner of Belleville and Patterson streets at the Mississippi River levee, 504-529-4341; www. oldalgiersriverfest.com) — The festival focuses

6-7 — Spring Garden Show (The Botanical Garden, City Park, 3 Victory Ave., 504-4839471 or 504-736-6519; www.lsuagcenter. com) — Master gardeners and horticulture experts answer questions and collect soil samples for analysis at the LSU AgCenter’s Soil Testing Lab. There is also a plant sale, exhibits of gardening ideas, products and services for lawns and gardens, food vendors and children’s activities. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $8, $4 children ages 5-12, children 4 and younger and Friends of City Park members free. 8-21 — Washington Catfish Festival (Downtown Washington, 337-826-3626; www. townofwashingtonla.org) — The 14th annual festival kicks off with live music Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday feature live Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop and R&B bands, arts and crafts, cultural exhibits, a parade, antiques, food and a catfish cookoff. Hours vary. Admission varies. 11-14 — French Quarter Festival (French Quarter, between Bourbon Street and the Mississippi River; www.fqfi.org/ frenchquarterfest) — The 30th annual festival features 22 stages of music by more than 1,000 musicians playing genres ranging from jazz to pop. As many as 60 restaurants will offer a variety of cuisines from around the world. Admission free.

12-13 — Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Festival (Downtown riverbank, 800-259-1714, Natchitoches; www.natchjazzfest.com) — The 18th annual festival offers national and regional musicians playing jazz, R&B, rock, soul and country on three stages. There’s also food, drinks and more. Hours 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Admission free Friday; $8 advance, $10 at the gate, $4 students advance, $5 students at the gate, children under 12 free Saturday. 12-14 — Great Louisiana Birdfest (Various locations, Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain; www.northlakenature.org) — The 17th annual event during spring bird migration includes bird watching trips, a social, photo workshop and more. Hours vary. Admission $20-$50 per event. 12-14 — Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival (Memorial Park, downtown Ponchatoula; www.lastrawberryfestival.com) — The 41st annual festival includes lots of strawberries, food, a parade, beauty contest, nonstop music and more. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free. 18 and 25 — Jazz in the Park (Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-233-4276; www.armstrongpark.org) — The cultural heritage of New Orleans is spotlighted in this concert series, sponsored by People United for Armstrong Park. The third year of the series features live music from jazz and brass bands, an arts and crafts sales area, food and a children’s play area. Hours 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission free.

Professional kite-flying teams show their skills and kids can make their own flying objects at the Kite Fest Louisiane in Port Allen. 18 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; www. covingtonfarmersmarket.org/landing.shtml) — See March 14 for description. 19 — Spring for Art (Columbia Street, Lee Lane and surrounding blocks, 985-892-8650; www.sttammanyartassociation.org) — The work of dozens of artists from the region will be showcased among the 50 galleries and other businesses displaying artworks and more. Live music and food are available. Hours: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free. 19-21 — Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival (Various locations around Grand Isle, 504731-7083; www.btnep.org/subsites/grandisle/ grandislehome) — There are bird-watching tours where songbirds, shorebirds and waders can be seen on the beach or in marches. There also are free videos and birding trail maps, as well as other displays and arts and crafts for sale. Hours vary. Admission n/a. 19-26 — Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week (Various locations, Ville Platte, 337-234-8360; www.lafolkroots.org) — The week features classes in fiddle, accordion and guitar taught by Louisiana artists, language activities, cooking seminars and demonstrations and more. Nightly dances and a festival day at Chicot State Park (3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte). Hours vary. Admission varies. PAGE 9

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6 — Taste at the Lake (Robert Fresh Market parking lot, 135 Robert E. Lee Blvd.; www. tasteatthelake.com) — It’s the third year for this celebration of food, wine and music. Restaurants and other food vendors from across the city will prepare their signature dishes and there will be wine and beer. Tickets include unlimited food and drink. Cartoonist Bunny Matthews will sell a poster he created to commemorate the event. Hours 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. VIP. Admission $50 advance, $60 at the door, $100 VIP.

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20-21 — Angola Prison Rodeo (Louisiana State Penitentiary, Hwy. 66, 225-655-2415; www.angolarodeo.com) — Angola prisoners compete in events including wild cow milking, bull riding, convict poker and more, but the festival also includes live music by inmate bands, Southern cuisine, children’s’ activities including pony rides, space walks, carnival games, as well as inmate-made arts and crafts. Hours 9 a.m.-till (rodeo starts at 2 p.m.). Admission $15. 21 — Louisiana Earth Day 2013 (Downtown Baton Rouge, North Boulevard, 225-2052680; www.laearthday.org) — Regional music and food are featured at this daylong environmental festival, which features more than 100 booths including environmental exhibits, games, educational activities and more. Hands-on activities for children are scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Hours: Noon8:30 p.m. Admission free. 21 — New Orleans Earth Day Festival and Green Business Expo (Bayou St. John on North Jefferson Davis Parkway; www. nolaearthdayfest.wordpress.com) — This daylong event presented by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade has music, food, beer, youth activities and vendor booths for nonprofits, green businesses and crafts. Hours 9 a.m.7:30 p.m. Admission free.

also a patron party. Hours 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. general, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., early admittance, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. patron party. Admission $25 general, $20 Audubon Institute members, $40 early admittance, $400 and up for patron party. 26-28 — Etouffee Festival (370 Main St., Arnaudville, 337-754-5912; www. johnfrancisregis.net) — Chubby Carrier and Geno Delafose are among the many musicians playing at the three-day festival, which also features an etouffee cookoff, auto show, arts and crafts booths, food and more. Hours 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free. 26-28 — New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 504-410-4100; www. nojazzfest.com) — The annual festival on the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May features nonstop music on multiple stages in genres ranging from funk and zydeco to bounce and Cajun and everything in between. There also are Louisiana Folklife and Native American villages, food from dozens of Louisiana vendors, the Congo Square Marketplace and other contemporary arts and crafts. Hours 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission $50 advance, $65 gate, $5 children ages 2-10, VIP tickets available.

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26 — Zoo to Do for Kids (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www. auduboninstitute.org) — The zoo is turned into a giant playland with face painters, live music, arcade games, inflatable structures, crafts and a video game center. There’s

All month — Natchez Festival of Music (Various locations, Natchez, Miss., 601-4424272; www.natchezfestivalofmusic.com) — Live music and stage performances, Broadway shows, operas and other arts activities are scheduled in a number of venues. Hours vary. Admission varies.

27-28 — Slidell Spring Street Fair (First, Second and Erlanger streets, Slidell; www. slidellantiques.com) — The 32nd annual street fair features food, music and 150 vendors selling furniture, glassware, art, pottery, crafts and more. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission free.

2-5 — New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival (Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., 415-385-3025 and Mudlark Public Theatre, 1200 Port St.; www.marignyoperahouse.org) — See April 25-28 listing for description. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 — Jazz in the Park (Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-2334276; www.armstrongpark.org) — See April 18 for event description. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, www.garden.neworleanscitypark. com) — See March 7 listing for description. 2-5 — New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 504-410-4100; www. nojazzfest.com) — See April 26-28 listing for description. 3 — Zoo to Do (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute. org) — This adults-only gala features live entertainment, cocktails, food, a silent auction and a raffle for a Lexus. A black tie or white linen suit is required attire for men, and cocktail dresses for women. Hours 8 p.m.-midnight, 7 p.m.-midnight patron party. Admission $195, $155 Audubon Institute members, $110 members ages 21-35 (early bird rates available through April 5). 4 — Sunset Herb & Garden Festival (Marie Street, Sunset, 337-662-3542; www. sunsetherbfestival.com) — The 17th annual festival presents plants, herbal products, pottery, garden art and presentations. There’s also a children’s area with games, face painting and more. (Rain date May 5.) Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, children age 6 and younger free. 4 — TARC Garden and Market Festival (TARC-Houma Airbase, 1 McCord Road, Houma, 985-873-6495; www.lsuagcenter. com) — There will be speakers addressing

horticulture subjects, as well as educational displays, a plant sale, lawn and garden product vendors, live entertainment, food and an Ask the Experts booth. Hours 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission $3, children under 5 free. 11 — Crawfish Mambo (University of New Orleans Campus, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, The Cove on Founders Road, 504-280-2586; www.crawfishmambo.com) — The second annual event celebrates Louisiana crawfish with a mudbug cookoff, all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish and live local music. Other food and beverages will be sold. The event supports professional development programs at UNO. Tickets $20, children 6 and younger free. 11 — Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival (Tchefuncte River, 403 St. Francis St., Madisonville, 416-9628899; www.gwndragonboat.com) — Teams of dragon boaters compete in a range of racing categories, and there are food and vendor booths, exhibitors and an awards ceremony. Hours 8 a.m.-till. Admission free. 12 — Mother’s Day at the Zoo (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org) — Celebrating Mother’s Day at Audubon Zoo has become a tradition for many families. Irma Thomas headlines a day of music performances, and there is a range of food vendors as well as an arts and crafts show and other activities. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $17.50 adults (mothers get in free), $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 children ages 2-12, free to Audubon Institute members. 16 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/landing. shtml) — See March 14 for description. 17-19 — Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo (Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue; www. thebayouboogaloo.com) — A full lineup of local bands play on three stages along the bayou. There’s also an arts and crafts area, food and drink vendors, community groups’ information booths and more. Hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission free. PAGE 10

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25-28 — New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival (Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., 415-385-3025 and Mudlark Public Theatre, 1200 Port St.; www. marignyoperahouse.org) — The second annual event features a range of puppetry in a variety of styles and size scales. Events at the Marigny Opera House are for all ages. Adultsonly events at Mudlark Friday and Saturday. Hours 6:30 p.m. Marigny Opera House, 10 p.m. Mudlark. Admission $20, $10 students, children and seniors Marigny Opera House; $10, $7 with festival stub at Mudlark.

1, 8, 15 and 22 — Wednesday at the Square (Lafayette Square Park, 504-5851500; www.wednesdayatthesquare.com) — See March 6 listing for description.

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6 and 13 — Jazz in the Park (Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-233-4276; www. armstrongpark.org) — See April 18 for event description. 6, 13, 20 and 27 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, www.garden.neworleanscitypark. com) — See March 7 listing for description.

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7-8 — Opelousas Spice & Music Festival (South City Park, 1524 S. Market St., Opelousas, 337-948-5227; www. opelousasspiceandmusicfestival.com) — The ninth annual festival offers a familyfriendly atmosphere, food booths, live music, carnival rides, cooking demonstrations and more. Hours n/a. Admission $7, $3 children 10 and younger.

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21-24 — Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival (Various locations, 504-451-6578; www. birdfootcmf.org) — This international music festival presents live chamber music performed in intimate venues by internationally renowned musicians as well as upcoming young talent. Hours vary. Admission varies. 22-25 — New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (Various locations; www.nowfe. com) — The 21st annual event includes wine dinners at more than 30 restaurants, tasting events, the Royal Street Stroll through the French Quarter, seminars, grand tastings featuring more than 75 restaurants and 1,000 wines and a gala. Hours vary. Admission varies. 24-26 — New Orleans Home + Design Show (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., Hall I; www.neworleanshomeshows.com/ homeanddesignshow) — There are seminars on subjects such as renovation, restoration and entertaining, and some activities involve local designers and celebrities. Decorating is covered with furniture, art and interior design products and tips, and there will be exhibits and information about fashion, lifestyle and landscaping. Hours noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $9, $5 with military ID, children 11 and younger free. 24-26 — Bay Bridgefest (Downtown Bay St. Louis, Miss., 571-228-2506; www. baybridgefest.org) — Jazz, Cajun, zydeco, Southern soul rock and more music genres will be featured at this Memorial Day

weekend festival on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Regional artists exhibit their works both in tents and in galleries. A range of restaurants offer food ranging from Creole to hot dogs, and there’s a kids’ corner with amusement rides and other activities. Admission to be announced. 24-26 — Greek Festival New Orleans (Holy Trinity Cathedral grounds, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 504-282-0259; www.gfno.com) — It’s the 40th anniversary of this showcase of Greek food, music and culture. There’s a traditional Greek dinner or a variety of a la carte choices, lots of children’s activities and traditional Greek dancers and music. Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5, children under 12 free. 25 — Asian Heritage Festival (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org) — The Asian Pacific American Society partnered with Audubon Zoo to present a festival celebrating the culture of Asia with traditional song and dance as well as arts and crafts and more from countries such as China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Taiwan and the Philippines. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission (festival included in regular zoo admission) $17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 children ages 2-12, free to Audubon Institute members. 25-26 — Lake Arthur Regatta (Main street, Lake Arthur, 337-329-3300; www. lakearthurfestivals.com) — Two days of sailing on the Memorial Day weekend become a festival

with Cajun cuisine, regional and national live bands and more. Hours all day. Admission free. 26 — Zydeco Extravaganza (Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, 2235 Creswell Lane Extension, Opelousas, 337-594-3137; www.zydecoextra.com) — The 27th annual festival touts itself as the largest single-day zydeco fest in the world. It features indoor and outdoor stages presenting zydeco music, plus food and more. Hours noon-11 p.m. Admission $15 advance, $20 at the door.

June 1-2 — New Orleans Oyster Festival (Woldenberg Riverfront Park, 1 Canal St., 504-835-6410; www. neworleansoysterfestival.org) — The fourth annual festival spotlights the state’s versatile bivalve, with about 20 restaurants offering oyster dishes, music, an oyster-eating contest, an oyster-shucking competition and a largest oyster contest. Proceeds help to support the Louisiana oyster community, fishermen and their families, as well as security for NOPD’s 8th District. Admission free. 1-2 — Back to the Beach (Laketown, Williams Boulevard at Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner; 504-836-2205; www.saveourlake. org) — The 24th annual festival offers two days of music by local bands, vendors selling food and drinks, arts and crafts. There are activities for the kids. June 2 features a car show of about 500 classics. Hours 3 p.m.11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. -9 p.m. Sunday. Admission $10.

7-9 — Day the War Stopped (Various locations, St. Francisville, 225-635-4224; www.daythewarstopped.net) — The event commemorates the day Confederate Masons stopped the Civil War long enough to bury Union soldier Lt. Com. John E. Hart and includes historic presentations, a burial reenactment, live music, dancers and more. Hours 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission varies. 8 — Creole Tomato Festival (French Market, 1008 N. Peters St., 504-522-2621; www. frenchmarket.org) — The one-day festival features fresh Creole tomatoes, food, live music, misting stations and indoor and outdoor activities. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission free. 8 — LCCMC-UN Celebration de Cajun-Leur Culture (Northwest Community Center Pavilion, 501 Samuel Drive, Eunice, 337-457-5601; www.eunice-la.com) — The family-oriented oneday festival offers a range of Cajun foods, music and lots of dancing. Hours n/a. Admission n/a. 15-16 — Fried Food Fest (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www. auduboninstitute.org) — The inaugural event will present all types of fried foods such as fried seafood cheese grits, fried Oreos and Twinkies and other fare. There also will be arts and crafts displays and more. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission (festival included in regular zoo admission) $17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 children ages 2-12, free to Audubon Institute members. 20 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/landing. shtml) — See March 14 for description. 28 — The Great Race (N. New Hampshire Street, Covington, 423-648-8542; www. greatrace.com) — Covington hosts an overnight stop for teams in the nine-day classic car rally.


About 100 antique cars will be on display downtown as racers check in and rest before the final leg of the $150,000 race, which ends in Mobile, Ala. Hours 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission free.

stages at the Superdome, empowerment seminars and more at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and other special events. Hours vary. Admission $130.50-$2,700.

28-29 — Smoked Meat Festival (Northside Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau St., Ville Platte, 337-363-1416; www. smokedmeatfestival.com) — The familyfriendly event has children’s activities, beauty pageants, cooking contests, live music, food, crafts and more. Hours: Friday 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 8 a.m.-midnight. Admission $7, children under 12 $1.

6 — Lebeau Zydeco Festival (Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 Lebeau Church Road, Lebeau, 337351-3902) — The 23rd annual festival is a day of live zydeco music, games and more. The pork backbone dinners are a big draw. Hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission n/a.

29 — Freedom Fest (Lake Arthur Park, 102 Arthur Ave. Lake Arthur, 337-3293300; www.lakearthurfestivals.com) — The Independence Day celebration comes early and offers a day of live music, food, a scavenger hunt, magic show, games, swimming in the lake and a cardboard boat race, all culminating with a fireworks show. Hours 8 a.m.-till. Admission $5, children 6 and younger free. 29 — French Summer Wine Festival (Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 504-458-3528; www.facc-gc.com) — The 14th annual event features as many as 20 French wines, French music and cuisine from a host of New Orleans restaurants. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission n/a.

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3-4 — Erath Fourth of July Celebration (Corner of Broadway and Edwards streets, Erath, 337-937-5585; www.erath4.com) — This street fair and outdoor fais do-do features live music, food and souvenir vendors. On July 4, there are water fights between fire departments, a 5-kilometer fun run, a parade at and fireworks display. Hours 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, 6 p.m. -12:30 a.m. Wednesday, 1 p.m. – midnight Thursday. Admission free. 4 — Bucktown Bash (Bucktown Marina, 325 Metairie Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 504-731-7083) — The afternoon festival features live music, food from Bucktown restaurants, a kite-flying contest and a fireworks show. Hours 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission $10, children 11 and younger free. 4, 11, 18 and 25 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, www.garden. neworleanscitypark.com) — See March 7 listing for description. 4-7 — Essence Music Festival (Various locations; www.essence.com) — The annual festival includes four days of music by national and local acts on eight

17-21 — Tales of the Cocktail (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-9480511; www.talesofthecocktail.com) — The 11th annual celebration of spirits includes 59 seminars on a wide range of topics from tiki bars to American drink culture, as well as tasting rooms, “Spirited Dinners,” competitions, awards and more. Hours vary. Admission $40-$100 single events, $141-$695 ticket packages. 18 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/landing.shtml) — See March 14 for description. 19-21 — Cajun French Music & Food Festival (Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, 337-794-2541; www.cfmalakecharles.org) — The 26th annual music, food and Cajun culture festival takes place in an air-conditioned coliseum and includes Cajun dance contests, a live auction, a French Mass on Sunday other activities. Hours 4 p.m.11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. SaturdaySunday. Admission $7, children under 12 free. 26-27 — Hummingbird Celebration (Various locations, 225-635-4224; www.audubonbirdfest.com) — The event kicks off with a wine and cheese reception and speaker and includes biologists banding hummingbirds at private gardens. Hours 6 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday. Admission free.

AUGUST 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, www.garden. neworleanscitypark.com) — See March 7 listing for description. PAGE 12

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3 — Uncle Sam Jam (Lafreniere Park, 300 Downs Blvd., Metairie, 504-8384389) — Warm up for Independence Day celebrations with live music, food, beverages and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Hours 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Admission free.

11-14 — San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, aka Running of the Bulls (Various locations; www.nolabulls.com) — Patterned after the traditional running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, this festival replaces four-legged bulls with horned women’s roller derby teams wielding plastic bats at runners. The festival also includes other traditional San Fermin parties and events, some free. Hours vary. Admission varies.

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1-4 — Satchmo SummerFest (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., www.fqfi.org/ satchmosummerfest) — The 13th annual festival celebrates Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his musical legacy. The event features brass bands and other local musicians playing traditional and contemporary jazz, as well as seminars about Armstrong, food and drink from local vendors, children’s activities and more. Admission free. 3 — White Linen Night (300-600 blocks of Julia Street and surrounding area, New Orleans Warehouse District) — Many art galleries in the area open new shows for this celebration of the arts season, and along Julia Street there are food and drink booths and live music. There’s an after-party at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC); tickets are required. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. block party, 9 p.m.-11 p.m. after-party. Admission free to block party, after-party admission n/a.

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8-9 — Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 504-558-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org/ cajun-zydeco) — Three stages of Louisiana music, and arts and crafts area, food and a stage where musicians are interviewed are among the highlights of this two-day festival. Hours 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Admission free.

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10 — Dirty Linen Night (500-1000 blocks of Royal Street, French Quarter) — A takeoff on the more genteel White Linen Night, this one day street party includes live music, a variety of food, local art, an opportunity to meet the artists and special sales at stores along Royal and surrounding streets. Hours n/a. Admission free. 10 — Red Dress Run (Armstrong Park, Rampart Street; 504-889-4274; www. neworleanshash.com) — Runners in flamboyant red attire meet at Armstrong Park for a two-mile jog through the French Quarter, then back to the park for beer, barbecue, live music and more. Sponsored by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, the event is a fundraiser for charities. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free, race registration $65-$70. 15 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-8921873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/ landing.shtml) — See March 14 for description. 20-Sept. 2 — Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival (Downtown Morgan City, 985-385-0703; www.shrimppetrofest.org) — The 78th annual festival honors the shrimp and oil industries and includes traditional blessings of the fleet. The event features music, food, children’s activities and more. Admission free. 24 — Polos & Pearls (Commerce, Ferdinand and Royal streets, St. Francisville, 225-635-3873; www. stfrancisvillefestivals.com) — The

community festival includes live music, shopping and food. Hours 5 p.m.-till. Admission free. 31 — Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival (Zydeco Festival Park, 457 Zydeco Road, Plaisance, 337-232-7672 or 337-9422392; www.zydeco.org) — The 31st annual festival features zydeco music, a parade, food booths and more. Hours 8 a.m.-till. Admission $15, $5 ages 12 and younger.

SEPTEMBER 1-2 — Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival — see Aug. 20 description. 5, 12, 19 and 26 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park, www.garden. neworleanscitypark.com) — See March 7 listing for description. 19 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-8921873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket. org/landing.shtml) — See March 14 for description. 20 — Scales and Ales (Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute. org/visit/aquarium) — Louisiana Seafood presents the adults-only fundraiser for the aquarium’s education programs and conservation efforts. The event includes cuisine from local restaurants, an open bar, live music, a raffle and more. Hours 8 p.m.-11 p.m. general, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. patrons. Admission $55 general, $100 patron. 27-28 — Million MILF March (Various locations, www.millionmilfmarch.com) — The two-day event, which organizers characterize as “drinking for charity,” includes an adults-only party Friday night with food, music, alcohol and a raffle. Saturday features a pub crawl (men must be accompanied by a female) as well as an after-party with complimentary refreshments. Hours to be announced. Admission $50 for each party. 28 — Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival (Cassidy Park, 625 Willis Ave., 985-294-3895; www.bogalusablues. com) — The second annual festival features a day of music honoring the blues and other local music, as well as a juried art show, vendors, food and more. Hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission $10, children 12 and younger free.

OCTOBER 2-6 — Tangipahoa Parish Fair (411 N. Duncan St., Amite, 985-974-8609; www.tangipahoaparishfair.org) — The traditional parish fair includes carnival rides and games, arts and crafts booths, a beauty pageant, livestock judging, cooking competitions, a Pioneer Town and Indian


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3, 10 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park; www.garden. neworleanscitypark.com) — See March 7 listing for description. 3-5 — Ponderosa Stomp (www.ponderosastomp.com) — The three-day American roots music festival celebrates the history of American music and unsung heroes. There also are concerts at Mid City Lanes Rock ’N Bowl as well as a music conference. Hours vary. Admission varies.

4-6 — St. Tammany Parish Fair (St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1304 Columbia St., Covington; www. sttammanyparishfair.info) — The fair offers a midway with rides, a beauty pageant, animal exhibits, contests, food, a parade Friday, cheerleading and dance team competitions, live music, a rodeo and more. Hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: $2. 4-6 — Tour du Teche IV (Port Barre public boat launch, Bayou Courtableau off Hwy. 103 at Hwy. 741, 337-789-0319; www.tourduteche.com) — The three-day race from Port Barre to Berwick is for canoes, kayaks and pirogues goes 135 miles along Bayou Teche. Prizes are awarded. Hours vary. Admission varies. 5 — Art for Art’s Sake (300-600 blocks of Julia Street, Warehouse District, 504528-3805; www.cacno.org) — The street party features a host of art openings at galleries, plus food and drink vendors and live music. The Contemporary Arts Center holds an after-party with more live music food and drinks. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. street party, 9 p.m.-11 a.m. CAC party. Admission free (after-party requires a ticket).

The versatile catfish is served a variety of ways at the Washington Catfish Festival. 5 — New Orleans Baby & Child Fest (Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-298-8234; www. neworleansbabyfest.com) — The fourth annual expo features more than 100 exhibits from national and local businesses that cater to expectant parents and families with young children, plus giveaways, interactive displays and a kids’ activity area. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, children free. 5-6 — Roberts Cove Germanfest (7212 Roberts Cove Road, Rayne, (337) 334-8354; www.robertscovegermanfest. com) — The 19th annual festival offers two days of entertainment by German bands, singers and dancers, an American Homebrew Associationsanctioned beer brewing competition, German cuisine, arts and crafts, and the Heritage Museum is open for tours. Hours 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission n/a. 6, 13, 20 and 27 — Angola Prison Rodeo (Louisiana State Penitentiary, Hwy. 66, 225-655-2415; www. angolarodeo.com) — Angola prisoners compete in events including wild cow milking, bull riding, convict poker and more, but the festival also includes live music by inmate bands, Southern cuisine, children’s activities including pony rides, space walks, carnival games, as well as inmate-made arts and crafts. Hours 9 a.m.-till (rodeo starts at 2 p.m.). Admission $15. PAGE 14

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4-6 — Gretna Heritage Festival (Downtown, Gretna, www.gretnafest. com) — The three-day event along 15 blocks in Gretna’s historic downtown area features seven stages of music with more than 50 bands performing, vendors offering more than 100 food choices, alcoholic beverages, an Italian Village, German beer garden and carnival rides. Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission $20, $50 weekend pass, children 12 and younger free.

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18-20 — Andouille Festival (2900 Hwy. 51, LaPlace, 985-652-9569; www. andouillefestival.com) — Andouille takes the spotlight at the festival, but there also are other types of cuisine and cooking contests. Hours 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Admission $3, $1 children 12 and younger. 18-20 — Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival (Lafayette Square, 540 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-6100; www.jazzandheritage. org/blues-fest/) — This festival presents live music on two stages, an interview stage, art market, barbecue and other food and drink items from local vendors. Hours vary. Admission free. 19 — Fall for Art (Columbia Street, Lee Lane and surrounding streets, Covington, 985-8928650; www.sttammanyartassociation.org) — Dozens of galleries and other businesses present art displays, demonstrations and more at the 22nd annual event. There’s also live music. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free.

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10-12 — Atchafalaya Catfish Festival (1105 First St., Melville, 337-623-4226) — The 11th annual celebration of the catfish offers catfish prepared many ways, live music and activities for children and adults. Hours and admission n/a.

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11-12, 18-19, 25-26 — Oktoberfest (415 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-522-8014; www. deutscheshaus.org) — Deutsches Haus presents Oktoberfest in Kenner’s Rivertown with three weekends of German food, music, dancing and children’s activities. Hours 4-11 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Admission n/a. 11-13 — Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Girard Park, 500 Girard Park Drive, Lafayette; www.festivalsacadiensetcreoles.com) — The free event combines three festivals into one. The Festival de Musique et Creole features 50 bands playing on four stages over three days. The Bayou Food Festival has a wide range of authentic Cajun and Creole dishes and the Louisiana Craft Fair includes fine arts, handmade crafts and more. There also is a children’s area. Hours vary. Admission free. 11-13 — Louisiana Seafood Festival (Woldenberg Riverfront Park, 1 Canal St.; www.louisianaseafoodfestival.com) — The festival features seafood prepared myriad ways by local chefs, daiquiris and sno-balls, two stages with full lineups of music, an arts and crafts village, children’s pavilion and more. Hours noon-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. 11-13 — World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off (Bouligny Plaza, 100 W. Main St., New Iberia, 337-364-1836; www. iberiachamber.org/gumbo-cookoff) — The 24th annual festival includes live music, Cajun and Creole food vendors, museum tours, shopping and more. The gumbo

championship is Sunday, with more than 90 teams competing. Hours vary. Admission free. 12-13 — Wooden Boat Festival (Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, 985-845-9200; www.woodenboatfest.org) — Wooden and classic boats are on view along the Tchefuncte River, and there’s live music, a children’s’ village, a car show, arts and crafts vendors, parades, contests, a Quick-and-Dirty boat-building contest and more. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $10, $5 seniors over 65, children under 12 free. 13 — Celebracion Latina (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www. auduboninstitute.org) — The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University presents the festival, which includes live music, Latin cuisine from local restaurants, handmade crafts and information about social services, health and education. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission (festival included in regular zoo admission) $17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 children ages 2-12, free to Audubon Institute members.

19-20 — Old Farmers Day Festival (Brunett Farms, 56136 Loranger Road, Loranger, 985878-2360; www.oldfarmersday.com) — This festival celebrates the old ways, with horseand mule-pulling contests, reenactments, demonstrations and other activities. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $12 general, $7 children ages 6-12 and seniors over 60, children 5 and younger free. 23-27 — Louisiana Yambilee Festival (Yambilee Building, 1939 W. Landry St., Opelousas; www.yambilee.com — The festival includes a king and queen pageant, music, food, a parade, carnival rides and more. Hours n/a. Admission n/a. 25-26 — Boo at the Zoo (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www. auduboninstitute.org) — See Oct. 18-19 for event description.

Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $5, children 9 and younger free. 26-27 — Yellow Leaf Arts Festival (Parker Park and Commerce Street, St. Francisville, 225-635-3665; www.stfrancisvillefestivals. com or www.yellowleaf.uniquelyfeliciana.com) — A large and diverse display of art is available, as well as arts and crafts, sweet potato dishes, food and music. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission n/a.

November 1-3 — Holy Ghost Creole Bazaar and Festival (Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 788 N. Union St., Opelousas, 337-942-2732) — The 21st annual event features a parade down Landry Street, live zydeco music, Creole food, raffles, games and more. Hours 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-till Saturday and Sunday. Admission free. 1-3 — Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days and Craft Fair (Downtown, Ponchatoula, 800617-4502; www.ponchatoulachamber.com) — Booths feature antiques, collectibles, fine art, crafts, food and more. There’s also live music. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free. 1-3 — Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (New Orleans City Park; www. thevoodooexperience.com) — Three days of music from national, international and local groups is the draw for the 15th annual festival (the lineup will be announced in late spring), but there’s also a variety of Louisiana cuisine, international crafts vendors, interactive art installations from around the world, amusement rides and a campground. Hours and admission n/a. 2 — Louisiana Book Festival (Various locations, Baton Rouge, 225-219-9503; www.louisianabookfestival.org) — This large celebration of readers, writers and their books features loads of books to buy, author presentations, readings, book signings and more. It takes place at the State Library of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Capitol, Capitol Park Museums and in tents on neighboring streets. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free.

18 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/landing. shtml) — See March 14 for description.

25-27 — French Food Festival (Larose Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., Larose, 985-6937355; www.bayoucivicclub.org) — More than 20 specialty dishes are featured at this festival, but there also are live music, a live auction, carnival rides and a Bridge Run. Preceding the festival is a FFF Rocks concert on Oct. 24 (6:30 p.m.-1 a.m.). Admission free (Oct. 24 concert requires tickets).

18-19 — Boo at the Zoo (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www. auduboninstitute.org) — The annual Halloween celebration is for children up to age 12 and features trick-or-treat houses, a “ghost train” ride, haunted houses, games and children’s entertainment. Hours 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission $17, children under 1 free.

26 — Sweet Dough Pie Festival (St. Charles Catholic Church, 174 Church St., Grand Coteau, 337-662-3058; www.sweetdoughgc. com) — It’s the second year for this familyoriented festival, which includes a sweet dough pie contest, blacksmith demonstrations, speakers, 50 arts and crafts vendors, live music. Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission free.

2 — Southdown Marketplace Arts and Crafts Festival (1208 Museum Drive, Houma, 985-851-0154; www.southdownmuseum.org) — This 25-year-old semiannual tradition hosts more than 300 vendors offering Cajun cuisine, handmade items including jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, art and more. The plantation house and museum are open for tours. Hours 8 a.m.4 p.m. Admission $5, children under 12 free.

18-19 — Southern Garden Symposium (Various locations, St. Francisville, 225-6353738; www.southerngardensymposium.org) — It’s the 26th year for this program, which includes nationally known speakers, gardening workshops, a silent auction of garden furniture, art and more, and food and entertainment. Hours vary. Admission varies.

26-27 — Fall Arts & Crafts Festival (Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Hwy. 19, Vacherie, 225-265-2151; www.oakalleyplantation.com) — The eighth annual event has more than 160 artists and crafts vendors from around the U.S. offering handmade jewelry, furniture, art, home accessories and more. There are pony rides for the kids, as well as a petting zoo and more.

2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 29-30 — Louisiana Renaissance Festival (46468 River Road, Hammond, 866-477-9582; www. larf.org) — There are about 50 shows, more than 100 shops and dozens of demonstrations daily and lots of characters in period costumes. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $14.95, $8.45 children 12 and younger.


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BRUNCH 7-10 — Port Barre Cracklin Festival (Veterans Park, 504 Sazian Ave., Port Barre, 337-585-6673; www. portbarrecracklinfestival.com) — Always scheduled the second weekend in November, the 28th annual festival showcases the making of crackling. It also has features Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music, a beauty pageant, arts and crafts vendors and Cajun and Creole food. Hours vary. Admission $5, children 10 and younger free. 9-10 — Three Rivers Art Festival (Downtown Covington, 985-327-9797; www.threeriversartfestival.com) — The streets of downtown Covington take on a festival atmosphere with tents sheltering the creations of about 200 artists from 20 states offering fine art, arts and crafts, jewelry and gifts. There are also food vendors, craft demonstrations, a kids’ run and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free. 9-10 — Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; www.jazzandheritage. org/treme-gumbo) — The sixth annual two-day festival spotlights New Orleans brass band music with live music, food vendors offering varying takes on gumbo, a large arts market and more. Hours 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Admission free.

20-24 — New Orleans Fringe Festival (Various locations, mostly Marigny and Bywater, www.nofringe.org) — The five-day festival features 70 performance groups presenting fresh, sometimes weird, always original theater of all types. There’s also a parade, yard art tour and more. Some shows are free. Hours 3 p.m.-midnight. Admission $8, $40 for sixshow pass, $99 all-access pass.

DECEMBER All month — Celebration in the Oaks (New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 504-483-9415; www.neworleanscitypark. com) — The park becomes a Yuletide wonderland with light displays, live music, amusement rides, tour of the Botanical Garden and Storyland, food and hot buttered rum. (Closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 31). Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission $7, children 2 and younger free. 1 and 7-8, — Louisiana Renaissance Festival (46468 River Road, Hammond, 800-542-7520; www.larf.org) — See Nov. 2-3 listing for description. 6-8 — Christmas in the Country (Various locations, St. Francisville, 225-

6-8 — Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival (Fort Jackson, Hwy. 23, Buras; www.orangefestival.com) — It’s the 67th annual festival celebrating native citrus as well as other Southern foods, music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, educational citrus displays — and helicopter rides. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free.

SUNDAY ∙ 11AM-3PM DISHES INCLUDE: • VEGAN CREPES • OYSTER BEIGNETS • EGGS FLORENTINE • CRAWFISH & SHRIMP OMELETS AND MUCH MORE PLUS $4 MIMOSAS & BLOODY MARYS

7 — Christmas Bonfire Party (Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Hwy. 18, Vacherie, 225265-2151; www.oakalleyplantation.com) — The 37th annual celebration includes a Cajun/Creole food, an open bar, dance band, spirits, a party in the plantation, which is decorated in traditional Christmas style, and a band-led procession to the levee for the lighting of a bonfire. Hours 7 p.m.midnight. Admission $125. 7 — Christmas Festival Gumbo Cookoff (Louisiana Oil and Gas Park, I-10 and Hwy. 26, Jennings, 337-821-5532; www. cityofjennings.com) — The holidays kick off in Jennings with a gumbo competition, parade (at 6 p.m. downtown) and festival with live music, gumbo and other food, caroling and fireworks. Hours 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free. 7 — Le Feu et L’Eau (Fire and Water) Festival (NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy., Arnaudville, 337-523-5832 or 337-7549898; www.fireandwaterfestival.org or www.nunucollective.org) — It’s the ninth year for this one-day event that showcases the work of artists, performers and cultural workers in a variety of genres. Hours 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission free. 14 — Delcambre Boat Parade (North Pier Marina, 307 Isadore St., Lafayette, 337-658-2422; www. delcambreboatparade.com) — Christmas music accompanies a parade of lighted boats. Hours 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free. 22 — Caroling in Jackson Square and Home Tour (Various locations, 504523-7047; www.patioplanters.org) — Join hundreds of citizens in singing Christmas carols by candlelight on Jackson Square. Before the singing, take the Patio Planters tour of French Quarter homes dressed for the holiday season. Hours 1 p.m.-4 p.m. tour, 7 p.m. caroling. Admission $20, children 11 and younger free (tour). 24 — Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee (Various locations around Lutcher and Gramercy; www.stjamesparish.com) — Teams build large wooden structures on the levee — some done artistically — then set them on fire after dark to light the way for Papa Noel (Cajun Santa Claus). Hours after dark. Admission free.

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15 — Beaujolais Festival (JW Marriott, 614 Canal St., 504-458-3528; www. facc-gc.com) — The gathering features new wines from the Beaujolais region of France as well as live music and local cuisine. Hours 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission $60, $50 for members of the FrenchAmerican Chamber of Commerce Gulf Coast Chapter.

635-3873; www.stfrancisvillefestivals. com) — There’s a range of Yuletide activities including concerts, a live nativity, a range of celebrations, shopping, home tour and more. Hours 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission varies.

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Gambit's 2013 Guide to Fairs & Festivals