The festival returns with speakers, performances and more March 22-26
Roy Blount Jr.'s voice may be familiar to local fans of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, the current events quiz show on NPR, but they may or may not recognize him walking around the French Quarter or Marigny near his home.
Top Taco, Crawfish Festival, Bourbon Festival
March 23Top Taco6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ThursdaySpanish Plaza, Poydras Street at the Mississippi Riverwww.toptaconola.comThe event features tequila and mezcal tastings and creative tacos from Blue Oak BBQ, Bourbon House, Cochon Butcher, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Johnny Sanchez, Juan's Flying Burrito, Nacho Mama's, Patois, Pirogues, Taqueria Chilangos and others.
Mark your calendars
A tour of Louisiana's fairs and festivals is like a walk through the history of the diverse people, cultures, foods and traditions that are the fabric of the state. There's something unique to do every month, whether it is watching traditional dances of the Attakapas Prairie Tribe in Opelousas or learning how our forebears lived and worked at Old Farmers Day in Loranger.
A whiskey tasting, pizza at Paradigm, and beer at the zoo
March 14Tullamore D.E.W. tasting5 p.m.-7 p.m. TuesdayBourbon House, 144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111www.bourbonhouse.comThe Irish whiskey tasting features Tullamore D.E.W., Tullamore's 12-year old special reserve and 14-year-aged single malt.
Wednesdays-May 24 — Wednesday at the Square (Lafayette Square, 500 block of St. Charles Avenue, 504-585-1500; www.wednesdayatthesquare.com) — The 12-week evening concert series features local and regional musical acts and food and alcohol vendors. 5 p.m.
1 — Asian Pacific American Festival (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/event/1217-apas) — The festival has live entertainment, handmade items from Asian countries including India, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as displays, Asian food and more. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
1-3 — NOLA Crawfish Festival (Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St., 504-558-4276; www.nolacrawfishfest.com) — The festival includes three days of music from George Porter Jr., John Medeski, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville and dozens of others, with sit-ins and special collaborations among artists on the schedule. The festival also features more than 5,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, craft beer and barbecue. Twenty teams will compete in the Ultimate Crawfish Cook-off on Wednesday.
Thursdays-November — Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert
Series — See March 16 for event
description. 1-3 — Birdfoot Festival — See May 29 for event description.
1 — Lebeau Zydeco Festival (Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 Lebeau Church Road, Lebeau, 337-351-3902; www.facebook.com/lebeauzydecofestival) — There's live zydeco music, food, pork backbone dinners and more. Tents and lawn chairs are allowed.
Thursdays-November — Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series — See March 16 for event description. 3-6 — Satchmo Summerfest (Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 504-522-5730; www.fqfi.org/satchmo) — French Quarter Festivals Inc. produces this celebration of the life and music of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.
1-2 — Southern Decadence Festival — See Aug. 30 for event description. 1-Sept. 4 — Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival — See Aug. 31 for event description.
Sundays in October — Angola Prison Rodeo — See April 22 for event description. 1 — Ponchatoula Fall Festival — See Sept. 29 for event description.