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Gambit's 2018 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: May 

click to enlarge The Royal Street Stroll at New Orleans Wine and Food Experience in May offers visitors tastes of New Orleans cuisine and wines from around the world.

The Royal Street Stroll at New Orleans Wine and Food Experience in May offers visitors tastes of New Orleans cuisine and wines from around the world.

1
Washington Square Park Music Festival (Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave.; www.washingtonsquare- parknola.com) — The festival pays tribute to artists such as Allen Toussaint, James Brown, Bob Marley and Nina Simone, and there are food vendors and arts and crafts. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Free.

1-4
Six of Saturns — See April 30 for event description.

Wednesdays-May 30
YLC Wednesday at the Square — See March for event description.

Thursdays-June 7
See April 26 listing for event description.

3-5
Alex River Fete (915 Third St., Alexandria, 318-449-5000; www.alexriverfete.com) — The three-day festival on the banks of the Red River celebrates culture, arts and heritage with Louisiana Dragon Boat Races, live music, an arts marketplace, food vendors, and a children's area. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Free.

3-6
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival — See April 27-29 for event description.

3-6
Our Lady of Lourdes Bayou Bash (Our Lady of Lourdes, 345 Westchester Blvd., Slidell, www.bayoubash.net) — The event features amusement rides, food, a 2-mile run on Saturday and live music by The River City Hits Squad on Friday, At Fault on Saturday and Supercharger on Sunday. Music starts at 6 p.m. nightly. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Free.

3-6
Thibodaux Firemen's Fair (Fire Department Fairgrounds, 1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux; www.firemensfair.com) — Cajun food, the signature Firemen's Fair Burger and other foods are available, and there's live music, carnival rides, games and more. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free.

3-13
Louisiana Pirate Festival (Lake Charles Civic Center, Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-436-5508; www.louisianapiratefestival.com) — The estival pays homage to pirate Jean Lafitte with more than 100 events, including a cannon battle ending in the mayor walking the plank. There's also live music, carnival rides, games, a barbecue cook-off, food vendors, fireworks, a parade and costume ball. Hours vary by day. Admission to be determined.

4-6
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Parc Hardy, 1290 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, 337-332-6655; www.bbcrawfest.com) — Breaux Bridge was declared the Crawfish Capital of the World by legislative proclamation in 1959 and hosts the annual festival to spotlight the crustacean. There's crawfish prepared fried, boiled, in etouffee, jambalaya, bisque and boudin (and other Cajun dishes), and 30 bands playing Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music. There also are Cajun dance lessons, dance contests, an accordion-making demonstration, cooking demonstrations, crawfish races, crawfish-eating contests and more. 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $5 Friday and Sunday, $10 Saturday, $15 three-day pass.

4-6
Tomato Festival (Our Lady of Prompt Succor, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette, 504-271-2953; www.olpsschool.org) — The festival kicks off the Creole tomato season and includes a queen contest, live music, games, carnival rides and food ranging from raw and grilled oysters and lots of seafood to funnel cakes and hamburgers. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., noon-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat., noon-10 p.m. Sun. Free.

5
Cinco de MayFest (Lakefront Park, Kenner, 504-468-7211; www.kenner.recdesk.com) — The family-friendly festival on Lake Pontchartrain features Mexican food, margaritas, live music, traditional Mexican dancing and more. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Free.

Fridays-May 18
Music & Market — See April listing for event description.

5
Sunset Herb Festival (235 Marie St., Sunset, 337-662-3542 or 337-371-0090; www.sunsetherbfestival.com) — The daylong festival draws 100 vendors offering arts and crafts, herbs, flowers, plants, yard art, food and beverages. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5.

5
Westwego Crawfish Cookoff (484 Sala Ave., Westwego, 504-341-9083; www.visitwestwego.com) — There's a crawfish cook-off, all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music by the Craig Wolverton Band and the Brad Sapia Band. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $15.

5-26
Natchez Festival of Music (Various locations in Natchez, Mississippi; www.natchezfestivalofmusic.com) — There are 16 events during the festival, ranging from a concert by Country Music Association Musician of the Year Mac McAnally and a musical from Stephen Sondheim to a French opera, rock 'n' roll and more. Times and admissions vary (students $10 for all events).

11
Jazz in the Park Crab Festival (Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., 504-233-4276; www.pufap.org) — The music lineup features Loose Ends and Michael Franks. There's also food from New Orleans restaurants, arts and crafts and more. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $30-$100.

12
Crawfish Mambo (University of New Orleans, Homer L. Hitt Alumni Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, 504-280-2586; www.crawfishmambo.com) — The seventh annual event has a crawfish cook-off, all-you-can-eat crawfish, live music, an art market, peel-and-eat contest and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 in advance, $35 day of event, free for children age 7 and younger.

12
Old Metairie Crawfish Festival and Cook-Off (St. Catherine of Sienna Church and School, 105 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 504-417-1714; www.gadamiii28.wixsite.com/scsmensclub/old-metairie-cookoff) — There's a crawfish cook-off, all-you-can-eat crawfish, hot dogs, jambalaya and live music all day. Noon-8 p.m. $20, $10 children ages 6-12, free children 5 and younger.

13
Mother's Day Celebration (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-2537; www.audubonna- tureinstitute.org/mothers-day-celebration) — The annual festival features live music featuring Grammy Award-winner Irma Thomas, food and crafts vendors and family activities. Mothers are admitted to the zoo free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with zoo admission ($22.95, $19.95 65 and older, $17.95 children 2-12).

18
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Crawfish Boil (Jefferson Chamber Office, 3421 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-3880; www.jefferson.chambermaster.com) — The outdoor event features 2,000 pounds of crawfish, plus fried catfish, jambalaya, crab and shrimp, beer, wine, specialty desserts and live music. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $60, $50 chamber members.

18-20
Hangout Music Festival (Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama; www.hangoutmusicfest.com) — There's three days of music on the beach, plus food and drink vendors, art displays, a puppy-kissing booth, hammock beach and more. The music lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Dej Loaf, The Struts, Cold War Kids and many others. 11 a.m.-until. $299 and up for three days.

18-20
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo (Bayou St. John New Orleans; www.thebayouboogaloo.com) — Three days of music along Bayou St. John draw thousands, who also shop for handmade artworks, photographs, jewelry and other items. The event includes paddle boat races, boat decorating awards, children's activities and more. 4:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-9:15 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday. Free.

18-20
Plaquemines Parish Seafood and Heritage Festival (333 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse; www.plaqueminesparishfestival.com) — There are lots of seafood dishes, live music by Where Y'acht, Boot Hill, Aaron Foret and others, an oyster drop, carnival rides, exhibits about Plaquemines Parish history and more. Opens 6 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. $5, free for children 12 and younger.

22-26
New Orleans International Guitar Festival (Various locations in New Orleans; www.neworleansguitarfestival.com) — Classical guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk headlines the festival, which features live music performances, some free, as well as panels, a young artists' competition, a forum on mentorship and master classes. Times and admissions vary.

23-27
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-655-5158; www.nowfe.com) — The 26th NOWFE features wine from all over the world and showcases New Orleans culinary talents. There are wine dinners, grand tastings, a Royal Street Stroll of food and wine offerings and more. Times and admissions vary.

24-26
Krotz Springs Sportsmen's Heritage Festival (Nall Park, 562 Front St., Krotz Springs, 337-566-3527; www.kssportsmensheritagefestival.com) — Live bands play swamp pop, Cajun, blues, country and rock 'n' roll music at this festival, which also includes food, carnival rides, a queen pageant and more. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday. Free.

25-27
Jambalaya Festival (Festival Grounds, 219 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales; www.jambalayafestival.org) — There are cooking contests daily, a 5K fun run Saturday, a car show Sunday and live music on two stages and carnival rides all three days. 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, 6 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Free.

25-27
New Orleans Greek Festival (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 504-282-0259; www.gfno.com) — The festival along Bayou St. John features Greek food, live music, dancers, desserts and drinks, cathedral tours, cooking demonstrations, kids' activities, plus canoeing on the bayou. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. $7 in advance, $8 at the door, free for children 12 and under.

25-27
Bayou Country Superfest (Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive; www.bayoucountrysuperfest.com) — The concert features George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland. There's a free concert with Randy Houser at Champions Square on Saturday and a fireworks display on the Mississippi River Friday. Times vary. $79-$395.

25-27
Treme/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival (T7Fest) (Various locations in New Orleans; www.treme7thwardcd.org) — The festival includes tours of the historic neighborhoods of Treme and the 7th Ward, and a T7Fest baby doll bar crawl with music food and drinks on Friday, a festival of art, music, food, community projects, kids' activities and informational booths on Saturday under the Interstate on North Claiborne Avenue on Saturday and more music from local musicians and a second line on Sunday. Hours vary. Some events require tickets.

29-June 2
Birdfoot Festival (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-451-6578; www.birdfootfestival.org) — The five-day celebration presents chamber music performed by artists from around the world. There are open rehearsals, free concerts, family-friendly events and a celebrity chef dinner concert. Times and admissions vary.

30
Sippin' in the Courtyard — See March 28 for event description.



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