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Gambit's 2012 Guide to Fairs & Festivals - March

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1-April 30 — Azalea Trail, New Iberia (Various locations, 888-942-3742; www.iberiatravel.com)

3-4 — Soul Fest, New Orleans (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org/soul-fest)

4 — Here's the Beef Cookoff, Opelousas (Yambilee Agricultural Arena, 1863 W. Landry St., 877-948-8004; www.cajuntravel.com)

10-11 — Old Mandeville Jane Austen Literary Festival, Mandeville (Various locations; www.janeaustenfestival.com)

14 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; www.wednesdayatthesquare.com)

14-18 — Art in Bloom, New Orleans (New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 658-4100; www.noma.org)

15 — Irish Channel St. Partrick's Day Block Party, New Orleans (Annunciation Park, 1522 Chippewa St.; www.irishchannelno.org)

16-18 — Family Fun Festival, Larose (Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 985-693-7355; www.bayoucivicclub.org)

16-18 — Strawberry Jam 'n Toast, Pontchatoula (Downtown, 985-350-1460; www.strawberryjam.org)

16-18 — Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival, Thibodaux (331 Madewood Drive, 985-448-4965; www.nicholls.edu/swamp-stomp)

17 — Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade, New Orleans (Magazine Street; www.irishchannelno.org)

17-18 — Earth Fest, New Orleans (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org/earthfest)

18 — Abita Springs Earth Fest, Abita Springs (Abita Trailhead, 22409 Main St., 985-892-0711; www.abitapark.com)

18 — St. Joseph's Day Parade, New Orleans (Washington Avenue and Lasalle Street)

21 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; www.wednesdayatthesquare.com)

24 — Hogs for the Cause Fundraiser and Festival o' Pig, New Orleans (City Park Frisbee Golf Fields, Zachary Taylor Drive; www.hogsforthecause.org)

24 — New Orleans International Beer Festival, New Orleans (Champions Square, LaSalle Street across from the Superdome; www.neworleansinternationalbeerfest.com)

24 — Bloomin on the Bricks, Natchitoches (Downtown riverbank, 866-941-6246; www.natchitoches.net)

24-25 — Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, New Orleans (Congo Square, 901 N. Rampart St.; www.jazzandheritage.org/congo-square)

24-25 — Oak Alley Plantation Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Vacherie (3645 Hwy. 18, 800-442-5539; www.oakalleyplantation.com)

25 — World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff, Eunice (Northwest Pavilion, 501 Samuel Drive, 877-948-8004 or 337-457-2565; www.cajuntravel.com)

28 — Young Leadership Council Wednesday at the Square concert series, New Orleans (Lafayette Square Park, 585-1500; www.wednesdayatthesquare.com)

30-31 — Jazz and R&B Festival, Natchitoches (Downtown riverbank, 800-259-1714; www.natchjazzfest.com)

30-31— Le Festival du Bon Temps a' Broussard, Broussard (Stine Lumber, 6501 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., 800-346-1958; www.bontempsfest.org)

30-April 1 — Italian Heritage Festival, Kenner (Rivertown, 388-8758; www.italianheritagefestival.com)

30-April 1 — Cypress Sawmill Festival, Patterson (Kemper Williams Park, 800-256-2931; www.cypresssawmill.com)

31 — Southdown Marketplace Arts and Crafts Festival, Houma (Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, 985-851-0154; www.southdownmuseum.org)

31 — Jazz'n the Vines, Bush (81250 Old Military Road, Hwy. 1082, 985-892-9742; www.pontchartrainvineyards.com)

31 — Fete Francaise, New Orleans (821 Gen. Pershing St., 458-5866; www.fetefrancaise.com)

31-April 1 — Old Algiers RiverFest, Algiers (The former Mardi Gras World, 233 Newton St., 529-4341; www.oldalgiersriverfest.com)

31-April 1 — Kite Fest Louisiane, Port Allen (West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, 3553 Rosedale Road, 800-654-9701; www.westbatonrouge.net)

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