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Gambit's 2017 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: May

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1-3NOLA 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. 3 p.m.-10 p.m. daily. $35-$125 single day tickets, $99-$500 three-day passes.

Wednesdays-May 24Wednesday at the Square — See March 15 for event description.

Thursdays-NovemberThursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series — See March 16 for event description.

4-7New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — See April 28 for description.

4-7Thibodaux Firemen's Fair (Fire Department Fairgrounds, 1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux; www.firemensfair.com) — The volunteer firefighters' fair features live music, amusement rides, a 5K run, games, food and a $10,000 raffle. 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.

4-14Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival (Lake Charles Civic Center, Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-436-5508; www.contrabanddays.com) — The festival pays homage to pirate Jean Lafitte with more than 100 events, including a cannon battle ending with the mayor walking the plank, live music, carnival rides, food, games and fireworks. Hours vary. $25 for entire festival, children 6-13 years old $10.

Fridays through May 19Music & Market — See April 21 for event description.

5-7Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Parc Hardy, 1290 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, 337-332-6655; www.bbcrawfest.com) — There are crawfish races, a crawfish eating contest, Cajun dancing contests, cook-offs, demonstrations, arts and crafts and live Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music. 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $5 Friday and Sunday, $10 Saturday.

6Celebration of Herbs & Gardens (Marie Street, Sunset, 337-662-3542; www.sunsetherbfestival.com) — The garden show offers plants, herbal products, pottery, garden art, master gardener presentations, educational information, food trucks and more. Rain date is May 7. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5, free children 6 and younger.

6MadeWood Stock (Madewood Plantation House, 4250 Highway 308, Napoleonville, 985-369-7151; www.madewood.com) — There's live music including the CBS Trio and Tommy Thibodaux, as well as food and drinks and historical exhibits. Lawn chairs allowed. 2 p.m.-7 p.m. $15.

6-27Natchez Festival of Music (Various locations in Natchez, Mississippi, 601-446-9626; www.natchezfestivalofmusic.com) — The annual festival features operas, operettas, Broadway musicals, jazz, recitals and special concerts. Hours and admissions vary.

11-14Cochon de Lait Festival (6656 High School St., Mansura, 318-964-2887; www.cochondelaitfestival.com) — The 43rd annual festival features a crackling cook- off, greasy pig contest, a parade, nighttime street dances, carnival rides, Cajun food, live music, a hog-calling contest, beer-drinking contest, boudin-eating contest and a cochon de lait dinner. 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission TBA.

13Crawfish Mambo (University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, 504-280-2586; www.crawfishmambo.com) — The festival is focused on crawfish and music, featuring a crawfish cook-off, all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish, food vendors, arts and crafts and a kids' area. Contestants from across the U.S. will compete in the Crawfish Eating World Championship. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, children 7 and younger free.

13Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival (403 St. Francis St., Madisonville; www.gwndragonboat.com) — There are several races, as well as food and drink vendors, a health and wellness village and more. The event is alcohol-free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Race registration starts at $795.

14Mother's Day Celebration (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/mothers-day-celebration) — Irma Thomas headlines the annual Mother's Day concert, which also features other performers, food vendors and family activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with regular zoo admission $22.95, $19.95 seniors, $17.95 children 2-12, free for mothers and zoo members.

19Concerts in the Courtyard See April 26 for event description.

19-21Hangout Music Festival (Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama, www.hangoutmusicfest.com) — The three-day music festival on Orange Beach includes performances by Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Weezer, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, MGMT and others. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission $309 for all three days.

19-20Pirate Day in the Bay (Downtown Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; www. gulfcoast.org/event/annual-pirate-day-in-the-bay/6205) — There's live music, carnival rides, a pirate pub crawl and scavenger hunt, children's activities, food vendors, a costume contest, pirate cruise, parade and fireworks (9 p.m. Saturday). 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $10 and up.

19-21Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo (Bayou St. John; www.thebayouboogaloo.com) — MotherShip Foundation presents the three-day festival on Bayou St. John. The lineup that includes Cupid, Jon Cleary, Luke Winslow King and others. There also are food vendors, children's activities and arts and crafts. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday. Free.

19-21Plaquemines Parish Seafood and Heritage Festival (F. Edward Hebert Boulevard off Woodland Highway, Belle Chasse; www.plaqueminesparishfestival.com) — The festival features Louisiana seafood prepared a variety of ways, plus live music, a car show, interactive displays about Plaquemines, carnival rides, arts and crafts, an oyster drop, crab rodeo, 5K walk/run and more. Opens 6 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free.

25-28Krotz Springs Sportsmen's Heritage Festival (Nall Park, 562 Front St., Krotz Springs, 337-566-3527; www.kssportsmensheritagefestival.com) — It's the sixth year for this event, which promotes conservation of the wetlands, woodlands and Atchafalaya River. There are wild game cook-offs, Cajun swamp and zydeco music, carnival rides, food vendors and art vendors. A queen's parade is scheduled at noon Sunday. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday. Free.

25-28New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (Various locations, New Orleans; www.nowfe.com) — There is a variety of events, grand tastings, seminars, the Royal Street Stroll tasting event and more at the 25th annual festival. Times and admissions vary.

26-27Jambalaya Festival (120 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales; www.jambalayafestival.org) — The two day celebration of the rice dish includes live music, carnival rides, cooking contests, a Teen Miss contest, 5K and 1-mile run, arts and crafts, a car show and parade. Hours TBA. Free.

26-28Bayou Country Superfest (Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive; www.bayoucountrysuperfest.com) — The three-day music festival moves to New Orleans this year and features country stars Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Hank Williams Jr. and others. Saturday and Sunday are ticketed events, Friday features a free concert in Champions Square with entertainment by Easton Corbin, Eric Paslay and Dylan Scott. 5 p.m. $45-$200 per day.

26-28Greek Festival New Orleans (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 504-282-0259; www.greekfestnola.com) — There is live Greek music, Hellenic dances, cooking demonstrations, Greek cuisine, cooking demonstrations, cathedral tours, a raffle and a kids' area. There's also an evening run/walk race on Friday. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Admission TBA.

29-June 3Birdfoot Festival (Various locations in New Orleans; www.birdfootfestival.org) — The sixth annual international chamber music festival hosts concerts and events, including the Musical Feast dinner concert, main stage evening concerts and more. Times and admissions vary.



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