4 — Wednesday at the Square — (Lafayette Square, 500 block of St. Charles Avenue, 504-585-1500;www.wednesdayatthesquare.com) — The Wednesday evening concert series features New Orleans musicians, food and arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit the Young Leadership Council. Hours 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission free.
6-7 — Cookin' On the Cane (Downtown riverbank, Natchitoches, phone n/a; www.natchitochesjaycees.com) — The festival features barbecue contests for professionals, amateurs and kids. The event also features live entertainment, food and children's activities. Hours n/a. Admission free.
7-8 — Creole Tomato Festival (French Market, 1008 N. Peters St., 504-522-2621; www.frenchmarket.org) — The French Market festival features food booths featuring Creole tomato in recipes, as well as cooking demonstrations, live music and kids' activities. Hours 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission free.
13 — Concerts In the Courtyard — (The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., 504-523-4662; www.hnoc.org) — The seventh annual event offers a monthly concert featuring Louisiana musicians playing in the courtyard and three complimentary beverages (beer and wine). Hours 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission $10, free for members.
14-15 — Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Louis Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; www.cajunzydecofest.com) — The eighth annual free festival features music including Buckwheat Zydeco and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, food vendors with an emphasis on shrimp, an arts market and more. Hours 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission free.
19-22 — FestiGals (The Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 855-452-9563; www.festigals.com) — FestiGals aims to enrich women with a host of professional networking opportunities, shopping frenzies and cocktails. Hours vary. Admission $400 for all activities, individual event prices vary.
20-22 — Louisiana Catfish Festival (St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church, 17324 Highway 631, Des Allemands; www.louisianacatfishfestival.com) — The festival includes live music, food booths, carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, a beauty pageant and more. Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Admission free.
21-22 — New Orleans Pride Festival (Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-418-1725; www.prideneworleans.com) — The festival features live music and a parade through the French Quarter Saturday, as well as a block party on Bourbon Street on Sunday. Hours n/a. Admission free.
- Professional networking, cocktails and shopping await attendees at Festigals in New Orleans in June.
26-28 — Beauregard Watermelon Festival (Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, 506 West Drive, DeRidder, 337-463-5534) — The event offers lots of opportunities to eat watermelon, plus a watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, live music, arts and crafts and carnival rides. Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Thu., 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat. Admission n/a.
27-28 — Louisiana Peach Festival (Downtown Ruston, 318-255-2031; www.louisianapeachfestival.org) — There are food booths, live music, arts and crafts sales, kids' activities, a tennis tournament, parade and more. Hours 5 p.m.-till Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Admission $10 Fri., $5 Sat. (evening concert $10).
29 — Summer Wine Festival (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 504-458-3528; www.facc-gc.com) — The French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Chapter (FACC-GC) presents the 14th annual festival, which spotlights cuisines of Provence with food, desserts, wines, beer and other spirits as well as a silent action. Hours 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission $65, $55 in advance ($45 FACC-GC members).
30-July 4 — Erath 4th of July Celebration (Downtown Erath, 337-937-5585; www.erath4.com) — The old-fashioned street fair offers carnival rides, a barbecue cook-off, a beauty pageant, parade and fireworks. Hours n/a. Admission free.