1 — Whitney Zoo-To-Do (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-6160; www.auduboninstitute.org/ztd) The black-tie gala for adults is a fundraiser that features food and drinks from New Orleans restaurants, live music, a silent auction and a raffle for a luxury vehicle. Hours 7 p.m.-midnight. Admission $175.
1-3 — Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Parc Hardy, 2090 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, 337-332-6655; www.bbcrawfest.com) The legislatively dubbed "Crawfish Capital of the World" hosts the half-century-old annual celebration to spotlight Louisiana cuisine and Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music. There are dance contests, crawfish races, a crawfish-eating contest, crawfish etouffee cookoff, Cajun music workshops and more. Hours 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Admission $5 Fri. and Sun., $10 Sat., $15 three-day pass.
1-3 — New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Fair Grounds Racecourse & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., www.nojazzfest.com) See April 24 listing for description.
1-10 — Contraband Days (Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, 337-912-8602; www.contrabanddays.com) See April 28 listing for description.
2 — Louisiana Dragon Boat Races (Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second St., Alexandria, 318-443-3458; www.themuseum.org/ldbr) — The races take place on the Red River in downtown Alexandria, and the celebration includes arts, food, music and educat ion activities. Hours vary. Admission varies.
2 — St. Francisville and Jackson Garden Stroll (Town Hall, 11936 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, 225-635-3614; www.stfrancisvillespringstroll.org) The tour provides visitors the opportunity to visit five private gardens in Louisiana's East and West Feliciana Parishes. Hours noon-5 p.m. Admission $20.
2 — Sunset Herb & Garden Festival (235 Marie St., Sunset; www.sunsetherbfestival.com) Native plants, flowers, herbs, garden art and decor and herbal products are available for sale, plus there are guest speakers and more. Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5.
2-3 — Celebration of Herbs & Gardens (Marie Street, Sunset, 337-662-3542; www.sunsetherbfestival.com) — The 18th annual garden festival sells native plants and flowers, as well as fresh herbs, herbal products, yard art and food. There also are kids' activities. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, free for children under 6.
2-23 — Natchez Festival of Music (717 N. Union St., Natchez, Miss., 601-446-9626; www.natchezfestivalofmusic.com) — The 25th annual festival features piano by Jonathan Levin Piano, Rossini, Puccini and Martinis, a Rodgers and Hammerstein Cabaret, blues artist Vasti Jackson, baroque music, opera, theater, a beer-tasting and blues event and more. Hours vary. Admission varies.
5 — Factory Fest (Louisiana Music Factory, 421 Frenchmen St., 504-586-1094; www.louisianamusicfactory.com) See April 23 listing for description.
8-10 — Bayou Cajun Fest (Larose Regional Park & Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., Larose, 985-693-7355; www.bayoucivicclub.org) Local bands like the Aaron Foret Band and Drunk Punch Ponies kick off Larose's inaugural Bayou Cajun Fest. Other highlights include a craft market, carnival rides, a Louisiana seafood boil-off and more. Hours 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission free.
9 — Crawfish Mambo (UNO Sandbar & Cove.; www.crawfishmambo.com) UNO International Alumni Association hosts the crawfish cook-off, with all-you- can-eat crawfish for attendees and live music. Hours 11a.m. - 7 p.m. Admission $25.
10 — Mother's Day (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org) Live music featuring Irma Thomas has become a Mother's Day tradition for many families. The celebration also features food, craft vendors, family activities and access to the zoo. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Event included in zoo admission: $18.95 ages 13-64, $14.95 ages 65 and older, $13.95 ages 2-12, free for mothers.
15 — Concerts in the Courtyard (The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., 504-523-4662; www.hnoc.org) — See March 13 listing for description.
15-17 — Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo (500 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, 504-488-3865; www.thebayouboogaloo.com) The family-friendly event features a wide range of musicians, arts and crafts, children's activities and food demonstrations. Hours 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun. Admission free.
15-17 — Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival (225 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, 504-394-6328; www.plaqueminesparishfestival.com) The annual festival features Louisiana and Gulf seafood done lots of ways, an oyster drop raffle, helicopter rides, carnival rides, a car show, music by Rockin' Dopsie, Dash Rip Rock, Aaron Foret, Boot Hill and more. Hours 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission free.
20-23 — New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (Various locations, 504-934-1474; www.nowfe.com) The culinary event draws more than 10,000 gourmands, oenophiles and others to sample the city's food, drinks, live music and art. There are special tasting events, culinary experiences, a gala and more. Hours vary. Admission varies.
21-24 — Krotz Springs Sportsmen's Heritage Festival (Nall Park, 562 Front St., Krotz Springs, 337-566-3527; www.kssportsmensheritagefestival.com) — The festival, held near the Atchafalaya River, celebrates the wildlife and heritage of the area with a fishing tournament, wild game cook-off, live music, food, arts and crafts and more. Hours vary. Admission free.
22-24 — Greek Festival (Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 504-282-0259) The celebration of New Orleans' Greek roots offers traditional cuisine, music, dancing and more. There are cooking demonstrations, canoe rides and live entertainment. Hours 5 p.m.-11. p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Admission $5, free for children under 12.
25-31— Birdfoot Festival (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-451-6578; www.birdfootfestival.org) The fourth annual chamber music festival is in residence at the Contemporary Arts Center, opening rehearsals to the general public and presenting 10 concerts and events, including a Chamber Music Mentoring Program for local high school students. Hours vary. Admission varies.
30-31 — New Orleans Oyster Festival (Woldenberg Riverfront Park; www.neworleansoysterfestival.org) The annual festival features restaurants offering oyster dishes, music, an oyster-eating contest, and an oyster-shucking competition. Hours 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free admission.
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