Louisiana Crawfish Festival
5 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette
The festival features crawfish in po-boys, etouffee, cheese dip, fried rice, jambalaya, quesadillas and more. There's also a variety of other seafood and non-seafood dishes, live music, amusement rides, childrens and teen pageants, craft vendors and more. Admission $5.
National Whiskey Day
11 a.m. Friday
Tujague's, 823 Decatur St., (504) 525-8676;
Poppy Tooker and the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society, which produces the cocktail festival Tales of the Cocktail, toasts National Whiskey Day with free samples of whiskey punch. The punch is based on Philip Guichet's award-winning 1956 recipe, which was overshadowed by a more popular drink at the time, the Grasshopper.
Free Saturday for Louisiana Families: St. Joseph's Day
11 a.m. Saturday
Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-0405
Children decorate and eat cannoli, make paper lilies and learn about St. Joseph's Day traditions. The museum also will accept donations for Second Harvest Food Bank. Free for Louisiana families with photo ID. Space is limited and recommendations are recommended (via the website's events page).