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Gambit’s 2016 Louisiana Fairs & Festivals: May


1—Festival in the Park (Cassidy Park, Bogalusa, 129 Ben Miller Drive, Bogalusa, 985-735-5731) — The festival has live music, beauty pageants, a duck race, children's games, arts and crafts and food vendors. Noon-9 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free.

1—New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Fair Grounds Race Course) The internationally acclaimed annual festival features performances by Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Van Morrison, Snoop Dogg, Neil Young, Flo Rida, My Morning Jacket, Bonnie Raitt, Maxwell, Janelle Monae and others. There are kids' activities, heritage demonstrations, an arts market, crafts areas and food and drink vendors. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Admission $65 in advance, $75 at the gate, $5 children 2-10 (at the gate only)..

1—Thibodaux Firemen's Fair and Parade (1101 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux; — The 133rd annual event offers live music, food, carnival rides, games, children's activities, a parade on Sunday, an auction and $10,000 raffle. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Thu., 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Free.

Wednesdays-May 18—Wednesday at the Square — (Lafayette Square, 500 block of St. Charles Avenue, 504-585-1500; — The Wednesday evening concert series features New Orleans musicians, food, drinks and arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit the Young Leadership Council. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free.

6—Whitney Zoo-To-Do (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-6160; — The black-tie gala and fundraiser features food and drinks from New Orleans restaurants, live music, a silent auction and a raffle for a luxury car. 7 p.m.-midnight. Admission $175.

6-8—Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Parc Hardy, 1290 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, 337-332-6655; — The legislatively dubbed "Crawfish Capital of the World" hosts its 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 cook-off, Cajun music workshops and more. 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Admission $5 Fri.-Sun., $10 Sat., $15 three-day pass.

6, 13, 20—Music & Market (Opelousas Tourist Center, 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas, 337-948-6263; — The 10-year-old event offers Louisiana products for sale from farmers and producers and live music ranging from Cajun to swamp pop. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free.

7—Celebration of Herbs & Gardens (Marie Street, Sunset, 337-662-3542; — The 20th annual garden festival sells native plants and flowers, fresh herbs, herbal products, yard art and food. Master gardeners give gardening talks. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5.

7—Crawfish Mambo (University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus, 504-280-2586; — UNO International Alumni Association hosts the crawfish cook-off, with live music and all-you-can-eat crawfish. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door, free for kids.

8—Mother's Day (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; — Live music featuring Irma Thomas has become a Mother's Day tradition for many families. The celebration also features food, craft vendors, art, family activities and access to zoo exhibits. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with zoo admission: $19.95 ages 13-64, $14.95 ages 65 and older/ages 2-12, free for mothers.

12-15—Cochon de Lait Festival (Downtown Mansura; — Mansura calls itself "The Cochon de Lait Capital," and the annual festival features live music, Cajun food, carnival rides, arts and crafts, hog-calling contests, beer-drinking contests, a feast and a street dance. 5 p.m.-till Thu.-Fri., 8 a.m.-till Sat., 9 a.m.-till Sun. Admission $7 adults.

13—Taste at the Lake (West Lake Shore Shopping Center, 135 Robert E. Lee Blvd.; — The annual celebration features food, wine and drinks from local restaurants and bars, live music and an auction. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission $40 general in advance, $100 patron in advance.

13-15—Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival (333 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, 504-343-7448; — Locally caught Gulf seafood is the star at this festival, but there's also live music by The Lost Bayou Ramblers, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and others, carnival rides, a helicopter ride and an oyster drop. Opens 6 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Sat.-Sun. Free.

14—Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival (403 St. Francis St., Madisonville; — Mixed, women's and open teams compete in 500-meter races in GWN-brand dragon boats. Walgreens presents a health and wellness village on festival grounds. Proceeds benefit the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Hospital. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration starts at $795.

18-29—Birdfoot Festival (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-451-6578; — The fifth annual chamber music festival presents a variety of concerts and events. Hours and admission vary.

20—Concerts In the Courtyard (The Historic New Orleans Collection) — See March 18 listing for event description.

20-22—Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo (500 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, 504-488-3865; — The family-friendly festival on Bayou St. John features three stages of live music, art and food vendors, kayak rentals and children's activities. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun. Free.

20-22—Hangout Music Fest (Gulf Shores, Albama.; — The oceanside music festival's lineup includes Florence and the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell, Leon Bridges and the Revivalists. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission $269-$1,599.

26-28—Krotz Springs Sportsmen's Heritage Festival (Nall Park, 562 Front St., Krotz Springs, 337-566-3527; — Held near the Atchafalaya River, the festival celebrates the wildlife and heritage of the area with a fishing tournament, wild game cook-off, live music, food and arts and crafts. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Thu., 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Sat. Free.

26-29—New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (Various locations, 504-934-1474; — The annual four-day event features more than 1,000 wines, food from two dozen restaurants, tastings and signature events. A portion of proceeds benefit culinary-related charities. Hours and admission vary.

27-29—Jambalaya Festival (219 Irma Blvd., Gonzales, 225-647-2937; — The 48th annual festival includes jambalaya, live music, carnival rides, cooking contests and food vendors. Hours TBA. Free.

27-29—New Orleans Greek Festival (Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 504-282-0259; — The 43rd celebration of New Orleans' Greek heritage offers traditional cuisine, dancing, music, cooking demonstrations, canoe rides and entertainment. 5 p.m.-11. p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Admission $7, free for children under 12.

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