SATURDAY, JUNE 30
- GARDEN FEST: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Burden Center, Essen Lane at I-10. Garden research and plot tours, food sampling, music, displays, plant health clinic, omelets, Bloody Mary contest, food trucks, ice cream. $5. (225) 763-3990.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
- GO FOURTH ON THE RIVER: Woldenberg Park and Riverfront from the French Market to the Riverwalk, New Orleans. Riverboat rides, music, food, patriotic cake contest, dueling barges’ fireworks extravaganza on the river. http://www.go4thontheriver.com.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, JULY 4-8
- MANDEVILLE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville. Twenty food booths serving seafood dishes as well as alternative dishes, arts & crafts booths, car show, a children’s entertainment area, and live musical entertainment on two stages. The fireworks show, choreographed to music, is at 8:45 p.m. on the 4th of July. http://www.seafoodfest.com.