Fairs & Festivals for April 26, 2013

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 26-28

  • AGMAGIC: Parker Coliseum, Highland Road, LSU. Presents by the LSU AgCenter, the event offers an interactive experience in a visually stimulating environment that will link food and fiber products Louisiana residents use every day to the forests, field crops and livestock produced by Louisiana farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Featured crops will be displayed in various stages of development, and the importance of interactions between agriculture, the environment and society at large will be highlighted. Open to school groups 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, and the general public 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free. http://www.lsuagcenter.com.
  • SPRING FESTIVAL: St. Francis Xavier Catholic School grounds, 1150 S. 12th St. Food and drinks, games, music and more. Barbecue chicken dinners available until 3 p.m. Sunday. (225) 387-6639.
  • FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: downtown Lafayette. Giant Francophone celebration with food, music, art, dance, film, theater, workshops and more. http://www.festivalinternational.com.
  • ITALIAN FESTIVAL: baseball field behind Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, 50081 U.S. 51, Tickfaw. Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, spaghetti cook-off, food, rides, entertainment. Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. (800) 542-7520 or http://www.theitalianfestivalorg.com.
  • FESTIVAL DE LA PRAIRIE: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Prairieville. Entertainment, rides, Cajun food, games and more. (225) 673-8307 or (225) 284-7036.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 26-MAY 5

  • NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Fairground Racetrack, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Continuous musical performances on 12 stages, with acts including Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac, Aaron Neville, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, and many more. Food, arts and crafts and educational programs. (504) 410-4100 or http://www.nojazzfest.com.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 26-27

  • ROCKIN’ & ROASTING ON THE RIVER: Morrison Parkway, New Roads. Friday: live music 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday: barbecue cook-off 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; entertainment 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; kids’ fishing tournament 7 a.m.-11 a.m.; fun jumps 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; raffle. Free admission. Sponsored by the Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce. (225) 638-3500 or http://www.pcchamber.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

  • DENHAM SPRINGS ANTIQUE VILLAGE SPRING FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Range Avenue between Centerville Street and Florida Boulevard, Denham Springs. More than 100 local and regional craft, antique and art vendors; free kids’ rides; military exhibit; live music on two stages; food booths; arts avenue. Presented by the Denham Springs Antique Village Merchants Association. http://www.denhamspringsantiquesdistrict.com.
  • GRILLIN’ IN THE PARK: 9 am.-5 p.m., New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia. Barbecue cook-off, refreshments, arts and crafts, space walk, mountain climbing and pony rides. Free admission. (337) 365-5651

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

  • LAUREL VALLEY SPRING FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Laurel Valley Village Store, La. 308 2 miles south of Thibodaux. Arts and crafts, Cajun lunch, drinks and homemade sweets. Proceeds go to the preservation of the sugar cane plantation complex. Free admission. (985) 447-5216.

TUESDAY, APRIL 30-SUNDAY, MAY 12

  • CONTRABAND DAYS LOUISIANA PIRATE FESTIVAL: See modern day “pirates” in full regalia on boats out on the lake, and hear the cannon fire as Lake Charles residents try to defend the seawall from the “pirates.” The mayor is “captured, put on trial and sent to the lake!” Carnival rides, games, entertainment, live music on multiple stages. http://www.contrabanddays.com.