- HUNGER GAMES ARENA CHALLENGE: 5:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Galvez, 40300 La. 42, Prairieville. (225) 622-3339.
- LIFE-SIZED CANDY LAND: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales. Call (225) 647-3955.
- BEGINNING CROCHET: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73, Geismar. Call (225) 673-8699.
- LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m., Sister Vernola conference room, St. Elizabeth Hospital. Free, registration preferred. Call (225) 621-2906.
- HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: 6 a.m. to noon, morning session; and 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., afternoon session, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. The second annual festival will continue Saturday at the same time and from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday. It will have hot air balloon competition flights, children’s entertainment, tethered hot air balloon rides, fireworks, music, food and more. Friday will have the first competition flight from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., followed by the second from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The third flight will be from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Saturday followed by the fourth from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The last flight will be from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 per person for each session. ascensinballooning.com.
- ASCENSION CATHOLIC DIOCESAN REGIONAL SCHOOL FOOD FEST: 9 a.m., Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School campus, 311 St. Vincent St. The fair will start with a Fun Run/Battle of the Classes followed by games, inflatables and a rock wall, which will all open at 10:30 a.m. The fair will have food starting at 11:30 a.m., including barbecue, gumbo, hamburgers and more. It will also have performances by the dance team, cheerleaders and the Bulldog Band as well as a silent auction all day and live auction at 1:30 p.m.
- SQUARE FOOT GARDENING: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown.