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Louisiana Book Festival - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana and the Louisiana Library Foundation are delighted to announce their Annual Louisiana Book Festival.  Louisiana's FREE, world-class literary celebration offers children and adult booklovers unique opportunities to interact with over 100 exceptional poets, writers and storytellers and to enjoy an inspiring variety of book-related activities, exhibitions and demonstrations. Food & Music, too!

Louisiana Cattle Festival and Fair - Washington, Louisiana -  Festival-goers were able brush up on their two-step with live Cajun and Zydeco music. and are taken back in time with Civil War reenactments held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Louisiana Cotton Festival - Ville Platte, Louisiana - Join them in October for the Louisiana Cotton Festival.

Louisiana Crawfish Championship - Marrero, Louisiana - A School Festival.  A crawfish boiling competition to determine who has the best boilded crawfish in the state of Louisiana to benefit Immaculate Conception School in Marrero, Louisiana.

Louisiana Earth Day - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Louisiana Earth Day transforms the downtown Baton Rouge area into an informative and fun-filled experience from the river along North Boulevard and throughout the governmental complex!  Visitors find a wealth of information that addresses our quality of life in Louisiana.

Louisiana Folk Root Heritage Day - Lafayette, Louisiana - is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the unique folkways and cultural resources.  Both the Fall and Spring Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Weeks culminate in a full day of dances with music provided by top local bands and a range of workshops in Cajun and Creole music, crafts and culture.

Louisiana Forest Festival - Winnfield, Louisiana -The Louisiana Forest Festival salutes the timber industry in our state.  Professional Timber Sports competitions and 4-H Woodman Skills.  Held in Winnfield, Louisiana the 4th weekend in April.  There will be 13 lumberjack events to cheer on with 6 different chainsaw events. The festival will have excellent fun and food throughout the day. Come and look at the homemade crafts and join in the fun of contests and prize drawings.

Louisiana Gumbo Festival - Chackbay, Louisiana - The Louisiana Gumbo Festival is held on the 3rd weekend of October each year.  Great food, rides, music and a Sunday parade.  This festival is listed as one of the top 20 events in the South.  The Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay offers a large variety of Cajun cuisine such as Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Seafood Gumbo, Fried Fish, Hot Dogs, Chilli Dogs, Hamburgers, French Fries, Chilli Fries, Crawfish Balls, Sauce Piquante, Jambalaya, and many other choices. There will also be plenty of ice cold beer, Daiquiris, Mixed Drinks, and Coca Cola Products.

Louisiana Pecan Festival  - Colfax, Louisiana - Welcome to the Official Site of the Louisiana Pecan Festival. You are cordially invited to visit this exciting celebration, or register on-line to become part of our festivities as vendor or demonstrator of Louisiana folk arts. ... The Louisiana Pecan Festival takes place on the first full weekend of November each year.

Louisiana Renaissance Festival - Hammond, Louisiana - open for six festive weekends.  It's an English village & festive market place, mixed with a little bit of Louisiana spice. Come experience the exciting romantic renaissance and the most unique gift selections in Louisiana.

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival - Morgan City, Louisiana- Cajun-style music, food, and fun for the entire family. The Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival has cajun, gospel and zydeco music, food, events, entertainment, the blessing of the fleet, arts and crafts, fireworks, storytelling, a parade and cajun dancing.

Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival - New Iberia, Louisiana - one of the many Louisiana festivals.  The festival is held each year during the last full weekend in September.

Louisiana Watermelon Festival - Farmerville, Louisiana - A central place for interested persons to get any information needed on the Louisiana Watermelon Festival which is held in July.

Louisiana Yambilee Festival - Opelousas, Louisiana - Come in October for the Yambilee Festival celebrating Louisiana Sweet potatoes (yams) and to provide colorful programs of entertainment capable of generating nationwide publicity and advertising for Louisiana yams and other farm produce.

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival - Madisonville, Louisiana - is the primary source of funding for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.  Featuring over 100 antique and classic wooden boats, music, artists, enormous children's village and great Louisiana food.  Every year we pay tribute to the hand crafted wooden boats of the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of boats will line the banks of the Tchefuncte River as 30,000 wooden boat enthusiasts come to celebrate the wonders of wood and water.

Mamou Cajun Music Festival - Mamou, Louisiana - Cajun Food, Cajun Music and Tons of Cajun The Mamou Cajun Music Festival began as a one-day festival presenting some of the local Cajun musicians to the citizens of Mamou and Evangeline Parish. It has since become what it is today, a two-day music festival, presenting traditional Cajun musicians, dancing, food, and contests.

Mandeville Seafood Festival - Mandeville, Louisiana - one of the many Louisiana festivals.  Celebrate Independence Day weekend at the Mandeville Seafood Fest with live music, food, arts and crafts, entertainment and a classic fireworks show.


Mardi Gras - The largest and longest New Orleans Festival lasting two weeks and celebrated with numerous parades in various locations.  See our Mardi Gras Guide page for information on this unique New Orleans festival.

Marshland Festival - Lake Charles, Louisiana - one of many Louisiana festivals that offers arts and crafts, games, food and music.  We're counting down the days to another fun filled foot-stompin' weekend. Mark your calendars.

Me’Orleans International Blues and Jazz Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - Memphis, Tennessee - Me’Orleans International Blues and Jazz Festival is a three day Music Festival to be held each year in the month of October. It will encompass a wide array of festival concepts, including blues and Jazz music, games and arts. The Festival will be held in Memphis and alternating in New Orleans.

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo - New Orleans, Louisiana - The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival is hosted by the MotherShip Foundation, a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to encouraging social change by bringing forth a higher quality of life for all Louisiana and New Orleans residents through the promotion of arts, culture, and recreation. This New Orleans Festival is celebrated in May.

Mudbug Madness Festival - Shreveport, Louisiana - one of Louisiana's largest and most popular Cajun festivals, featuring renown Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Jazz artists, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, raucous contests, and fun for all ages. Now a four-day festival held each Memorial Day weekend.

Natchitoches Christmas Festival - Natchitoches, Louisiana - offers a parade, live entertainment, food, carnival rides and a fireworks show. The finale is the turning on of over 300,000 Christmas lights and 77 lightdecorations in the historic district and along the scenic Cane River Lake.

Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival - Natchitoches, Louisiana - Held in October. Continuous live music, children's activity area, meat pie eating contest for children and adults, best meat pie tasting contest, meat pie making demonstration, poker run, memory walk (fundraiser for Alzheimer's), womanless beauty pageant, parade, car show are just some of things you can expect to see and enjoy at the festival.

Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival - Natchitoches, Louisiana - The Festival is held in cool, comfortable air-conditioned Prather Coliseum, on the campus of Northwestern State University of Louisiana in historic Natchitoches.  The festival has an alcohol free environment.

New Orleans Essence Music Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - Get tickets, meet the entertainers, links to music, seminars and the cyberlounge.

New Orleans Film Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - showcases American & foreign films including premieres of major feature films and short works and includes mentor sessions, workshops and panel discussions with industry leaders - all with directors, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, film critics, and fans in attendance.

New Orleans Fringe Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - The Festival nurtures emerging and established performing artists by presenting fun, fearless and affordable theater to the community and creating ties between artists, audiences, businesses and local organizations.
This New Orleans festival is celebrated in November.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - official site. The most well known of all Louisiana and New Orleans music festivals.  It showcases strong gospel, rhythm and blues, soul, and jazz acts. The New Orleans Jazzfest is internationally known and attended by jaz and music lovers from around the world.


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Category Page - The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation sponsors the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, the Jazz Journey Concerts and Class Got Brass contest.  Check out this link for valuable information on all their festivals and projects.

New Orleans Oyster Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - Top Oyster Fest in U.S.  Celebrating the Oyster Farmers, Restauratuers and Chefs that have created the ‘Oyster Capital of America.’ Check for nest years dates which may be held in late May, early June.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - New Orleans, Louisiana - pairs the classic cuisine of New Orleans with great wines. Features vintner dinners, seminars, and grand tastings.

NOLA Bulls - New Orleans, Louisiana - Home of two festivals:  The Running of the Bulls in New Orleans (held in July) and St. Andrew's Day in New Orleans (held in November).

NOLA Food Fest - New Orleans, Louisiana - Four blocks in the French Market will be lined with dozens of America's best hometown eats from New Orleans and all of Louisiana as well as from all across America, each offering a unique specialty. This is NOT typical and expected festival fare: it is a taste of America's most celebrated dishes, all gathered in one place: a foodie's dream in March of each yeat.

North Louisiana Folk Festival - Natchitoches, Louisiana - NSU fOLK fESTIVAL is a theme festival changing each year to celebrate different aspects of folklife.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (formerly the New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival) was named the Best Food Festival by Gambit readers for the third year in a row! Thank you to everyone who voted for us, and we can't wait to see you at this New Orleans Festival each November!

Octoberfest - Kenner, Louisiana - Join us for 3 weekends of German Food, music and beer in October.

Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival - Plaisance, Louisiana - plan to stay a while for an unforgettable day of incredible music, dancing, food, family and friends. Zydeco music blends the soulful rhythms of black blues and R&B with the joyful melodies of French Cajun music.

Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival

Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival - Buras, Louisiana - Held at historic Fort Jackson in Buras, Louisiana, the Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival has many activities to offer the entire family and is held annually the first full weekend of December.  We invite you to take the scenic trip to South Louisiana and experience our wonderful food, entertainment and hospitality.

Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival - Belle Chasse, Louisiana - Visitors will enjoy great local seafood and other unique, local food specialties.  The festival offers continuous live music from popular local bands, and traditional Cajun music.  Visitors will also enjoy crafts from local artisans, carnival rides, sandbagging contests, and the Seafood Queen Pageant.  And there are helicopter rides that offer a view of the region and the Mississippi River.

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival - Ponchatoula, Louisiana - Watch this page for up to the minute information on entertainment, activities and other details you may need to know about the largest FREE two day festival in the state of Louisiana.

River Parishes Fall Festival @ Sacred Heart of Jesus School - Norco, Louisiana - Rides, games, craft show, beauty pageant, live bands, food (home of the monster soft shell crab po-boy).  Free admission to be held in November.  Check website for exact dates and times.

Running of the Bulls - New Orleans, Louisiana - San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is an annual festival in July featuring an Encierro (bull run), which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, or "The Running of the Bulls", only our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other rollerderby leagues across the country!

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans - New Orleans, Louisiana - San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is an annual festival in July featuring an Encierro (bull run), which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, or "The Running of the Bulls", only our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other rollerderby leagues across the country!

Satchmo Summer Fest - New Orleans, Louisiana - "What a wonderful World" you'll discover during an "edutaining" weekend honoring the man, his music and his life.

Shakespeare Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - Shakespeare on the road: bringing Shakespeare to Louisiana Students.

Shrimp and Petroleum Festival - Morgan City, Louisiana - the festival recognizes the working men of both the seafood and petroleum industries who work tirelessly through rain and shine....and sometimes even hurricanes, to provide the area's economic lifeblood for over half a century.

Slidell Heritage Festival - Slidell, Louisiana - another of the many Louisiana festivals for delicious food, sensational music and entertainment, arts, crafts, antiques, games for the kids, classic cars, a Fourth of July Parade and, of course, a fantastic fireworks display!

Smoked Meat Festival - Ville Platte, Louisiana - June is festival time is South Louisiana, and when you hear the music and smell delicious food coming from clouds of smoke, then it's Le Festivale de la Viande Boucanee, better known as the SMOKED MEAT FESTIVAL.  This two day event, promoted by Chapter 632 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, is held on the last full weekend of June each year in the "Smoked Meat Capital of the World", Ville Platte, Louisiana.

Soul Fest - New Orleans, Louisiana - Soul Fest is quickly becoming one of New Orleans biggest celebrations of African American history. The two day family oriented event features live musical performances by local  Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Gospel artists at our Capital One Stage. The festival will be highlighted by an African American First tribute.

South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff - Lafayette, Lousiana - The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually at Lafayette’s Acadian Village, the festival celebrates its 5th year this October with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping & jamming.

Southdown Marketplace Arts & Crafts Festival - Houma, Louisiana - Gates open 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. More than 300 booths of arts, crafts, antiques, and more; Cajun cuisine food court; museum tours. Family-friendly festival. $3 admission (children under 12 free). Additional fees for food, drinks, and tours.

Southern Decadence Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - The official Southern Decadence web site.

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Metairie, Louisiana - This St. Patrick's Day celebration takes place in March of each year.  Our annual St. Patrick's Day Parades are considered another opportunity for family and friends to get together and enjoy a day outdoors. It seems as if the entire city is on the street with picnic baskets, umbrellas, and their recreational vehicles...enjoying one of the biggest street parties of the year! Men and women in walking groups from various clubs in the city dress in costumes of green give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route.

St Tammany Crab Festival - Slidell, Louisiana - A celebration of southern Louisiana favorites – the great outdoors, live music and the Gulf Coast's best seafood. Held each June under the moss-laden live oaks of John Davis Park in Lacombe, the cook-off features thousands of crabs prepared a variety of ways, including soft-shell crab po-boys. Formerly called the Lacombe Crab Festival.

Strawberry Jam'n Toast - Hammond, Louisiana - Two festivals: the Jamfest Indie Film Festival and the Strawberry Jam'n Toast to the Arts Festival.

Tales of the Cocktail - New Orleans, Louisiana - Tales of the Cocktail®, the word’s premier cocktail festival is held in New Orleans July.

Tangipahoa Parish - Schedule of Events

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - A celebration which showcases national and regional scholars, writers, and performing artists. Programs include panel discussions, theatrical performances, a one-act play competition, lectures, literary walking tours, musical performances, and a bookfair.

The Alligator Festival by the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish - The Alligator Festival in St. Charles Parish is held in September each year.  Free admission and parking.  Come enjoy one of Louisiana's premiere outdoor festivals with your family and friends.  Live music, Creole cuisine, carnival rides and games, crafters and more.

Three Rivers Art Festival - Covington, Louisiana - another of the many Louisiana arts festivals for art and fine crafts which is held in historic downtown Covington.

Voice of the Wetlands - Houma, Louisiana - Official site - Annual Fall Festival benefitting the Voice of the Wetlands Non-Profit Organization.  Promoting the music and culture of coastal Louisiana and educational and awareness organization for coastal wetland erosion.

Voodoo Music Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - One of the many Louisiana festivals featuring great music. This festival showcases popular rock bands and draws a large young audience.

Zachary Arts & Music Festival - Zachary, Louisiana - Welcome to the official web site of Zachary Arts & Music Festival!  Zachary Arts & Music Festival is sponsored by the Zachary Chamber of Commerce.  It is a time that family, friends and the community can come together and enjoy.  We hope to see you there.  The fun includes carnival rides, games, arts, crafts, food, live entertainment and a dog show.

Zulu's Lundi Gras Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - The festival allows citizens and visitors a close up look at the Characters of Zulu. Some of New Orleans's finest Restaurants and Caterers provide food to satisfy the appetites of festival goers and the music is provided by New Orleans own talented and well known musicians, as well as Zulu memorabilia and other arts and crafts are displayed in the African Village. And of course, the largest Second Line ever formed featuring local Brass Bands for the public to enjoy.

Zwolle Tamale Fiesta - Zwolle, Louisiana - Celebrates the rich Spanish and Indian heritage of the people of the town.  Zwolle Tamale Fiesta offers a fun-filled weekend of reliving the area's heritage with plenty of delicious hot tamales, entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, parades, and children's activities in October.

Zydeco Extravaganza - Opelousas, Louisiana - Party with 5,000 of your closest friends as they do it big with the hottest names in zydeco.  All your favorites will be there every May.

Zydeco Music Festival - Opelousas, Louisiana - This Southwest Louisiana festival is held in August and September.  The Zydeco Music Festival is their offspring - a living reminder for us never to forget where we come from, to always appreciate and respect our past, and most of all to continue our legacy in keeping the rich culture alive.

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