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January


Mardi Gras Parades and Mardi Gras Ball - Greater New Orleans, Louisiana - Beginning January 6th (Kings Day - Wise mens' visit) The Mardi Gras season begins and 80-85 area parades begin on weekends. The season ends on Mardi Gras day (the day before Ash Wednesday. Also known as "Fat Tuesday" Along with 80-85 parades there are over 100 Mardi Gras balls. Check NOLA.com for parade schedules, route maps, and Ball information.

 
February

 

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Lagniappe Dulcimer Society Festival - Port Allen, Louisiana - another of Louisiana's great festivals with good Louisiana food and mountain dulcimer music. Held in late Feb. or early March

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. Monday before Mardi Gras each year.

 
March

 

Lagniappe Dulcimer Society Festival - Port Allen, Louisiana - another of Louisiana's great festivals with good Louisiana food and mountain dulcimer music. Held in late Feb. or early March

French Quarter Wine Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - Hosted by the New Orleans Hotel, Maison Dupuy, the French Quarter welcomes its third annual French Quarter Wine Festival. Featuring vinter's selections of American wine, participants can pair their favorite pinot, cab, merlot, chardonnay, chianti and more with a New Orleans meal. Every Tues. & Wed. in March.

Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival - Independence, Louisiana - Independence slowly became a predominately Sicilian Italian Community. It is more diverse culturally today but is still characterized by its excellent Sicilian Italian Cuisine and its hard working and friendly people. Come celebrate with them at their Sicilian Heritage Festival in March.

Nicholls State University - Jubilee - A Festival of the Arts and Humanities - Thibodaux, Louisiana - The goal of the Jubilee Festival is to raise the level of awareness in the arts and humanities for the University and the southeast region of Louisiana that it serves. The purpose of the Jubilee Festival is to educate the student body, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding communities on matters of interest to the arts and humanities; to furnish role models through presenting locally and nationally distinguished lecturers and performers both on campus and in the surrounding community; and to raise consciousness and appreciation of the arts and humanitiesUsually held mid-March thru late April.

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

Hammond Smokin' Blues and BBQ Challenge - Hammond, Louisiana - More than 50 KCBS teams from around the U.S. will compete against each other and local teams for more than $12,000 in Cash & Prizes. The event also features local Bands from around the region playing music on the Northshore Broadcasting stage both Friday night and Saturday. Come and enjoy world class BBQ and listen to local favorites the last weekend in March.

Louisiana Crawfish Championship - Marrero, Louisiana - A School Festival. A crawfish boiling competition to determine who has the best boiled crawfish in the state of Louisiana to benefit Immaculate Conception School in Marrero, Louisiana. 3rd weekend in March

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. March 21-24, 2012.

ZFest - Zachary, Louisiana - Welcome to the official web site of Z Fest! Z Fest 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. Mid March.

 
April

 

A Taste of Covington - Covington, Louisiana - Historic Covington now has a 4 day food and wine event. Come join them for their annual food and wine experience on the New Orleans Northshore in Louisiana. This event also offers Original works of art, including paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, textiles, wood, mixed media, and more. Normally held the 1st weekend in April


Baton Rouge Blues Festival - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Join the annual Baton Rouge Blues week in April of each year. Check out our site for more information on the bands, foods and events.

Bayou Teche Bear Festival - Franklin, Louisiana - The Festival, an outreach program to educate the residents of St. Mary Parish on the Louisiana Black Bear, will feature live music, food, education activities, field trips and children's activities in true Louisiana style. The 2012 festival will be held April 16 - April 18.

Cajun Festival - Marrero, Louisiana - Cajun Festival at the corner of Barataria and Ames on the Westbank. Cajun Food, music, games, and fun for the entire family and it's FREE! Held the last full weekend in April

Cultural Crossroads - Minden, Louisiana - Spring Arts Festival - Non-profit arts organization based in Minden. Hosts the Spring Arts Festival each Spring in April. Call (318) 377-3002 for more details! Arts & Fun for the whole family! This festival is dedicated to preserving the arts and culture of Webster Parish.

Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week - Lafayette, Louisiana - Held each April in Lafayette.  Join our morning intensive classes, master presentations, afternoon workshops, dance lessons and our nightly open-to-the-public dances. What's more, our Roots Heritage Festival, also open to the public, takes place all day on Saturday and features dance bands, workshops and fun for the entire family.

Festival International de Louisiane - Lafayette, Louisiana - Where the French from France meet the French from Louisiana. Performers info online as well as daily schedules by events or by stage. This festival is an annual community event drawing together approximately 1,000 volunteers from all segments of the community to work together to celebrate both our diversity and the common human experience that binds us together. 2012 Festival dates .. April 24-28

Franklin Parish Catfish Festival - Winnsboro, Louisiana - The Franklin Parish Catfish Festival for the past 18 years has been held on the second Saturday of April. This family-oriented event features some 300 arts and crafts booths from vendors across America. In addition, the Catfish Festival provides a great venue for local and area entertainment groups, as well as other featured performers. Children's games, arts and crafts, music, and great Louisiana pond-raised catfish help make the event the success it is. Go to: Franklin Parish Catfish Festival

 

French Quarter Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - New Orleans own celebration. Enjoy 250 hours of free entertainment featuring more than 150 musical performances on fifteen stages throughout the French Quarter over a three-day weekend. Nearly 60 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint. One of the more popular New Orleans festivals. Footnote from Woodridge B&B "This Festival is superb and free". Next event April 11-14, 2013.

 

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. April 21st 2013

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. Held the 4th week in April

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.

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. April 26 - May 5, 2013... May just be the BEST music festival in the whole U.S.

Nicholls State University - Jubilee - A Festival of the Arts and Humanities - Thibodaux, Louisiana - The goal of the Jubilee Festival is to raise the level of awareness in the arts and humanities for the University and the southeast region of Louisiana that it serves. The purpose of the Jubilee Festival is to educate the student body, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding communities on matters of interest to the arts and humanities; to furnish role models through presenting locally and nationally distinguished lecturers and performers both on campus and in the surrounding community; and to raise consciousness and appreciation of the arts and humanitiesUsually held mid-March thru late April.

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. Festival will be held April 12-14, 2013.

May

Backbeat Jazz Fest - New Orleans, Louisiana - The Backbeat Jazz Fest Series will not only celebrate New Orleans music but also provide a glimpse of the visual arts scene with works on display by Lionel Milton, an artist with New Orleans roots, style and flair. Held the last week in April and first weekend in May

 

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. April 26 - May 5, 2013... May just be the BEST music festival in the whole U.S.

 

Acadian AirFest AirShow - New Iberia, Louisiana - The Acadiana AirFest is a charity benefit, through CFA (Community Foundation of Acadiana), for the families of our fallen soldiers. The event is planned for Armed Forces Day, as a tribute to our troops. The show will be the first of its kind in New Iberia and our hope is that it will become annual event every May.

Big Easy Comedy Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - This is where the Comedy showdown took place after regional comedy competitions around the country. The winner of each region was flown to New Orleans to compete in the comedy Showndown. The 2012 Festival will be held May 26th

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival - Breaux Bridge, Louisiana - one of the many Louisiana food festivals that is held in May and centers on the legendary Louisiana crayfish. This is one of the more popular Louisiana festivals. Get dates, directions, camping and RV info.

Contraband Days Festival - Lake Charles, Louisiana - Once a year during the first two weeks in May, the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana, returns to rollicking, swashbuckling days of the pirates and buccaneers who once sailed the area's lakes, rivers, and bayous. Legend has it that the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte buried his contraband treasure somewhere along the Southwest Louisiana's plentiful waterways. The celebration of this historic figure and his adventures has grown into a twelve-day extravaganza of unmatched festivity (3 hour from the Woodridge B&B).

FestForAll - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - a community party celebrating the arts with fun, food, & music. FestForAll – a festival for all – has a distinguished 30-year history garnering a reputation as one of Louisiana's premier arts events attended by thousands 2012 festival date May 5, 2012.

N'Awlins Air Show - Belle Chasse, Louisiana - N'Awlins Air Show admission is free, and this year's line-up marks the return of an Air Force F-22 Raptor, the Army's Golden Knights parachute team, the Blue Angels, military and civilian aerobatic acts and display military and civilian aircraft. Come see us in May.

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. May 21-25 2013.

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. May 17-20, 2012.

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.

Backbeat Jazz Fest - New Orleans, Louisiana - The Backbeat Jazz Fest Series will not only celebrate New Orleans music but also provide a glimpse of the visual arts scene with works on display by Lionel Milton, an artist with New Orleans roots, style and flair. Held the last week in April and first weekend in May

Jazz & Heritage Festival - official site of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Showcases strong gospel, rhythm and blues, soul, and jazz acts. Schedules, Jazz tickets & information about performers. Inspired by the spirit of Mahalia Jackson & the Eureka Brass Band in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the culture of Louisiana with the combined fervor of a gospel hymn & the joy of a jazz parade. Held the last weekend in April and the 1st weekend in May. Go to: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

 

Greek Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - Acropolis on the bayou! Being an eastern port city, New Orleans has a substantial Greek poulation who celebrate their culture with the Greek Festivals, one of New Orleans more popular festivals. Held Memorial day weekend.

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.


June

 

Bayou Lacombe Crab Festival - Lacombe, Louisiana - This is a "down home" festival with something for the whole family. The charm of this rural community and the friendliness of the participants have created a warm and happy atmosphere. All of this is enjoyed in the shade of hundred year old oak trees. There is continuous entertainment throughout the festival with a variety of music; R&B, Country, Jazz. something for everyone. The 2012 festival will be held June 23rd and 24th

Lacombe Crab Cook-Off Festival - Lacombe, Louisiana - Celebrate Lacombe's beauty and history while sampling Cultus Pearson's boilded crabs, and spectacular cuisine from local restaurants such as Sal & Judy's, LaProvence, Clockners and many others. There will also be live music, carnival rides and crab cook-off and plenty to eat and drink. Held the 4th weekend in June.

Louisiana Catfish Festival - The festival is held on the grounds of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Des Allemands. From New Orleans, take I-10 W to I-310. Head south on I-310 for about 12 miles. Exit to the right on Hwy. 90 W to Houma. Continue on Hwy. 90 W through Paradis to Des Allemands. Upon reaching Des Allemands, St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church will be on the right side of LA 631 in the Des Allemands Business District. Usually held 3rd Weekend in June

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. June 16 & 17, 2012.

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. Normally the last weekend in June.

Pearl River FamilyFest - Pearl River - Pearl River Youth Football Association hosting Family Fest on June 4th at Poitevent Park on Highway 41. Arts & Crafts, car show, food, kid’s world, music all day long and fireworks at dark. Proceeds go toward scholarship fund. Normally 2nd weekend in June.

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

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.

Uplifting the Coast Festival - Annual Festival to aid in the preservation of Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle, Louisiana and other coastal communities suffering from damages by storms, erosion, etc. June 7-9 2012

 

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July


Cajun French Music Festival - Lake Charles, Lousiana - The Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) is a non-profit organization comprised of Cajuns and Non-Cajuns whose purpose is to promote and preserve not only Cajun music but various aspects of the Acadian Heritage. (3 hour wesy of the Woodridge B&B.) Normally held the 3rd weekend in July

Essence Music Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - Get tickets, meet the entertainers, links to music, seminars and the cyberlounge held the closest weekend to July 4th.

Go 4th On The River - New Orleans, Louisiana - featuring entertainment and fireworks extravaganza sponsored by the riverfront attractions and local television and radio. Held July 4th.

Gonzales Swamp Pop Festival - Gonzales, Louisiana - "Swamp Pop" is its own unique genre of Louisiana music alongside Cajun, zydeco, and blues; imagine Cajun music with a rock-and-roll flair. In the 1950's, several swamp pop songs even reached the national charts. The festival features a number of these nationally known performers, along with Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductees, South Louisiana Music Association award winners, and many more of the most popular swamp pop performers. Normally held the 3rd weekend in July

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.

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, July 16-17, 2012.

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. Begins in July - Check website for schedule.

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

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!

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.

August

Baton Rouge Hot Air Balloon Festival - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Baton Rouge annually hosts a major Hot Air Balloon event. It is a very popular event and it everyone tends to bring the entire family to see the balloons. Usually held the first weekend in August

Delcambre Shrimp Festival and Fair Association - Delcambre, Louisiana - Catch this festival the third full weekend in August. Fais-do-do (street dances), fair, pageants, Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, shrimp cook-off and cajun rides.

"Le Cajun" Music Awards and Festival - Lafayette, Louisiana - held at Blackham Coliseum is a unique three day event that features an awards ceremony honoring the best in Cajun music and Cajun musicians and includes a three-day dance festival with award winning Cajun bands providing the music. Held in mid August.

 

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. Normally held 1st weekend in Aug.

Pennington Balloon Championship - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Events Schedule · fireworks · children's village · special events · gallery · sponsorship · merchandise · pilot registration · archives banner bottom ... Normally 1st weekend in August. 

 

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. Aug. 4-5, 2012.

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.

 

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. Aug. 30 -Sep 3 2012

September

Southern Decadence Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - The official Southern Decadence web site. Late Aug. - Early Sep..

Creole Zydeco Festival - St. Martinville, Lousiana - Check out photos and join in on the fun. Normally held the 1st weekend in September.

Jim Bowie Festival - Vidalia, Louisiana - this Louisiana festival kicks off with a "Backyard Barbeque Contest" between local amateurs and has become a two-day event, with live music, games and rides for kids, arts & crafts, concessions, with the greater part of the fest on the Riverwalk! Held the last weekend in Sept.

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.

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. Sept. 1 -2, 2012.

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.

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. Aug. 30 -Sep 3 2012

Southern Decadence Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - The official Southern Decadence web site. Late Aug. - Early Sep..

Gueydan Duck Festival - Gueydan, Louisiana - annual event celebrating the sport of duck and goose hunting. The festival is usually held the weekend before Labor Day. Since it does highlight the hunting heritage of the Acadiana region, the Duck Festival offers the public great entertainment with its Duck and Goose Calling contest, Skeet Shooting, Hunting Dog Trials, and Decoy Carving. This is in addition to great food, nightly bands, Junior and Senior Queen's Pageants, a Grand Parade, Outdoor and Indoor Cooking Contests, Auction, arts and crafts, One Mile and 5 K runs (Duck Dash), and to top it all off, a thrilling Carnival.


October

 

Andouille Festival - LaPlace, Lousiana - The Andouille Festival will be held in October at the St. John Community Center. The festival will include info, music, food, events, pageants, kids zone, sponsors, crafts, map and contact info.

Festivals Acadiens et Creoles - Lafayette, Louisiana - Festivals Acadiens et Creoles started in 1972 as an effort to keep Cajun culture alive. Since then it has grown into a three day event every October that attracts people of many different nationalities from all over the world.

 

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is operated by an all-volunteer Fair Board with the help of a number of dedicated volunteers. Monies raised by the Fair are used to fund youth-oriented Worthy Causes in the Greater Baton Rouge area with over $1,200,000 being returned to the community in the years since 1987. Normally held the last weekend in Oct. thru the 1st weekend in Nov.

Gretna Heritage Festival - Gretna, Louisiana - Featuring Food, Live Music, Crafts, Carnival Rides, Games, Family Entertainment in Gretna, Louisiana. Also celebrates Italian and German culture with ethnic food, drink and music. This festival feature TOP musicians and bands from all over the U.S. Normally held the 1st weekend in Oct..

International Acadian Festival - Plaquemine, Louisiana - The festival features something for everyone to enjoy. To prove our point, a motto of the festival is "Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler." And if you don't know what that means, ask a Cajun and he'll tell you with a smile, "Let the Good Times Roll." Held each year in mid October

International Heritage Celebration - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Held in October it brings the community together and fosters better interaction between its ethnic groups by increasing knowledge and understanding of each other. Music, food, dance, storytelling and educational booths from over 50 countries provide a rich insight into the multi-cultural makeup of Baton Rouge.

International Rice Festival - Crowley, Louisiana - one of many Louisiana festivals it is one of the largest, filling the streets of Crowley with festival goers. It's also one of the oldest Agricultural Festivals in the US dating to 1927. Held in October

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

Lecompte Pie Festival - Lecompte, Louisiana - Pottery, wood, fabrics, jewelry, paintings, basketry, soaps, candles, preserves and pies, pies, pies. Come join us for a slice of Louisiana at the Lecompte Pie Festival in early October. A slice of Louisiana is waiting for you! Arts & Crafts, Kids area, Food, Great Entertainment, and pies, pies, and more pies! Lecompte, Louisiana the Pie Capital of Louisiana.

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! Normally held the 1st weekend in October

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

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 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. Normally held last 2 weekends in Oct..


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.  Normally held the 2nd weekend in Oct.Go to: Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival

 

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. This year this festival will be held in Memphis in Oct. Next year in New Orleans

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.

Sorrento Lions Club Boucherie Festival - Sorrento, Louisiana - This festival is held in October. There are live bands playing continuously throughout the festival hours, carnival rides, arts and crafts booths, cooking exhibits, and of course, the best food!!

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.

St Margaret Mary Food and Fun Festival - Slidell, Louisiana - One of the largest Church Festivals in Louisiana. October means fun, food, Great bands, carnival rides and more...

Terrebonne's Annual Cultural, Heritage & Industrial Festival - Houma, Louisiana - There's nothing like a little bit of Cajun hospitality, unless it's a lot of Cajun hospitality. If you're ready to pinch some tails, dance in the street or even yell Ayyeeee, then get on down to the Annual Downtown on the Bayou Festival! From every variety the Cajun chef has to offer to some of the most unique crafts in South Louisiana, the Downtown on the Bayou Festival has something for every member of the family. Join us on the second full weekend of October for a special up-close-and-personal view of what we do best!

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 organiation for coastal wetland erosion. Oct 12-14, 2012.

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. Late October.

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.

November

 

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).

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is operated by an all-volunteer Fair Board with the help of a number of dedicated volunteers. Monies raised by the Fair are used to fund youth-oriented Worthy Causes in the Greater Baton Rouge area with over $1,200,000 being returned to the community in the years since 1987. Normally held the last weekend in Oct. thru the 1st weekend in Nov.

Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance - Abbeville, Louisiana - Website for the Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance, supporter of the Giant Omelette Celebration Festival in Abbeville. Also information on Abbeville's Alliance Center Museum and Art Gallery. The Confrerie D' Abbeville welcomes you to Abbeville's "5000 EGG" Giant Omelette Celebration! This family oriented event including a kids world kicks off Saturday morning with a charity walk through Historic Downtown Abbeville. Go to: Giant Omelette Celebration Festival Normally held the 1st weekend in November.

 

Bayou Bacchanal - New Orleans, Louisiana - The official site of Bayou Bacchanal. The Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans. Bayou Bacchanal is hosted by Caribbean Carnival / Friends of Culture in New Orleans every first Saturday of November that brings the city to life with amazin costumes, steel band drums and the delightful cuisine.

Bywater Neighborhood Association Mirliton Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - Mirliton Festival held in November. Come for music, food, arts, kids tent, and neighborly fun. Check our website for detailed schedule. Usually held the 1st weekend in November

Friends Pet Fest - Metairie, Louisiana - Friends Pet Fest is the Friends of the Jefferson Animal Shelter's Third Annual all breed, all species, companion festival and pet adoption event. It is an event where Pets can bring their families for a day of fun, Education, Delicious Food and Entertainment. Normally held the 2nd weekend in November.

Frog Festival - Rayne, Louisiana - From the opening "fais-do-do," a World Champion Frog Jumping Contest, a spectacular Fireworks Display, incredible entertainment and--of course--those jumping "ouaouarons" we will guarantee that you "pass a good time." Normally held the 2nd weekend in November

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. 6 week Festival begins Nov. 3rd and ends Dec.9 th.

Louisiana Swamp Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana - Audubon Parks Louisiana Swamp festival is held in November each year. Swamp Fest celebrates Louisiana Cajun culture and heritage through education and entertainment. This family-oriented festival gives visitors insight into the Cajun way of life through cultural demonstrations, music, food and crafts.

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.

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. Nov. 10-11, 2012


December

 

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. 6 week Festival begins Nov. 3rd and ends Dec.9 th.

Christmas New Orleans Style - New Orleans, Louisiana - There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities taking place throughout December.

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.
Go to: Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival

 

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. Early December.

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 light decorations in the historic district and along the scenic Cane River Lake.

Festival of the Bonfires - Lutcher, Louisiana - a unique Cajun Christmas celebration. Site has history, schedule of events, activities, maps and info. This is a spectacular tradition, folks, going way back before there was a festival, back to the early Cajun settlers. In more recent generations, Cajuns tell their children the fires are there to guide Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Tangipahoa Parish - See this Schedule of Events


Date to be announced or check website...

Bayou Country SuperFest - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Featuring music, food and fun, Fan Fest will take place each day of Bayou Country Superfest outside Tiger Stadium. Fan Fest will feature a music performance stage sponsored by Budweiser, The Official Beer Sponsor of Bayou Country Superfest, complementing the Festival’s tailgating activities. Date to be announced

Bridge City Gumbo Festival - Bridge City, Louisiana - Bridge City's "world famous" Gumbo is cooked daily at the festival grounds and over 2000 gallons of both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo will be prepared for our visitors during the festival. A variety of other native Louisiana cooking such as jambalaya, New Orleans style red beans and rice with sausage as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, onion mums, homemade cakes and candies, funnel cakes and many other delicious surprises will also be available. The 2012 festival date to be announced

Church Point Buggy Festival - Church Point, Louisiana - one of many Louisiana festivals offering fun for the children and adults, contests, music, food and more. The Church Point Buggy Festival was originally organized by The Acadia St. Landry Medical Foundation, a non-profit organization, as a fundraiser in support of the Acadia St. Landry Hospital. This event has through the years, not only allowed the hospital to remain open but has allowed the hospital to add several new departments and expand into a top notch rural hospital. Festival date to be announced.

Cochon de Lait Festival - Mansura, Louisiana - The Cochon de Lait Festival held annually on Mother's Day Weekend mixes great cajun food, good times and music with cochon de lait (french for roast suckling pig) to create an unforgettable experience. Plenty for the entire family to pass a good time. Festival offers a giant Midway, nightly street dances, great cajun food, contests, parade, arts/crafts booths and so much more. Festival date to be announced.

Denham Springs Antique Festivals - Denham Springs, Louisiana - The Antique Village host two festivals a year. Over 150 vendor booths line up in the middle of Range Ave. and sell antiques, art, greenery, crafts and many more items. There is plenty of food such as jambalaya, hamburgers, funnel cakes, kettle corn and much, much more. Check website for festival dates.

Jambalaya Festival, The - Gonzales, Louisiana - one of the many Louisiana food festivals which features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food and so much fun it takes four days to get it all in.

 

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Food & Music Fest - Slidell, Louisiana - Our Lady of Lourdes Food & Music Fest has an "old time" carnival atmosphere. Music by local artists, silent auction, and crafts booths and great food. All proceeds will be used to rebuild school, which was destroyed by Hurrican Katrina. We are waiting for date of 2012 festival

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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.

Tri-Parish Fair and Festival - Eunice, Louisiana - The event will be a return to old-fashioned fairs with something for everyone. Planned events range from livestock shows and pie contests to Ferris wheels and carnival rides, concerts, music, petting zoo, music stages, antique cars and motorcycles, kids games, school competitions, crafts, rodeo events, museums & culture center, arts & craft shows and much more. Date to be announced.

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