Festivals have been a part of Louisiana’s culture for years, and no matter where you may live in the state, you are sure to stumble upon a fun celebration brimming with music, food, and games. Each one is unique, so you’ll be sure to learn many new things in addition to having fun.
1. Hot Air Balloon Festival
On September 25, Ascension Parish will host their fourth Hot Air Balloon Festival. Come prepared to stretch out with blankets and enjoy the hot air balloons, live music, and local foods.
2. Southwest Louisiana Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe festival
The Opelousas Native Americans rejoice in their heritage with storytelling, dancing, drum making, and even a talking stick contest.
3. Satchmo Summer Festival
Outside New Orleans' Old Mint, a festival celebrating the life and legacy of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong begins in August and lasts for three days. A second line parade and Jazz mass are just some of what the festival promises.
4.Fur and Wildlife Festival.
Although it's already passed, this festival is too awesome to not mention. Local and natural resource industries teach about trap settings, how to skin a nutria, and oyster shucking. Guests can enter a contest in any of the above or simply enjoy the food and live music.
5. Natchitoches Folk Festival
Come for Cajun dance July 17 lessons, traditional food, and a fiddle workshop. You'll also be able to attend the Louisiana State Fiddle championship!
9. Catfish Festival des Allemands
This festival was originally formed to raise money for the Catholic church and has since expanded into a day of games, rides, music, and of course catfish. Allemands isn't the catfish capital for nothing!
7. Marshland Festival
Formed by non profit organizations in Lake Charles, this festival is family focused with arts and crafts, games, and live music. The kids are of course free!
8.Swamp Pop Music Festival
The town of Gonzales hosts a two day music festival featuring authentic swamp pop music! Come and jam by one of the live indoor stages and feel good that all proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis research.
9. Crabfest Lacombe
Bask beneath the Oak trees in John Davis State Park in honor of the town's traditions. Prepare for some delicious crab consumption as well.
10. Rhythms on the False River
The celebration comes just before the fourth and kicks off with music, food, and fireworks on the False River in the Point Coupee Parish.
11. Independence Day Festival.
Shreveport rings in July fourth right with a spectacular fireworks show, music, and games.
These are just a handful of all the fun and interesting festivals that Louisiana hosts every year. Which festivals will you be exploring this summer?