1. Contraband Days (May 3-13, 2018)
This pirate-themed festival is perhaps one of the most unique in the state, and you don’t want to miss it. The festival takes place on both land and sea, including watercraft exhibitions, a boat parade, local arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and so much more. The festival runs May 3-13, so you still have some time to catch it! Address: 900 Lake Shore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601.
2. Cochon De Lait Festival (May 10-13, 2018)
The Cochon De Lait Festival returns for its 44th year on May 10-13, so get ready for a good time. Mansura is the Cochon de Lait capital of the world, so it’s only fitting that they host the celebration. The festival will have amazing Cajun food, live music, and - of course - a Cochon de Lait or two. Address: 1832 Leglise St., Mansura, LA 71350.
3. Rayne Frog Festival (May 10-12, 2018)
Held May 10-12, the festival is full of live music, food and drinks, carnival rides, and their signature events like frog racing, frog jumping, and even a frog cookout and frog-eating contest!
4. Bayou Cajun Fest (May 11-13, 2018)
Bayou Cajun Fest takes place May 11-13 and features live music, carnival rides, and some of the best Cajun food you’ll ever taste. Location: Larose Regional Park & Civic Center, Larose, LA 70303.
5. Starks Mayhaw Festival (May 17-19, 2018)
The Mayhaw Festival began in 1993 and only gets better with age. Celebrating all things mayhaw, you can stock up on jams and jellies while you enjoy the carnival rides, kids games, car shows, and more. The festival takes place May 17-19 at the intersection of La Hwy. 12 and 109 in Starks, Louisiana.
6. Mudbug Madness (May 24-27, 2018)
What began as a two-day festival in 1984 has now become a four-day extravaganza and one of the largest and most popular Cajun festivals around. Featuring some of the best Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, and Jazz music performances, you’ll have a fabulous time dancing the day away as you feast on delicious Cajun cuisine. Address: 101 Crockett St., Shreveport, LA 71101.
7. Jambalaya Festival (May 25-27, 2018)
Celebrating its 50th year, the Jambalaya festival takes place May 25-27 and the whole family will enjoy the food, music, and carnival rides that this amazing festival features. Address: 120 South Irma Blvd., Gonzales, LA 70737.
8. Peach Festival (June 22-23, 2018)
The Peach Festival has been going strong for over 30 years, making it the longest continuously running agricultural festival in Louisiana. More than 150 vendors from all over the south come out to sell their products, and you can bet you’ll be eating a ton of peach-flavored items here. Address: 2111 North Trenton St., Ruston, LA 71270.
9. Beauregard Watermelon Festival (June 29-30, 2018)
Nothing says summer more than a refreshing slice of watermelon on a hot day. There’ll be fun and games for the whole family, tasty watermelon treats, and entertainment that simply can’t be beaten. Address: 204 W. 1st St., DeRidder, LA 70634.
And there you have it – your next two months are all planned out! Are you going to any of these festivals? Let us know what your favorite festival is in the comments below.
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