Louisiana’s festival information

Uniquely Louisiana Festivals

All Along Louisiana’s Coast

Those who live in coastal Louisiana take pride in showing visitors to our beautiful state a good time. Every year, more than 400 festivals take place throughout the state, celebrating nearly everything Louisiana is proud of, from its cultural cuisines, to unique music and harvested crops. There is no better place to enjoy Louisiana food than visiting any one of the local festivals from the northern area of the state down to the coastline.

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Here is just a sampling of the many family friendly festivals you will find along Louisiana’s coast:

  • The Eagle Expo in St. Mary Parish This event is a tribute that was put together to honor the endangered American Bald Eagle species that returned to Louisiana, thanks to better awareness of harmful pesticides and public awareness in general. The expo is held in February and offers fun, games as well as the chance to view some of the more than 300 nests maintained by the local population of eagles.
  • Family Gras in Jefferson Parish - Family Gras is a celebration of carnival and family and is the perfect getaway for families, especially in the midst of winter. This premier carnival event is one highly anticipated by Jefferson Parish and features local and national bands, all-American favorite foods and drinks and interactive games.
  • The Tomato Festival in St. Bernard Parish - There are some peculiar traditions at the Tomato Festival that locals love like people dressing up as giant tomatoes, tomato-shaped fans and tomatoes that are auctioned off to local chefs. In recent years, the Tomato Festival has been joined with the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival so that over eight blocks of entertainment, food and music are available.
  • The Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula – Mark your calendars in April, to help celebrate Ponchatoula’s Strawberry Festival. This family- and kid-friendly annual event hosts sack races, an eating contest and, of course, strawberry shortcake.
  • The Catfish Festival in Franklin Parish – Held in Winnsboro in April of every year, the Catfish Festival in Franklin Parish offers over two tons of fried catfish at the Saturday event. You can also enjoy the local performers strolling the streets along with musical entertainment, and much more.
  • Larose Food Festival – Locals and visitors travel to Larose every October to enjoy the Cajun lifestyle. The local food festival pays homage to French delicacies and Cajun specialties including crawfish fettuccine, shrimp boulettes, custard pie and other amazing French specialty treats.
  • The Crab Festival in Lacombe – Who does not enjoy soft shell crab poor boys (po’boys), and delectable crab cakes? The Crab Festival in Lacombe offers up savory fare including crab fingers and boiled crab every June.
  • The Seafood Festival in Mandeville – Every Fourth of July weekend, head over to the Seafood Festival in Mandeville, held at Fontainebleau State Park. Enjoy the baked, boiled and fried seafood delicacies offered at over 20 seafood booths. Munch on barbecue shrimp, lobster puffs, seafood gumbo, fish on a stick and much more. Be sure and stay after dark to enjoy the spectacular fireworks show over Lake Pontchartrain.
  • Shrimp and Petroleum Festival – Only Louisiana would pair together petroleum and shrimp to hold a celebration. On Labor Day weekend every year, in Morgan City, Louisiana celebrates the local live music, arts and crafts, and traditional Cajun cooking. Be sure and stay long enough to enjoy the local parade.

The state of Louisiana has always been known for its celebrations. Now every local and out-of-town visitor can enjoy the amazing extravaganzas held all across the state every year. With street parades, fireworks displays, live music and arts and crafts, many towns all across the Louisiana coastline know how to throw a party. Now there is no reason to wait until Mardi Gras to enjoy the pleasures that Louisiana offers.