Celebrating more than 400 commodities, causes, delicacies and cultures, Louisiana festivals take pride in the state’s rich history and culture. Almost every weekend of the year, a festival celebration brings in a wide variety of people locally, nationally and internationally. Whether you are looking to tempt your taste buds on hometown flavors or dance to the hot sounds of Cajun zydeco music, these festivals offer new adventures that will make you leave wanting more. Here is a look at some upcoming festivals, along with a few words from their royalty.
The 2017 Contraband Days Festival will be held May 4 - 14 in Lake Charles along the Seawall behind the Civic Center. “There is no other place in Louisiana where you can experience a pirate-themed festival! Not to mention, Contraband Days is ranked one of the Top 7 Pirate Festivals in the Country,” says festival queen, Sydney Richardelle. Whether you are listening to the sounds of the cannons in the distance or watching the live reenactment of Jean Lafitte’s fleet, you will be taken back in time at the Contraband Days Festival. Richardelle shares, “My favorite memory was this past year. Since I was the queen, I was able to ride in the boats fighting for Jean Lafitte to take over the city and even made the mayor walk the plank! It was very exciting and an experience I’ll never forget!”
To start planning your trip to the 2017 Contraband Days Festival, head over to Visit Lake Charles.
The 2017 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival will be held May 5-7 at Parc Hardy in the Crawfish Capital of the World. Known for its boiling, flavor-blasted crawfish and zydeco bands, this family-oriented festival is sure to offer you a tail-tapping good time. Festival queen, Tori Hebert, says, “One attraction that makes the World Famous Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival stand out is our requiring all of the festival’s performing bands to feature a fiddle or accordion player. More than 30 bands play on three stages over the three days so we get truly authentic Cajun and zydeco music.”
For more information on the 2017 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, visit Lafayette Travel.
Held every first weekend in May on the school grounds of Our Lady of Prompt Succor School in Chalmette, Louisiana, this festival celebrates so much more than just the Creole tomato. Centered around community, this festival offers a wide range of entertainment. Not just limited to local bands, the students of Our Lady of Prompt Succor choreograph and perform several dances for the public’s entrainment. The Tomato Festival is also known for its signature dish, the tomato-a-la-Chalmette, a fried green tomato smothered in a creamy Cajun sauce.
To plan your trip to the LA Crawfish Festival or the Tomato Festival, check out Visit St. Bernard for more information.
Located in the Catfish Capital of the World, Des Allemands, Louisiana, join the parishioners of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church on June 23-25 for a weekend of live entrainment and of course catfish home-cooked many different ways. Beat the heat and have lunch inside where there is a dessert table bake sale and all proceeds directly benefit the church. Grab a friend and play games at each booth or do a little shopping with local vendors.
To begin planning your visit to the Catfish Capital of the World, check out Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou for more information.
This is just a small sample of the more than 400 festivals held each year in Louisiana. There is a festival for everyone, and maybe even more than one. To find out more about Louisiana’s festivals, visit our events page. There you can search by festival, date, or area of the state. Discover your favorites, and you will soon understand why in Louisiana, we can always find a reason to celebrate!