With about 400 different festivals each year, it’s no wonder Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about everything that contributes to our unique culture, every indigenous dish, every type of music that's played here and even the crops we harvest.
If you drive down I-10 through south-central Louisiana, you’ll notice big brightly painted brown highway signs for the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. The American-Indian word Atchafalaya (Think of a sneeze: uh-CHA-fuh-LIE-uh) means “long river,” after the Atchafalaya River, and the national heritage area includes 14 parishes that surround or are near it.
As the weather cools and the humidity drops, New Orleans comes alive with festival season. Festivals take place throughout the city celebrating everything from Gulf Coast seafood to contemporary art.
My favorite way to travel between fests is to rent a bicycle and take advantage of the cooler weather. Below are seven fabulous festivals worth a trip with a few bike tips for a more active experience.
Bayou Country Superfest brings some of the biggest country superstars to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana: It's where jazz was born, where Cajun and zydeco were created and where country music's early stars got their start.
The towns of Cajun Country hold a festival for nearly everything.