What kind of festival are you excited about? Whether you’ve got the soul of a chef, a musician or an adventurer, you’ll find what you’re looking for this spring in Louisiana. This is part 2 of a list of different and unique festivals to discover this spring. Read about more spring festivals in the Part 1 story, or read about spring's most popular festivals.
If you’re into swamp blues, hearing home-grown Louisiana artists sing their stories, and meeting nationally and internationally recognized bands, come to Baton Rouge for one of the oldest blues festivals in the country. Performers at the two-day music fest are old and young, men and women, but they all sing their truth, as all blues artists should. Local visual artists and food vendors round out the incredible weekend that is free to the public — although VIP passes are available for those who want a more exclusive experience.
Come along to New Iberia and celebrate great Southern writers with your literature-loving friends. While you’re here, take a unique look at the hometown of author James Lee Burke through the lens of his fictional character Detective Dave Robicheaux. Burke draws such a vivid picture of New Iberia in each of his books that it’s like a character unto itself. Take a long weekend this spring to explore the Cajun culture in new ways—through storytelling, poetry, workshops, music, tours by bus or boat, plenty of good food and even a 5K to work up your appetite once again.
In Alexandria, even the art museums are more fun. The Alexandria Museum of Art does education outreach and has rotating exhibitions. However, not just any museum holds annual events like Dragon Boat Races. The visually stunning dragon boats bring people together from all walks of life, in the water and in the crowds. Want to join in the madness? All you need is a group of 20 paddlers (at least eight must be women, but all ages and athletic abilities are welcome) to form your team. The festival provides a helmsman and organizes a practice before the event. Good luck!
Crawfish, crawdads, mudbugs … whatever you call them, they’re a way of life here in Louisiana. And nowhere is the cuisine more celebrated than downtown Shreveport each spring at Mudbug Madness. Locals and Cajun lovers from all over come to the three-day festival to enjoy live music, crazy contests, festival fun for all ages and of course, incredible Cajun fare.
Pro Tip: If you’re new to crawfish, check out this short video tutorial on how to eat them, and there is crawfish boil recipe so you can bring the flavors of Louisiana home.
The first weekend in May brings artists and art appreciators out to historic downtown Leesville for Mayfest. Bring the whole family along to stake out a spot at the annual chalk-a-block and make some art of your own, right on the street. When your masterpiece is complete, walk around to see and experience other hand-made items, hear live music, shop local food vendors, hang out in the kid’s area, and enjoy more festival fun!
Bright shiny faces saluting the sun, wide fields of native wildflowers and a treasure hunt to boost the excitement of the natural beauty. All this and more are offered this year at the Sunflower Trail and Festival in Gilliam. On your way north from Shreveport you’ll be amazed at the varieties of big yellow flowers. When you arrive in Gilliam, if you’re hungry, stop off at Main Street Restaurant, The Wild Petunia or Adger’s Store. Be sure to save time to peruse the Crossroads Museum, let the kids make their own arts and crafts, and take in the incredible photographs on display for the contest at the Gilliam Library.
As the temperatures rise, cool off with a slice of cold Louisiana watermelon! Take a drive to DeRidder for the Beauregard Watermelon Festival to get your fill on locally grown watermelons that are perfectly sweet and refreshing. Enjoy creative activities, try your hand at the Watermelon Carving Contest. Have you gotten trouble for spitting? Put that under-appreciated skill to good use at the Seed Spitting and Eating Contest. And that’s just the beginning of all the fun folks have at this festival each year.
We’ve always believed that there’s more fun to have in Louisiana than just about anywhere else. If these lists of incredible spring festivals haven’t convinced you, come on over and let us show you in person. Adventure-seekers, culture lovers and fun-seeking families will not be disappointed with all there is to do on a spring trip to Louisiana. Read part one of Louisiana's spring festivals you must experience, or read about the spring's most popular festivals.