There must be something in the water. How else can you explain the amazing flavor of Louisiana's seafood? Don't think you've eaten Louisiana seafood before? We bet you have—Louisiana is the number one provider of shrimp, oysters, crab, crawfish and even gator in the country.
We think that's reason to celebrate, and we don't mean five friends and a cake. We're talking 10,000 of our closest friends, street parades, live music and fireworks extravaganzas. Would you expect any less from the home of Mardi Gras? We didn't think so.
Check out these delicious Louisiana seafood festivals.
Delcambre Shrimp Festival August 15–19, 2018:
Shrimping has long been the lifeblood of the Louisiana community of Delcambre, and its people come together the third weekend in August each year to celebrate the beloved crustacean. Feast upon shrimp served up every way you can imagine, and see who wins the shrimp cook-off. As you climb aboard the carnival rides and boogie to the live music, keep an eye out for the lovely Shrimp Queen.
Arts and Crabs Fest August 18, 2018:
Food is a way of life in Louisiana and this one day festival in Lake Charles in August celebrates the ties between Louisiana seafood and the state’s culture. Festival goers will dive into delicious crab dish tastings with local craft beer pairings from some of the area's most popular restaurants. Other highlights include live music, and an art market featuring local artists’ paintings, jewelry and more.
Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival August 30 - September 3, 2018:
Shrimp and petroleum may seem an unlikely pairing, but the industries are a mainstay of Morgan City's economy and this Labor Day weekend festival celebrates them both. The free event features down-home Cajun cooking, arts and crafts, live music, parades and a Blessing of the Fleet.
St. Tammany Crab Festival September 15-16:
The St. Tammany Crab Festival celebrates the cantankerous crustacean with a huge two-day party in Slidell’s Heritage Park. This crab festival features non-stop live music, Battle of the Bands, a classic car show, boat rides, kids games and activities and, of course, the star of the show, crabs!
World Championship Gumbo Cookoff October 13, 2018:
Every year on the second weekend in October, almost 100 teams gather in New Iberia, Louisiana for this ultimate battle to crown the best roux! Live music and Louisiana cuisine are the highlights of the weekend festivities, but Sunday the gumbo takes center stage. Want a flavor teaser? Make this award-winning seafood Gumbo recipe from the cookoff.
Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay October 12–14, 2018:
For more than 40 years, the people of LaFourche Parish have been celebrating gumbo in October! It's a family celebration complete with live music, carnival rides and a 5k run.
Plan Ahead - Amite Oyster Festival 2019 March 15–17, 2019:
Since 1976, the residents of Amite have been celebrating their oyster industry. What began with a single day celebration has blossomed into a three-day spring festival complete with live music, carnival rides, and oysters served more ways than one can imagine. Mark your calendars for this annual March celebration at the Tangipahoa Fair Grounds.
Plan Ahead - Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival 2019:
Every early May, Breaux Bridge has been celebrating the crawfish since 1960 with this three-day festival featuring crawfish, Cajun music including zydeco and swamp pop, dancing lessons, more crawfish and more crawfish. Yum! Don't miss out!
Plan Ahead - New Orleans Oyster Fest June 2019:
If you were to eat your way across New Orleans at the city's best seafood restaurants, it'd take you a good week, a tank of gas and plenty of dough for tips and parking. But here's a secret: You can try most of them at the New Orleans Oyster Festival in Woldenberg Riverfront Park near the French Quarter. Restaurants such as Acme Oyster House, Drago's and GW Fins serve up a variety of fare and there's even an Acme Oyster Eating Contest. Do yourself a favor and don't miss the BBQ oysters from Red Fish Grill.
Plan Ahead - Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival June 2019:
Head to Lake Charles for the Shrimp and Jazz Fest that showcases shrimp (of course!), along with jazz musicians, artists and a Jazz After Dark concert with big headliners. Join the fun for dancing, great Louisiana shrimp and other classic Louisiana dishes.