Seasons of Louisiana

There are more than four seasons in Louisiana and each one offers tasty surprises.

You can tell something about Louisiana's flair for the flavorful just by looking at our calendar. There are more than four seasons in Louisiana, and every one of offers a tasty surprise that welcomes visitors year-round. Discover when seafood is in season in Louisiana to discovering some extra seasons you never knew existed - #OnlyLouisiana! From crawfish season to Mardi Gras season, you might just love them all!  Share or pin this infographic with share buttons to the left of this page.

Seasons of Louisiana

Seasons of Louisiana Infographic

Crawfish Season in Louisiana

The crawfish are abundant in Louisiana late winter through early spring. Whether you are a purist and like to boil them or whether your taste buds are more decadent and prefer a crawfish Étouffée, either way, these crustaceans are delicious and served up by the pound. Learn how to eat crawfish and get the crawfish boil recipe.

Where to find it: Ponchatoulas in Ruston, Crawfish House and Grill in Opelousas, Boudreau and Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' in Houma and so, so, so many places in between.

Crab Season in Louisiana

Louisiana blue crabs are quite a delicacy and can be found late spring through early fall. Found in dishes ranging from crab dip appetizers to crab and shrimp gumbo, Louisiana blue crabs are a sweet, succulent treat. Get the recipe for Creole Crab Dip.

Where to find it:  Seafood Connection in New Iberia and Seafood Palace in Lake Charles are just a sampling.

Shrimp Season in Louisiana

Brown shrimp are readily available May through July and white shrimp are available April through December. Ensure you check the label when you purchase shrimp to ensure you are getting Louisiana caught or domestic shrimp which are tested ensuring the quality and safety of the shrimp. Shrimp can be found in much of Louisiana cooking from breakfast to dinner. Get the recipe for Louisiana Barbequed Shrimp.

Where to find it: Roberto's River Road restaurant in Sunshine, Tony's Seafood Market & Deli in Baton Rouge, Charley G's in Lafayette, and many more stops around the state.

Oyster Season in Louisiana

October through April is the prime season for these succulent, large Gulf Coast delicacies, however, they are available year-round. Whether you prefer your oysters served freshly shucked with tabasco and lemon or you like to get fancy with Oysters Rockefeller, Louisiana will be your oyster heaven. 

Where to find it: Jefferson Parish Oyster Trail (yes, we have an entire area dedicated to Oysters!) and Acme Oyster House in New Orleans.

Mardi Gras Season in Louisiana

Every year the dates of Mardi Gras season vary so check your calendars because you do not want to miss the party! Food is another central experience to the Mardi Gras season. Learn about different versions of king cake or try this king cake recipe. Across the entire state of Louisiana, everyone is celebrating—experience family-friendly parades on the Northshore to traditional Cajun celebrations called Courir de Gras where masked revelers take to horseback and ride through Eunice, Mamou and Iota, Louisiana. Learn more about Cajun Mardi Gras and check out New Orleans parade schedules

Snoball Season in Louisiana

Snoballs are most popular in the summer.  Similar to a snowcone, snoballs are perfect for a refreshing tasty treat.

Where to find it: Cajun Sno in Lafayette, Hansen's Sno-Bliz in New Orleans, Frosty's Sno Shack in Bossier City and many places in between. 

Tailgating Season in Louisiana 

Tailgating (a.k.a Football Season) is a wonderful fall and winter activity full of excitement and incredible food! From the LSU Tigers to the New Orleans Saints, Louisiana supports their favorite teams with delicacies served up anywhere from the favorite neighborhood bar to the parking lot of Grambling State University's Eddie Robinson Stadium. 

Where to find it: LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Joe Alliet Stadium in Ruston, Grambling State University's Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Cajun Field.


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