Things to Do in Louisiana This Month

No matter the season, in Louisiana there's always something to celebrate.

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Mardi Gras Parade

It's officially Carnival time in Louisiana! Explore Mardi Gras events and more this month.

Civil Rights Trail

Celebrate Black History Month through the African American Heritage Trail and gain perspective on the African American history of Louisiana.

Mardi Paws
Mardi Paws

Celebrate Carnival with your furry friends with the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws!

With over 400 festivals and countless events, there is always something exciting happening in Louisiana! Take a look at a few of the events happening this month across the Bayou State. Which one will you go to next?

With over 90 events, this month is jam-packed with things to do for everyone! Pack up the family because it's time for an #OnlyLouisiana road trip. No matter what corner of the state you explore, you'll find plenty of fun for all ages.

Here are just a few #OnlyLouisiana events happening around the state this month. View a full list of this month's events in Louisiana here.

Carnival Time in Louisiana


Carnival season is in full swing! If you know anything about Mardi Gras, then you know it's a marathon, not a sprint. Explore all that Louisiana has to offer throughout the Carnival season, and plan a trip of your own to catch a parade, feast on king cake and catch some throws! Learn more about Mardi Gras in Louisiana here.

Mardi Gras in North Louisiana

Shreveport and Monroe
Through February 21

Join in on family fun carnival celebrations in Shreveport and Monroe! With plenty of food, music, parades and activities—Mardi Gras events in this area are anything but average. 

Learn more about Mardi Gras in North Louisiana here. 

Mardi Gras in Central Louisiana

Alexandria and Natchitoches
Through February 21

Experience Mardi Gras in Alexandria and Natchitoches! Central Louisiana offers your family all the excitement of parades and festivities while keeping the small-town charm that makes this area special.  

Learn more about Mardi Gras in Central Louisiana here.

Mardi Gras in South Louisiana

Lake Charles, Lafayette, St. Landry, Iberia, Acadia, Jefferson Davis, Houma, St. Mary, Baton Rouge, St. Tammany
Through February 21

Mardi Gras in South Louisiana is the biggest celebration all year in Louisiana! Explore the many Mardi Gras events from balls and parades, to cook-offs, dances and more. Don't forget to learn more about Cajun Mardi Gras, which has its own set of traditions upheld each year. 

Learn more about Mardi Gras in South Louisiana here.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

New Orleans
Through February 21

Get ready to celebrate the largest free festival on the planet - Mardi Gras in New Orleans! With dozens of parades, hundreds of marching krewes and vibrant costumes that fill the city, New Orleans Mardi Gras is an unforgettable experience.

View the full New Orleans parade schedule here

Cajun Country Courir de Mardi Gras

February 17 - 21

Head to Eunice for a unique five-day celebration: Cajun Country Courir de Mardi Gras! The Courir de Mardi Gras is not your typical idea of Mardi Gras with beads and throws; instead, you'll find men and women on horseback donned in hand-crafted wire masks and very distinctive costumes. This one-of-a-kind celebration begins the Friday before Mardi Gras Day, but the main event is the Courir de Mardi Gras procession or "chicken run" which involves chasing a live chicken to collect for a community gumbo!  Throughout the weekend, experience the town's rural traditions with street dances, Mardi Gras exhibits and more!

Explore more things to do in St. Landry Parish here.

10th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival

Baton Rouge
February 18

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge at the 10th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival, a family-friendly, free event! Attendees can enjoy live music, vendors and delicious food. This year's lineup features blues, soul, R&B, reggae, gospel, jazz, pop/rock, spoken word and comedy. 

Check out more activities in Baton Rouge here!

Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws Mardi Gras Parade

February 26

Join the premier Mardi Gras walking parade featuring furry friends with the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws! The parade rolls and strolls on the Sunday following Mardi Gras Day. Parade-goers must be in costume, and up to six humans can accompany each four-legged friend. Human escorts are encouraged to dress to suit the theme, too!

Explore Louisiana's Northshore here!

African American Heritage Trail


As we celebrate Black History Month, retrace the footsteps of trailblazing men and women who shaped our state through the African American Heritage Trail. Explore trail sites throughout the state that help provide perspective on the African American history of Louisiana.

Make Plans For Louisiana This Month

Whether it's one of our many exciting festivals or an adventure in the great outdoors, there is always something unique to experience in Louisiana. Be sure to check our calendar of events for the most up-to-date list of festivities.

 Find more trip ideas and things to do around Louisiana this month.