Things To Do in Louisiana This Weekend

Whether you are a culture seeker, food aficionado, outdoor adventurer or history lover, Louisiana is filled with opportunities for you to #FeedYourSoul. 

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Cypress Bend Park Holiday Lights

Watch the twinkling lights at the Winter Wonderland in Many.

Kick off to Christmas

Play in Downtown Ruston at the Kickoff to Christmas.

Shreveport-Bossier City

Watch the fireworks show with friends over the Red River.

Here's a roundup of fun Louisiana events and activities.

With 9 State Museums and 22 State Parks & Preserves, there is no shortage of things to do every day of the year in Louisiana.

Enjoy world-class fishing, boating and paddling. Get up close with nature on biking and hiking trails. You'll find excellent camping and picnic areas, including well-equipped cabins and RV parks and so much more at a Louisiana State Park. A few of our southeast Louisiana parks received significant damage from Hurricane Ida. Grand Isle State Park, Tickfaw State Park and Bayou Segnette State Park remain temporarily closed.

When you're ready to travel, discover the history of Mardi Gras, see Louis Armstrong's cornet, relive historic moments in Louisiana sports history and so much more when you visit a Louisiana State Museum. The Cabildo in New Orleans' Jackson Square is not only home to Napoleon's Death Mask but once served as the Spanish seat of government in the United States. There are countless opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture that makes Louisiana such a special place.

Here are just a few events happening around the state this weekend for you to experience #OnlyLouisiana:

Volunteer Louisiana

Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief

Our volunteers are working hard during the aftermath of Hurricane Ida’s devastation. If you would like to volunteer this weekend, please visit Volunteer Louisiana for the organizations that are currently responding to this disaster. Please sign up with an organization and do not self-deploy. Thank you for your help! 

Winter Wonderland of Lights


Thousands of twinkling lights will display at the beautiful Cypress Bend Park. Stroll through the park or stay warm in the drive-through light display. Click here for more information.

Kickoff to Christmas


No better way to start your holiday season in Ruston! The Kickoff to Christmas features numerous festive activities, holiday tunes, the tree lighting ceremony, and a special visit from Santa! Go for a carriage ride to really get into the holiday spirit. The charming shops in Downtown Ruston will be open late so you can do a little Christmas shopping, too. Get more details here.  

Rockets Over The Red Fireworks Festival 

Shreveport-Bossier City 

Start your holiday season with fireworks over the sister cities! Hang out with the family while listening to Christmas music, see Santa Claus and grab a bite to eat from the food truck court. Click here for more details. 

Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens 

New Iberia 

Come see the beauty of Jefferson Island adorned with holiday decorations! Take a tour, book your stay and dine at the cafe. Learn more about Rip Van Winkle Gardens, here.

Holiday Art Walk 

Lake Charles 

If you are in Southwest Louisiana, Holiday Art Walk is the perfect opportunity to start checking off your Christmas list! Shop from local makers and artists to give your gift-giving an extra personal touch. Get more details here.

Louisiana's Unusual Attractions

One thing is for certain when you visit Louisiana–expect the unexpected! Louisiana’s most unusual attractions may make for the most beloved of memories. The Unusual Is Our Usual Pass is an exclusive mobile passport containing a collection of quirky attractions to explore throughout the state. Plus, when you check into 8 destinations–you win prizes!


Learn more about upcoming things to do around Louisiana here on our calendar of events.