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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Gnarly Gras
Gnarly Barley

Get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras Gnarly Barley style! Head to Gnarly Gras for brews, food and a performace by the 610 Stompers!

Civil Rights Trail

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

Carnival in Louisiana

Carnival season is in full swing! Get in the Mardi Gras spirit with upcoming events.

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

With nine state museums and 22 state parks & preserves, there is no shortage of things to do every day of the year in Louisiana.

Head to countless festivals. Experience your first (or twentieth!) Mardi Gras. Listen to live music that will get in your bones and never leave. 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 at a Louisiana state park

Discover the history of Mardi Gras, see Louis Armstrong's cornet, relive historical moments in Louisiana sports history and so much more when you visit one of Louisiana's state museums. There are countless opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture that makes Louisiana such a special place.

Here are just a few #OnlyLouisiana events happening around the state this weekend. For a full list of this weekend's events, click here!

Carnival Time in Louisiana


Did you know that January 6, otherwise known as King's Day or the Feast of the Epiphany, kicked off Carnival season? 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.

Bayou Mardi Gras Parade

New Iberia
February 3

Kick off Mardi Gras in Acadiana and experience Mardi Gras on the banks of Bayou Teche with the annual Bayou Mardi Gras Parade! The parade takes place on the Historic Main Street of New Iberia. With its largest riding krewe to date, you'll be sure to catch tons of throws!

Check out more things to do in Iberia Parish here!

Mardi Gras Madness

February 4

It's Mardi Gras Madness in the Twin Cities! Prep for the Krewe de Riviere parade at the Downtown RiverMarket in Monroe.  The market will be held from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., with the parade starting at 5 p.m. The market will feature live music, mask decorating stations, food trucks, vendors, magicians and more! 

Learn more Monroe-West Monroe here!

Wild Game Cookout

Port Allen
February 4

Feeling hungry ? Head to Port Allen for this year's Wild Game Cookout! Teams will be stirring, frying and grilling all sorts of wild game - from alligator to crawfish, and everything in between, come have a taste for yourself at some real Louisiana cooking! While you're there, enjoy live music, auctions and more.

Learn more about West Baton Rouge Parish here.

Welsh Mardi Gras Festival

February 4

Get ready for a full day of Mardi Gras fun at the Welsh Mardi Gras Festival! With live music, vendors and a parade in between, Mardi Gras fanatics of all ages are invited to celebrate! 

Explore more attractions and events in Jefferson Davis Parish here.

Bayou King Cake Festival

February 4

It's not officially Carnival season until you have a belly full of king cake! At the Bayou King Cake Festival, get in the spirit of Mardi Gras by sampling a variety of local king cakes and voting on the one you believe is the best on the bayou! Following the festival, enjoy the Krewe of King Cake Children's Parade and live music. 

Check out more to do in Thibodaux here!

Gnarly Gras

February 5

Guests of all ages are invited to experience Gnarly Gras...a celebration like no other! Hosted by Gnarly Barley Brewing, enjoy an afternoon of local craft brews, food and live music. While you're there, you won't want to miss a performance by 610 Stompers, the iconic all-male dance group from New Orleans. There will be activities for the kids and dogs are welcome, too! Explore more events and activities in Tangipahoa Parish here. 

Before you go, download the Louisiana Libations Trail Pass and start checking in to earn prizes at breweries, wineries and distilleries across the state!

Libations Trail Pass


Are you a fan of unique, hand-crafted cocktails? If so, participate in the Louisiana Libations Trail Pass and win prizes for exploring Louisiana craft breweries, wineries, distilleries and restaurants that serve local libations products. Louisiana cocktails are often infused with local ingredients to create flavor profiles you won't find anywhere else in the country. 

Check out other events and things to do across Louisiana 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.