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.
Here's a roundup of fun Louisiana events and activities.
With nine state museums and 21 state parks & preserves, there is no shortage of things to do every day of the year in Louisiana.
Head to countless festivals. 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.
These are just a few #OnlyLouisiana events happening around the state this weekend. For a full list of this weekend's events, click here!
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
The Louisiana Crawfish Festival is the perfect event to celebrate the official crustacean of Louisiana! Located in historic St. Bernard Parish, this family-friendly festival satisfies all of your festival desires. Enjoy carnival rides, food (crawfish & non-crawfish), live music and more. Whether you come to eat, participate in the crawfish eating contest or want to ride the rides, you're sure to have an unforgettable time.
Explore more of St. Bernard Parish.
Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival
This isn’t your high school’s rendition of A Streetcar Named Desire: It’s the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, a five-day event held each spring in the historic French Quarter. This nationally recognized event covers everything from poetry readings to panel discussions. Festival goers can also watch live jazz and theatre performances, go on guided walking tours or attend a drag brunch! Find ticket information here.
Learn more about New Orleans here.
Now in its 20th year, the Hammond BBQ brings together beer, barbecue and a little competition. Aside from endless smoky-sweet meats, live music will keep the party going. Your youngest culinary prodigies can even enter a “Chicken Little” barbecue contest!
Discover life in Tangipahoa Parish here.
Arts Evening Cultural Festival
The annual Arts Evening Cultural Festival marks itself as one of the Northshore’s largest creative occasions. Guests can expect art, fine dining, live music and dancing. For those in need of a little retail therapy, be sure to stroll through antique and boutique booths.
Learn more about Slidell’s art history here.
Bayou Terrebonne Boucherie
Wade on down to the bayou for the esteemed Bayou Terrebonne Boucherie Cajun Cup competition! Enjoy plenty of freshly butchered pork and white beans from local vendors, and – after you're full – listen to live music. Festival goers can also join duck calling, nail driving and barrel tossing competitions.
Louisiana Crawfish Boil Championships
Eat like a true Cajun at the 21st annual Louisiana Crawfish Boil Championships! Recognized as the state’s official crawfish boil championship, the event touts over 60 teams and 40,000 pounds of the beloved mudbug. Aside from great food, this event takes place just 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans.
While you’re in town, explore other events to do in Jefferson Parish.
Pioneer and Heritage Festival
Discover the history and heritage of Merryville, Beauregard Parish and No Man’s Land at the Pioneer and Heritage Festival! This celebration features live music, unique artifacts and demonstrations.
Plan your visit to Beauregard Parish here.
Sicilian Festival and Celebration
Experience a taste of Italian culture at Abbeville’s Sicilian Festival and Celebration! The free event includes museum tours, imported wine and beer tastings and a cook-off.
Find things to do in Vermilion Parish here.
Washington Community Festival
Get ready for a block party! The Washington Community Festival promises three blocks of vendors, an antique car show and a catfish gravy cook-off. Better still, children will have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny while adults listen to live music.
Explore more of St. Landry Parish here!
Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
Professional and amateur cooks will vie for the title of World Champion at the annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-Off. There will be plenty of Cajun and zydeco music, tons of etouffee, arts and crafts, a petting zoo (complete with pony rides) and a poker run for the big kids!
Learn about things to do in St. Landry Parish here.
Azalea Trail of Lafayette
Lafayette’s Historic Azalea Trail is in full bloom. Hop on a trolley tour to see the best and the brightest, along with many historical treasures; or meander through the city’s can’t-miss viewing spots on your own walking or driving tour, where the streets are lined with azaleas adorning homes, parks and historical sites.
Learn more about Lafayette events here!
Check out other events and things to do across Louisiana here.