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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Bogue Chitto State Park has dynamic river systems.

Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklinton, LA.

Rebirth Brass Band performance
Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band to perform at Bourbon & Barbeque Festival in Shreveport.

Here's a roundup of safe, 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.

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:

Revival Gala-vant – April 6 – May 31, 2021

New Orleans: Preservation Resource Center is a New Orleans-based preservation organization with a mission to maintain the city’s historical architecture. In addition to its advocacy and education work, the PRC hosts events like the new Revival Gala-vant. See New Orleans’ neighborhoods by running, walking, biking or kayaking one of five different routes through the city. Each route is paired with its own podcast, which offers insights into and fun facts about the city’s architectural history. The event is ongoing through the end of May.

Louisiana Railroad Days Festival - April 8 -10, 2021

DeQuincy: This annual festival is back and it's right on time! Bring the family to enjoy carnival rides, festival food and fun! It'll look a bit different with state-mandated safety protocols in place, but it'll be just as fun as always. Attendance will be limited and bracelets will be required for rides. Get all the details here!

Jazz Listening Room Series – April 9, 2021

Baton Rouge: Jazz is back in Baton Rouge! The Arts Council of Baton Rouge’s popular Jazz Listening Room concert series features nationally and internationally known cabaret-style jazz acts. This Friday, check out multi-instrumentalist Esco McCollum at Chorum Hall’s outdoor stage. Social distancing protocols are in place to guarantee everyone has a fun, safe time at the show. 

Second Saturday ArtWalk – April 10, 2021

Lafayette: See what the capital of Cajun Country has in store at this monthly art event, taking place in downtown Lafayette. Pick up the perfect souvenir from one of the Second Saturday ArtWalk’s many galleries, studios, craft stores and art houses. The ArtWalk is actually two art markets taking place the same day: the Marché Sans Souci market runs from 2 to 8 p.m. at Parc Sans Souci, and the Arts & Fleas market gets going at Parc de Lafayette at 5 p.m., ending at 8. Both events have social distancing protocols in place.

Chafunkta Brewing Company’s 8th Anniversary Bash – April 10, 2021

Mandeville: Chafunkta Brewing Company produces world-class beers that rank among the best Louisiana brews you’ll find. The Mandeville craft brewery celebrates its eighth anniversary this Saturday in the taproom, with music by local acts Cypress Creek and Jason Phelps, and food from Slider Taxi and Semplicé Pizza. Chafunkta will be tapping its new INOCUL8 beer at the party as well. The festivities begin at 2 p.m.

Bourbon & Barbeque Festival – April 10, 2021

Shreveport: Head to Shreveport’s Red River District for a “spirited” afternoon of libations and phenomenal food. This is the first-ever Bourbon & Barbeque Festival of what we hope will become an annual event, featuring 16 chefs and cocktail artists competing for cash prizes. Attendees can sample barbecue and bourbon throughout the fest, with a soundtrack provided by GRAMMY award-winning New Orleans act Rebirth Brass Band. 

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