Looking for top-notch, inexpensive family entertainment, great food, a beautiful outdoor experience and some of the best music in the world? Two words: Louisiana festivals.
More than 400 Louisiana festivals occur each year – which makes it easy to see why Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about every crop harvested, every indigenous dish, every type of music that's played here – ranging from Cajun and zydeco to Delta blues, New Orleans jazz, Louisiana's own swamp pop, country, salsa and more. Excellent Louisiana food is a given at any festival. And as always, Louisiana festivals offer abundant opportunities for meeting new friends.
Themed festivals range from a Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula and Tomato Festival in Chalmette to the great Festival International in Lafayette; from the big Contraband Days Pirate Festival in Lake Charles to the Holiday Festival of Lights in Natchitoches. From the Red River Revel in Shreveport to the Catfish Festival in Washington. Of course, you'll want to visit the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or the big family-fun French Quarter Festival.
And for the biggest of them all? That's right, Louisiana is home to Mardi Gras! But that's another story – and a very large one across the state!
Buras is a small town on a ribbon of road traversing the water-pocked islands and peninsulas of southernmost Louisiana. That road, Highway 23, goes past some of the best fishing grounds you’ll find on the Gulf of Mexico. Buras is right in the middle of it. The town was founded in the 1840s; 20 years later, it was the site of Civil War battles at Forts Jackson and Philip. Today, the Buras area is known for hauling in much of the state’s oysters. Visitors looking to get a piece of the action can hire one of any number of fishing boats headed towards the Gulf or into the bayous.