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!
The town of Franklinton, located in Washington Parish became the permanent parish seat in July 1826. The area’s history included a strong lumber industry that logged the Piney Woods of the area.
Today, Franklinton’s small-town charm can be experienced at events like the Washington Parish Free Fair. Beginning in 1911, its the second oldest fair in Louisiana. On the fairgrounds, is the historic Mile Branch Settlement. This collection of pioneer log cabins, originally built throughout the Parish and later relocated, date back to 1850.
Festivals happen in the area all year-round with Pioneer Christmas, Mardi Gras and more. The gorgeous rolling hills and huge waterways of the area are also a main attraction. Visit Bogue Chitto State Park for hiking, fishing, camping, boating, tubing and more. The area’s farms offer pick-your-own blueberries and the area is known for its thriving watermelon patches, dairy farms and locally grown produce.