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!
To the west of Lake Charles, Sulphur is a strong family-oriented community with a host of events occurring each year. If you happen to be driving through Sulphur near the beginning of December, you might see snowflakes during the Christmas Under the Oaks Festival located at the Brimstone Museum Complex including a holiday house, live music, Louisiana’s only balloon parade and carnival rides. The area is also home to one of the oldest fairs in the state, the Cal-Cam Fair, which celebrates the cultures of Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes each October. Sulphur is brimming with youth sports each summer, and you can literally hear cheering fans in the air while splashing in the outdoor water park. The city is known as the gateway to the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road with the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge just down the road a ways from the Henning Cultural Center, featuring rotating exhibits.