In Louisiana, we take every opportunity to celebrate something with food and music all while braving the summer heat and call it a festival. Celebrating oysters, Cajun music, and much more, here are the summer festivals in and around the Baton Rouge area for you and your family to enjoy!
June 2-3 :: Smoked Meat Festival – Ville Platte – The festival began in 1992 dedicated to the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association. Today, the festival is hosted by the Viande Boucanne’ Inc. and the Ville Platte Lions Club whose goal is to honor ALL Military Veterans. Come enjoy, Cajun food, exciting carnival rides, and live music on both Friday and Saturday night. The “Smoked Meat World Championship Cook Off” is held on Saturday morning, followed by the opening ceremony, honoring our Veterans at noon.
June 2-4 :: Cajun Heritage Festival – Larose – Enjoy seafood gumbo, hot dogs and hamburgers, souvenirs and cajun crafts, along with a decoy auction, free carving, texturing and painting seminars both Saturday and Sunday, a duck calling contest, a miniature boat building contest and a head whittling contest.
June 3-4 :: Oyster Festival – New Orleans – The New Orleans Oyster Festival will educate the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, honor and celebrate the restauranteurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarter’s position as the “Oyster Capital of America,” and help raise funds for “Coastal Restoration.”
June 8-10 :: Bunkie Corn Festival – Bunkie – Celebrating the 31st Annual Corn Festival this year! Carnival Bracelets to ride all night on Thursday & Friday are $20, Saturday ALL DAY bracelets are $25 and individual ride tickets are available for purchase. Gate Entrance is $3 for 21 and up and $1 for 20 and below. Thursday’s Family night has no gate entrance fee. The city wide parade will roll Saturday at 10am.
June 10-11 :: Juneteenth Music Festival – Donaldsonville – For over 21 years, we’ve been bringing good people from all of the United States with the finest food, music and entertainment for Juneteenth. The festival is conveniently located at Louisiana Square on Railroad Avenue, in the middle of the downtown historic district of Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
June 16-18 :: Let the Good Times Roll Festival – Shreveport – Food, fun and music for the whole family over a 3-day weekend! Let The Good Times Roll Festival has become part of the fabric of life in the Shreveport. Featuring national and local talent accompanied with an array of food, art and craft selections makes this festival one you cannot afford not to attend!
June 17 :: Sunflower Trail and Festival – Gilliam – The Sunflower Trail & Festival in Gilliam, LA is a family friendly day of arts, craft, music, food and activities. It is an annual event put on by the Red River Crossroads Historical Association. Be sure not to miss the sunflowers blooming brightly along Hwy 3049 and in Gilliam, the Veterans Memorial in Belcher and the Crossroads Museum in the Gilliam Library.
June 17 :: Louisiana Bicycle Festival – Abita Springs – Come see, exhibit, and ride homebuilt, vintage and custom bicycles. All bicycles types were welcome – yes you can bring your new mountain bike, your new or old racing bike, or the bicycle your grandfather has in his garage. The festival includes festival food, live music, a bicycle parade, bicycle garage sale, and bicycle competitions.
June 22-24 :: Festigals 2017 – New Orleans – This Women’s Weekend Experience is a celebration of women and New Orleans. Created by women, for women! For one weekend, we invite women to take a day off and join us at this uniquely New Orleans event that unites and honors women while showcasing the city that we love. Highlights of the weekend include: New Orleans Women’s Leadership Conference, Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch & the Stiletto Stroll Second Line Parade. FestiGals also hosts monthly Cocktails & Conversations networking events for women looking to discover new and exciting things while having a great time.
June 23-24 :: Beauregard Watermelon Festival – DeRidder – Come join us for live entertainment, hot eats, cool watermelon treats, and fun and games for the whole family!
June 23-25 :: Louisiana Catfish Festival – Des Allemandes – The Rev. William McCallion founded the festival in 1975 to raise money for St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church and to stimulate the economy. It has grown into one of the area’s most popular attractions. In 1975, Gov. Edwin Edwards signed a proclamation declaring Des Allemands the Catfish Capital of the World, and in 1980 the Legislature passed a resolution naming it the Catfish Capital of the Universe. Come join us for food, live music and rides!
June 29-July 2 :: Essence Festival – New Orleans – A magical night awaits in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Powerful mainstage performances by music legends and artists will make you stand out of your seat and dance the night away. Superlounge performances are open to all ticket-holders for more intimate performances by today’s brightest stars.
July 11-16 :: US National Hot Air Balloon Competition – Shreveport – Numerous balloons will fill the skies during the entire week competing for the title of US National Champion and for the chance to compete in the next World Championship. The Red River Balloon Rally will take place from Friday-Sunday, featuring live music, food and activities.
July 14-15 :: 38th Annual NSU Folk Festival – Natchitoches – Regional crafts such as wood carving, Czech Pysanky eggs, Spanish moss dolls, pine needle baskets, and handmade furniture will be exhibited, along with day long demonstrations by crafts persons working on site. Folk foods will include cracklin’, red beans and rice, gumbo, Indian tacos and, of course, Natchitoches meat pies. Along with performances by folk dancers, Cajun dance lessons, narrative sessions, and the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship, this will be a Festival to remember. Join us for a rousing celebration of Louisiana’s heritage, past and present!
July 14-15 :: Cajun Food & Music Festival – Lake Charles – This festival will be jumping with lively Cajun sounds presented by the Lake Charles Chapter of the Cajun French Music Association. Savory Cajun specialties like jambalaya, gumbo, cracklins and more will be in the gumbo pot along with Cajun spices that have pleased taste buds for centuries. Other festival highlights include raffles, arts and crafts booths and games for kids. Raffle prizes include everything from an accordion to a live hog!
July 23-24 :: Italian Heritage Festa – Baton Rouge – Join us for family, food and fun – Italian Style! Saturday will feature a show, dinner and dance. Sunday will include presentation of Italian Maids, vino stroll for charity, celebrity “Grape Stomp,” food, shopping, children’s activities and more!
July 29-30 :: Marshland Festival – Lake Charles – The Marshland Festival is proud of its non-profit status and focuses on not only helping area youth organizations but is also dedicated to helping continue our Louisiana Heritage of Cajun Music and Cuisine, promoting the Tourist Industry of Southwest Louisiana and support the surrounding business community through the goods and materials required to produce the festival.
August 16-20 :: Delcambre Shrimp Festival – Delcambre – The Delcambre Shrimp Festival is home to one of the best 5-day festivals in South Louisiana. The festival has gained its popularity by providing a variety of delicious dishes and top notch entertainment including National Recording Artists. Enjoy signature shrimp dishes like boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp sauce piquante, shrimp salad and many more. Each and every shrimp dish consumed at the festival is prepared by volunteer members of the festival association. The festival also offers a variety of other “festival” foods, cold beer, cold drinks and water, as well as souvenirs, t-shirts, hats, posters and more.
August 19 :: Arts & Crabs Fest – Lake Charles – The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA and the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Lake Charles) will present Arts & Crabs Fest 2017 on Saturday August 19 from 5pm to 8pm at the Burton Coliseum. This will mark the festival’s 8th year as a multi-sensory experience of Southwest Louisiana cuisine, music, and art with a tasting of local crab dishes and Louisiana craft brews at its center.
August 31-September 4 :: Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival – Morgan City – A home town festival celebrating the seafood and petroleum industries which are the backbone of the area economic development. The present day Blessing of the Fleet and water parade highlights participating shrimp boats, pleasure craft and the biggest “muscle boats” of the oilpatch. Not to be missed is the toast between the King’s Vessel and the Queen’s Vessel – a breathtaking bow-to-bow “kiss” for the traditional champagne toast.