With some 400 different festivals each year, it’s easy to see why Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about every crop harvested, every indigenous dish, and every type of music that's played here.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras has become synonymous with Louisiana. The celebration originated as a "last hurrah" before Lent. Carnival season starts after Twelfth Night, on Epiphany (Jan. 6) and peaks on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Louisiana established Mardi Gras as a legal holiday in 1875 and it is celebrated statewide. 

Future Dates: Feb. 9, 2016; Feb. 28, 2017.

CLICK HERE for more information on the history of Mardi Gras and popular Mardi Gras attractions statewide.

 

MAJOR FESTIVALS AND EVENTS 

Greater New Orleans

  • Mardi Gras (February/March)
  • Isleños Fiesta (March), St. Bernard
  • French Quarter Festival (April), New Orleans
  • Strawberry Festival (April), Ponchatoula
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (late April to early May), New Orleans
  • Bayou Country Superfest (Memorial Day weekend), New Orleans
  • New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (May), New Orleans
  • Essence Music Festival (July), New Orleans
  • Satchmo SummerFest (August), New Orleans
  • Washington Parish Free Fair (October), Franklinton
  • Christmas New Orleans Style (December), New Orleans

Plantation Country

  • Audubon Pilgrimage (March), St. Francisville
  • Kite Fest Louisiane (March), Port Allen
  • Angola Rodeo (April and October), Angola
  • Baton Rouge Blues Festival (April), Baton Rouge
  • FestForAll (May), Baton Rouge
  • Jambalaya Festival (May), Gonzales
  • Red Stick Animation Festival (June), Baton Rouge
  • Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (October – November), Baton Rouge
  • Mississippi River Levee Bonfires (December), St. James Parish

Cajun Country

  • Courir de Mardi Gras (February/March), rural southwest Louisiana communities
  • Black Heritage Festival (March), Lake Charles
  • Festival International de Louisiane (April), Lafayette
  • Contraband Days (May), Lake Charles
  • Crawfish Festival (May), Breaux Bridge
  • Church Point Buggy Festival (June), Church Point
  • Red, White, Blue & You Festival (July 4), Lake Charles
  • Shrimp & Petroleum Festival (September), Morgan City
  • Festival Acadiens et Créoles (October), Lafayette
  • International Rice Festival (October), Crowley
  • Rayne Frog Festival (November), Rayne

Crossroads

  • Jazz and R&B Festival (April), Natchitoches
  • Louisiana Corn Festival (June), Bunkie
  • Celebration on the Cane (July 4), Natchitoches
  • Good Ole Days Festival (September), Marthaville
  • Meat Pie Festival (September), Natchitoches
  • Heritage Festival (October), Robeline
  • Zwolle Tamale Fiesta (October), Zwolle
  • Christmas Festival (December), Natchitoches

Sportsman's Paradise

  • DeltaFest (April), Monroe
  • Franklin Parish Catfish Festival (April), Winnsboro
  • Holiday in Dixie (April), Shreveport
  • Louisiana Southern Fried Festival (May), Monroe
  • Mudbug Madness (May), Shreveport
  • Louisiana Peach Festival (June), Ruston
  • Red River Revel (October), Shreveport
  • State Fair of Louisiana (October – November), Shreveport