Louisiana Fairs and Festivals Are Some Of The Best In The Country

It’s no secret that a festival in Louisiana is an unforgettable experience!  No matter when you plan to visit, you’re bound to find one of our popular Louisiana fairs on the calendar.  From arts and crafts to Andouille, Southern heritage to Holiday bonfires, there’s plenty to celebrate in New Orleans Plantation Country … and we do!  Come join us. So many fun things to do in Louisiana. Please see below for a list of annual festivities, and click here to visit our full calendar.

ONGOING EVENTS


Art Gumbo Market at Houmas House
Plantation & Gardens

Third Saturday of each month
Houmas House • Darrow, LA 70725
There will be art, crafts, home-grown and homemade products at this art market with beautiful Houmas House as the backdrop.

German Coast Farmers’ Market
East Bank Saturday Market, 8:00am - noon
Ormond Plantation • Destrehan, LA 70047

West Bank Wednesday Market, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
St. Charles Plaza • Luling, LA 70070
In addition to local products, the market features a variety of special events including live music and entertainment, information exchange and expert advice.

 

SPRING EVENTS


Frisco Fest Annual Spring Garden & Craft Fest
First weekend in March
San Francisco Plantation • Garyville, LA 70051
Festival features local arts and crafts, kids’ activities area, car show, food & live music.

St. Joseph Altar
March 19
St. Joseph Plantation • Vacherie, LA 70090
This day celebrates the Italian tradition of commemorating St. Joseph’s Feast Day by decorating an altar with a bounty of food.

Oak Alley Plantation’s Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
Mid-March
Vacherie, LA 70090
Over 170 booths of juried artists and crafters from across the United States along with great entertainment.

Annual May Festival
First weekend in May
Lutcher Recreation Park
Lutcher, LA 70071
225-623-9751
This annual spring event harkens back to our Germanic roots. Enjoy festivities in the park.

Spring Heritage Days & Civil War Encampment
First week in May
Destrehan Plantation
Destrehan, LA 70047
Visitors step back in time with trade and culture demonstrations from a bygone era.

 

SUMMER EVENTS


Juneteenth Celebration
First weekend in June
7260 Park Street
St. James, LA 70086
800-367-7852
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an American holiday honoring African American heritage.

Fourth of July Celebrations
July 3
St. Charles Parish
Westbank Bridge Park • Luling, LA 70070

St. John Parish
St. Peter Church
Reserve, LA 70084

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Edgard, LA 70049
Our nation’s birthday is celebrated with fireworks displays, food, and live music.

Louisiana Catfish Festival
Second weekend in July
Des Allemands, LA 70030
Live bands, rides, 1-mile and 5k races, crafts, catfish-eating contest, and pageant.

 

FALL EVENTS


Alligator Festival
Last weekend in September
Westbank Bridge Park
Luling, LA 70070
Gators take center stage at the festival named in their honor.

Pumpkin Patch
October
St. James Welcome Center
Gramercy, LA 70052
800-367-7852
Pumpkins galore, plus gourds, a hayride, nature boardwalk, and even a haunted room.

A Mourning Tour
October 1 - November 2
St. Joseph Plantation
Vacherie, LA 70090
Mourning customs and rituals of 19th century Creole Louisiana.

Awesome Art in the Gardens Festival
Second weekend in October
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Darrow, LA 70725
Stroll through the beautiful gardens at Houmas House Plantation and enjoy art demonstrations and live entertainment.

Fall Heritage Day
Early October
Destrehan Plantation • Destrehan, LA 70047
Fall Heritage Day is a folk life festival for elementary students with hands-on activities such as open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and indigo dyeing. Civil War and slave life are featured.

Andouille Festival
Third weekend in October
LaPlace, LA 70068
Festival features music, rides and Andouille, the delectable sausage for which the festival was named.

Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Festival

October 25-26, 2014

Convent, LA 70723

Join over 100 vendors on the grounds of Poche Plantation for their first ever fall arts and crafts festival.

Battle for the Paddle Cook-off
Early October
Westbank Bridge Park
Luling, LA 70070
Annual jambalaya and gumbo cook-off. Family event with teams from across the region competing for the titles of “Best Jambalaya” and “Best Gumbo.”

San Francisco Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

October 25-26, 2014

Garyville, LA 70051

Join arts and crafts vendors on the grounds of San Francisco Plantation.

 

Veterans Day Celebration Day before Veterans Day

St. James Welcome Center
Gramercy, LA 70052
800-367-7852
Celebration honoring our veterans with fireworks, food and other tributes.

Gone But Not Forgotten, A Mourning Event
Late October, Early November
St. Michael the Archangel Church
Convent, LA 70723
Event examines cemeteries and the legacies of the families and lifestyles that contributed to the development of the River Parishes.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at San Francisco Plantation
First weekend in November
Garyville, LA 70052
Full day of family fun with car show, gumbo cook-off, and an orchestra concert.

Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival
Second full weekend in November
Destrehan, LA 70047
Featuring arts and crafts, antiques, great food, and exciting musical guests.

 

WINTER EVENTS


Oak Alley Plantation’s Annual Christmas Bonfire Party
First Saturday in December
Vacherie, LA 70090
Celebrate the Christmas season with bonfires on the levee, food, dancing and music to heighten your holiday spirit.

Norco Christmas Parade
First Sunday in December
Norco, LA 70079
A parade and a community celebration with caroling, Christmas tree lighting and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

St. Charles Parish Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Second Thursday after Thanksgiving
Westbank Bridge Park
Luling, LA 70070
985-783-5000
Lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, and a visit from Santa.

Festival of the Bonfires
Second weekend in December
Lutcher Recreation Park
Lutcher, LA 70071
Experience a prelude to the famous Christmas Eve Bonfires. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, crafts, carnival rides and Santa’s Very Merry Forest.

Bayou Gauche Christmas Boat Parade
December
Bayou Gauche, LA 70030
985-209-7098
A family event featuring boats decorated with Christmas lights. The parade also features a fireworks display. Santa will also be on hand to pass out candy.

Christmas Eve Bonfires
December 24
Along the levee in St. John & St. James parishes. Bonfires lit at 7:00pm, usher in America’s oldest Christmas tradition.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Pilgrimage March & Program
Third Monday in January
Hahnville, LA 70057
985-785-2097
The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Organization holds its annual celebration with a march and rally to commemorate the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Third Monday in January
St. James High School
St. James, LA 70086
225-229-2492
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical Commemorative Service Commission sponsors a march and commemorative service.

Mardi Gras Parades
The weekend before Mardi Gras, the River Parishes are full of parades and celebrations. Please visit our Seasonal Mardi Gras page for more specifics and parade routes.

  • Krewe of Lul Parade
    Luling, LA 70070
    Saturday before Mardi Gras
  • Krewe of Towahpasah Parade
    Reserve, LA 70084
    Saturday before Mardi Gras
  • Krewe du Monde Parade
    LaPlace, LA 70068
    Sunday before Mardi Gras
  • Krewe of Des Allemands Parade
    Des Allemands, LA 70030
    Sunday before Mardi Gras
  • Krewe of Tomorrow Parade
    Lutcher/Gramercy, LA 70071
    Sunday before Mardi Gras

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