BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana has at least six seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter, Mardi Gras and festival.
With the state being so full of rich traditions, heritage and culture, it only makes sense that people travel from all over the nation to come sample our meals, music and flavor of fun.
These social gatherings highlight food of all types — like fruits, veggies and gumbo competitions — and a broad range of music styles including jazz, blues and zydeco.
This list can be a great help to find a new adventure in Sportsman’s Paradise.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
- Location: Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans
- Details: Culture festival where thousands of musicians, cooks, and craftsmen host thousands every year. The fair showcases music on multiple stages, different Louisiana cuisines and craftsmen selling their artwork.
- When: April 28-May 7 (weekends)
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
- Details: Blues festival serving Louisiana’s greatest genre of music, delicious Southern-style food, and local art from a variety of vendors.
- Location: Downtown Baton Rouge
- When: April 22-23
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
- Details: The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is Louisiana’s largest free harvest festival. Yes, we said free. The social gathering includes a small amusement park, carnival games, strawberry-eating contests, live music and a parade.
- Location: Ponchatoula Memorial Park, North Sixth St., Ponchatoula
- When: April 14-16
French Quarter Festival
- Details: More than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music from every genre, including traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, funk, brass bands, gospel, zydeco and more. Some of New Orleans’ most popular restaurants will serve food across the Quarter.
- Location: New Orleans French Quarter
- When: April 13-16
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
- Details: At the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, eat as many crawfish-related dishes as your body can take while listening to popular bands from across the land. This festival will include dance contests, crawfish races, a crawfish etouffee cook-off, a carnival, a parade, and much more.
- Location: Parch Hardy, 1290 Rees Street, Breaux Bridge
- When: May 5-7
Festival International de Louisiane
- Details: This is a five-day cultural celebration. Lafayette transforms itself into an international station for music, food, and artwork from across the world. Over 20 countries are represented, making it one of Louisiana’s most multicultural events.
- Location: 315 Lee Ave., Lafayette
- When: April 26-30