2018 Louisiana Festival and Event Calendar

The Louisiana Seafood FestivalThe Louisiana Seafood Festival in New Orleans

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.

Throughout the year, music, food, history and holidays inspire festivals and events of all sizes throughout Louisiana, from north to south, east to west.

From the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge in South Louisiana, to the Peach Festival in Ruston to the north, there is a festival for everyone!

And with Louisian's mild climate, festivals happen year-round, like the Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival in January.

Part of the festivities at Mudbug Madness in Shreveport
Part of the festivities at Mudbug Madness in Shreveport


Included below is a list of highlights of the extensive festival season and major events scheduled in Louisiana during 2018, focusing on long-running festivals and those with widespread appeal.

We are currently updating our list of 2018 Louisiana festivals. If you would like your event considered for inclusion, or have updates, contact us.

Some events listed below have dates that are still to be announced (TBA). Updates will be posted as announcements are made by event organizers.

We recommend you check with individual festival sponsors to determine the latest schedules and information.

Highlights of the 2018 Louisiana Festival Season

Festival City Date
Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival
Cameron, Louisiana January 12-13, 2018
King Cake Festival
Champion Square
New Orleans, Louisiana January 28, 2018
Church Point Courir de Mardi Gras
Church Point, Louisiana February 10-11, 2018

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New Orleans and Around Louisiana February 13, 2018
Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival
Festival Square
Independence, Louisiana March 9-11, 2018
Black Heritage Festival
Lake Charles, Louisiana March 9-11, 2018
Amite Oyster Festival
Amite, Louisiana March 16-18, 2018
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Frederick Sigur Civic Center
Chalmette, Louisiana March 22-25, 2018
Louisiana Redbud Festival
Vivian, Louisiana TBA
March, 2018
Louisiana Nursery Festival
Forest Hill, Louisiana TBA
March, 2018
Scott Boudin Festival
Scott, Louisiana April 6-8, 2018
Scottish Tartan Festival
Minden, Louisiana April 7, 2018
Louisiana Railroad Days Festival
Railroad Museum
DeQuincy, Louisiana April 12-14, 2018
French Quarter Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana April 12-15, 2018
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Memorial Park
Ponchatoula, Louisiana April 13-15, 2018
Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana April 13-15, 2018
Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Winnsboro, Louisiana April 14, 2018
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana April 14-15, 2018
Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program
Baton Rouge, Louisiana April 19-22, 2018
Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival
Franklin, Louisiana April 20-21, 2018
15th Annual Hospice Foundation of the South Crawfish Cookoff
Slidell, Louisiana April 21, 2018
Festival International De Louisiane
Lafayette, Louisiana April 25-29, 2018
Lecompte Pie Festival
Lecompte, Louisiana April 27-29, 2018
The Italian Festival
Tickfaw, Louisiana April 27-29, 2018
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana April 27 - May 6, 2018
Annual Etouffee Festival
Arnaudville, Louisiana TBA
April, 2018
Contraband Days Festival
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana May 3-13, 2018
May Fest
Leesville, Louisiana May 4-5, 2018
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Parc Hardy
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana May 4-6, 2018
Cochon de Lait Festival
Mansura, Louisiana May 10-13, 2018
Rayne Frog Festival
Rayne, Louisiana May 10-12, 2018
Zwolle Loggers & Forestry Festival
Zwolle, Louisiana May 11-12, 2018
Bayou Cajun Fest
Larose, Louisiana May 11-13, 2018
Starks Mayhaw Festival
Starks, Louisiana May 17-19, 2018
Plaquemines Parish Seafood & Heritage Festival
Belle Chase, Louisiana May 18-20, 2018
Krotz Springs Sportsmen's Heritage Festival
Front Street
Krotz Springs, Louisiana May 24-26, 2018
Mudbug Madness
Shreveport, Louisiana May 24-27, 2018
Jambalaya Festival
Irma Boulevard
Gonzales, Louisiana May 25-27, 2018
Louisiana Corn Festival
Bunkie, Louisiana June 7-9, 2018
Louisiana Peach Festival
Ruston, Louisiana June 22-23, 2018
Louisiana Catfish Festival
Des Allemands, Louisiana June 22-24, 2018
Beauregard Watermelon Festival
Deridder, Louisiana June 29-30, 2018
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Louis Armstrong Park
New Orleans
June 23-24, 2018
Essence Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana July 5-8, 2018
Cajun French Music & Food Festival
Lake Charles, Louisiana July 20-21, 2018
International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo
Grand Isle, Louisiana July 26-28, 2018
Annual Lebeau Zydeco Festival
Lebeau, Louisiana TBA
July, 2018
Delcambre Shrimp Festival
Delcambre, Louisiana August 15-19, 2018
Gueydan Duck Festival
Gueydan, Louisiana August 23-26, 2018
Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Lawrence Park
Morgan City, Louisiana August 30 - September 3, 2018
Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
Riverbank Downtown
Natchitoches, Louisiana September 14-15, 2018
Wolf Creek Festival
Sikes, Louisiana September 15, 2018
Annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
New Iberia, Louisiana September 27-30, 2018
Alligator Festival
Westbank Bridge Park
Luling, Louisiana September 27-30, 2018
Annual Red River Revel Arts Festival
Festival Plaza, River Front
Shreveport, Louisiana TBA
September - October, 2018
Mamou Cajun Music Festival
Mamou, Louisiana TBA
September, 2018
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Bogalusa, Louisiana TBA
September, 2018
West Louisiana Forestry Festival
Leesville, Louisiana October 3-7, 2018
Gretna Heritage Festival
Gretna, Louisiana October 5-7, 2018
Louisiana Cotton Festival
Ville Platte, Louisiana October 9-14, 2018
Louisiana Cattle Festival & Fair
Abbeville, Louisiana October 11-14, 2018
Festival Acadiens Et Creoles
Lafayette, Louisiana October 11-14, 2018
Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
Zwolle, Louisiana October 12-13, 2018
Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay
Thibodaux, Louisiana October 12-14, 2018
Bridge City Gumbo Festival
Bridge City, Louisiana October 12-14, 2018

World Championship Gumbo Cook-off
Bouligny Plaza

New Iberia, Louisiana October 13-14, 2018
International Rice Festival
Crowley, Louisiana October 18-21, 2018
Andouille Festival
St. John Community Center
Thomas F. Daley Park
LaPlace, Louisiana October 19-21, 2018
Harvest Festival
New Roads, Louisiana October 19-21, 2018
State Fair of Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana October 25 - November 11, 2018
French Food Festival
Larose, Louisiana October 26-28, 2018

Wooden Boat Festival

Madisonville, Louisiana TBA
October, 2018
French Food Festival Larose, Louisiana TBA
October, 2018
Louisiana Pecan Festival
Colfax, Louisiana November 2-4, 2018
Louisiana Swine Festival
Basile, Louisiana November 2-4, 2018
Port Barre Cracklin Festival
Port Barre, Louisiana November 9-11, 2018
Atchafalaya Basin Festival
Henry Guidry Memorial Park
Henderson, Louisiana November 10, 2018
Natchitoches Christmas Festival
Natchitoches, Louisiana November 2018 - January 2019

For More Information, Events and Details

Louisiana Association of Fairs & Festivals

Louisiana Office of Tourism - LouisianaTravel.com

Festival time in Lafayette
Festival time in Lafayette (Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

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