Louisiana loves festivals. Life in Louisiana is like a party where everyone is invited, and it never ends. Every week, the residents of Louisiana seem to have something celebrate. Most people are familiar with Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but there are so many different types of festivals in Louisiana that everyone can find something that interests them. New Orleans is not the only place where travelers can find festivals; Louisiana festivals are all over the state. Here are some festivals that move beyond Mardi Gras.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Approximately 100 miles west of New Orleans is the quaint city of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, which is home to the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. This family friendly event takes place in early May during the height of crawfish season and features live music, games, rides, and of course, crawfish. If crawfish isn't your thing, there are plenty of other local Cajun and Creole fare to sample as this fun family festival.
Louisiana is home to Jazz and Zydeco music, so music festivals are extremely popular in Louisiana. Of all Louisiana music festivals, one of the best is the Satchmo SummerFest, which takes place in August. Held in New Orleans and celebrating the life of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, this free festival invites travelers to hear music from Jazz musicians from everywhere. Additionally, the event hosts guest speakers and seminars about the history of Jazz music. Of course, no festival is complete without some food and drink, and travelers will have the opportunity to taste and sample some of New Orleans famous fare.
Red River Revel
Held in October in Shreveport, the Red River Revel festival is the state's largest outdoors art festival in North Louisiana. Visitors can peruse over 140 exhibits by visual artists as well as listen to live music. This event is also family friendly with a children's crafts area.
Christmas Festival of Lights
From Thanksgiving through New Year's, visitors can experience the magic and awe of the 300,000 light display in Natchitoches. This beautiful and historic lakefront city sparkles with Christmas lights and is the perfect festival for families to enjoy together.
Louisiana is a state of festivals that cater to every interest. The whole family can find something they will enjoy on their visit to Louisiana.