• Amber Laviolette

Celebrating Louisiana through Festivals & Events

Updated: Apr 9

Did you know that Louisiana has over 400 different festivals? If there’s a crop planted, dish made or music played it’s more than likely celebrated at one of our festivals!

It’s no secret that celebrating our unique culture, delicious food choices and talented musicians are one of my passions so when it came time to decide on a 30 things to do before my 30th birthday of course I chose something festival related 🙂

I’ve passed my 30 festival goal, but why stop at 30 when there’s sooooo many more festivals to enjoy … and no i’m not admitting my age, haha!



Here’s a list of the festivals i’ve attended so far:

  1. KBON 101.1 FM Music Festival (Staff Photographer)

  2. Abbeville Cattle Festival

  3. Acadian Memorial Heritage Festival (St. Martinville)

  4. Acadiana Poboy Festival

  5. Arnaudville Étouffée Festival

  6. Atchafalaya Basin Festival (Staff Photographer)

  7. Bandito Festival (Baton Rouge)

  8. Beauregard Watermelon Festival

  9. Books along the Teche Literary Festival (New Iberia)

  10. Beignet Festival (New Orleans)

  11. Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Staff Photographer)

  12. Broussard Independence Festival

  13. Bunkie Corn Festival

  14. Cajun Frog Festival (Henderson)

  15. Cajun Heartland State Fair (Lafayette)

  16. Contraband Days/ Pirate Festival (Lake Charles)

  17. Courir de Mardi Gras (Acadiana)

  18. Crowley Rice Festival

  19. Delcambre Shrimp Festival

  20. El Festival Español de Nueva Iberia

  21. Erath 4th of July Festival

  22. Festivals Acadiens et Créoles (Lafayette)

  23. Festival International de Louisiane (Volunteer Videographer)

  24. Festival of Bonfires (Lutcher)

  25. Glow in the Cro- Hot Air Balloon Festival (Carencro)

  26. Gonzales Hot Air Balloon Festival

  27. Gonzales Jambalaya Festival

  28. Gueydan Duck Festival

  29. Halloween Art & Nature Festival (Cecilia/ Arnaudville)

  30. Holi Festival (Lafayette)

  31. Iowa Rabbit Festival

  32. King Cake Festival (New Orleans)

  33. Kite Fest Louisiane' (West Baton Rouge)

  34. La Festival de Mardi Gras A’ Lafayette

  35. La La Festival (Lafayette)

  36. Lake Arthur Regatta

  37. Lake Charles Hot Air Balloon Festival

  38. Louisiana Renaissance Festival (Hammond)

  39. Lunar New Year Festival ( Lafayette)

  40. New Iberia Hot Sauce Festival

  41. Natchitoches Christmas Festival

  42. New Iberia Sugar Cane Festival

  43. New Orleans Creole Tomato Festival

  44. Port Barre Cracklin Festival

  45. Rayne Frog Festival

  46. Scott Boudin Festival

  47. Shake Your Trail Feather Festival (Breaux Bridge)

  48. St. Martinville Pepper Festival

  49. Sunflower Festival (Gilliam)


Fundraisers, Cookoffs & other wonderful events

  1. Angel Wings & Heart Strings (Henderson)

  2. Black Pot Cookoff

  3. Breaux Bridge Chamber Jambalaya Cookoff

  4. Cajun Heartland State Fair

  5. Courir de Mardi Gras (Church Point)

  6. Crazy Wheels Car Show

  7. Cycle Zydeco (Cajun Country)

  8. Delcambre Farmers Market

  9. Games of Acadiana benefitting Miles Perret Cancer Services (Lafayette)

  10. Irish Italian Parade (Metairie)

  11. Jeep Jaunt

  12. Krewe de Chien Parade (Downtown Lafayette)

  13. Lion's Club Rice and Gravy Cookoff (Breaux Bridge)

  14. Magnolia Skate Park (St. Martinville)

  15. Mercredi Show (Pelican Park- Carencro)

  16. Papa Noel's arrival in St. Martin Parish

  17. Rhythms on the River (River Ranch- Lafayette)

  18. Zydeco Breakfast at Buck and Johnny's (Breaux Bridge)

  19. Dreams come true- Anything over Rice cookoff



What’s your favorite festival in Louisiana? Leave me your recommendations in the comments! I’m always looking for new festivals to attend 🙂

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