Louisiana's Must See-It-To-Believe-It Festivals

Don't miss these unique, beautiful and quirky Louisiana festivals!

The Rayne Frog Festival has live music and food and lots of events celebrating the town's favorite amphibian.

The Rayne Frog Festival is all about celebrating the town's favorite amphibian.

These Louisiana festivals are so unique that you won't want to miss them. Whether it's a well-known event or a hidden gem, we know one thing: You won’t find festivals like these anywhere else. 

1. Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival


The Fur & Wildlife Festival tests the skills of outdoor enthusiasts in an array of competitions, including trap setting, goose-calling trials, nutria skinning, and oyster shucking. The festival is dubbed one of the "oldest and coldest" festivals in Louisiana. 

2. Festival International de Louisiane


For more than 25 years, Festival International de Louisiane has been celebrating south Louisiana's French cultural heritage. Native musicians as well as performing artists from Europe, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean play on the festival's six stages — more than 18 different world nations are represented at the festival! And more than 300,000 festival-goers will gather in Lafayette for the Festival International de Louisiane. 

3. Louisiana Pirate Festival

Lake Charles

Formerly known as the Contraband Days Festival, the Louisiana Pirate Festival honors Louisiana’s “patron” pirate (and hero of the War of 1812’s Battle of New Orleans), Jean Lafitte. Fireworks, carnival rides, games and live entertainment are all part of the pirate-themed fun of this family-friendly event at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Yes, pirate attire and jokes are encouraged.

4. Rayne Frog Festival

West of Lafayette in the "Frog Capital of the World," the town of Rayne dedicates its annual festival to its favorite amphibian. The Rayne Frog Festival delights visitors with frog racing and jumping competitions, as well as live music, dancing, frog cookoffs (yes, they are tasty) and the Grand Parade.  

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5. Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

New Orleans

Bayou St. John in New Orleans sets the stage for the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo where festival-goers arrive in canoes, rafts, paddleboards and homemade boats to enjoy the non-stop live music from the waters of the bayou. The festival is packed with a huge live music lineup, food, arts and even a floating bar. If you don't want to be waterlogged all day, the majority of the festival can also be experienced on the shore.

6. Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival

Morgan City

The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival is held every Labor Day weekend. The shrimping and oil industries are admittedly strange bedfellows for a festival, but this event celebrates the livelihood of these two vital south Louisiana industries. A great cultural microcosm of Louisiana, the festival is everything great about the state – food, music, children’s activities, historic events and more.

7. Zwolle Tamale Fiesta


For more than 40 years, the town of Zwolle has celebrated its Spanish and Native American heritage with the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta, a three-day event held the second weekend of October each year. More than 15,000 people gather in Sabine Parish to attend the celebration each year, and they consume tens of thousands of tamales.

8. Rougarou Fest


The Rougarou Fest is a free family-friendly festival with a spooky flair that celebrates the rich folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana, including the legend of the Rougarou. Simply put, a Rougarou is the French Cajun version of a werewolf that lurks in the swamps. Get your spook on while you dance to music, eat delicious Cajun food and celebrate the magic of the wetlands. 

9. Sabine Freestate Festival


The Sabine Freestate Festival, a family-friendly event held in the village of Florien, honors the strange and fascinating past of this region that was once known as “the Neutral Strip,” a buffer zone between Spain and the United States in the years following the Louisiana Purchase. The festival honors its quirky history with crafts, games, a parade, a treasure hunt, quilting demonstrations, bull rides, Wild West-style shootouts and much more.


These are just a handful of the whacky and unique festivals that Louisiana loves to celebrate. Check out our crawfish and gumbo festivals, or plan on visiting in the spring, summer and fall! Laissez les bons temps rouler!