Things To Do in Louisiana This Weekend

Whether you are a culture seeker, food aficionado, outdoor adventurer or history lover, Louisiana is filled with opportunities for you to #FeedYourSoul. 
 

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NOLA Riverfest
NOLA Riverfest

At NOLA Riverfest, celebrate the beauty of the Mighty Mississippi while hearing incredible live blues music and snacking on scrumptious local fare. 

Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth Celebration

Kick off Juneteenth festivities in downtown Monroe!

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

Listen to rockin' accordion riffs at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in New Orleans.

Here's a roundup of fun Louisiana events and activities.

Here's a roundup of fun Louisiana events and activities.

With 10 state museums and 21 state parks and preserves, there is no shortage of things to do every day of the year in Louisiana.

Head to countless festivals. Listen to live music that will get in your bones and never leave. Enjoy world-class fishing, boating and paddling. Get up close with nature on biking and hiking trails. You'll find excellent camping and picnic areas, including well-equipped cabins and RV parks, at many of our Louisiana state parks. 

Discover the history of Mardi Gras, see Louis Armstrong's cornet, relive historical moments in Louisiana sports history and so much more when you visit one of Louisiana's museums. There are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture that makes Louisiana such a special place. 

Find your Louisiana with these events happening around the state this weekend. Check out a full list of this weekend's events and plan your visit today! 

Cajun Heartland State Fair

Lafayette 
May 23-June 2

Join upward of 50,000 guests at Lafayette’s Cajun Heartland State Fair. Treat yourself to classic carnival favorites (funnel cake, anyone?), boogie to live music and twirl on your favorite rides.

While you’re in town, see gators big and small on a thrilling airboat swamp tour. Zoom through the bayou and beneath moss-draped cypress trees for an up-close look into Louisiana’s diverse ecosystem.

Learn more about Lafayette.

KS Sportsmen’s Heritage Festival

May 30-June 2
Krotz Springs

Experience sensational food, thrilling rides and family-friendly competition at the KS Sportsmen’s Heritage Festival. The excitement begins Thursday night with carnival rides and peaks on Saturday with a live auction, toe-tapping music performances, a corn-hole competition and more.

Set amid Louisiana’s countryside, Krotz Springs is homebase for outdoor adventure. Launch your kayak or canoe at the Krotz Springs Atchafalaya River Boat Ramp for some paddling fun. Meanwhile, landlubbers can explore Mother Nature at the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge for hunting, shore fishing, birding and hiking.

Learn more about St. Landry Parish.

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

May 31-June 1
New Orleans

New Orleans might have a thriving jazz scene, but it’s also full of Cajun and zydeco performances, especially when the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is in town. Come hear the French lyrics and rockin’ accordion riffs these genres are known for — and don’t forget some comfy dancing shoes.

Looking for even more music in the Crescent City? You won’t have to look far. Venture down Frenchmen Street where traveling brass bands, charming buskers and the neon glow of live music clubs mingle. Or catch an evening performance at Preservation Hall or The Jazz Playhouse.

Visit New Orleans.

Mrs. Roper Romp: Caftans & Cocktails

May 31
Shreveport

Start your weekend with a themed pub crawl: Mrs. Roper Romp: Caftans & Cocktails. Here, preferred attire is your best caftan and a curly, red wig — inspired by the fun-loving character, Mrs. Roper, from the hit sitcom “Three’s Company.” Don’t have time to dress up? Non-costumed attendees are welcome to join the fun and taste the themed cocktails and mocktails at each stop along the way.

Savor a Saturday brunch with delectable southern favorites at Up For Brunch Cafe. Chow down on a bowl of shrimp and grits, go sweet with powdered-sugar-topped beignets or eat hearty with from-scratch waffles covered in creamy sausage gravy. Once you’re full, enjoy a relaxed afternoon walking along the manicured gardens of the Asian Gardens of Shreveport or playing a round of disc golf at Ford Park.

Visit Shreveport-Bossier.

Washington Parish Balloon Fest

May 31-June 2
Franklinton

Celebrate the magic of flight and hot-air balloons at the Washington Parish Balloon Fest. Watch as these beautifully colored balloons race in competition flights, take a tethered balloon ride or gaze in awe as evening falls and a parade of glowing balloons fill the sky. Food trucks will be onsite to satisfy your hunger along with exciting attractions, like carnival rides.

Before the festival, motor over to Bogue Chitto State Park, a nature and outdoor-sports wonderland. Rip through the 14 miles of well-maintained mountain bike trails, horseback ride along winding equestrian paths and kayak, canoe or tube along the wildlife-filled river. Don’t miss the opportunity to cruise the boardwalk and admire Fricke’s Cave, an area filled with stunning, yet delicate sandstone spires.

Visit Washington Parish.

Juneteenth Celebration

June 1
Monroe

Kick off Juneteenth festivities early with the Juneteenth Celebration at The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens. Stroll the English-style garden to tunes from a live band, or admire the special collection of incredible artwork provided by the Black Creative Circle. When your stomach begins to growl, grab dinner or a snack from tasty local food trucks.

Afterward, stop by Parlor 5, a local gem with an industrial-chic-style atmosphere and delicious cocktails. On Sunday, explore the city’s shopping areas, like Antique Alley where you’ll find unique boutiques of all kinds. Those looking for a little glamor in their lives will love the clothes, jewelry and pampering items at The Glamorous Boutique.

Discover Monroe-West Monroe.

Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market

June 1
Delcambre 

Bring a cooler to the Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market: With more than 60 local vendors on site, you’ll want to stock up on crisp local-pick produce and fresh-from-Louisiana-waters, wild-caught shrimp, crawfish and other succulent seafood. Held on the first Saturday of every, this market is family-friendly. Kiddos will love sampling Cajun foods, creating special crafts and listening to a live musical performance.

Spend the afternoon exploring can’t-miss local attractions, like the peacocks and stunning, semi-tropical grounds of the Rip Van Winkle Gardens on Jefferson Island. Or take a drive to pick up some Louisiana-famous hot sauce on Avery Island — home of Tabasco. Tour the factory, savor spicy Cajun dishes at the on-site restaurant or stroll the Jungle Gardens.

Plan your trip to Iberia Parish.

Hearty Breakfast on Buhlow

June 1
Pineville

Interested in aviation? Stop by the Buhlow Lake Airport for Hearty Breakfast on Buhlow, where you can chat with other aircraft-enthusiastic individuals, including local pilots. And don’t forget the delicious, southern breakfast fare awaiting you, such as golden-brown flapjacks and classic grits.

After breakfast, cruise Lake Buhlow. This waterfront is perfect for high-speed boating, fishing or shorefront paddling. The nearby Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site offers an elevated boardwalk, where you can appreciate Louisiana’s natural beauty.

Explore Alexandria-Pineville.

Louisiana Peach Festival

June 1
Ruston

Discover local flavors, art and culture at the Louisiana Peach Festival.The bright stone fruit is crowned king, of course, but not without a host of other events to enjoy. Visit the Young Makers Art Market, which offers those under 18 the chance to sell their handmade goods. Or enter fun competitions like the Peach Fest Beard Contest (for naturally grown and handcrafted beards). Don’t forget to watch the incredible talent of trick riders and more at the Annual Peach Rodeo.

Stick around town for some local Sunday fun, like a trip to one of the many nearby state parks. Jimmie Davis State Park is a popular spot for mountain bikers, hikers and anglers, while Lake Clairborne State Park offers two 18-hole disc golf courses, clear water for swimming and a boat launch.

Plan your trip to Ruston.

NOLA Riverfest

New Orleans 
June 1

The Big Easy is calling! Celebrate the cultural, economic and environmental impact of the Mississippi River at NOLA Riverfest. When you’re not dancing to the sounds of blues legend Bobby Rush, groove with the N’AWLINS D’AWLINS Baby Dolls. Join a traditional second line through Jackson Square, embark on a walking tour, learn from expert panelists and enjoy delicious local food and drinks.

Any trip to the Crescent City is incomplete without a grand tour, and luckily, there’s plenty to choose from. Board the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen for waterfront views from the deck of classic riverboat, or explore the city’s paranormal history on a spooky Witches Brew Tour.

Visit New Orleans.

21 Beautiful State Parks & Preserves

Statewide 

Louisiana is home to 21 beautiful state parks filled to the brim with fun family experiences. As temperatures rise and flowers bloom, consider the state’s exciting hikingbiking and paddling trails. Or book a getaway at one of our lovely cabins