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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A crowd watches a band perform at the Baton Rouge Blues Fest. The sun is setting, creating streams of golden light that streak through the crowd.
Baton Rouge Blues Fest

Hear the sweet sound of slide guitar from more than 50 artists at Baton Rouge Blues Fest. 

A woman dances on stage at Croatian Fest. She is dressed in a traditional Croatian outfit: a white dress with red trim, a red scarf and red socks.
Croatian Festival

Marvel at traditional Croatian kolo dance performances.

Performers dance at New Iberia's Spanish Festival. Their costumes are vivid shades of red and blue. The women wear their hair in tight, low buns, decorated with flowers.
El Festival Español de Nueva Iberia

Experience New Iberia's Spanish culture. Watch traditional dances, snack on tasty tapas and groove to live music. 

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! 

Annual Tomato Festival

April 19–21
Chalmette

Kick off tomato season Creole-style at the Annual Chalmette Tomato Festival. Relish delicious offerings like jambalaya, tomato-a-la-Chalmette, grilled oysters and crawfish fried rice in between laughter and squeals on carnival rides. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes as there’ll be live tunes all weekend, including blues, rock and country — and don’t miss the crowning of new festival royalty with the Saturday pageant.

While you’re in town, check out the area’s heritage with a visit to the Chalmette Battlefield or the Malus-Beauregard House. Walk among tall, ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss as you learn about the 1815 Battle of New Orleans and view the 100-foot-tall Chalmette Monument. After touring the grounds, refuel at the iconic Arabi Food Store with traditional po’boys and muffulettas.

Learn more about St. Bernard Parish.

Baton Rouge Blues Festival

April 19-21
Baton Rouge

Vocalist Willie Dixon once said the blues are the roots of music — and what better way to experience the genre than at Baton Rouge Blues Festival? Hear the sweet sound of slide guitar and the syncopated rhythm of heart and soul from over 50 artists. This three-day event is free to attend.

Downtown, you’ll find Baton Rouge’s lively art scene. The Baton Rouge Gallery showcases contemporary works, like can’t-miss photography, sculptures and stained-glass exhibitions. Or visit a few sites on the Louisiana Music Trail.

Visit Baton Rouge.

El Festival Español de Nueva Iberia

April 19-21
New Iberia

Join the fiesta! El Festival Español de Nueva Iberia highlights Spain’s abundant influence on New Iberian history. Rank the best paella and tapa dishes at a cookoff after jiving to dozens of live bands. To honor the city’s founding Spanish families, check out on-site genealogy exhibits.

While you’re near the historic Shadows-on-the-Teche, make time for a tour. The home-turned-museum explores the lives and experiences of formerly enslaved people, as well as the sugarcane industry’s impact on Louisiana.

Plan your visit to Iberia Parish

La Fête Du Monde

April 19-21
Raceland

Welcome to Louisiana’s three-day swamp pop extravaganza! Raceland’s La Fête Du Monde combines the rhythm and blues of New Orleans jazz with the delta’s smooth, southern twang. Enjoy carnival rides and Cajun food by day, a two-step twirl by night and family fun in excess.

Experience the Cajun Bayou’s natural beauty at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Stop by the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center for a deep dive into the marshes of Bayou Lafourche. Then, embark on an adventurous hike or boat tour. 

Take a trip to Lafourche Parish

Zwolle Loggers & Forestry Festival

April 19–20
Zwolle

At the Zwolle Loggers & Forestry Festival, revelers celebrate the community’s contributions to logging and forestry with two days of country fun. Cheer on your favorite drivers at truck shows, see the logger-themed parade, whoop and holler on carnival rides and watch cars battle it out in the Mud Bog competition. Plus, there’ll be plenty of festival goodies to nom on as you listen to live bands.

Surrounded by infinite natural beauty, Zwolle is ideal for outdoor adventure. Spend an afternoon bass fishing at Clyde’s Crossing, or camp in the cozy cabins at North Toledo Bend State Park. All weekend long, cast lines, hike miles of wooded trails and cruise along the peaceful waters of the Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Learn more about Toledo Bend Lake Country.

Croatian Festival

April 20
Belle Chase

Dive into European culture at Belle Chase’s Croatian Festival. Explore exhibits, needlework displays, Croatian cooking demonstrations and traditional kolo dance performances. Hungry? Snack on Croatian favorites, like grilled calamari, spit-roasted lamb, savory prosciutto and desserts like cherry strudel and custard cream cake. Adults can also enjoy a variety of Croatian brews and wines.

Enjoy time outside the city with a stop at Woodland Conservancy, where you’ll find miles of cypress-lined trails along with dozens of bird species, white-tailed deer, armadillos and gators. When your belly begins to grumble, head to Zydeco’s for grilled seafood, tender pasta and Louisiana classics.

Learn more about Plaquemines Parish.

Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival

April 20–21
Melrose

Commemorate five decades of creative community celebrations at the 50th annual Melrose Arts & Craft Festival. Located on the grounds of the Melrose on the Cane, you’ll marvel at the magnificent scenery and works of local artisans. Browse booths with everything from exquisite art and intricate woodwork to iron creations and homemade salsas. Hungry festival goers will delight in refreshing snacks and drinks while listening to live performances.

Get up close and personal with some of Louisiana’s most iconic residents at Gator Country Louisiana. Here, you can watch massive alligators jump during feeding shows, wade with baby gators, handfeed tortoises, pet adorable goats and much more. In the evening, fill up at Trail Boss Steakhouse, where you can dine on racks of hickory-smoked ribs, country-fried steak and shrimp pasta. 

Learn more about Natchitoches.

This Is Home Fest

April 20
Lake Charles

This Is Home Fest celebrates and uplifts the culture and talent of southwest Louisiana. You’ll love grooving to electric funk, smooth jazz and rhythmic zydeco while nomming on local cuisine. Bring young attendees to the Kids Zone for face painting, a mobile sensory station, a petting zoo, an inclusive play hour and much more.

With the sumptuous Seafood Sensation Trail going through Lake Charles, a culinary stop is a must. After filling your belly on crawfish and crab legs, head to Sabine National Wildlife Refuge for fun in the sun. Hike the Wetland Walkway or Blue Goose Trail for stunning coastal landscapes and opportunities to see and photograph alligators, armadillos, waterfowl, muskrat and butterflies. 

Visit Lake Charles.

Scottish Tartan Festival

April 20
Minden

At the family-friendly Scottish Tartan Festival, celebrate the richness of Celtic culture. Listen to Celtic lore and watch blacksmith demonstrations — or experience the thrill of a haggis-eating contests and the Highland Games. Two stages offer performances from pipers and harpists to Irish step dancers, and delicious food and drinks are available on site.

Switch your plaids for a lifejacket and relax on the waters of the Caney Lakes. The lake area boasts a beach with picnic tables and uncrowded hiking and biking trails that wind through the woods. In the evening, head back to Minden for tender brisket, loaded taters and peach cobbler at Smokin’ J’s BBQ.

Visit Webster Parish.

Woofstock

April 20
West Monroe

Take your fluffy friends out for a day of paw-tastic fun at Woofstock. They’ll love participating in athletic competitions and pet pageantry — or letting out their zoomies in the Dog Play Zone. For pet parents, find tasty treats at food trucks, live music on stage and a few cold ones at an afternoon BrewFest. Check out vendor booths for pet-centric goods, like trainers, organic meals and vets.

Keep your weekend pup-focused with a hike at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Keep it short and sweet on the 1.2-mile Nature Trail or make a day of it on the 6-mile loop Edgewater Trail. Well-behaved dogs can even join you in a boat on the water. Afterward, savor fried catfish, po’boys and salads at Waterfront Grill or juicy burgers and flavorful wings at Burger Grind. Both offer outdoor dining where your dog will be most welcome.

Discover Monroe-West Monroe.

Azalea Trail of Lafayette

Spring 

Lafayette’s Historic Azalea Trail is in full bloom. Hop on a trolley tour to see the best and the brightest blooms, or wander through the city’s can’t-miss viewing spots on your own walking or driving tour. 

Learn more about Lafayette.

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 paddle trails. Or book a getaway at one of our lovely cabins!

Make Plans for Louisiana This Weekend

Whether it's one of our many exciting festivals or an adventure in the great outdoors, there is always something unique to experience in Louisiana. Be sure to check our calendar of events for the most up-to-date list of festivities.