Did you know that there are more than 400 festivals in Louisiana each year? French Quarter Fest is just one of many kicking off the season this weekend! From the Black Bear Festival to the Strawberry Festival, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. Here are six Spring festivals to add to your bucket list during April & May:
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival (Ponchatoula, LA)
April 12 – 14, 2019
This year, the Ponchatoula is hosting its’ 48th annual Strawberry Festival. Not only will you enjoy food, strawberries (of course!), and entertainment; but it’s free and family friendly.
Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival (Franklin, LA)
April 12 – April 13, 2019
Franklin hosts the 15th annual Black Bear Festival in its’ beautiful historic downtown. This festival’s mission is to educate the citizens of St. Mary Parish and surrounding areas about this ‘threatened species.’ It also features great food, music and good company.
Festival International de Louisiane (Lafayette, LA)
April 23 – April 28, 2019
More than 20 countries are represented each year during this five day festival in downtown Lafayette. All of the events, cultural workshops and music are free. You’ll also find arts and crafts boutiques and a world music store.
The Italian Festival (Tickfaw, LA)
April 26 – April 28, 2019
If you visit the Italian Festival you’ll have a chance to sample gravy, meatballs and other delicious food while listening to music, and you’ll even get to catch a parade.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Breaux Bridge, LA)
May 3 – May 5, 2019
This festival began in 1960, after it Beaux Bridge was named the crawfish capital of the world the previous year. You won’t only enjoy all the crawfish you could every dream of, but you’ll also hear the sound of world famous, authentic Cajun musicians.
New Orleans Greek Festival (New Orleans, LA)
May 23 – May 26, 2019
This year will be the 46th year of this festival, and the second year extending its’ dates to include Thursday evening. As always, there will be traditional Greek food, wine, pastries, and other great desserts. The festival also features a traditional Greek band with Greek dancing!