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Baton Rouge and Louisiana Fesitvals April from 2013
Dates have changed.


FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 5-7

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 6-7

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 11-13

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 11-14

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

MONDAY, APRIL 15

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

OUTDOORS

ONGOING

SINGLES EVENTS

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

TUESDAY, APRIL 23

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

OUTDOORS

ONGOING

SINGLES EVENTS

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 26-28

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 26-MAY 5

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 26-27

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

TUESDAY, APRIL 30-SUNDAY, MAY 12


Dates from 2012 Call before you go

SUNDAY, APRIL 1

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 12-14

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 12-15

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 13-15

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 19-22

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 20-22

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 21-22

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

MONDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 23-29

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 25-29

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 27-MAY 6

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 27-29

SATURDAY, APRIL 28


These are 2011 dates. Use only as a guide. Call before you go.

THROUGH APRIL 2

OUTHOUSE FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL: Dodson Auditorium, LSU campus. Founded by a group of LSU students, this is Baton Rouge’s original film festival with three days of guest speakers, workshops, social gatherings and movies from around the world. http://www.myspace.com/outhousefilmfest.

THROUGH APRIL 3

NEW ORLEANS SPRING FIESTA: Experience the grandeur of the past at this tour of homes not usually open to the public. For a list of homes, call (504) 581-1367. http://www.springfiesta.com.

THROUGH APRIL 14

ARTS FEST: Baton Rouge Community College, 202 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge. Musical acts include Peter Harris Quartet, Jason Marsalis, Leah Chase, and the Benji Davis Project. The festival also celebrates art and artists in all disciplines. http://www.mybrcc.edu.

THROUGH APRIL 16

13TH ANNUAL JUBILEE (ARTS & HUMANITIES FESTIVAL): Nicholls State University, Thibodaux. The festival features workshops, conferences, musical performances, receptions, concerts, plays, etc. Many events are free, but some charge for admission. (985) 448-4633.

APRIL 1-3

KITE FEST LOUISIANA: West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex, off La. 415 at Rosedale Road in Port Allen. Fun, games, music, kite-flying performances. Free and open to the public. http://www.westbatonrouge.net.

CYPRESS SAWMILL FESTIVAL: Patterson. Arts and crafts, street fair, food and drink, old engine display, classic car & truck show, souvenir booth, lumberjack show, country showdown musical event. $5 per car, Friday, $10 per car Saturday and Sunday, or $20 for weekend pass. http://www.cypresssawmill.com.

APRIL 2-3

ZIPPITY ZOO FEST: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Education stations, animal encounters, children’s village, food court and spring festival. (225) 775-3877 or http://www.brzoo.org.

APRIL 3

KNOCKIN’ ON THE BAYOU EASTER FESTIVAL: all day, downtown Cottonport. Arts, crafts, music, rides rock climbing, cake bake-off and Easter egg hunt. (318) 876-2372.

APRIL 4

SOUTHDOWN MARKETPLACE FESTIVAL: Southdown Plantation House, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma. Cajun food, folklife demonstrations, museum tours, arts and crafts. (985) 851-0154.

APRIL 7-10

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL: French Quarter, New Orleans. Live music on 17 stages, art show, patio tours, children’s activities. Enjoy the festival’s signature event, the “World’sLargest Jazz Brunch” with authentic New Orleans cuisine at more than 105 food and beverage booths. Everything from jambalaya and red beans and rice, to muffulettas and gumbo. http://www.fqfi.org.

APRIL 8-10

PONCHATOULA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Memorial Park, Ponchatoula. Carnival rides, 10K and one-mile run, Saturday parade, egg toss, sack race, game booths, food, including all kinds of strawberry delights. Music lineup includes Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces, Brandon Bennett, Passing Outlaws, Weathered, Rockin’ Doopsie Jr., Dirty Play, and others. (800) 917-7045 or http://www.lastrawberryfestival.com.

CAJUN HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL: SugArena, Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (La. 3212), New Iberia. Hot sauce competition, jambalaya cook-off, live music, Cajun food court, arts and crafts, carnival and queens’ pageant. http://www.sugarena.com or http://www.iberiatravel.com.

APRIL 9

SPRING HERB DAY: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Kent Plantation House, 3601 Bayou Rapides Road, Alexandria. Herbs, roses, assorted plants for sale. Arts and crafts also featured. (318) 487-5998.

FRANKLIN PARISH CATFISH FESTIVAL: Winnsboro. About 300 arts and crafts and commercial vendors, musical entertainment, antique car display, children’s area, and of course, plenty of catfish dishes. (318) 435-7607.

APRIL 9-10

VELO LOUISIANE: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Perkins Road Community Park, Baton Rouge. Second annual bicycle festival includes bike rides, Velodrome events, EMS/police bike squad and much more. http://www.velola.org.

APRIL 10

FOLK ART FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Chauvin Sculpture Garden and Nicholls State University Art Studio, 5337 Bayouside Drive, Chauvin. Sculpture garden, featuring folk art along with music held in conjunction with the traditional blessing of the fleet boat parade along Bayou Petit Caillou. http://www.nicholls.edu/news.

APRIL 14-18

WASHINGTON CATFISH FESTIVAL: Washington Festival grounds, town of Washington. Twelfth annual Catfish Festival with parade, catfish cook-off, carnival rides, and music all weekend.

APRIL 15-17

BIRDFEST 2011: various locations in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. Featuring birding trips, photo workshop, photo shoot, Louisiana cuisine, backyard and garden tours, and more. (985) 502-2242.

BATTLE OF JACKSON CROSSROADS: Jackson. Step back in time and enjoy this Civil War re-enactment event hosted by the Living History Association of Jackson. The event is designed to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Louisiana citizens and America during the early 1860s. http://www.battleofjacksoncrossroads.org.

GRAND ISLE MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL: Grand Isle. Hosted by the Grand Isle Sanctuary Group, this festival features bird-watching tours, island history, bird art and crafts, children’s activities, free videos and birding trail maps, field guides and more. (800) 259-0869.

BAYOU TECHE BLACK BEAR & BIRDING FESTIVAL: downtown Franklin. Live music performances, field trips, educational exhibits, children’s activities, food, a wooden boat show, and more. The St. Mary Loop will take birdwatchers into the swamp for birding opportunities. http://www.bayoutechebearfest.org.

SPRING POWWOW AMERICAN INDIAN CELEBRATION: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Native American dancing, drumming, storytelling, crafts, food, music and more. (504) 837-6085.

APRIL 16-17

ANGOLA PRISON RODEO: Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola. Inmates competing in various rodeo events, arts and crafts (made by the inmates), food, live music performances. http://www.rodeo.com.

APRIL 16

SOUTHDOWN FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Southdown Plantation House and Museum, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma. Homemade crafts, fine arts featured throughout more than 300 booths. Browse and/or buy jewelry, floral wreaths, gourmet food, paintings and dolls. $4 admission, under 12 admitted free. All proceeds benefit Terrebonne Historical & Cultural Society. (985) 851-0154

APRIL 17-18

SPRINGFEST 2011: Livingston Parish Fairgrounds, Livingston. Live music, entertainment, midway rides, games, photo ops, antique car show, food booths with barbecue, jambalaya, fried fish and more. Tickets $10 at the gate each day. (985) 796-5853.

APRIL 17

BATON ROUGE EARTH DAY 2011: Noon-8:30 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge, including Galvez Plaza, Old State Capitol and Governmental Plaza. Activities for all ages, animal encounters, educational stations, hands-on craft activities, and live music all day. Artists include Michael Foster Project, Bucktown All-Stars, Wet Willie, Rockin’ Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters, and others. Free. http://www.laearthday.org.

ABITA SPRINGS TRAILHEAD ART, MUSIC FESTIVAL: Trailhead Plaza, 22049 Main St., Abita Springs. Afternoon features live music, art vendors, pottery, photography, jewelry and food.

APRIL 25

INTERNATIONAL CAJUN JOKE-TELLING CONTEST: Yambilee Building, Opelousas. Celebration of Cajun humor with Louisiana storytellers, music and food. Get ready to laugh. http://www.opelousaslittletheater.com.

APRIL 26-MAY 8

CONTRABAND DAYS FESTIVAL: Lake Charles. Live entertainment, carnival rides, food booths, Pirate marketplace, concerts, including Con Funk Shun, Fabulous Boogie Kings, Derek Webb, Matt Maher, and other bands and musical artists. http://www.contrabanddays.com.

APRIL 27 – MAY 1

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: downtown Lafayette. Giant Francophone celebration with food, music, art, dance, film, theater, workshops and more. http://www.festivalinternational.com.

APRIL 29-MAY 1

26TH ANNUAL ETOUFFEE FESTIVAL: Little Flower School Grounds, Arnaudville. Mayor’s cook-off, parade, bingo games, car/truck/motorcycle show, carnival rides, live music all weekend.

LAROSE FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL: Larose. Musicians and performing artists from Lafourche Parish are highlighted during this event, which also includes pirogue races on Bayou Lafourche, food, and tournaments in flag football, kids’ casting and tennis. http://www.laffnet.org.

FESTIVAL DE LA PRAIRIE: St. John the Evangelist Church, Prairieville. Entertainment, rides, Cajun food, games, plant sale. (225) 673-8307.

ITALIAN FESTIVAL: Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 14418 Market St., Tickfaw. Food, music, bass tournament, pageant, crafts, carnival rides and spaghetti cook-off. http://www.theitalianfestivalorg.com.

TOMATO FESTIVAL: 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette. Rides, pageants, live music and the first Creole tomatoes of the season. (504) 271-2953.

APRIL 29-MAY 8

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Fairgrounds racetrack, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Continuous musical performances on 12 stages with groups such as Bon Jovi, Neville Brothers, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffet, Pete Fountain, and many others. Food, arts and crafts and educational programs. (504) 522-4786 or http://www.nojazzfest.com.

APRIL 30

DENHAM SPRINGS SPRING FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Antique Village, Denham Springs. Antiques for sale, arts and crafts, unique gifts, food booths, rides and children’s activities. (225) 284-8231.

APRIL 30-MAY 1

FEST FOR ALL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday; Noon-6 p.m., Sunday, downtown Baton Rouge, North Boulevard and on the grounds of the Old State Capitol and the Shaw Center for the Arts. Musical concerts, visual art presentations, dance performances, and art exhibits. http://www.artsbr.org.




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