There are tons of festivals coming up in the Baton Rouge area! To help keep track of it all, here’s a handy calendar of upcoming events. Be sure to check back as you make your plans!
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
April 13th – 14th
The two-day festival in downtown Baton Rouge will feature big names in the blues world such as local favorites Kenny Neal & the Neal Family Band, and Troy Turner. The event is free and will also feature local food and art in addition to the great music you can hear.
Angola Prison Rodeo
April 27th – 28th
Make sure to get your tickets early for the annual rodeo. Thousands of visitors flock to the longest running prison rodeo in the nation. In addition to the various rodeo events, many visitors look forward to the arts and crafts show including the intricate, hand-made works from inmates. Tickets are $20.
The Italian Festival
The Italian Festival happens in Tickfaw LA the last full weekend in April every year. This year will be as much fun as ever with live music all weekend long, carnival rides, a parade, spaghetti cook off and more! The festival is free and open to the public. Armbands for carnival rides will be available at the festival for $25.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
May 3rd – 5th
The world famous Crawfish Festival began in 1960 as a spin-off of the Breaux Bridge Centennial Celebration. The Louisiana Legislature had just named Breaux Bridge the Crawfish Capital of the World in 1959. Every May, thousands of hungry people flock to Breaux Bridge to be part of the festivities. The Crawfish Festival has also become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun musicians. All weekend long you can hear the sound of authentic Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop music rising from the festival.
Rayne Frog Festival
The annual Rayne Frog Festival will have a full schedule of music, delicious foods and drinks. Of course there will be the festival’s signature events taking place such as frog racing and jumping, Arts & Crafts show, Frog Cook-off, Frog Eating contest,the Grand Parade and more.
Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival
May 25th – 26th
The second annual Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival will be happening Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th at North Boulevard Town Square.
It will be from 10:00am to 8:00pm on Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 7:00pm. The family friendly event is free and open to the public and will also feature live music, a Vendor’s Village and a judged soul food cooking competition. Lawn seating so bring your chairs. VIP tickets however are also available for purchase and will include food, soft drinks and photo ops with the talent for a fee.
Mudbug Madness Festival
May 24th-May 26th
Mudbug Madness Festival is a four-day festival celebrating Louisiana crawfish and cuisine! There will also be live entertainment on three stages at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport. Admission is $5 per person Thursday and Friday after 5 PM. Admission is $5 per person all day Saturday and Sunday.
Gonzales Jambalaya Festival
May 24th – 26th
The Gonzales Jambalaya Festival celebrates over 50 years of finger-lickin’ fun! All weekend long you can enjoy great music, cooking contests, a car show, rides and much more! The festival is free so make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun.
Baton Rouge Pride Festival
The Baton Rouge Pride Festival originated as a secular outreach of MCC of Baton Rouge. It was designed as a gathering and celebration for the LGBTQ+community in the area but also as an educational and community building event centered on a community resource fair. Since that beginning with less than 500 attendees and 15 resource fair participants in 2007, it has grown to be Louisiana’s largest pride celebration — with more than 12,500 attendees and nearly 75 organizations in the resource fair tin 2017. Better yet, since 2010, it also is the South’s (if not the world’s) largest indoor, family friendly pride celebration.
68th Annual Louisiana Peach Fest
June 21st – 22nd
The Louisiana Peach festival brings is celebrating nearly 70 years in Ruston. The family-oriented festival is put on by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, and is held each year the fourth weekend of June. There will be great food, live music and much much more. Admission is $10 on Friday from 5-10 PM and all day Saturday. Children 8 years and under get in free.
Bandito Music & Food Festival
Festival producer and restaurant owner Eric Carnegie describes the planned Bandito Food & Music Festival as “a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll, a little bit south of the border and a little bit Americana.”
Carnegie is producing the summer festival, scheduled for June 22 in downtown Baton Rouge, with Chris Brooks, an organizer for the Baton Rouge Blues Festival. The duo also recently produced the inaugural Baton Rouge Oyster Fest last June.
Carnegie, who’s worked downtown since 2007, says he’s organizing the event because of the economic impact festivals and events have on downtown businesses.
The festival celebrates barbecue and tacos, and its music lineup features respected alt-country performers Son Volt, Old 97’s, The Bottle Rockets and Shooter Jennings. Jay Ducote’s Gov’t Taco and Jay D’s Barbecue, Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Cuisine and BRQ Seafood & Barbecue are among the confirmed food vendors that will compete for the title of Best BBQ and Best Taco during the festival.
56th Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival
July 27th – July 30th
From 5pm to 11pm you can grab delicious watermelon during the Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival in Farmerville. There will be live music and great food as well as contests such as a seed spitting contest and a watermelon eating contest.
*All dates and information are subject to change.