2018 Spring Festivals and Events in & around Baton Rouge

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!


Parks Cracklin' Cook-Off

April 6th-7th
The Cajun delicacy cracklin’ will be the spotlight of this festival in Breaux Bridge. There will be live music, a raffle and plenty of cracklin’ to eat.

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Kite Fest Louisiane'

April 6th-8th

The 13th annual Kite Fest will take flight in Port Allen at the West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex. The event is free and open to the public and starts at 11 a.m. The festival combines professional kite flyers from all over the country as well as great activities and events for kids too.

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Scott Boudin Festival

April 6th – 8th

The boudin capital of the world is showing off their best with the weekend long event. Not only will there be plenty of boudin, but also live music as well as arts and crafts. Tickets are $5 Saturday & Sunday and free admission on Friday.

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Ebb & Flow Festival

April 7th – 8th

In true Louisiana fashion, the Ebb & Flow festival will include a flavorful music lineup, representing local, national, and international talent. Look for two days of performances on multiple stages: the iHeart Radio Stage at Repentance Park, the Cox International Music Stage at Riverfront Plaza, and a Entergy River Stage at the Baton Rouge Dock – also known as the Paperclips.

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Acadiana Po-Boy Festival

April 7th

The annual festival in Downtown Lafayette will be in full swing this year at Parc Sans Souci from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. There will be live music as well as dozens of po-boy vendors out to help celebrate the day of fun. You’ll also be able to see if the festival can hold on to its record of having the world’s longest po-boy at 367.5 feet.

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Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

April 13th – 15th

The annual strawberry festival is a highlight of the festival season in South Louisiana. The free festival is full of family friendly games, carnival rides and plenty of food; all in the celebration of the great Louisiana strawberry.

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Zapp's International Beer Festival

April 14th

More than 200 varieties of beers are heading to this year’s Zapp’s International Beer Fest. The festivities are set to happen April 1st from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the LSU Rural Life Museum.
Tickets: $35.00 per ticket
Designated Driver: $20.00 per ticket
2:30 pm Early Entry: $100.00 per ticket
Early Entry ticket includes specialty beers and food from area restaurants
General Admission tickets are $35 and $20 for the designated drivers in your group.

Baton Rouge Blues Festival

April 14th – 15th

The two-day festival in downtown Baton Rouge will feature big names in the blues world such as Marcia Ball, 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.

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3rd Street Songwriters Festival

April 20th – 22nd

The annual event in Downtown Baton Rouge features local, regional, and national songwriters. It kicks off with an industry panel of music industry professionals followed by a listening panel. The rest of the festival will be filled with musicians performing their music at a variety of different locations to showcase their talents.

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April 21st
Introducing Wingamania, the newest food festival to hit Baton Rouge featuring the almighty chicken wing. One ticket will let you sample 15 different wings from local eateries around the Baton Rouge area, beer specials from Tin Roof, live music, and so much more! Tickets are $30 and will be held at Tin Roof Brewing.

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Angola Prison Rodeo

April 21st – 22nd

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.

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Festival International de Louisiane'

April 25th – 29th

Enjoy 5 days of amazing music at the largest international music festival in the U.S. Downtown Lafayette will be alive with fun, workshops, exhibits, visual art and more. There will also be great food, drinks and music as well.

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The Italian Festival

April 27th-29th
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.

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Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

May 4th – 6th

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.

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Rayne Frog Festival

May 10th-12th
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.

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Hot Art, Cool Nights

May 11th

The free festival hosted by the Baton Rouge Mid City Merchants is a hit every season in Mid City! You can walk along shops, visit with local artists and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks as you shop local goods.

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Baton Rouge Funk Festival

May 12th

You don’t want to miss the first annual Funk Fest starting at 11 a.m. at Tin Roof Brewing Company. You can enjoy great music all day long, craft booths and much more at the free event. Of course there will also be great brews from Tin Roof as well.

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Kenny Neal Family & Friends Blues Hwy. 61 Music Festival

May 18th-May 20th

This is the first festival that will be held commemorating a Louisiana Blues Highway. Highway 61 runs through Louisiana and extends to Chicago. The festival will be hosted by the Pointe Coupee Parish Tourist Commission & Community Center of PC Carnival Club. The event will feature, live music, carnival rides, classic car show and more. Admission is $10 per car.

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Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival

May 19 and 20

The inaugural Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival will be happening Saturday May 19th and Sunday May 20th at Riverfront Plaza.
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.

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Mudbug Madness Festival

May 24th-May 27th
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.

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Gonzales Jambalaya Festival

May 25th – 27th

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.

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The Louisiana Sports Festival

June 9th-10th
Come be part of an exciting multisport festival in Baton Rouge. Events will include Vanguard Race’s OCR obstacle course events, BRAMBA Bike Time Trials, WHOA Racing Company Trail Run, Rockwall Competition, Off-Road Mountain Bike Duathlon, Great Scavenger Hunt Run and more! It will be at BRECs Farr Park and will include 10 sporting events, a music festival both nights, activities for adults and children and more.

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Baton Rouge Pride Festival

June 16th

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.

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Tangi Taste Festival

June 15th-June 17th
The Tangi Taste Fest is hosting their inaugural year in Amite, LA. The festival will feature local food producers and food businesses. There will be delicious food, live music and shop a wonderful local marketplace.

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67th Annual Louisiana Peach Fest

June 22nd-23rd
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.

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28th Annual Lebeau Zydeco Festival

July 7th
Celebrating zydeco with live performances, dancing, and creole cuisine at this festival in Lebeau. There will be delicious BBQ and lots of fun.

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55th Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival

July 27th-July 28th
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.

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival

August 30th-September 3rd
The 83rd Shrimp and Petroleum Festival will be going strong yet again this year in Morgan City. There will be an arts and crafts show, live music, food and fun all weekend long.

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Rotary's Global Community Day

October 7th

The BR Capital City Rotary Club and BREC invite the community to join them for a Global Community Day Celebration on Sunday, October 7 from 1 – 6pm at the BREC Community Park at 14024 Highland Rd. Everybody is invited, especially the children, to explore cultural exhibits from around the globe, identify international flags and try ethnic foods. Visitors will get a free World Visitor Pass to travel from country to country to learn about different cultures and get the passes stamped. Members of Baton Rouge’s international community, dressed in colorful clothes, will perform traditional ethnic dances from around the world. The event is free and open to the public.

rotary global community day press release 2018 BREC

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The Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

March 9th-11th
The 10th Annual festival will be taking place in Independence LA and will feature fun activities such as the spaghetti eating contests, rides, live music and even a parade! There will also be plenty of great food. Times for the festival very all weekend so be sure to check their website to start planning your trip now.

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*All dates and information are subject to change.