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!
Lake Charles Pirate Festival
May 2nd – 5th
The Louisiana Pirate Festival is a multi-day festival held on the grounds of the Lake Charles Civic Center and Seawall. This year the festival is undergoing an exciting format update with more fun packed into one weekend! Festivities begin with the Buccaneer Landing when they take over the City of Lake Charles. Come and enjoy great live entertainment, showcasing Louisiana musicians, sample flavorful cuisine in the Galley Alley, Family Day on Saturday, and daily Pirate Parades through the festival ground and much more. The Louisiana Pirate Festival is committed to offering a unique experience for all ages and cultural backgrounds while giving visitors a chance to experience Southwest Louisiana’s joie de vivre or “Joy of Life.”
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.
South Louisiana Songwriters Festival and Workshop (SOLO)
May 21st – 26th
Six stages. Two venues. More than 40 performances. The South Louisiana Songwriters Festival and Workshop (SOLO) is a first-of-its-kind celebration of songwriting from beginning to end. Writers will collaborate for four days, then debut their creations over the next two days of the festival. In addition to playing and singing these works, artists will let the audience in on their processes, thoughts, and inspirations. SOLO is a true behind-the-scenes look at the “stories behind the stories”.
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.