4 Great Spring Festivals Happening in Louisiana This Year
Spring is an exciting time to be in Louisiana. Not only is the weather getting warm, but the state puts on several fun festivals from March to May. If you’re ready to get out and have a good time, check out Louisiana’s four great spring festivals for 2017.
1. Hear Memorable Music During the French Quarter Festival
From April 6 through 9, visitors to the historic French Quarter in New Orleans can choose between more than 400 musical performances as part of the French Quarter Festival. Spread across 23 stages, 1,700 musicians play recognizable favorites as well as new tunes you’ll instantly love. Scheduled guests for the 2017 French Quarter Festival include Aaron Neville, Banu Gibson and New Orleans Hot Jazz, and Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans.
In 2016, more than 760,000 people attended the French Quarter Festival. One reason the four-day event’s popularity is the fact that all performances are free. But bring along some cash to buy food, drinks, and festival merchandise.
2. Cheer the Teams at the Acadiana Dragon Boat Race
The Acadiana Dragon Boat Race takes place in New Iberia, Louisiana, on Saturday, March 25. This small town south of Lafayette attracts large crowds each year for food, races, and dancing. In addition to the exciting boat races, there’s a burger cook-off, live music, and a kids’ area where little ones can enjoy face painting, games, and other activities.
At this festival, the main draw is the Hong Kong-style racing. Teams consisting of 20 paddlers and one drummer compete to earn the Acadiana Dragon Boat Title. During the festival, participants learn about the history of dragon boat racing, a sport that goes back 2,000 years to its origins in China.
3. Experience Other Cultures at Festival International de Louisiane
Head to Lafayette April 26 through 30 for the annual Festival International de Louisiane. Billed as the biggest international art and music festival in the U.S., Festival International de Louisiane brings attention to the connections between Acadiana and the French-speaking world. As many 300,000 people turn out for the event each year to hear musical performances by artists from more than 20 countries. In addition to the stage performances, the festivals hosts exhibits, theater, and workshops, all with international flare.
Though the festival is a non-ticketed event, you can buy a festival pass to access premium seating areas, private restroom facilities, and express drink lines. Festival passes range in price from $50 to $150.
4. Catch Big Acts at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Hear the likes of Usher, Stevie Wonder, Harry Connick, Jr., Maroon 5, and Earth, Wind, and Fire at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The event runs from April 28 until May 7. In addition to offering top-tier musical acts, the festival provides cultural experiences. The Louisiana Folklife Village shows old and new traditions among the state’s predominant cultures: Cajun, African-American, French, Latin, and more. Watch hair styling demonstrations and see artisans make instruments during the festival. General admission festival tickets start at $65.
To enjoy music, culture, and food, head to one of the many festivals happening this spring in Louisiana.