Top 15 Louisiana West USA Events and Festivals
This selection of Top Events USA presents only the main Louisiana West events and festivals (in calendar priority) taking place in Louisiana West USA.
For events in the rest of Louisiana check out:
• Louisiana - Baton Rouge
• Louisiana - New Orleans
Two of the main Louisiana West events and festivals are the State Fair of Louisiana and yet another Mardi Gras in Lake Charles
Scroll down for a complete list of the main Louisiana West events and festivals.
Lake Charles Mardi Gras
early January - early March,
Lake Charles, Louisiana
King cake, parades and glitzy flowing costumes of Mardi Gras splendor all add to the mystique of the 2nd largest Mardi Gras in Louisiana in Lake Charles. Recognized as one of the top 15 Louisiana West USA Events and Festivals, the Lake Charles Mardi Gras kicks off with the Twelfth Night celebration early in January with the grand promenade of more than 60 krewes. Parades, Children’s Day, a Zydeco dance, a Gumbo Cook-off and other events pack the final Mardi Gras weekend. For the grand finale, the Krewe of Krewes Parade winds through four miles of Lake Charles tossing thousands of beads to cheering crowds.
For more information about Lake Charles Mardi Gras visit:
Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week
Lafayette has been home to the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week for over a decade, featuring master presentations, afternoon workshops, dance lessons and even nightly dance workshops and fun for the entire family.
For more information about the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week visit:
Festival International de Louisiane
Another one of the main Louisiana West events and festivals, Festival International de Louisiane, active for over 25 years, is an annual visual and performing arts festival celebrating the French cultural heritage of southern Louisiana – primarily a combination of French, African, Caribbean and Hispanic influences. The largest outdoor, free Francophone event in the USA features performing, visual and culinary artists from Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean and the Americas.
For more information about the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette visit: http://www.festivalinternational.com
The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has become one of the largest gatherings of Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop musicians and plays host to over 30 bands on three stages during the three-day festival. Also part of the fun are the Breaux Bridge Heritage Tent, Cajun cuisine, crawfish races, Cajun and Zydec dance contests, carnival midway, crawfish cookoff and eating contest, and a parade to honor the Crawfish Queen.
For more information about the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival visit: http://www.bbcrawfest.com
Paying homage to the most cherished of Louisiana institutions – the crawfish boil – Mudbug Madness began in 1984 as a two-day street festival in downtown Shreveport. This four-day event is now one of Louisiana’s largest and most popular Cajun festivals recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, drawing as many as 56,000 people in one day, and featuring renowned Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Jazz artists, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, raucous contests, and fun for all ages.
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
Over 50 years old, Contraband Days is one of Louisiana’s largest festivals and the City of Lake Charles’ oldest festival. It is also recognized as one of the main Louisiana West events and festivals. Contraband Days is a themed “pirate” festival with close to 100 events. Contraband Days always falls on the first two weekends in May and it’s a 12-day festival. The Festival is based on the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds with some events occurring throughout the City. Over 100,000 people attend Contraband Days Festival on land and on the water.
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and visit: http://www.contrabanddays.com
Le Cajun Music Awards and Festival
Le Cajun Music Awards and Festival is a unique three-day event honoring the best in Cajun music and Cajun musicians and includes a three-day dance festival with award winning Cajun bands providing the music. Highlights of the event include the awards ceremony honoring Fiddler Of The Year, Accordionist Of The Year, Female Vocalist Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, Best 1st CD, Best CD, Song Of The Year, Band Of The Year as well as the three-day dance festival.
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Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival
In 1981, fearful that Creole and Zydeco music was dying out, the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival was created and started on a farmer’s field on the outskirts of Opelousas, with four hundred neighbors attending. Now known as the world's largest Zydeco ("LA LA") Music Festival, complete with the Zydeco King and Queen Ball, fun run, jam session and parade, it takes place in September in Opelousas.
For more information about the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival in Opelousas visit:
Red River Revel
The Red River Revel Arts Festival, an eight-day outdoor arts festival, celebrates the arts with more than 120 visual artists from across the country, four performance stages that feature live music and a large area dedicated specifically to providing arts education for children. There are also the famous mouth-watering delicacies from 24 food booths, a variety of homemade gourmet items at “The Market”, and other events including the Sportspectrum Revel Run and the Red River Quilters' Quilt Show.
For more information about the Red River Revel in Shreveport visit: http://www.redriverrevel.com
One of the of the most unique festivals in Louisiana, the South Louisiana Black Pot Festival and Cookoff is held every year at Lafayette’s Acadian Village, and for more than 5 years has presented two days of great music, dancing, food and cook-off competitions as as well as camping & jamming.
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Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
Created 40 years ago to promote Cajun culture, the three-day Festivals Acadiens et Créoles attracts people of many different nationalities from all over the world. Highlights of the festival include the Louisiana Native and Contemporary Crafts Festival, the Tribute to Cajun Music concert, and the Bayou Food Festival.
For more information about the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette visit:
State Fair of Louisiana
late October - mid November
One of Louisiana's largest attractions for over a century, and seen as one of the Top 15 Louisiana West USA events and festivals, the State Fair of Louisiana offers a wealth of entertainment. Apart from the usual exciting events of the State Fairs in the USA, this Louisiana fair offers free, top-lining entertainment including everything from leading music artists, stunt and acrobatic shows to tiger encounter shows, racing pigs and the Great American Duck Race, circus, carnival, and the Kiddie Korral midway for young children.
For more information about the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport visit:
Louisiana Renaissance Festival
weekends through November and early December
One of the most entertaining events in the Southern USA, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival is in effect a mini-theme park celebrating the European Renaissance and highlighting the fun to be discovered at festivals in those days. Attractions include the popular jousting event just as it might have been seen in Renaissance times, more than forty stage shows every day featuring clowns and comedy, singing pirates, sword duels and juggling acts, as well as authentic food from those times, shopping and unique gift selections, and plenty of activities for children.
For more information about the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond visit:
Natchitoches Christmas Festival
end November to mid December
A unique Christmas Festival for over 80 years, the Natchitoches event offers a huge selection of Christmas attractions including a parade, live entertainment, food, carnival rides and a light show that features the turning on of over 300,000 Christmas lights and 75 light decorations in the historic district and along the scenic Cane River Lake.
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updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.