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Festival season in full swing

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April 20-24
This year, Lafayette’s biggest festival, Festival International, celebrates 30 years. The fest, which is free and open to the public, is a celebration of Louisiana and Francophone music, food, arts and crafts, education and life in the heart of Cajun country.

March1-April 30. New Iberia Azalia Trail. Iberia Parish, New Iberia. (337) 365-1540.
March 3-6. Black Heritage Festival. Civic Center, Lake Charles. (337) 436-9588.
March 6. 31st Annual Here’s the Beef Cookoff. Yambilee Fair Grounds, Opelousas. (337) 945-0364.
March 6. 31st Annual Here’s the Beef Cookoff. Opelousas Yambilee Ag Arena. (337) 945-0364.
March 9. Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade. Francis Romero Memorial Park, Coteau. (337) 577-5099.
March 11-12. Choctaw Volunteer Fireman’s Fair. Choctaw Fairgrounds, Thibodaux. (985) 859-0079.
March 13. Zydeco Marathon & a Half.  Cajundome Convention Center, Lafayette. zydecomarathon.com
March 18-19. Iowa Rabbit Festival. Burton Complex, Lake Charles. (337) 436-9566.
March 19. Festival of Live Oaks. New Iberia City Park. (337) 369-2337.
March 20. 31st Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff. North West Community Center Pavilion, Eunice. (337) 457-2565.
March 20. Easter Cantata. Pharr Chapel, Morgan City. (985) 384-7984.
March 22. 31st Annual Etouffee Festival. St. John Francis Regis Church, Arnaudville. (337) 754-5912.
March 23. Grillin in the Park. New Iberia City Park. (337) 365-5651.
March 24-26. Laotian New Years Celebration. Lanexang Village, Broussard. (337) 364-3403.
March 26. Acadiana Dragon Boat Festival. Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia. (337) 352-2180.
April 1-3. Monster Jam. Cajundome, Lafayette. (866) 248-8740, Ext. 31427.
April 8-10. Cajun Hot Sauce Festival. SugArena, New Iberia. (337) 365-7539.
April 20-24. Festival International de Louisiane. Downtown Lafayette. 222.LafayetteTravel.com

March 4-6. Ponchatoula Antique Trades Days & Arts & Crafts Fair. Downtown Ponchatoula. (985) 386-0026.
March 4-12. New Orleans Spring Fiesta. Various locations, New Orleans. (504) 581-1367.
March 5-6. Los Islenos Festival. Islenos Museum & Village, St. Bernard. (504) 615-9322.
March 11-April 16. St. Patrick’s Day Parades. Various locations. stpatrick’sdayneworleans.com
March 18-20. Amite Oyster Festival.  Downtown Amite. (985) 969-5340.
March 25-26. Hammond Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Challenge. Downtown Hammond. hammondbbq.com
March 30-April 3. Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Various locations, New Orleans tennesseewilliams.net/festival
March 31-April 3. Louisiana Crawfish Festival. Sigur Cultural Center, Chalmette. louisianacrawfishfestival.com
April 5. Jammin on Julia. Julia & Camp Streets, New Orleans. jamminonjulia.com
April 7-10. French Quarter Festival. Various locations, French Quarter. fqfi.org
April 8-10. Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Ponchatoula Memorial Park. (800) 917-7045.
April 22-24, April 28-May 1. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. New Orleans Fair Grounds. nojazzfest.com
April 23-4. Slidell Spring Antique Street Fair. Old Towne Slidell. (985) 641-6316.

March 6. Winter Jam. Century Link Center, Bossier City. 2016.jamtour.com
March 19. Louisiana Redbud Festival. Vivian Town Square, Vivian. Laredbud.com
March 19. Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators. Shreveport Festival Plaza. (318) 425-4413.
March 26. ASEANA Spring Festival. ASEANA Asian Gardens, Shreveport. (318) 401-8078.
April 2. Annual Scottish Tartan Festival. Scotland Farms, Minden. (318) 393-2693.
April 8-9. Annual Hot Rod Reunion. Bossier City Boomtown Casino. (318) 655-5838.
April 9. Spring Bloom Celebration. American Rose Center, Shreveport. (318) 938-5402.
April 15-24. Holiday in Dixie. Festival Plaza, Shreveport. (318) 865-5555.

March 12. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. S. Acadian Thrwy. & Hundred Oaks Ave., Baton Rouge. (866) 920-4668
April 1-3.  51st Jackson Assembly Antiques & Art Show. Downtown Jackson. (225) 634-7155.

March 19. Bloomin’ on the Bricks. Riverfront, Cane River Lake, Natchitoches. (866) 941-6246.
April 15-16. Natchitoches Jazz/Rhythm & Blues Festival. Riverbank of Cane River, Natchitoches. (318) 332-1059.




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