Calendar: Festival International de Louisiane
Cajun Country’s biggest festival kicks off in Lafayette, plus literary, film, wine and art festivals all over the state
Festival International de LouisianeApril 24-28 // Lafayette
Held in downtown Lafayette, the 5-day, Festival International de Louisiane sees over 300,000 festivalgoers celebrating international music and the connection between Acadiana and its French roots. The festival features performance art, music, workshops, theater and more. Get close to the action with a Festival Pass, which includes express beverage lines, front row viewing, private restrooms among other amenities. If the festival isn’t enough, running enthusiasts can participate in Courir Du Festival, Festival International’s 5k race. Wind through downtown Lafayette and cross the finish line right into the festival. Festival International truly has something for everyone!
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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary FestivalMarch 27 - 31 // New Orleans
A five-day literary festival packed with award-winning speakers, theater performances and panel discussions. This year’s festival includes writer’s craft sessions, a breakfast book club and walking tours among many other exciting literary events.
Louisiana International Film FestivalApril 4-7 // Baton Rouge
The Louisiana International Film Festival’s goal is to promote and advance Louisiana’s digital storytelling. The festival is set to screen over 50 films, industry panels, musical performances and Q-and-As throughout the three-day event.
Cork Wine FestivalApril 6 // Shreveport
Wine enthusiasts mark your calendars for an afternoon of wine featuring 80 wines from all over the world. Guests can sample wine, local cuisine and win prizes throughout the event. Additionally, wine experts from each of the represented regions will be at the festival to answer questions and discuss each of the wines.
Arts and Crafts FestivalApril 6-7 // Melrose
Under the oak trees at Melrose Plantation, guests can peruse more than 100 local vendors and artists displaying jewelry, pottery, paintings and more. Festivalgoers can also tour the large house, plantation grounds and other buildings around the 200-year-old property.