3 Festivals for August

Arts & Crabs Fest

Aug. 18 / Lake Charles.

The yearly Arts & Crabs Fest is a fundraiser by the Arts & Humanities Council and the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau. Enjoy a crab and seafood dish tasting and chef’s contest for the “Best Crab Dish,” complementary craft beer samples,  live music and an art market. artscouncilswla.org  

Le Cajun Music Awards and Festival

Aug. 16-18 / Lafayette

This year will see the 30th annual Le Cajun Music Awards and Festival, which the Cajun French Music Association touts as the “Grammy Awards of Cajun music.” The three-day event will host an award ceremony, Miss Le Cajun crowning and a day full of Cajun music – beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday (doors open at 8 a.m.). cajunfrenchmusic.org

Shrimp Festival

Aug. 15-18 / Delcambre

Each year, Delcambre hosts an annual festival honoring the area’s most lucrative business – shrimp. The whole town dedicates their entire weekend to the festival, which includes fais-do-dos, carnival rides, a blessing of the shrimp boat fleet and, of course, a shrimp cook-off. This year’s events include music from national recording artists Josh Ward and Tracy Byrd. shrimpfestival.net

3 Festivals for September

Cajun Food Fest

Sept. 7-8 / Lydia.

Each year, the Lydia Cancer Association holds the Cajun Food Fest. Besides the food festival and cook-off — including a people’s choice award — the two-day event includes a fais-do-do, a cancer survivor walk, carnival rides, a car show and live entertainment. Parking is free, festival merchandise can be purchased and they ask that no one brings their pets or outside ice chests. lydiacancerassociation.org/food-fest

Kiwanis Pepper Festival

Sept. 7-8 / St. Martinville

This event full of flavor and fun is held annually to support the children of the community. The Kiwanis Pepper Festival features live music, craft vendors, a 5k race and a pepper eating contest. For 27 years, this event has been “fun for the whole family” in the St. Martinville community. cajuncountry.org

Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival

Sept. 27-30 / New Iberia

The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association’s five-day festival is jam-packed with events like a 4H live auction, cooking contest, 5k, car show and “Stars of Style” fundraiser. hisugar.org/wordpress