Calendar: Festival International de Louisiane


Festival International de Louisiane

April 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!


Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

March 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 Festival

April 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 Festival

April 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 Festival

April 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.


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Perhaps the only child in Louisiana history to be born to a mother with absolutely no culinary skills at all, Jyl Benson began cooking in self-defense at the age of six. She is 13 years younger than her closest sibling so her parents were tired and paid little attention as she use the household kitchen as per personal laboratory, sometimes with disastrous outcomes. Her skills have improved greatly over the years and kitchen fires are a thing of the past. She began her editorial career in 1990 with The Times Picayune and served as a regional reporter covering the southeastern United States for both The New York Times and Time magazine. She wrote "Galatoire's Cookbook: Recipes & Family History from the Time-Honored New Orleans Restaurant" (Random House 2005), as well as several cultural, historical and architectural guides to New Orleans. She served as editor-in-chief of Louisiana Cookin’ magazine from 2009 to 2011 and founded Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine in 2012. Sheis a dining columnist for St. Charles Avenue, Acadiana Profile and Louisiana Life magazines, a frequent contributor to New Orleans Magazine, and the author of "Fun Funky, Fabulous: New Orleans Casual Restaurant Recipes" (2015, Pelican Publishing) and "Louisiana's Tables" (2017, Savory House Press).