Nouvelles de Villes: Calendar

Kelly Massicot

APRIL

Check out these events around the town.

❶ Boggy Bayou Festival

April 4-6. Ville Platte.
facebook.com/boggybayoupineprairie
The Boggy Bayou Festival has all of the crowd-pleasing elements the people want in a town festival. The festivities include live music, Cajun and Creole cuisine, arts and crafts sold throughout and, of course, a carnival.

❷ Scott Boudin Festival

April 5-7. Scott.
scottboudinfestival.com
Each year, the city of Scott celebrates its Cajun heritage with a festival dedicated to Cajun cuisine and boudin. In addition to the food, festivalgoers can enjoy authentic Zydeco music and a fireworks display on opening night.

❸ Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival

April 12-14. Lake Charles.
downtowncrawfest.com
This annual crawfish festival brings over 10,000 pounds of crawfish to Lake Charles. Like every good festival, in addition to the crawfish, guests can participate in the Crawfish Scoot 3k or 5k race and enjoy live music and the Queen’s Pageant.

MAY

Check out these events around the town.

❶ Louisiana Pirate Festival

May 2-5. Lake Charles.
louisianapiratefestival.com
Chosen as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, this pirate-themed festival has something for everyone. Not only will pirate ships land along the shoreline, but also the mayor of Lake Charles will even be made to walk the plank.

❷ Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

May 3-5. Breaux Bridge.
bbcrawfest.com
Mountains of crawfish and three stages dedicated to Cajun, Zydeco and swamp pop music fill this three-day festival. In addition, the weekend includes a crawfish race, dance competitions, a crawfish etoufée cook-off and a crawfish eating contest.

❸ Southern Garden Festival

May 3-4. Lafayette.
familypromiseacadiana.org
The Southern Garden Festival is a two-day event in which proceeds go to help homeless families served by Family Promise of Acadiana. Friday’s events include dinner and dancing, as well as a silent auction and artist demonstrations. Day two includes live music, boat tours and more.

 

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