Louisiana is a state full of culture and unique events that celebrate its diverse heritage. From the Louisiana Strawberry Festival to the Sabine Freestate Festival, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the culture of the state. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly event or a more historic cultural festival, Louisiana has something for everyone. The Louisiana Strawberry Festival is one of the oldest and largest agricultural festivals in the state.
Held in Crowley each fall, the festival has welcomed more than seven million attendees since it began in 1937. It's a true cultural event that brings together people from all over the world to celebrate rice as an important part of people's diets and demonstrate its importance in the international economy. The festival features music by artists such as Wayne Toups, a car show, rice-eating contests, rice cooking contests, and the Queen's annual coronation at the Queen's Ball. There are also two parades: a children's parade on Friday and the parade on Saturday with an art market open all weekend. The Shrimp and Oil Festival is another unique event that celebrates two of Louisiana's most important industries. Held in Shreveport, this festival features food, music, activities for children, historic events and much more.
It has been featured on ABC's “Good Morning America” and Top Events USA has ranked it among the 10 best events in Louisiana. The Louisiane International Festival is another great cultural event that celebrates French cultural heritage in South Louisiana. Markets and cultural exhibits such as Cajun House, Louisiana Market Place and Congo Square Market Place offer interesting shows of Louisiana culture. The Sabine Freestate Festival is held in Florien and pays homage to the strange and fascinating past of this region that was once known as “the Neutral Strip”, a buffer zone between Spain and the United States in the years after the Louisiana Purchase.
Celebrated in Lafayette, it is steeped in cultures not only from afar, but also Cajun culture and ancient French culture. No matter what type of event you're looking for, there are plenty of unique cultural events to experience in Louisiana. From festivals celebrating agriculture to those honoring French heritage, there's something for everyone to enjoy.