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Louisiana offers great events and festivals throughout 2013. Check out all of the events here.

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June Festivals and Events in Louisiana

June 1-2, 2013  New Orleans Oyster Festival – New Orleans, Louisiana
The New Orleans Oyster Festival will educate the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, honor and celebrate the restaurateurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarter’s position as the “Oyster Capital of America”

June 7, 2013  Bon Mange’ Festival – Gheens, Louisiana
“Good eating” festival with cajun food, music, dancing, rides, and games.

June 8-9, 2013  New Orleans Vieux To Do – New Orleans, Louisiana
Three festivals, one weekend: Louisiana Seafood Festival, Cajun-Zydeco festival, and The French Market Creole Tomato Festival

June 8-9, 2013  Creole Tomato Festival – New Orleans, Louisiana
June in New Orleans means the arrival of Creole Tomato dishes on local restaurant menus, in farmers markets, and at roadside stands. Typically the crop arrives in early June, which is why the French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival is always held the second weekend of that month.

June 14-16, 2013  Louisiana Corn Festival – Bunkie, Louisiana
Held the second full weekend in June each year, this will be the 27th annual event, promoting our city and the impact agriculture has on it and the people in the area.

June 21-22, 2013  Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival – Ruston, Louisiana
A family-oriented event produced by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and held each year the fourth weekend of June.

June 21-23, 2013  Louisiana Catfish Festival – Des Allemands, Louisiana
Sample from a wide variety of catfish dishes: including catfish platters, catfish boats, catfish po-boys and catfish sauce piquante. Rides, games, road races, and catfish-eating contest. Country store, plant booth and crafts. Live music.

June 28-29, 2013  Le Festivale de la Viande Boucanee – Ville Platte, Louisiana
Better known as the Smoked Meat Festival, this two day event is promoted by Chapter 632 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and is held on the last full weekend of June each year in the “Smoked Meat Capital of the World”. It showcases the Cajun heritage, friendly people, delicious foods, toe-tapping music and natural beauty of the region.

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July Festivals and Events in Louisiana

JULY 4, 2013 – There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 17-21, 2013  Tales of the Cocktail – New Orleans, Louisiana
This summer the industry’s most influential bartenders and spirit lovers from around the globe will drink in every ounce of cocktail knowledge and culture at Tales of the Cocktail 2013. The world’s premier cocktail festival returns to New Orleans with another non-stop schedule of educational seminars, tasting rooms, Spirited Dinners, Spirited Awards, competitions and more. We guarantee you won’t leave thirsty.

July 25-27, 2013  50th Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival – Farmerville, Louisiana
The Watermelon Festival is celebrated the last weekend in July each year as a way of promoting the watermelon industry and showing pride in their harvest. Activities include: tennis tournaments, photo contests, best decorated window, arm wrestling, 5-K run, watermelon auction, watermelon quality and tasting competition motorcycle poker run, street dance, parade and much more.

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August Festivals and Events in Louisiana

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September Festivals and Events in Louisiana

September 20-22, 2013  Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
Natchitoches, Louisiana
You’re invited to the 9th annual Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival and River Run being held in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana. The festival will take place at the downtown riverbank along the fabled Cane River Lake.
(also: www.explorenatchitoches.com/events-and-festivals/natchitoches-meat-pie-festival/ )

October Festivals and Events in Louisiana

October 11-13, 2013  Louisiana Seafood Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
From our waters to your plate, the Louisiana Seafood Festival is a celebration of all the fresh and flavorful seafood that makes our state great.  Our three-day festival offers more and more every year:  Live Local & National Music across two stages.  Culinary Demonstrations from Noted Chefs and seafood education sessions.  Arts & Crafts Vendors showcasing gifts, décor and more.  Food and Beverages from some of the best vendors in the state.  Free Admission — bring your friends and family!

October 18-20, 2013  Fresh Summit, PMA’s International Convention & Exposition
New Orleans, Louisiana
Produce Marketing Association event. With 21,000+ industry professionals from 61 countries and nearly 4,000 buyers, Fresh Summit delivered Global Connections, Consumer Insights and Innovative Business Solutions

October 19-20, 2013  40th Annual Old Farmers Day – Loranger, Louisiana
A reenactment of the methods our forefathers used to live, work, and enjoy life. OFD is sponsored by the Loranger FFA with the community coming together to help with the various activities along with the Brunett family. The FFA raffles off a Belgian colt given away during the horse pulling contest on Sunday.  There will be contests for kids; Saturday only: farriers contests and teamsters contests; and Sunday only at 1:00pm – 3:00pm a horse and mule pulling contest, with three classes at 1:00 – 3:00.  Reenactments include wagon train parade and rides; hog butchering and cooking; all types of field work done with Belgian draft horses and mules; sheep shearing, blacksmith shop; sugar cane grinding and syrup cooking; cooking biscuits, etc. on wood stoves; old timey working kitchen and smoke house; petting zoo with baby animals; antiques/crafts, spinning wheel & weaving, quilt making; all types of food – old timey and modern, and much more.

October 24-Nov 10, 2013  State Fair of Louisiana – Shreveport, Louisiana
Livestock exhibits and competitions, carnival, entertainment, Ag Magic area, competitive exhibits, rodeo, cooking contests, and much more!

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November Festivals and Events in Louisiana

November 2-3, 2013  Giant Omelette Celebration 2013 – Abbeville, Louisiana
The cooking of a 5,000 Egg Omelette! Authentic Cajun Food, Art Show, Musical Entertainment, Antique Car Show, Kid’s World, and much more!

November 28, 2013  Thanksgiving Day – Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.  (4th Thursday in November).

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