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Make it a Day Trip: Spring Festivals Outside of New Orleans

It's festival season not only here in New Orleans, but in all of Louisiana (Photo: Zack Smith)

Festival season seems to be year-round here in New Orleans, but as the seasons change, the festivals change with them. Enter spring: a time when the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and everyone is itching to get outdoors. While the season ushers in dozens of festivals here in New Orleans, we’d be remiss not to highlight some of the best festivals that happen right outside our city limits. Just like we did in the fall, it’s time to pack up the car, blast the tunes, and take a road trip to some of Louisiana’s best festivals. New Orleans may be the festival capital of Louisiana, but here are some of the best festivals happening outside the city this spring.

Kite Fest Louisiané

Whether you go to test out your own kite flying skills or you’d rather just watch the professional, synchronized kite flying shows, Kite Fest Louisiané offers something for everyone. This family-friendly festival will feature kite making workshops, food and music, a kite design competition, and fireworks on Saturday night. Pack your lawn chairs and head out to enjoy this festival of kites.

When: April 6-7, 2019 (April 5 is student day)

Where: 3383 Rosedale Rd., Port Allen, LA

How far from NOLA: 90 min

Admission: Free

Cool off with a snowball at the Pontchatoula Strawberry Festival (Photo: Zack Smith)

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

The 48th Annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is certainly worth the 60 minute drive to Ponchatoula, LA. This festival has amusement rides, games, live music, and, of course, all things strawberry. Bring your appetite (and some sunscreen) because the strawberries don’t get fresher than this. Don’t leave the fest without snagging a flat of fresh strawberries for the road.

When: April 12-14, 2019

Where: 301 N 6th St., Ponchatoula, LA

How far from NOLA: 60 min

Admission: Free

Baton Rouge Blues Festival

At the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, it’s all about the music. This year’s festival will feature both internationally-recognized and local artists, including Mavis Staples, Kenny Neal, Henry Gray, William Bell, Deacon John Moore, Little Freddie King, and more. Let’s not forget about the food, drinks, and art vendors at this festival. And the best part of all: admission is free!

When: April 13-14, 2019

Where: St. Phillip Street, Baton Rouge, LA

How far from NOLA: 90 min

Admission: Free

Cajun music is the name of the game at the Lockport Food Festival (Photo: Zack Smith)

Lockport Food Festival

Celebrate Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou at the Lockport Food Festival with music, dancing, Carnival rides, and lots and lots of Cajun food. It’s known as a swamp pop extravaganza, so come ready to dance the night away to Cajun music.

When: April 26-28, 2019

Where: 4484 Highway 1, Raceland, LA

How far from NOLA: 75 min

Admission: Free

Thibodaux Fireman’s Fair

The motto at the Thibodaux Fireman’s Fair is “Stop, Drop, & Let the Good Times Roll,” and that’s exactly what we intend to do at this festival complete with rides, food and drinks, an auction, a raffle, and more. Make sure to catch the Fireman’s Parade, which rolls on the last day of the festival at 11a.m. Proceeds from the fair go toward the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department, so come on down to Thibodaux to support a good cause.

When: May 2-5, 2019

Where: 1101 Tiger Dr., Thibodaux, LA

How far from NOLA: 90 min

Admission: Free

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