Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Summer Festivals in Louisiana 2008

Sure Jazz Fest is over but that doesn't mean Louisiana drains the swamp and heads north for the Summer.

Don't let the heat and humidity scare you away. The crowds are fewer and you'll have space to move around, slowly. Plan now and dive into some of Louisiana's great Festivals this Summer!

compiled for sources all over the internet. Be sure to confirm with the venue before heading out as times, dates and locations often change.

Back to the Beach Festival

May 30 - June 1
at the lake at the end of Williams Boulevard.
Music, food, games, crafts, car show to benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Pastries and Poboys

June 1
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M
Plano Demonstration Garden Patio
New Orleans Botanical Garden
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans
features pastries from La Louisianne, po-boys, cocktails and music from local bands

Summer Sippin Wine Tasting

June 1
5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
New Orleans Botanical Garden
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans
Wine tasting, music and entertainment

Riverbend Bluegrass Festival

June 5 -7
River Bend Campground off Louisiana 16
Gospel & bluegrass music and food

Church Point Buggy Festival

June 6-8
City Park
Accordion-playing contest, Cajun music, buggy and horse-drawn carriage parade, food, rides and a children's French-speaking contest

Opelousas Spice and Music Festival

June 6-8
Evangeline Downs Racetrack
Cajun and zydeco music, food, rides, pageant parade.

Cajun Day Festival

June 7
St. Rose American Legion Hall
12188 River Road
Music, dancing, food, raffles

Juneteenth Freedom Festival

June 7-8

Gheens Bon Mange Festival

June 7-8,
Gheens Community Center
Louisiana 654

Japan Fest

June 8
New Orleans Museum of Art
Japanese drumming and dancing, food, storytelling, ikebana, bonsai, origami, calligraphy and martial arts demonstrations

Louisiana Seafood Festival

June 13-15
Various locations: Jackson Square and around French Quarter
New Orleans
Music, cooking demonstrations, tastings, cookbook signings, vendors.

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

June 13-15
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans
Food, cooking demonstrations, crafts, art market and music

Soul Fest

June 14-15
Audubon Zoo
New Orleans

Creole Tomato Festival

June 14-15
French Market
New Orleans
Cooking demonstrations, tomato tastings, food and music

Juneteenth Folklife Celebration

June 15
Farmer's Market
U.S. 190 East, Opelousas
African-American historical and cultural celebration with demonstrations, music and crafts.

Festival of Neighborhoods

June 21
2401 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans

Lacombe Crab Cook-Off Festival

June 21-22
John Davis Park, U.S. 190 and Twelth Street, Lacombe
Music, crab and seafood dishes, cooking competitions, crafts, rides and music

Grand Isle community Fair & Blessing of the Fleet

June 27-28
Tarpon Rodeo Pavillion

Le Festival de Viande Boucanee

June 27-28
Ville Platte

Greater Mandeville Seafood Festival

June 27-29
Jackson Avenue at Lakeshore Drive

Down Da Bayou Festival

June 27-29
Knights of Columbus Home, Dulac
Cajun/Swamp-Pop music, food, auctions, crafts, raffle and bingo

Pridefest 2008

June 28-29
Washington Square Park, 706 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans
Gay pride event with entertainment, music, drag shows, food, contests and a French Quarter parade

Pecan Ridge Summer Bluegrass Festival

July 2-5
Pecan Ridge PArk, Louisiana 952, Jackson
Bluegrass and gospel music, and crafts

Greater Mandeville Seafood Festival

July 3-6
Fontainebleau State Park
near Mandeville

Fourth of July events; around Louisiana

Lebeau Zydeco Festival

July 5
Immaculate Conception Church, U.S. 71

Louisiana Catfish Festival

July 11-13
St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Des Allemands

Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival

July 13 - 15
Across from City Hall on Highway 23, Jean Lafitte

Tales of the Cocktail

July 16-20
Hotel Monteleone and other French Quarter, New Orleans locations
Lectures, discussions, book signings, dinner pairings, cooking demonstrations, cocktail mixing seminars, walking tours, films screening a bartending course and a block party.

Morse Recreational Festival

July 17-19
Old-time street fair

Christmas In July

July 19
Ponchatoulas Historic District

Cajun French Music & Food Festival

July 19 - 20
Lake Charles, LA

Deep South Crane and Rigging Swamp Pop Music Festival

July 19-20
Lamar-Dixon Expo Center

Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo

July 24-26
Grand Isle, Sanddollar Marina
Oldest fishing rodeo in North America

Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration

July 25-26
St. Francisville Inn, 5720 N. Commerce St.
St. Francisville

Satchmo SummerFest

July 31 - August 3
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans

Whitney White Linen Night

Aug. 2
Contemporary Arts Center and Warehouse Arts District, New Orleans

National Hot Air Balloon Championships

Aug. 8-10
Pennington Center and BREC's Perkins Road Park
Baton Rouge
The Southeast Regional and Louisiana State Hot Air Balloon competitions

Festival of Riches

Aug. 8-9
City Park, Cyr Gates Recreation Building, New Iberia

Le Cajun Music Awards Show & Festival

Aug. 15-17
Blackham Coliseum

Delcambre Shrimp Festival

Aug. 15-17
Main Street

Gueydan Duck Festival

Aug. 21-24
Rides, crafts, parades, skeet shoots, dog trials, duck-calling contest, Cajun food and music


Aug. 26- Sept. 1
French Quarter and CBD, New Orleans
Theater music, films, literary and culinary events

Southern Decadence Festival

Aug. 27-Sept. 1
French Quarter, New Orleans

Shrimp and Petroleum Festival

Aug. 28-Sept. 1
downtown Morgan City
Louisiana's oldest chartered harvest festival

Mamou Cajun Music Festival

August 29-30
Mamou Civic Center

Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival

Aug. 30
Zydeco festival grounds
457 Zydeco Road, Plaisance,

Creole Zydeco Festival

Aug. 31
Adam Carlson Park
St. Martinville

Rayne Frog Festival

September 5 - 7

Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival

September 12 - 14

Alligator Festival

September 26 - 28, 2008
West Bank Bridge Park in St Charles Parish under the Hale Boggs Bridge

See you at the fun!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Verna Court in the New Orleans Times Picayune

What a surprise to read an article in the Times Picayune on our old neighborhood, and featuring who else but Miss Irma! :)

Saturday, May 03, 2008
By Stephanie Bruno
THE NEIGHBORHOOD: A sliver of Faubourg St. John (in the Esplanade Ridge Historic District) snuggled up to the Fair Grounds Racetrack and wedged between the cemeteries and Esplanade Avenue. This small enclave includes three short streets -- Verna, Marie and Leda -- all carved from the extensive grounds of the landmark Luling Mansion ... READ the entire Article on

Saturday, May 03, 2008

favorite Jazz Fest artist (poll results)

For the past several months there has been a poll up here asking which artist you're most excited to see at Jazz Fest. It was a tough survey, a lot of feedback said it wasn't fair to only allow one choice. Well that's what it was asking, which single artist or group did you want to see more than any others. Here are the unscientific, unofficial and unorthodox results of this survey.
Al Green 1%   Ozomatli with Chali 2na 0%
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn 1% Pet de Kat Krewe 2%
Billy Joel 2% Randy Newman 0%
Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea 1% Rebirth Brass Band 1%
Burning Spear 0% Robert Plant and Alison Krauss 4%
Cassandra Wilson 0% Santana 4%
Del McCoury 0% Sheryl Crow 2%
Delbert McClinton 0% Steel Pulse 0%
Diana Krall 2% Stevie Wonder 24%
Dianne Reeves 0% Terrence Simien 1%
Dirty Dozen Brass Band 0% The Count Basie Orchestra feat. Patti Austin 0%
Dr. John 2% The Derek Trucks Band 2%
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint 4% The Neville Brothers 4%
Galactic 0% The Raconteurs 4%
John Prine 4% The Radiators 4%
Keb' Mo' 2% The Roots 0%
Keyshia Cole 0% Tim McGraw 1%
Lizz Wright 0% Total votes: 142
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly 0% Tower of Power 2%
Michael Franti & Spearhead 1% Widespread Panic 3%
O.A.R. 0% Other artist 7%
As a follow-up, which artists or artist gave you the best show at JazzFest this year?
Feel free to add your comments :)