festivals

Farmers Market Minute
9:00 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Folsom Butterflies

Some farmers market shoppers plan their visits like sorties, executed with military precision to purchase a set menu of products. Others head to market to learn.

Over the past decade and a half, thousands of market shoppers have learned how to grow butterfly and hummingbird gardens from Folsom’s Mizell family. School trips invariably bend Jim Mizell’s ear to learn about the size of plants and colors needed to attract our fluttering friends.

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Louisiana Seafood Festival
5:59 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Plans pending for Louisiana Seafood Fest

As Louisiana's commercial fishermen and seafood industry continue to recover from the 2010 Gulf oil spill, plans are under way for the 2012 Louisiana Seafood Festival.

At a news conference next week, those involved in the festival are to announce the festival dates, music headliners and other highlights.

Arts & Culture
3:12 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

First Rougarou Fest set for Houma

A new Halloween festival set for downtown Houma will feature a mix of modern pop culture and monster myths from Cajun lore.

The first Rougarou Fest — named for a beast in Cajun folklore — is scheduled Oct. 26. It links several existing downtown events with Halloween festivities, including a parade, costume contest and a monster-themed race.

In the "Rougarou Run," participants will be outfitted with a flag football belt. Then they will have to protect their flags from zombies, swamp monsters and members of the Cajun Rollergirls roller derby team.

Larose French Food Festival
1:41 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Larose gears up for French Food Festival

Planning is under way for the French Food Festival, which will feature the musical groups Boston, Bad Company and Amanda Shaw.

The Courier reports the festival is set for Oct. 25-28 at the Larose Regional Park and Civic Center.

There's no charge to attend the festival, but tickets for the Boston and Bad Company concert, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 25, are $20 each.

The event will feature more than 20 local food dishes, live music and folklife demonstrations.

More details are available by calling 985-693-7355.

Louisiana Chicken Festival
2:51 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Get ready for the Louisiana Chicken Fest in Dubach

Get your cackle on for the Louisiana Chicken Festival in Dubach.

The Ruston Daily Leader reports the festival is the last Friday and Saturday in September, starting with a talent contest the evening of Friday, Sept. 28. The top 12 entries will compete Saturday evening.

Other events Saturday include a strut, cackle and crow contest, a chicken cooking contest and a drumstick-eating contest.

There's also a dog show, quilt raffle, cakewalk and a stick horse rodeo.

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Hot Air Balloon Championship
1:51 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Ascension Parish balloon event moved to September

Organizers of an Ascension Parish balloon festival have moved the event date a second time in two weeks, citing conflicts with local events and a major hot air ballooning competition in Albuquerque, N.M.

Organizers tell The Advocate the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center near Gonzales is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 21-22.

Sports
12:23 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Baton Rouge balloon fest canceled

The Louisiana Ballooning Foundation has canceled the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship and Festival that had been scheduled for the first weekend in August in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/NCr4B2) officials in neighboring Ascension Parish say they will hold a festival and balloon race in October, though it won't be affiliated with the Louisiana Ballooning Foundation.

Linda Wunstel, president of the foundation's board, said the East Baton Rouge event was canceled because of funding problems.

Inside the Arts
1:22 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

FestiGals Weekend

Women from around the nation are gathering in New Orleans for the 2nd Annual FestiGals Weekend. It's an empowering getaway weekend festival created for women by women. Among the highlights this year are celebrity  designed bras to fight cancer.

More info at festigals.org

Creole Tomatoes
4:21 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Where Y'Eat: Celebrating the Creole Tomato

Creole tomatoes enjoy a brief but glorious season in southeast Louisiana.
Ian McNulty WWNO

At roadside stands, with menu shout-outs and at its own festival, the Creole tomato is the center of attention as its brief season hits its stride.

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Inside the Arts
10:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Creole Tomatoes and Cajun-Zydeco Music Highlight Weekend Festivals

Red, ripe Creole tomatoes and two-steppin' dance music from down the bayou are good reasons to head to the French Quarter this weekend.

The 26th Annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival and the 6th Annual Jazz and Heritage Foundation's Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival kick off on Saturday, and we go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek.

More info can be found at cajunzydecofest.com and frenchmarket.org

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