festivals

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

Where Y'Eat
4:04 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Where Y'Eat: When NOLA Says "Opa!"

Greek Festival New Orleans

Traditional food prepared by devoted home cooks sets the table for a toga party on the bayou at Greek Fest.

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Inside the Arts
9:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

New Festival Celebrates Chamber Music in New Orleans

New Orleans is now home to the brand-new Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival, which is garnering attention from musicians across the globe.

We go Inside the Arts as three days of concerts kick off this inaugural fest, with performances tonight at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.

More info at birdfootcmf.org

Essence Music Festival
10:30 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Comedian, Actor Kevin Hart to Perform at Essence

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been added to the main stage lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival.

Organizers say Hart, hot on the heels of his starring role in this week's No. 1 film, "Think Like a Man," will debut his comedic talents during the festival scheduled for July 6-8 at the Superdome. Hart joins a lineup that includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Fantasia, and Eve.

The festival drew more than 422,000 attendees last year.

Inside the Arts
9:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

2012 French Quarter Festival Opens Today!

The 2012 French Quarter Festival.

It is billed as the largest free music festival in the South.  Over a half-million people are expected in and around the Vieux Carré as the French Quarter Festival kicks-off four days of music, food and fun.

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