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2015 Guide to Louisiana Fairs & Festivals: March 


7Shadows Arts and Crafts Fair (Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia; As many as 100 vendors sell art, woodwork, metal works, jewelry, children's clothing, toys, food and seasonal items from booths set up throughout the gardens of this plantation. Admission includes a tour of the historic Shadows-on-the-Teche. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5 adults, $3 children.

7-8Los Islenos Fiesta (Los Islenos Museum Complex, 1357 Bayou Road, St. Bernard, 504-277-4681; The annual festivities celebrate St. Bernard Parish's Isleno culture with live music, a heritage program and more. La Zarzalera, a group of Canary Islander entertainers, are one of the highlights of the event. Hours 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun. Admission $3, free for children under 12.

13Concerts in the Courtyard (The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., 504-523-4662; The monthly concert series presents music by the Lost Bayou Ramblers, as well as beer and wine. Hours 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission $10, HNOC members free.

13Lark in the Park (New Orleans Botanical Garden, 1 Palm Drive, 504-483-9376; This soiree benefits City Park and a spotlights the park's rejuvenation over the last decade. There will be live entertainment, food and drinks. Hours 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Admission starts at $75.

13, 20, 27Mandeville Live! (Tammany Trace Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville; The weekly concert series features a variety of music genres. Hours 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Admission free.

13-14Buku Art + Music Project (Mardi Gras World, 1400 Port of New Orleans Place; The festival features two days of indie rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music, as well as food, art and more. Music starts at 3 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Admission $179.50 general (sold out), $379.50-$599 VIP.

13-15Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival (312 E. Railroad Ave., Independence, 985-969-5916; This festival features the tastes and sounds of Sicily. Highlights include a spaghetti-eating contest, live music and a meatball-throwing contest. Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

13-15New Orleans Home & Garden Show (Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, 504-835-6383; — The event features cooking demonstrations, arts and antiques appraisals, home and garden products, special activities and more. Hours noon-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission $15, $8 military, free for children 12 and under.

15India Fest (New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 504-658-4100; New Orleans Museum of Art and the Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans present the second annual Indian culture festival. There will be "how to wear a sari" demonstrations, henna applications, kite-flying, yoga, dance performances and Indian cuisine. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, free for NOMA members and children under 6.

19-21T-Bois Blues Festival (900 Hamilton St., Larose, 985-209-3528; The blues festival is held on an alligator farm about an hour from New Orleans and features all-inclusive camping, art, bonfires, national and local music acts, Cajun cuisine and beer from NOLA Brewing. Doors open 2 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Admission $125 for two-day pass, $60 children, free for children under 12.

21Fete Francaise (821 General Pershing St.; Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orleans presents their annual Francophile festival featuring a range of French food, art, music, children's activities and pop-up boutiques. Hours 11a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission.

20-22Amite Oyster Festival (Downtown Amite, 985-969-5340; Oysters done most ways — including fried, raw or grilled — are the stars of this festival, which also offers live music in a variety of genres, carnival rides, art and crafts and more. Hours 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

20-22Audubon Pilgrimage (11757 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, 225-635-6330; The event features living history demonstrations, authentic 1820s costumes and an antiques sale. Attendees can tour historic homes, gardens and cemeteries. Hours 9 a.m.-5p.m. Admission $20.

20-22Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival (Nicholls State University, 906 E. First St., Thibodaux, 985-448-4965; The three-day festival focuses on south Louisiana culture, particularly music. Local and regional bands perform, including Nonc Nu and da Wild Matous, Bruce Daigrepont, Geno Delafose and the French Rock 'n Boogie and others, and there's a gumbo cookoff, free zydeco dance lessons, kids' activities, a crafts fair and educational exhibits. Hours 3:30 p.m.-9:40 p.m. Fri., 9:30 a.m.-9:10 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sun. Admission $10 per day, $25 for a weekend pass, free for Nicholls State University students and children 12 and under.

20-22Terrytown Spring Festival (Oakwood Center, 197 Westbank Expressway, Terrytown, 504-361-6013; The event has live entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts, carnival rides, a pageant and more. Amanda Shaw, Loverboy and Cowboy Mouth are among performers. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Admission $8, free for children 12 and under.

21Bloomin' on the Bricks (Front Street, Natchitoches, 318-352-2746; The spring garden festival features a sales area of lawn and garden products, decorative items and plants. There's also food booths, live entertainment and children's activities. Hours 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission free.

21Earth Fest (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; The annual event has live entertainment, food and crafts vendors and exhibitors offering information about conservation and saving the environment. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with zoo admission, $18.95 adults, $14.95 for 65 and older, $13.95 for ages 2-12, free for members.

21-22Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival (Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; The eighth annual festival celebrates the history of New Orleans' Congo Square with brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians and African, Caribbean and Louisiana music. This year's headliners include Rebirth Brass Band and the Wild Magnolias' tribute to the late Bo Dollis featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Bo Dollis, Jr. Hours 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Admission free.

22Dog Day Walk-A-Thon and Festival (New Orleans City Park, Big Lake Lawn, 504-762-3307; The event features pet contests, demonstrations, food, drinks and live music. Proceeds benefit the Louisiana SPCA. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free.

25-29Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival (Various locations in the French Quarter; The festival honors the playwright's works and life in the city. This year's program commemorates anniversaries including Hurricane Katrina, the Battle of New Orleans and the 175th anniversary of Antoine's Restaurant. There are master classes, panels, theater, food, music, writing competitions and more. Hours vary. Admission varies.

26-29Louisiana Crawfish Festival (Sigur Cultural Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; About 30,000 pounds of boiled crawfish and dishes like crawfish bread, crawfish pasta and crawfish jambalaya will be consumed at the festival. There will be local bands performing, amusement rides, arts and crafts and more. Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Thu., 5 p.m.-midnight Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Admission $5, free for children under 48 inches tall.

27-28Hammond Smokin' BBQ Challenge (Downtown Hammond, 985-969-8172; Festivalgoers help determine who wins the Tip-2-Taste challenge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday by sampling food at different booths and leaving a tip. The one with the most tips wins. There also are other cooking contests featuring teams from across the U.S., live music and more. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission free.

27-28Hogs for the Cause (New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 504-232-8272, The annual event features live bands, local food and more than 80 teams competing for the title of Louisiana Pork Champion. Drive-By Truckers, the Soul Rebels and other bands perform, and proceeds benefit outreach services for pediatric brain cancer patients and their families. Hours 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Admission $20 and up, free for children under 12.

27-29Jackson Assembly Antiques and Art Show (Charter Street, Downtown Jackson, Louisiana, 225-634-7155; — The 50th annual invitational show features sales of works by regional artists, tours of historic buildings, a candy counter, antiques and collectibles dealers offering tools, furniture, books, linens, rugs, silver, glass, porcelain, estate jewelry, plants and more. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Admission $10 (good for all three days).

27-29Kenner Italian Heritage Festival (Rivertown, Kenner, 504-722-5528; The Bucktown Allstars, Lena Prima, the Yat Pack, the Victory Bells, Category 6 and others provide live entertainment for the three-day festival, which also includes Italian cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, genealogical research tutoring, kids' activities and more. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Admission $5, children 12 and under are free.

28Southdown Marketplace Arts and Crafts Festival (Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma, 985-851-0154; More than 300 booths dot the plantation grounds, offering arts, crafts, Cajun food and more. Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, free for children 12 and under.

28-29NOLA FoodFest (French Market, 504-888-7608; — The street festival celebrates regional American cuisine and draws cooks — who festival organizers call "culinary folk artists" — from all over the country. Dishes range from grilled oyster Rockefeller nachos to alligator sausage tacos to crab and crawfish bisque. There's also a beignet-eating contest, music and more. Hours 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

29World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off (Northwest Community Center Pavilion, 651 Samuel Drive, Eunice, 337-457-2565; Professional and amateur cooks vie for the World Champion title for crawfish etouffee. There's live Cajun and zydeco music, a poker run, petting zoo, arts and crafts and more. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free.


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