Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival returns with new dates this fall

JEAN LAFITTE, La. (NOLA WEEKEND) - One year after Hurricane Ida, one of the hardest hit areas will welcome back visitors this fall festival season.

The Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival will return to the Jean Lafitte Auditorium and Grounds from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, organizers announced.

Originally scheduled in June, organizers postponed the festival until this fall due to “unforeseen issues” stemming from Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

“A year ago, our area was devastated by one of the worst storms to ever hit our state. This festival will celebrate how far we have come since Hurricane Ida while providing much-needed stimulus to our area during our continued recovery,” Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner, Jr. said in a release.

Festival-goers can expect live music, Louisiana food, swamp tours, kayak rentals, carnival rides and an art walk. The music lineup and information on how to purchase tickets will be announced at a later date.

The event space is adjacent to the town’s Wetland Trace, a boardwalk trail through a 41-acre cypress swamp nature preserve adjacent to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Swamp tours will be offered leaving from the Wetland Trace. The festival will also include coastal non-profits offering information and demonstrations and a wine walk through the town’s Wetland Trace.

“A big part of Jean Lafitte, Crown Point and Barataria is our unique culture,” Kerner said. “By bringing together local seafood, music, food and art at this festival, we are showcasing our culture to the greater area. I hope to see everyone there.”

A mainstay of the region for years, the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival was rebooted in 2021 as one of the first major festivals returning to Jefferson Parish since the pandemic. The event celebrates the the seafood, music, food and culture of the bayou region south of New Orleans.

The Jean Lafitte Auditorium and Grounds is located at 4953 City Park Dive in Jean Lafitte.

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