From NOLA to Cajun Country: 8 Louisiana festivals this weekend, April 13-15

Eat dishes like Shrimp A-Go-Go at French Quarter Fest, or travel to some other areas for great food and music.

From New Orleans to Baton Rouge and beyond, just a short drive will take you to several festivals happening this weekend. Here's a list of eight Louisiana festivals we found this weekend.

A Taste of Covington

Wednesday, April 11 – Sunday, April 15

A Taste of Covington brings a five-day celebration of food, wine, music and art to historic downtown Covington, La. Chef demonstrations, a Grand Tasting, a series of vintner dinners and a champagne jazz brunch make up some of the featured events. Tickets start at $55. The festival takes place in several locations throughout downtown Covington.

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French Quarter Festival

Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15

One of the country’s largest free festivals brings local music, food and drink to the epicenter of the French Quarter. French Quarter Fest kicked off on Thursday and continues through Sunday. Festival-goers can enjoy food from more than 50 vendors and music from over 1,700 musicians. Popular Louisiana singer and musician Amanda Shaw will headline the French Quarter Festival. Others performing include The Honey Island Swamp Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bag of Donuts, Bucktown All-Stars and Charmaine Neville. Here’s a list of new things festival-goers can expect this year. Plus, we scoped out the great food you can enjoy for only $5 or less.

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Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

The annual strawberry festival is a highlight of the festival season in South Louisiana. The free festival is full of family friendly games, carnival rides and plenty of food; all in the celebration of the great Louisiana strawberry.

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The Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

The Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival returns to Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion, after a seven-year hiatus. Familes can enjoy fair rides, carnival games, music, food booths, arts and crafts booths and sportsman booths. The music lineup includes Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition, The Gordon Bradberry Band, Junior & Sumtin’ Sneaky and Waylon Thibodeaux.

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Great Louisiana BirdFest

Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15

The Northlake Nature Center hosts the Great Louisiana BirdFest where visitors can participate in birding trips and workshops. The fest is held each spring when many species are migrating north through Louisiana. BirdFest includes birding trips, some Southern food, hospitality and a few workshops. Registration prices vary.

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Zapp's International Beer Festival

Saturday, April 14

More than 200 varieties of beers are heading to this year’s Zapp’s International Beer Fest. The festivities are set to happen April 1st from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the LSU Rural Life Museum.
Tickets: $35.00 per ticket
Designated Driver: $20.00 per ticket
2:30 pm Early Entry: $100.00 per ticket
Early Entry ticket includes specialty beers and food from area restaurants
General Admission tickets are $35 and $20 for the designated drivers in your group.

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Spring for Art

Saturday, April 14

Head to historic downtown Covington for Spring for Art — a free festival celebrating music and art on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event draws thousands of patrons who come out to enjoy the live music, art demonstrations, performances and dining in 32 Spring for Art locations. The popular Mix Masters’ Competition also returns, with local bartenders dazzling crowds with their innovative cocktails.

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Baton Rouge Blues Festival

Saturday, April 14 – Sunday, April 15

The two-day festival in downtown Baton Rouge will feature big names in the blues world such as Marcia Ball, Kenny Neal & the Neal Family Band, and Troy Turner. The event is free and will also feature local food and art in addition to the great music you can hear.

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