Festivals & Events

Bonfires on the Levee

New Orleans Plantation Country has a multitude of fantastic festivals and events. Out Here, exciting activities happen year-round, so no matter when you visit, there’s a festivity that’s ideal for you, your family and your friends.


Des Allemands Christmas Boat Parade – On Saturday, December 1st decorated boats light up the bayou at this annual event in St. Charles Parish.

Norco Christmas Parade – This parade rolls on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 pm.

Destrehan Plantation Candy Cane Celebration – Celebrate the holiday season in the Old Mule Barn at Destrehan Plantation. Festive activities, crafts and live entertainment will be enjoyed by all ages.

BR Symphony at Houmas House – On Sunday, December 9 at 4:30 pm enjoy the seasonal sounds of Holiday Brass played by the Baton Rouge Symphony on the beautiful grounds of this historic estate.

St. Charles Parish Tree Lighting – Annual tree lighting on Thursday, December 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling.

Festival of Bonfires – The Festival of Bonfires is the prelude to the Bonfires on the Levee. The festival is three days of exciting activities including a Gumbo Cookoff, the Tour De St. James Bike Ride, live entertainment, and lighting of bonfires on the Mississippi River Levee every night. December 14-16, 2018

Bonfires on the Levee – Bonfires on the Levee is a Christmas Eve celebration featuring more than 100 bonfires being lit along the Mississippi River levees in Gramercy, Lutcher, and Paulina. When the bonfires are lit, they create a lovely vibrant glow, lighting up the night sky to catch the eye of Papa Noel and his team of reindeer. December 24

Christmas in the Crevasse – A holiday hayride which occurs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December.

Papa Noel Visits Poche Plantation – Every Saturday and Sunday in December


Louisiana Catfish Festival – The Louisiana Catfish Festival offers good music, good food, and a whole lot of good fried catfish. The weekend festivities, which includes a catfish eating contest, are held at the St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands, the Catfish Capital of the World. June 2020

Independence Day Celebrations – Independence Day is celebrated throughout the region with flag-raising ceremonies, salutes to veterans and fireworks displays over the Mississippi River. July 2020


Alligator Festival – The Alligator Festival offers dancing for days, eating for days and playing with baby alligators. The three-day festival is held at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling and includes carnval rides, food booths and a golf tournament. September 27-29, 2019

Andouille Festival – The Andouille Festival is a food extravaganza featuring live entertainment, carnival rides and of course, Andouille sausage. The main event is the cooking contest, showcasing Gumbo, Jambalaya and other dishes made with Andouille sausage. The festival is held at the St. John Civic Center in LaPlace, the Andouille Capital of the World. October 18-20, 2019

Barn Smoker by Drew Estate – The Barn Smoker by Drew Estate festival of the American Tobacco Agriculture will revolutionize the age-old process of Barrel Fermentation with Perique Tobacco from Louisiana and Dark Fire Cured Tobacco from Kentucky. The event will be held at L.A. Poche Farm in Convent, known throughout the world as the capital of Perique Tobacco. October 2019

Old Highway 51 Half Marathon, 10k, and 5 k – Starting at the Gator’s Den in Akers, LA, this race will have overall and age group awards, custom finisher’s medallions, and post-race food and beverages. November 23, 2019

Mardi Gras:

Laissez bon temps rouler Out Here! Out here during Mardi Gras, we let the good times roll Creole style. We invite you to come and celebrate Carnival with us and enjoy six fun and exciting Mardi Gras parades.

Krewe of Lul Mardi Gras Parade – Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 12:00 (Noon) in Luling
Krewe of Towahpahsah Mardi Gras Parade – Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 12:00 (Noon) in Reserve
Krewe du Monde Mardi Gras Parade – Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 11:00am in LaPlace
Krewe of Dage Mardi Gras Parade – Sunday, March 3, 2019
Krewe of Des Allemands Mardi Gras Parade – Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 1:00pm in Des Allemands
Krewe of Mac Mardi Gras Parade – Mardi Gras Day – Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 2:00pm in Gramercy & Lutcher

Andouille Festival LaPlace Louisiana


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Explore the 10 historic estates in the River Parishes of Louisiana and discover the stories rooted in their past.

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Create memories learning the folklore of our swamps and viewing gators in their natural habitat.

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Andouille was created here, so get out and try the local smokehouses that each have their own version of the "best".

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The region out here is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and find adventure.

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Lac Des Allmands

Famous for catfish, Lac Des Allemands is a haven for outdoor sportsmen.

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Enjoyed around the world, Perique can only be grown and processed out here.

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Cajun and Creole cuisine are as necessary to our culture as the people who make it.

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Tour buses, shuttles and local airports are all transportation options for the River Parishes.

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New Orleans Plantation Country offers a wide range of lodging options from rustic and quaint to upscale and luxurious.

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