Polar Bear Dip
Splash into the Gulf Mexico and celebrate January 1 with a New Year’s Day southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas while listening to some great music as you warm up with your friends and family.
Jan 6 - Feb 17
Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana
Celebrate in true fashion with southwest Louisiana’s second largest Mardi Gras. Intricate costumes, a Royal Gala, elaborate parade floats and plenty of beads are just a few of the events you will enjoy.
Jan 9 - Jan 10
57th Annual Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival
Southwest Louisiana’s “oldest and coldest” festival is comprised of a variety of hunter-related events, including trap setting, oyster shucking and skeet shooting. Families will also enjoy Cajun music, a parade, pageant, exhibits and carnival.
Jan 16 - Jan 19
Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival
Trinity Baptist Church hosts a memorial breakfast, honoring outstanding individuals in the community. On Sunday, a Gospel Extravaganza brings performers from all over Louisiana and Monday is Family Day with local and national entertainers as well as art and craft vendors in additional to Creole and Cajun food.
Jan 17 - Jan 19
Racers, representing all 50 states and 8 countries, last year, ran through historic downtown and under LSU’s century old oak trees. Going into its fourth year, Runners World Magazine named this marathon one of the Top 10 New Races. It includes a marathon, half-marathon, 5K and a kid’s marathon.
16th Annual Clearwater Distance Classic
From bridges to beaches, participants will enjoy a scenic run on these USATF-certified courses. Post-race celebration is complete with hot pasta, pastries, cold beer and live entertainment. New This Year: A 50K Ultramarathon!
Jan 30 - Feb 1
Athens Wine Weekend
Sample delectable bites from local chefs and their wine pairings, in addition to Saturday’s Grand Tasting featuring wines from all over the world and seminars hosted by national and international wine experts. These events, along with a six-course Gourmet Dinner and Sunday brunch, benefit The Classic Center Cultural Foundation.
Jan 30 - Feb 17
Bayou Lafourche Mardi Gras
Thibodaux to Golden Meadow (Lafourche Parish)
This two week event includes more than 15 parades, carnival balls, parties and picnics, including BBQ and seafood boils before the start of the parades. Join in on “The Greatest Free Show on the Bayou!”
14th Annual African American Cultural Celebration
The North Carolina Museum of History highlights the history and culture of the state’s African American community via visual artists, national authors, poets and spoken word. Additional events include historic presentations, dramatic performance and film screenings.
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