Fairs and festivals in Louisiana include the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, the Festival International de Louisiane, the French Quarter Festival and the Christmas Festival of Lights. The Louisiana State Fair is a popular event that takes place in Shreveport. Other fairs and festivals include the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, the Red River Revel, the International Rice Festival and the Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival. The French Food Festival and the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival are also popular events in Louisiana.
The Louisiana State Fair includes animal exhibits, a rodeo, gospel singing and monster trucks, as of 2015. There is also a Ferris wheel and other various rides. Access to a free entertainment stage that features live music is included with admission, and there is a wide variety of different fair foods available.
The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is one of Louisiana's largest free festivals. There are many different strawberry-based foods available, and there are family-friendly events, such as sack races and eating contests.
The Festival International de Louisiane is a free event that takes place in Lafayette for five days every April. The festival focuses on music, with six stages, street performers and a world music store. Participants may also enjoy arts and crafts, boutiques, cultural workshops and cooking demonstrations, among other attractions.
The French Quarter Festival and Jazz Festival are popular music festivals that take place in New Orleans. The French Quarter Festival offers free admission for access to 21 different music stages.