The festival season in Northeast Louisiana officially kicks off in the summer— when the days are long, and the living is easy. Every community holds its own signature festival from Ruston’s Louisiana Peach Festival to Farmerville’s Louisiana Watermelon Festival to Monroe’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular and the music concerts at Landry Vineyards in West Monroe. Don’t miss the following summer fun around Northeast Louisiana.
The Louisiana Peach Festival 2018 is upon us, starting this weekend from June 22-23! This year’s festival celebrates Ruston’s “Peachy Paradise” with live music, arts and crafts, contests, games, tournaments, a rodeo, a peach parade and of course peach treats of all kinds. Admission is $10 each day, and a weekend pass is $15. Visit http://www.louisianapeachfestival.org/ for an event schedule and locations.
The July 4th Fireworks Spectacular celebrates our nation’s independence on Saturday, June 30th, starting at 9pm along the beautiful Ouachita River. Don’t miss the breathtaking views of the fireworks show from Downtown Monroe RiverMarket on 100 DeSaird Street, Monroe. For more info, visit https://www.monroe-westmonroe.org/
Continue the Independence Day celebration with Fireworks over Lake D’Arbonne on Saturday, July 7th starting at 9 pm in Union Parish. Watch the fireworks display from the shore or from your boats. Lake D’Arbonne is considered one of the most scenic man-made reservoirs in the state. For more information call 318.368.3947
Farmerville’s signature 53rd Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival kicks off July 27-28th. Enjoy watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, a parade, a tennis tournament, a street dance, arts and crafts, along with food and games. One of the highlights of the festival is the Miss Louisiana Watermelon Pageant, a qualifier for the Miss Louisiana Pageant. For more info, visit http://www.louisianawatermelonfestival.org/
As we head into the dog days of summer, Landry Vineyards will host its annual Blanc Du Bois Stomp Fest on Saturday, August 18 from 4:30pm to 8pm. Lisa Spann & Co. will rock the outdoor stage at Landry Vineyards, 5699 New Natchitoches Rd. in West Monroe. The concert is followed by a Lucy Ball grape stomping contest ̶ a nod to the iconic “I Love Lucy” episode. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for young adults (13-18) and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit https://landryvineyards.com/concerts/