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10 Can't Miss Festivals in
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Come revel in the food, fun, and culture of the Northshore, only forty minutes from New Orleans. Since the 19th century, the Northshore has been where New Orleans comes to play and get away. Plan your visit around one of these Can't Miss festivals and experience the joie de vivre of
St. Tammany Parish.
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10 Can't Miss Festivals on the Northshore

1. St. Tammany Crab Festival September 9 - 10, 2017
  • 2-day celebration with non-stop live music and non-stop dancing in scenic Heritage Park in Slidell
  • Savor succulent Lake Pontchartrain crabs served a variety of ways (spicy boiled, golden fried soft shell crab poboys) as well as Louisiana crawfish, shrimp, snoballs and more.
  • Kids games & activities, crafts
  • Mr. Crabs Car Show (classic cars &, stunt bikes, trucks, 4x4s and more)
  • Boat rides on Bayou Bonfouca

For more info, check out the fest’s official website, www.sttammanycrabfestival.com

Boats line the Tchefuncte River for the Wooden Boat Festival

2. Wooden Boat Festival
October 14 - 15, 2017
  • Celebrate St. Tammany's maritime history along the banks of the Tchefuncte River in the quaint town of Madisonville
  • Largest collection of classic and vintage hand-crafted wooden boats on the Gulf Coast
  • The Quick 'n' Dirty Boat Building contest is a crowd favorite. Costumed teams blitz-build a themed boat in 14 hours then compete in a raucous 100-yard race with hilarious results.
  • Live music, Beer Garden, and Children's Village
  • Kids Boat Shop - free wooden boat souvenirs for children to take home
  • Admission is only $10 for adults and free for kids 12 and under, seniors and active military

For more info, visit www.woodenboatfest.org

Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival

3. Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival
October 6-8, 2017
  • Inaugural Smooth Jazz Festival held at the Northshore Harbor Center with satellite events around St. Tammany Parish
  • Friday, October 6 - Celebrity Golf Tournament with 18 sports heroes including Dan Marino, Goose Gossage, Fred Williamson and Ronnie Lott.
  • Saturday, October 7th - Concert with a full day's lineup of contemporary Smooth Jazz artists headlined by George Albright and featuring Alex Bugnon, Marcus Anderson, Chieli Minucci, Gerald Veasley, Steve Olivier, Marcus Anderson, Stephanie Jordan, Joey Sommerville, GenNeXt, Bill Summers and the New Orleans Allstars.
  • The jam-packed weekend culminates in a Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Northshore Harbor Center.

For more info and tickets, visit www.camcityjazzfest.com

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival from above.

4. Covington's Three Rivers Art Festival
November 11-12, 2017
  • Juried outdoor art market on Columbia Street in historic St. John District of Covington with over 200 artists from around the Southeast region.
  • Shop for high-quality works in ceramics, paintings, photography, fiber art, woodworking, metal work, sculptures, jewelry and more.
  • Children's Discovery Area with face-painting, arts and crafts projects, and award-winning storytellers, musicians, and dancers who perform theater, opera, jazz, Cajun music, magic tricks and more.
  • Arts Alive! tent with live arts demonstrations like pottery making, glass blowing and blacksmithing.
  • Fun Louisiana food like crawfish étouffée, shrimp & grits, gator bites, fried shrimp and more.
  • Free admission.

For more info, visit www.threeriversartfestival.com

Slidell Antique Spring Street Fair

5. Fall and Spring Slidell Antique Street Fairs
October 28-29, 2017 
April 28-29, 2018
  • More than 200 booths showcasing antiques, depression glass, collectibles, stained glass, pottery
  • Annual two-day family event in the historic Olde Towne Slidell district, held in both the Fall and Spring
  • Great food and live music on three stages
  • Free admission and parking

For more information, visit www.slidellantiques.com

A Taste of Covington

6. A Taste of Covington
April 11-15, 2018
  • Five-day celebration of epicurean delights held each spring in Covington
  • Vintner dinners at area restaurants
  • Grand Tasting - sip over 50 wines, enjoy live music at Aquistapace's Wine Warehouse
  • Festa del Vino - fine wine tasting at the St. Tammany Art Association sponsored by Covington Mayor Mike Cooper
  • Don't miss Spring for Art on Saturday, an evening of gallery openings, live music, and art demonstrations in downtown Covington.
  • Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch

 Reservations needed for most events. Check out www.atasteofcovington.com for dates and details.

Great Louisiana Birdfest

7. The Great Louisiana Birdfest in Mandeville
April 13-15, 2018
  • Workshops and self-drive tours for birders in the 80,000 acres of wildlife preserve in St. Tammany Parish
  • Hosted by the Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville
  • Popular birding spots include the 400-acre Northlake Nature Center, Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, the Big Branch National Wildlife Reserve, and the Nature Conservancy's Abita Flatwood Preserve.
  • As many as 150 different species, including the elusive red cockaded woodpecker, have been seen during previous BirdFests.

For dates and details regarding the Great Louisiana BirdFest, visit http://northlakenature.org

Slidell's Annual Crawfish Cook-off

8. Slidell's All You Can Eat Crawfish Cook-Off
April 21, 2018
  • Biggest crawfish festival in Louisiana takes place in Fritchie Park, Slidell
  • 45,000 lbs. of spicy boiled crawfish from 60 teams competing for bragging rights and "Best Crawfish in St. Tammany Parish"
  • A fund-raiser hosted by the Hospice Foundation of the South at the peak of crawfish season.
  • Live music
  • All You Can Eat crawfish with admission, and other food like burgers & hot dogs available, too.

Learn more about the Crawfish Cook-off at  www.hospicefoundationofthesouth.org

Abita Springs Busker Festival

9. The Abita Springs Busker Festival
April 22, 2018
  • Leave it to the quirky town of Abita Springs to bring in some of the region's best buskers (street musicians who perform for tips) for one of St. Tammany's fastest-growing festivals
  • Dedicated to the preservation of Louisiana roots music and sponsored by the Abita Opry
  • Abita Springs Art and Farmers Market adds to the delicious mix
  • Held at the Abita Beer Stage in Abita Springs Park (the original home of Abita Beer is around the corner and the current brewery, the largest in the Southeast, is a few miles away)
  • Free admission

For more information about the Busker Festival: www.trailheadmuseum.org/busker-festival/

Slidell Heritage Festival

10. The Slidell Heritage Festival
June 30, 2018
  • Celebrate America's birthday with live music & FIREWORKS in beautiful Heritage Park
  • Camellia City Art-In-The-Park area with artisans and craftsmen exhibiting their works
  • Games & activities for children
  • Come hungry for lots of great Louisiana festival food: boudin balls, crawfish beignets, shrimp on a stick, Cajun pasta and more

For more info, visit www.slidellheritagefest.org