Here's just a sampling of the fairs and festivals on the Northshore. Click on the photos below for more information about some of our Major Annual Events. For a complete list of the many events that infuse St. Tammany Parish with its joie de vivre, click on St.Tammany Calendar of Events and search by month.
Carnival season begins January 6 with Twelfth Night and Mardi Gras can occur as late as March 9 with the day changing each year. The Northshore's Mardi Gras celebrations are quirky, unforgettable, and full of positive energy. If small-town, safe family celebrations are what you’re after, St. Tammany Parish will definitely fill your bag. And, we’re only 40 minutes from the French Quarter with affordable accommodations.
Every March in Abita, the whole town comes together and hosts a garage sale and flea market. It's a yard sale, on steroids.
Visitors crowd the streets of Slidell's historic "Olde Towne" on the last weekends of March and October searching for antiques, china and vintage collectibles. Hundreds of antiques dealers from around the country set up their wares in the streets of Olde Towne.
Louisiana's birding festival attracts wildlife enthusiasts from all over the country. Held in April, the festival features birding field trips and photography workshops guided by local experts to locations throughout St. Tammany Parish.
Held in Slidell's at Fritchie Park each April, the crawfish is hot and so is the music. Eat all the crawfish you can from 60 competing teams and listen to multiple music acts. Also features a Kids Zone with activities for the little ones. Benefits Hospice Foundation of the South.
The food, wine, art and music event each June in historic Covington includes Vintner's Dinners at top local restaurants with wine pairings, the Grand Tasting at Acquistapace's Wine Cellar, Festa del Vino wine tasting, Spring for Art and a Sunday champagne jazz brunch. Tickets presold.
Celebrate America's birthday each July with the family, in Heritage Park at the Annual Slidell Heritage Festival! Enjoy lots of good food, music, game, and inflatables for the kids, arts and crafts booths, specialty vendors, and fireworks display at 9 pm.
A September celebration of southern Louisiana favorites – the great outdoors, live music and the Gulf Coast's best seafood. Formerly the Lacombe CrabFest and now held in Heritage Park in Slidell, the cook-off features thousands of crabs prepared a variety of ways, including soft-shell crab po-boys.
Bogue Falaya Wayside Park in Covington is the verdant backdrop for this October festival where all things blue are celebrated. Fresh blueberries from local farms, an emphasis on the arts with over 40 artisan booths, cold Blueberry Harvest beer from Abita, and a hot musical lineup make for an unforgettable event.
Livestock shows, mini farms, a rodeo, pageants, carnival rides, and music concerts can all be found at the St. Tammany Parish Fair, held the first full weekend in October since 1910.
Hundreds of wooden boats line the shore of the Tchefuncte River each October for the largest gathering of watercraft on the Gulf Coast. Activities and live music entertain the crowds, including the Quick & Dirty Boat Building Contest and Race.
This juried arts festival held in November in Historic Downtown Covington attracts a talented group of artists and fine craftsmen from around the country. With more than 150 exhibiting artists, art lovers can choose from a wide selection in various media. Come see arts and fine crafts demonstrations. There are lots of activities just for kids.
Spread some cheer for the holiday season at Christmas and holiday events all around St. Tammany Parish from the end of November through December. Enjoy Mandeville's annual Christmas Past Festival, spectacular light displays in Slidell, Northshore Christmas concerts and holiday plays, and plenty of places to shop till you drop.