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10 Can't Miss Festivals in
St. Tammany Parish

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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Fresh St. Tammany

1. A Taste of Olde Towne
October 11-14, 2018
  • Gourmands, art lovers, wine aficionados and more enjoy four days of events celebrating
    the cuisine scene, music and art in Slidell's historic cultural district.
  • Vintner's Dinners
  • Grand Wine Tasting
  • Premium Tasting event
  • Champagne Jazz Brunch with live music

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.atasteofoldetowne.com

Boats line the Tchefuncte River for the Wooden Boat Festival

2. Wooden Boat Festival
October 13 - 14, 2018
  • 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.

Slidell Antique Spring Street Fair

3. Fall and Spring Slidell Antique Street Fairs
October 27 - 28, 2018 and March 23 - 24, 2019
  • More than 200 booths showcasing antiques, Depression-era 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

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival from above.

4. Covington's Three Rivers Art Festival, November 10 - 11, 2018
  • 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, metalwork, 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 art 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

Abita Springs Busker Festival

5. The Abita Springs Busker Festival
April 7, 2019
  • 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/

A Taste of Covington

6. A Taste of Covington
April 10-14, 2019
  • A 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 12-14, 2019
  • 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 27, 2019
  • 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 and its beneficiary at www.hospicefoundationofthesouth.org

Slidell Heritage Festival

9. The Slidell Heritage Festival
June 29, 2019
  • Celebrate America's birthday with live music & FIREWORKS in beautiful Heritage Park
  • Camellia City Art-In-the-Park area with artisans and crafters 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 details, visit www.slidellheritagefest.org.

 

10 Can't Miss Festivals on the Northshore

10. St. Tammany Crab Festival September 14-15, 2019
  • 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.

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