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Upcoming Events for Louisiana

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June5-12 Natchitoches
Fort St. Jean Baptiste Summer Camp
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
Wednesday-Friday summer camp consists of two weeks - each full of fun activities including Nature Craze (June 5-7) and Game Time (June 12-14). The cost is $75 per child each week. All of our activities are weather permitting. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 888-677-7853 or 318-357-3101.

June 8 Ville Platte
Bird Hike
Louisiana State Arboretum State Preservation Area
Visitors will be given a brief introduction to bird watching and binocular to use followed by a trail walk to search for birds. 9 a.m. Binoculars available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289.

June 15 Baton Rouge
Garden Fest
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
Garden Fest is a family friendly festival that promotes locally grown foods. Your family will enjoy fresh morning omelets by the Louisiana Egg Commission, famous Bloody Mary samples by Mason's Grill and local food trucks. Activities for kids include water slides, "Touch-a-Tractor" and hayrides! Don’t miss our education sessions to learn more about gardening, nature and environmental programs in the Conference Center to educate people of all ages. There will be vegetable trials and tastings, “Ask the Expert” plant and gardening tent, and a chance to meet amazing local plant and gardening clubs in Baton Rouge. Admission is $5 per person and free for children ages 3 and under. Bring your swimsuits and prepare for a fun Saturday! For more information, visit or call 225-763-3990.

June 22 Lake Charles
Bird Walk
Sam Houston Jones State Park
New and experienced bird lovers can enjoy an hour of birding with experienced birder and master naturalist David Booth. Participants meet at deck overlooking swamp across from the pavilion at 8 a.m. For more information, call 888-677-7264 or 337-855-2665.

Ongoing Gretna
Gretna Farmers’ Market & Art Walk
739 Third St.
Enjoy fresh local produce and crafts every Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., rain or shine, under the covered Gretna Market Building. For more information, visit or call 504-363-1500.

Ongoing Ruston
Ruston Farmers’ Market
220 E. Mississippi Ave.
Open year-round 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Over 30 vendors offering products including mushrooms, lettuce, kale, chard, vegetable starts, herbs, beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. There will also be prepared foods such as bagels, breads, muffins, casseroles, and gluten-free products, plus jams, jellies, salsas, and honey. Woodcrafts, skincare products and free Railway Coffee makes Ruston Farmers’ Market the place to be on Saturday mornings. The Ruston Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP/EBT and operates the Double Bucks program, which matches eligible SNAP purchases $1 for $1 up to $10, thanks to a grant from the Lincoln Health Foundation. For more information or to become a vendor, visit 

Ongoing Lafayette
Lafayette Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market at the Horse Farm
2913 Johnston Street
Every Saturday, rain or shine, 8 a.m.-noon, this market serves as the premier venue for seasonal, farm-based products and artisanal creations offered by local producers, artists, and vendors. For more information, visit

Ongoing Lake Charles
Cash and Carry Farmers’ Market
801 Enterprise Boulevard
In the former Cash and Carry – fresh vegetables, flowers, handmade goods, and artisanal breads. Featuring locally produced items from local vendors. Every Tuesday 4-6 p.m. For more information, visit

Ongoing New Iberia
Teche Area Farmers’ Market
Bouligny PlazaWest Main Street
The market is open year round on Saturday mornings from 7-11 a.m. and on Tuesday from 2:30-6 p.m. Experience our harvest of delicious homegrown produce and home-made products by area farmers, artists and crafters. You’ll also find hand-made cypress yard objects, home-made bread and fresh baked goods, ceramics, honey, jellies, jams, herbs, candies, handcrafted wooden bowls and utensils, birdhouses, garden benches and much more. For more information, or if you’d like information about becoming a vendor, contact Jane Braud at 337-369-2330 or 

Through November Bossier City
Bossier City Farmers’ Market
Pierre Bossier Mall
Your favorite Saturday morning market returns to Bossier City with vendors to shop from and numerous food trucks and food vendors! Fruits and vegetables, market goods, arts and crafts, handmade soap, food trucks, tamales, etched glassware, baked goods, handmade items, honey, salsa, wreaths, candles, jewelry, fresh baked bread, seasoning blends, crochet, shaved ice, kettle corn, fresh roasted coffee, jams, jellies, and much more. Live music, bouncy houses, balloons, and kids activities as well. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit


Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville 
This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information, call 888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739.

3rd Saturday of the Month
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature for Kids – Join the site naturalist to learn about a different nature topic every month and make a craft to take home. 10 a.m. For more information, call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289.  


First Saturday of the Month
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Guided Hike, 2 p.m. Join the site naturalist for a guided hike through the arboretum to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. For more information, call 888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289.

First Saturday of the month through 6/30/2019
Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville
Bird Watching Basics, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Join the interpretive ranger on a walk to learn about bird watching and to find some of the birds that visit Fontainebleau´s diverse range of habitats. Bring binoculars, water, and good shoes for the trail. For more information, call 888-677-3668 or 985-624-4443.

Fourth Saturday of the month through 6/30/2019
Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles
Bird Walk, 8:00 a.m. New and experienced bird lovers can enjoy an hour of birding with experienced birder and master naturalist David Booth. Participants meet at deck overlooking swamp across from the pavilion. For more information, call 888-677-7264 or 337-855-2665.

First Saturday of the month through October
Longue Vue House & Gardens, New Orleans
Sprouts – 9:30-10:30 a.m. With activities like seed planting, arts & crafts, microscope observation, and story time, Sprouts is for kids of all ages to explore the wonderful world of the garden at their own pace. With seasonal themes and changing activities, there are always new things to discover. Kids of all ages welcome, though ideal for ages 18 months-10 years. Be sure to check Facebook for updates and to learn about special themes. Free for LV family members, $5 per person for non-members. Rain or shine. Cash is encouraged for ease at check-in. There is a small processing fee for credit card transactions. For more information, visit or call 504-488-5488.


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.