2020 Louisiana Next: Your Guide to Life After High School

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HAMMOND 45 miles east of Baton Rouge, 45 miles northwest of New Orleans Home to: Southeastern Louisiana University Population: 21,000 Highlights: Gumbo Ya Ya, Strawberry Jubilee, Hot August Night, Louisiana Renaissance Festival, Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Global Wildlife Festival International

Center, Middendorf’s Restaurant, local breweries.


Hammond Mardi Gras

40 miles west of Baton Rouge, 135 miles west of New Orleans Home to: University of Louisiana at Lafayette Population: 125,000 Highlights: Festival International de Louisiane, Festivals Acadiens, Cajun Mardi Gras, Blue Dog Café, Vermilionville, Cajun and Creole restaurants, Avery Island, swamp tours.

Go Tigers!

BATON ROUGE Peach Festival

80 miles west of New Orleans, 40 miles east of Lafayette


Home to: Louisiana State University, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College

30 miles west of Monroe, 60 miles east of Shreveport

Population: 225,000

Home to: Louisiana Tech University/Grambling State University (just 6 miles away)

Rural Life Museum, Raising Cane’s River Center

Population: 22,000

USS Kidd, Manship Theatre, State Capitol,

Park, Dixie Center for the Arts, Ponchatoulas Restaurant, Lake D’Arbonne, Louisiana Military Museum

(concerts, Broadway shows, special events), Live After Five concerts, upscale shopping at Perkins Rowe and Towne Center, numerous fine dining restaurants and casual eateries.


Highlights: Historic Downtown District, Lincoln Parish

Highlights: Louisiana Art & Science Museum,