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Traveling Around Louisiana

Summer Fun Fun is warming up across Louisiana this

season—festivals highlight the best of the state, applauding community, food, music and more. From Louisiana’s sweet corn and juicy peaches to slow-roasted cochon de lait, the state’s agricultural offerings call for delicious seasonal celebrations that satisfy your appetites for both food and fun. Arts and music abound, too, with events that feature fine arts, unique crafts, Cajun music, country music and more. From heartthumping, stadium-sized concerts to small carnivals, quiet art museums and bustling art markets, escape into the healing worlds of art and music as you let the good times roll with family and friends. Pull out your calendar for May and June and fill your weekends with trips to any and all of Louisiana’s exciting, early-summer events. Wherever you head, know you’re in good hands—a medical spotlight highlights the latest news from some of Louisiana’s expert local healthcare providers. Cities & Parishes Avoyelles Parish overflows with opportunities for lovers of food and music at its annual festivals, and spring and summer bring much of the fun. Cajun Crossroads Festival in Hessmer takes place May 3-4. That weekend, Paragon Casino Resort hosts 38 Special in concert on May 4. Then, the “Cochon de Lait Capitale of the World” hosts the 45th annual Cochon de Lait Festival in downtown Mansura on Mother’s Day Weekend (May 9-12). The Tunica Biloxi Tribe of LA invites you to the 24th Annual Tunica Biloxi PowWow (May 18-19) at the Alcide Pierite Pow-Wow grounds on the Tunica Biloxi Reservation. Visit for details. In June, Bunkie hosts the 33rd Annual Louisiana Corn Festival ( June 13-15) at the Haas Auditorium and festival grounds with corny contests, live music, Louisiana food, and a carnival. Louisiana’s longest running 4th of July Celebration and the Avoyelles Arts and Music Festival take place July 4 in downtown Marksville. This family fest is free to the public. Visit or Travel Avoyelles on Facebook for a complete listing of events.


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Ruston Peach Festival

Central Louisiana is a little-known art lover’s paradise. The Alexandria Museum of Art (AMOA) is a world-class museum hosting a permanent collection with 800 pieces, including prominent 20th and 21st Century Louisiana and Southern artists. AMOA host a variety of exhibits throughout the year and currently features Sordid & Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s

Etchings and Concrete & Adrift: On the Poverty Line through June 22. In November, The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II will go on display. River Oaks Square Arts Center (ROSAC) is another important piece of Central Louisiana’s artistic allure. ROSAC provides a variety of educational programs and hosts three galleries of contemporary

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