Louisiana

116th Louisiana State Fair

Oct. 25-Nov. 11/SHREVEPORT – Each year the State Fair provides entertainment, family activities, carnival rides, agricultural competitions, and much more to the state. Attracting over 400,000 people each year, the annual State Fair of Louisiana also hosts the largest carnival and livestock show in the state. The 2018 State Fair of Louisiana will be held, Oct. 25-Nov. 11, at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport. Live music headliners for 2018 include 69 Boyz, Cupid, Ying Yang Twins, Navy Pride Band, and more. For more information, including hours of operation and ticket pricing, visit www.statefairoflouisiana.com.

Charter Fishing

Houma’s unique location near the Gulf of Mexico allows for one of the most diverse combinations of fishing found anywhere in the United States. Houma, Louisiana is a paradise with year-round fishing and incredibly-liberal limits. The fishing regions around Houma, and the incorporated towns of Cocodrie, Dulac, Pointe Aux Chenes, Bayou Dularge and Chauvin, are home to coastal fishing, inland fishing, deep sea fishing, swamp and fly fishing, rodeos and fishing tournaments. All in all, Southern Louisiana is a world-class fishing destination – with Houma the official gateway.

Taste America’s First Cocktail

Is it any surprise that America’s first cocktail, the Sazerac, was created in New Orleans, the city that loves to party? Back in 1838, Antoine Peychaud created the drink in a French Quarter bar and named it for his favorite French brandy, Sazerac-de-Forge et fils.

Explore the Plantations

Louisiana’s plantations offer a fascinating look at lifestyles of the past and a crucial period in the history of the United States. Many of the state’s amazing antebellum mansions remain intact, and are meticulously maintained and furnished with beautiful period pieces. Tour these majestic marvels and their manicured gardens along the Great River Road, and across south and central Louisiana, and learn more about life during an incredible era leading up to the Civil War. You can spend your day touring and even stay overnight at many of the properties. The experience is one you won’t forget!