Fairs & Festivals

Louisiana Renaissance Festival
EACH WEEKEND IN NOVEMBER AND THE FIRST TWO WEEKENDS IN DECEMBER

Louisiana Renaissance Festival

46468 River Rd.
Hammond
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The Louisiana Renaissance Festival is one of the most unique festivals in Tangipahoa Parish. This festival transforms into a theme park, shopping destination and an educational experience. Take a trip back in time to the 14th century with more than a dozen authentic professional performers and over 50 shows!

Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days
MARCH 1–3 AND NOVEMBER 1–3, 2019

Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days — Art & Crafts Fair

Downtown Commuter Parking Lot
S.E. Railroad Ave.
Ponchatoula
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This sweet tradition has been taking place since 2006. This biannual event is held the first weekend of March and November in Downtown Ponchatoula with over 200 local and national vendors selling antique and original crafts, collectibles and works of art.

Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival
MARCH 8, 9 & 10, 2019

Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

307 E. Railroad Ave.
Independence
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Celebrate the heritage of Sicily for the weekend! Held in the heart of downtown Independence, this festival features Sicilian cuisine, activities and live entertainment. This festival brings in crowds for a spaghetti cook-off, a meatball toss competition, spaghetti eating contest and more!

Amite Oyster Festival
MARCH 15, 16 & 17, 2019

Amite Oyster Festival

W. Oak St.
Amite
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Amite hosts the Oyster Festival each spring for oysters, music, competition and fun. Tap into your competitive skills with a chili cook-off and oyster eating contest! When you’re done chowing down on oysters cooked in a variety of ways, sit back and relax with local and national musical entertainment!

Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge
MARCH 22 & 23, 2019

Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge

S.W. Railroad Ave.
Hammond
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The Smokin’ BBQ Challenge brings BBQ enthusiasts from around the country to Hammond, America. This competition is for professionals and backyard barbecue lovers, alike! For the best tasting, best smelling and best looking BBQ, come on down to Hammond for the Smokin’ BBQ Challenge!

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
APRIL 12, 13 & 14, 2019

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

301 N. 6th St.
Ponchatoula
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The sweetest festival in Tangipahoa Parish celebrates the state fruit! This annual festival in Ponchatoula draws crowds by the thousands. Located in Memorial Park, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is a free, family friendly, outdoor festival. This festival features two music stages, food booths of all kinds, carnival rides for the kids, and of course strawberries!

The Italian Festival
APRIL 26, 27 & 28, 2019

The Italian Festival

50081 Hwy. 51
Tickfaw
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Can’t make it to Italy this year? The Italian Festival will do! The Village of Tickfaw welcomes crowds far and wide on the last full weekend of April for Italian food, culture and music. The Italian festival hosts an Annual Spaghetti Cook-Off, live music, and carnival rides for visitors of all ages! Come taste some of your favorite Italian grandma’s home cooking!

Tangipahoa Parish Fair
OCTOBER, 2019

Tangipahoa Parish Fair

400 Reid Ave.
Amite
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Created in 1888, this is the oldest fair in the State of Louisiana. This fair features more than just carnival rides. Live music, pie eating contests, a cook-off and 4-H exhibits are just some of the family-friendly entertainment you can expect!