Special Events


Aquila Theatre: Frankenstein

The Columbia Theatre, 220 E. Thomas St.
Hammond, LA 70401
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Come experience this poignant and thrilling adaption of Mary Shelley’s classic and terrifying work, Frankenstein. Aquila Theatre brings the work to life in an all-new way, no pun intended.

FEBRUARY 22, 23 & 24

North Tangi Support Mardi Gras Carnival & Parade

Temple Chapel Baptist Church
Kentwood, LA 70444
Parade – Sunday, 12pm
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Parade and carnival celebrating the Mardi Gras season in Kentwood, LA.


33rd Annual Krewe of Omega Parade

Hammond Parade Route, LA
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Krewe of Omega rolls the streets of Hammond for the 33rd year! This Mardi Gras themed parade guarantees fun for your whole family.

MARCH 1, 2 & 3

Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days & Arts & Crafts Fair

Downtown Commuter Parking Lot, S.E. Railroad Ave.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Friday – Sunday 9am – 5pm
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This biannual event is held in Downtown Ponchatoula with over 200 local and national vendors selling antique and original crafts, collectibles and works of art.


Model & Toy Train Show

First Baptist Church Gymnasium, 325 E. Pine St.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
9am – 3pm
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Displays! Contests! Operating Layouts! Fun for the entire family! Admission: $5; Children under 6 are FREE! Free parking available!

MARCH 8, 9 & 10

Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

312 E. Railroad Ave.
Independence, LA 70443
Friday 5pm – 11pm, Saturday 11am – 11pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm
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There is fun for all at the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival! Every inch of this festival is packed with live music, amazing food and entertainment. Kids will have a ball on the fair rides and games, and adults are sure to love the arts and craft booths, spaghetti eating contest and more!

MARCH 8, 9 & 10

Vintage Market Days of Southeast Louisiana

Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 N.W. Central Ave.
Amite, LA 70422
Friday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm
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Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor open air market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and more.

MARCH 15, 16 & 17

Amite Oyster Festival

N.E. Central Ave., Amite City, LA 70422
Friday 3pm – midnight, Saturday 11am – 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
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With a chili cook-off, a parade, an oyster eating contest, and much more, you will have the time of your life at the Amite Oyster Festival! Come check out all that this fun community event has to offer!

MARCH 22, 23

Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge

Downtown Hammond, LA
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Join thousands of barbeque lovers at the annual Hammond Smokin’ Barbeque Challenge! There is a professional main event, local backyard challenge, and even a children’s division. And the best part is, it’s all for charity!

APRIL 5 & 6

South Louisiana Truck and Tractor Pull

15107 E. Yellow Water Rd.
Hammond, LA 70403
6pm – 10pm
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This tractor pull is an event you and your family won’t want to miss! Huge tractors, loud trucks, food, music, and plenty of photo opportunities mean you’ll have an evening full of fun at the South Louisiana Truck and Tractor Pull!



The Columbia Theatre
220 E. Thomas St.
Hammond, LA 70401
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This interactive arts performance is a unique combination of art studio, rock concert, and creation lab, as giant masterpieces are created before your very eyes. Artrageous artists draw inspiration from the troupe’s vocalists, musicians, and dancers as they race against time to complete a work of art before the last note.

APRIL 12, 13 & 14

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

301 N. 6th St.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
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The 48th annual Strawberry Festival is sure to be a treat! With great food, strawberries, entertainment, and fun for people of all ages to enjoy, you’re sure to have a BERRY good time!


Garry Krinsky – Toying with Science

The Columbia Theatre
220 E. Thomas St.
Hammond, LA 70401
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Often described as a live cartoon full of animated movement and non-stop energy, Garry Krinsky presents science as you’ve never seen it before! Explore the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines combined with circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement.

APRIL 26, 27 & 28

The Italian Festival

Italian Festival Grounds
Tickfaw, LA 70466
Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturday 11:30am – 11pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm
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You’re sure to have an amazing time celebrating the Italian culture of the city and in Tangipahoa Parish at the Italian Festival! There will be rides, entertainment, and lots of fun for all.

MAY 19

5th Annual Riff Ridgel Crawfish Cook-Off

Tickfaw Festival Grounds, 50081 Hwy. 51
Tickfaw, LA 70466
11am – 4pm
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This annual crawfish cook-off kicks off crawfish season while supporting local families and individuals affected by catastrophes or illness. Enjoy all the crawfish you can eat while listening to amazing music and supporting a worthy cause.

MAY 24, 25 & 26

Special Olympics State Summer Games

Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA
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This is a great event for athletes, spectators and volunteers. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce, Powerlifting and Unified Volleyball.


City Wide Yard Sale

Ponchatoula Area, LA 70454
8am – till
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Check out this city-wide yard sale held each year in America’s Antique City! While hunting for bargains across the whole city, you’re sure to find a steal.

JUNE 14 & 15

Tangipahoa Parish Pro Rodeo

Florida Parishes Arena
1301 N.W. Central Ave.
Amite, LA 70422
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You will be on the edge of your seat the whole evening at the Tangipahoa Parish Pro Rodeo! This annual family-friendly rodeo held in Amite features some of the best rodeo entertainment around, as well as champion cowboys and cowgirls.


Christmas in July

Downtown Ponchatoula, LA 70454
10am – 3pm
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Christmas event held in Downtown Ponchatoula with local store sales, Christmas pictures and more!