For the people of South Louisiana, there’s really nothing better than good food, good music, and good times with friends and family. This Labor Day weekend, all of this is available, along with a bonus day of relaxation for those lucky enough to have Monday off. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, even if steamy temperatures will be with us a few weeks longer. Staying home and grilling with friends is a popular way to spend the weekend, but if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking and entertaining, there are some fun options in the area.
The big weekend event on the Southshore is the Louisiana Seafood Festival. This three-day event at City Park, runs from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday–Sunday, and features musical guests Little River Band and Starship, along with local favorites Marc Broussard, Brass-a-Holics, The Wise Guys, Bonerama, and many more. The real star of the weekend, however, is the seafood, provided by twenty-five local vendors. Admission to the event is free, however, food and beverage costs will vary. Food vendors will accept cash only, and ATMs will be on site. For more information, check out the official link.
If you’re a Northshore resident and would prefer not to venture into the city, there’s plenty of fun to be had on your side of the lake. The Labor Day Music Fest will be going strong on Sunday, September 6, from noon to 11:00 p.m. In its 19th year at Land-O-Pines Family Campground in Covington, this festival features live bands, local food, and arts and crafts for the kids. Check out this Northshore event link.
While there is no official festival on Madisonville’s Tchefuncte River this year, riverfront restaurants will provide live music, in addition to their usual menu items on both Saturday and Sunday. Or you can say goodbye to summer at one of the relaxing lakefront restaurants as the sun goes down over Lake Pontchartrain.
Whether staying at home or venturing out for some excitement, Labor Day weekend is sure to create some fond, end-of-summer memories. Enjoy!