International Rice Festival

303 North Parkerson Avenue
Crowley, LA 70526

337-783-3067

About the Festival

The International Rice Festival, held annually every third full weekend in October, is one of Louisiana's oldest and largest agricultural festivals. The first festival was held on October 5, 1937 as the National Rice Festival; it was renamed the "International Rice Festival" in 1946 when the festival was resumed after a hiatus during World War II (1942–1945).

The celebration is held to honor the rice industry and its hardworking farmers.  It has brought attention to the importance of rice as a food and emphasizes its place in the world.

Our Festival celebrates rice as a unique treasure which has impacted our past, determines our present and provides our community’s future. Rice is the cornerstone by which family farms, local businesses, and our community’s economy is built upon.  The International Rice Festival honors and respects the grain that not only makes us a community but family.

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