CALENDAR: Upcoming Ascension Parish events
Donaldsonville Festa Italiana set for May 19-20
The Donaldsonville Festa Italiana will be May 19-20 at Louisiana Square.
The May 19 schedule from 6-9 p.m. includes music by DJ Up All Night and the cookoff team meeting.
The next day, the schedule will be 10 a.m.-10 p.m., kicking off with the cookoff competition and the car show.
Music for May 20 will begin at noon with the Justin Cornett Band. After awards at 2 p.m., music by Michela Musolino will be 3-5 p.m.
Margaritas & Mimosas event planned for May 20
After being rescheduled, the Noel Family Distillery will present Margaritas & Mimosas on the Mississippi from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20 at Louisiana Square in Donaldsonville.
Proceeds will benefit the Donaldsonville Elks.
Car show, cruise set for May 20
The Classic Cars on the Square car show and cruise on Railroad Avenue will be May 20 in Donaldsonville.
The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Louisiana Square.
Comedy festival set for May 27
The Lunchbox Comedy Festival will be May 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.at The Cabin.
It will include comedy, live music, and food.
Donaldsonville live music events continue
The Donaldsonville Downtown Live at Crescent Park event schedule continues for the 2023 season.
Weather permitting, the remaining events include:
- June 3 - Don Rich and the Don Rich Band (6-9 p.m.)
- July 3 - Da Mellow Band (7-10 p.m.)
Jambalaya Festival set for May 26-28
The 56th annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival will be held during the traditional time, Memorial Day weekend.
The 2023 festivities, which include cookoffs and live music, will be May 26-28.
Memorial Day event scheduled for May 29
A Memorial Day event will be May 29 at Louisiana Square in Donaldsonville.
It will begin at 9 a.m. with a parade from City Hall, followed by a ceremony at 10 a.m.
The event will be presented by the American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 3766.
Ascension Parish redistricting meetings set for June
Ascension Parish Public Schools released maps and information on proposed attendance zones to its website at AscensionSchools.org/Redistricting2024.
School officials will hold three public meetings in June where citizens will be able to view the plans and provide feedback.
The school board's goal is to make a final decision this fall, no later than December.
The meeting schedule includes:
- 6 p.m., June 12 at St. Amant High School Commons, 12035 Hwy. 431, St. Amant
- 6 p.m., June 13 at East Ascension High School Cafetorium, 612 East Worthey Road, Gonzales
- 6 p.m., June 14 at Dutchtown High School Cafetorium, 13165 Hwy. 73, Geismar, LA 70734
Juneteenth Festival set for June 17
The City of Donaldsonville’s annual Juneteenth Music Festival will be held at Louisiana Square June 17.
The event features live music, food, and a health fair.
More information can be found on the festival's Facebook and Instagram pages.
Dancing For a Cause scheduled for July 8
Dancing For a Cause, a fundraising event for The Arc of East Ascension, is in its 14th year.
WAFB-TV's Elizabeth Vowell and Greg Meriwether return as masters of ceremonies.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at the REV Center at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. The event starts at 7 p.m.
Do you have an item you would like to have listed on the Ascension Parish events calendar? Email our staff with information on your event.
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