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Zapp’s International Beerfest XIV

Saturday, March 30, 2019
3:30pm until 6:00pm

The 14th annual Zapp’s International Beerfest will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 3:30 until 6:00 pm. More than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews will be made available for tasting during this popular annual event benefiting the LSU Rural Life Museum. This fun filled afternoon is for patrons aged 21 years and older.


Tickets go on sale December 2, 2018

Tickets: $35.00 per ticket

Designated Driver: $20.00 per ticket

2:30 pm Early Entry: $100.00 per ticket (Early Entry ticket Includes Specialty Beers and Food from area restaurants)

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children hunting easter eggs

An Old Fashioned Easter Celebration

Sunday, April 14, 2019
1:00pm until 4:00pm

Children ages 2 through 8 will have the opportunity to enjoy customs associated with Easter in Louisiana.  They may participate in such varied activities as egg dyeing, egg paquing, egg races and of course hunting for Easter eggs.  

Cost: $5.00 per person


Burden historic house

An Evening at Windrush

Friday, April 26, 2019
6:30pm until 10:00pm

This elegant southern supper will capture the spirit of earlier days of Windrush Plantation. Guest will enjoy cocktails at the Burden home, a seated supper, and end with desserts and coffee in the museum's complex. Reservations are required.


girl blacksmithing during camp

Rural Life Museum Apprentice Program

Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7, 2019
8:00am until 12:30pm

Louisiana artisans will teach children traditional folk arts, such as candle making, weaving, blacksmithing, and other 19th century activities. Open to children entering the 4th through 8th grades.  Advanced registration required.

Cost: $100.00 per child


corn grinding at harvest days

Harvest Days

Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2019
8:00am until 5:00pm

Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 19th century.  Artisans will demonstrate skills related to the harvesting, hunting, fieldwork, and 19th century duties. Activities will include cooking, soap making, boat building and wagon rides.

Regular admission prices charged: $10.00 for adults(12yrs - 61yrs old), $9.00 for seniors (ages 62+), and $8.00 for children (6yrs - 11yrs old)


pumpkin bean bag game

Haints, Haunts and Halloween

Sunday, October 27, 2019
3:00pm until 6:00pm

Remember the sights, sounds and activities of an old-fashioned country fair.  Join the staff of the Rural Life Museum as they provide a safe and fun Halloween event for families. Storytelling, cake walks, old-fashioned games and trick-or-treating are some of the events kids will be able to participate in while on the museum grounds.

Cost: $5.00 per person


Red Rooster Bash

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:30pm until 9:30pm

A silent and live auction with numerous auction items, lively music and with a delicious barbeque fare.  Red roosters will be immersed throughout the decor. Registration required.

Papa Noel

A Rural Life Christmas

Sunday, December 8, 2019
12:00pm until 6:00pm

Ring in the Christmas season with the 19th century Louisiana celebration.  Musical groups, demonstrating artisans, storytellers and costumed re-enactors will be present to set the holiday mood.  The event will conclude with bonfire and a very special visit from Papa Noel.

Cost: Children 10 years and younger are free, everyone else is $10.00 per person