Visit Grand Isle

Information on the Visit Grand Isle page includes a calendar with festival dates, local restaurants, fresh local seafood, and things to do like fishing.



2022 Calendar of Events


February 27 – Independent Mardi Gras Parade, Starts corner of Blackberry & Highway 1, 1:00 PM (Not taking place this year due to Hurricane Ida)



April 16 – Easter egg hunt, Grand Isle Community Center, 10:30 a.m.

April 17 – Easter Sunrise Service, Artie’s Back Deck , 7:30 a.m. (Sponsored by the GI Community Development Team)

April 23 – Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration & Cultural Weekend, GI High School (One day event this year!)

April 23-25 – Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival (cancelled this year)


May 26-29 – Bloody Decks Rodeo, Wakeside Marina

May 28 Grand Isle Islandwide Garage Sale at the Community Center, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (Sponsored by the GI Community Development Team)


June 8-11 – Swollfest, Grand Isle Marina (Former Sand Dollar Marina) 


July 7-90 – Blue Boot Rodeo, Grand Isle Marina,

July 28-30 – Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion, Grand Isle Marina

July 15-16 – Isle Strong Beach Fest, Grand Isle Beach across from the Community Center


August 27 – Ride the Bull Kayak Fishing Rodeo, Bridge Side Marina (tentatively planned)


September 2-4 – 60th Original Grand Isle Redfish Rodeo, Labor Day Weekend, Bridge Side Marina

September 23-25 – Caminada Redfish Rodeo, Grand Isle Marina


October 7-8 – Ladies Fishing Rodeo Sponsored by the GI Community Development Team, Bridge Side Marina



December 1 –  Starts our Christmas Tree Lighting and Programs Celebrations

Dates are subject to change. Other events will be added as soon as dates are confirmed.

For more information, please contact the Grand Isle Tourist Commission at:

985-787-2997 or email to:
Grand Isle Info & Comm Center 985-787-2997


3059 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open Mon – Sat 7:00 a.m. – approx 8:00 p.m. and Sun 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

I recommend the service at this cozy, casual family restaurant. The family who owns and runs Yum’s really cares about their customers in their own special way. The restaurant serves daily plate lunch specials, fresh local seafood, quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads.

Jo Bob’s Gas and Grill
3365 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open 7 days 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This little grill restaurant is located inside the Conoco gas station. They have great hamburgers, poboys, chicken tenders, pizza, famous Natchitoches meat pies (very tasty experience of Louisiana food), jambalaya, and gumbo. Jo Bob’s Gas and Grill has a little dining area inside and outside under the building, but we usually like to take our food to-go and eat at some of the more picturesque spots on the Island or even at the Inn or Cottages.


Starfish Restaurant 
3027 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 8 or 9:00 p.m.

Locally owned, Starfish is a cozy, casual food spot. They serve fried seafood as well as dinner plates and sandwiches. I recommend their fresh, never frozen flame broiled and grilled hamburgers, daily lunch specials, and fresh & hot beignets and funnel sticks!


Lighthouse Restaurant 
3039 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open Wed, Thurs & Sun 5 pm – 9 pm, Fri & Sat 5 pm – 10 pm Closed Mon & Tues

A relaxing restaurant that serves seafood platters, prime steaks, pasta dishes, and has a full bar.

Moran’s Restaurant 
27900 Hwy 1, Port Fourchon
Open Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-9pm Closed Sun & Mon

One of the best dining spots in the area. Everything on the menu is honestly good! Moran’s is known for their seafood crepes and prime steaks. The ambiance is pure Louisiana with lots of Louisiana Cypress and a true Louisiana feeling in their decor and service.

Hurriance Hole 
1851 Hwy 1, Grand Isle
Open Tues-Thurs 5 pm – 9pm, Fri & Sat 5 pm – 10pm, Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm. Closed Monday.

They offer a stylish, intimate setting, and serve seafood dishes made only from the freshest ingredients. Their dishes, such as blackened shrimp guacamole and Asian grilled tuna, are sure to please!


Fresh Local Seafood

Camardelle’s Seafood 1018 Hwy 1 Grand Isle 985-787-3222. Hours vary. Call ahead of time when you’re on the way to the island so they have what you would like; they will save it for you if you call but if not they may run out, its fresh after all!

The Cheniere, a little stop on the highway just before you get to Grand Isle bridge on the right, offers fresh boiled crawfish (gotta love ’em!), as well as live crawfish and crabs that you can boil at Blue Dolphin Inn & Cottages! We provide gas burners and pots for your boiling experience. FYI, you should plan on heading to Sureway Supermarket on the Island to pick up your cooking needs including shrimp and crab boil, lemons, garlic, corn, and new potatoes.

Dean Blanchard Seafood  195 Cypress Lane, Grand Isle 985-787-3464 Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm. Closed Sunday.

This terrific slice of life is where you can buy fresh shrimp that were caught in the last few hours and pay amazingly low prices for them. Experienced people bring their coolers and take these lovely shrimp back home to cook or freeze. We just show up when we want to cook them for dinner! Super friendly people and definitely an experience in true cajun life….


Catch Your Own

Fish from one of the piers (see Fishing Page), from the beach, your boat or even one of our kayaks. We have fish cleaning and cooking facilities for use free of charge for our guests.

Things to Do

Relax at The Inn and Cottages with views of the beach, play at the beach, go fishing, go to the Butterfly Dome, visit the Grand Isle State Park, tour Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, go kayaking in the gulf, take a boat ride, or drive 107 miles northeast to New Orleans and experience the historical city of jazz music.