Good food, craft beer and bourbon, live music, and a great time talking about books and Southern culture under the live oaks: That's what the fifth annual Walker Percy Weekend has to offer when it returns to celebrate the acclaimed novelist's life and work, June 1—3 in St. Francisville.
• A Friday evening "Lost in the Churchyard" reception and cocktail party staged in the beautiful, historic churchyard at Grace Episcopal Church. $75 includes music under the oaks, wine and beer, and fine hors d'oeuvres crafted by Chef James "Tiger" Grace of Cuisine Louisiane. 7 pm to 10 pm. In the event of rain, it will be held in Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church.
• A Saturday series of Lectures and Panel Discussions on themes explored in Percy's books including discussions on Walker Percy's views on race and the South; Percy's friendship and correspondence with psychologist Robert Coles; the relevance of Percy's dystopian novel Love In The Ruins to our present political and cultural moment; and the life and literary legacy of historian Shelby Foote. Events held at historic district locations including the West Feliciana Courthouse, newly restored Temple Sinai, and Grace Episcopal Church. A $50 "Lectures" ticket good for admission to all lectures and panel discussions goes on sale May 1, 2018.
• A Saturday-afternoon Progressive Front-Porch Tour and Bourbon Tasting with readings, inspired by Percy's essay on drinking Bourbon, Neat. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Stroll with bourbon in hand between several private porches in St. Francisville's historic district. This year's event also features a Premium Tasting Tent offering measures of notable single-batch whiskeys. Must be 21 or over to attend. $65 (on sale May 1, 2018)
• Saturday evening: Crawfish Boil: Back by popular demand: The authentic Louisiana crawfish boil including cash bar with selection of local craft beers, presented by Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll of Hot Tails Restaurant in New Roads and Sac-a-Lait restaurant in New Orleans with live music. 7:30 pm–10:30 pm on Prosperity Street. $35 (on sale May 1, 2018).
Registration will begin at 3:00 pm Friday at the Conundrum Bookstore, located at 11917 Ferdinand Street. Come to the bookstore to register, receive tickets and wristbands, and gather information on area dining, accommodation, and attractions.
Access All Areas: An all-inclusive ticket is available for $195 beginning February 1.
Social Tickets: A ticket providing access to all social events—the Friday night cocktail party and dinner, and Saturday's Bourbon Tour and Crawfish Boil events. No panels included. $160 after February 1, 2018.
Individual Tickets: Tickets to attend individual events, including lectures and panel discussions, the Lost in the Churchyard cocktail party, Bourbon Tour, and Crawfish and Craft Beer events will be available May 1. Space is limited. In the past, tickets sold out weeks in advance. Arrive early to panel discussions to secure a seat. $50 ticket provides access to all lectures and panel discussions.
* There will be a $25 (per order) cancellation fee charged on refunds issued between April 1 and May 20, 2018. No refunds will be issued after May 20th, 2018.