Fairs & Festivals calendar for Sept. 4-10, 2015 _lowres

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Samuel Poursine serves up a half dozen charbroiled oysters at the annual Louisiana Seafood Festival. The event returns to New Orleans 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily this weekend at the City Park Festival Grounds.


  • CANE RIVER ZYDECO FESTIVAL: Downtown along the Cane River, Natchitoches. Sponsored by the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association — Cane River Branch, this event features food, fun and music, plus a poker run throughout the area. $7 admission for Saturday. (800) 259-1714 or natchitoches.com


  • LOUISIANA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: City Park Festival Grounds, 61 Friedricks Ave., New Orleans. Three days of live music, cooking demonstrations, arts, kids’ events and food and beverages to purchase are on tap at this free festival. (504) 482-4888 or louisianaseafoodfestival.com


  • SOUTHERN DECADENCE: French Quarter, New Orleans. What began as a farewell to summer event has blossomed into one of the largest gay celebrations in the South. Most of the activities and gatherings occur near the corners of Bourbon and St. Ann streets. Parties, events and the Sunday parade are features. southerndecadence.net
  • LOUISIANA SHRIMP AND PETROLEUM FESTIVAL: Lawrence Park, 715 Second St., Morgan City. Proclaimed the oldest chartered festival in the state, this extravaganza boasts arts and crafts, a parade, blessing of the fleet, fireworks, music and tons of seafood. shrimpandpetroleum.org


  • ORIGINAL SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA ZYDECO MUSIC FESTIVAL: Zydeco Park, 457 Zydeco Road, Opelousas. Located in the Plaisance community of this St. Landry Parish town, the theme for this year is “Bringing It Back to the Roots, Celebrate the Year of Music.” Dances, cooking contests, rides and music. $10 adults, $5 under 12. zydeco.org

Compiled by Advocate staff