LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL:9:45 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine, one mile north of Hammond High School, River Road, Hammond. Meet peasants, nobles, knights, barons and the reigning queen at this festival. Live jousting tournaments, birds of prey demonstrations, sword play, royal parades, English village, magicians, rope walkers, fire eaters. (985) 429-9992 orhttp://www.larf.org.

friday, nov. 9

  • orth gate fest:5 p.m.-11 p.m., Chimes Street, North Gates of LSU. Live music, jewelry and art for sale, and food from food trucks as well as Louie’s Café. Presented by the North Gate Merchants Association.


FIBER ART FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, educational classes, First United Methodist Church, 23645 Church St., Plaquemine; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, festival, Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine. Cross-stitching, jewelry, quilting, embroidery, rug hooking, spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, basket making and other art forms, music, food. Sponsored by the City of Plaquemine Main Street Program “Art in the City Program.” Free. (225) 687-8392 or (225) 776-4119.

friday-Sunday, nov. 9-11

sunshine festival:noon-11 p.m., Old Louisiana State Fairgrounds, Donaldsonville. Carnival rides, live music, hula hoop contest, food. http://donaldsonvillecoc.org.

RAYNE FROG FESTIVAL: festival grounds just off Interstate 10, Rayne. Carnival rides, food, handmade items, live music, frog racing and jumping contests, grand parade, poker run and more. (337) 334-2332 or http://www.raynefrogfestival.com.

homegrown harvest music and arts festival: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., New Orleans Event and Film Studios, 233 Newton St., Algiers. Food vendors from across state, artists and crafters. More than 100 bands on 5 stages. http://www.homegrown-fest.com.

saturday, nov. 10

main street memories: 7 a.m., downtown Eunice. Garage sale, farmer’s market, plant sale and craft show, music, food, and children’s activities. 6 p.m., Liberty Theater, Rendez-vous des Cajuns Radio & TV Show, $5. http://www.eunice-la.com.

Sugar day: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Kent Plantation House, 3601 Bayou Rapides Road, Alexandria. Food, traditional crafts, music and open kettle sugar making. 5; free, children ages 6 and younger. 318) 487-5998 or email admin@kenthouse.org.

steam punk festival:10 a.m.-4 p.m.,Vine Street, Lafayette. Music, dance, food, Hobgoblin Hill Puppets, magician Barry Primo, vendors, the Constabulation of Gentry from New Orleans. A reception will be held in the lobby of Cité des Arts 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. before the nightly performance of “Cabaret.” http://citedesarts.org.

winterfest: 7 p.m., Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood, Metairie. Crescent City Home Brewers present food, home brew, local brews and music. $25, advance; $30, door. (504) 522-8014.

saturday-Sunday, nov. 10-11

three rivers art festival:10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Covington. Free. (985) 327-9797 or http://www.threeriversartfestival.com.

treme creole gumbo festival:Armstrong Park, 835 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Performances by New Orleans brass bands. Free.

Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 14-18

  • ew orleans fringe festival:various locations around New Orleans. Theater, yard art, parades and more. Visit http://www.nofringe.org for details.

thursday, nov. 15

beaujolais festival:7 p.m.-10 p.m., Ile de France Ballroom, JW Marriott, 614 Canal St., New Orleans. French wine and cocktails will be available for tasting along with food from more than 20 local restaurants. Entertainment by the Yat Pack and Armond St. Martin. Celebrity guest host Poppy Tooker will sign latest cookbook. Main event: $50, members; $60, nonmembers. After Party: $10. htto://www.facc-la.com or email info@facc-la.com.