Fairs & Festivals for Oct. 17-23, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by David Stoughton -- Wild Things, a celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, takes place Saturday at the Southeast Louisiana Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe.


  • TWISTED OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL: 8 p.m., River Terrace, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. An event championing the classical and art music of Baton Rouge. Performers include Brad Webb: Making Faces, Griffin Campbell, The Odyssey Project, Andy Larson, Rachel Selice, Sonic Art Collective, Amy Wilson and Kimberly Houser. $12. twistedoakbr.com


  • WASHINGTON PARISH FREE FAIR: Featuring competitive agricultural and educational exhibits, livestock show and petting zoo, art show, national, regional and local musical entertainment, a parade, rodeo, pioneer settlement, 5K run, arts and crafts booths and carnival rides. Franklinton. www.freefair.com


  • CRESCENT CITY BLUES & BARBECUE FESTIVAL: Friday night and 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lafayette Square Park, New Orleans. The festival will begin Friday with an evening concert featuring Ana Popvic and Little Freddie King. It will continue through the weekend with two music stages featuring headliners Los Lobos, Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Joe Louis Walker, Valerie June, Mel Waiters and more. Free. jazzandheritage.org
  • INTERNATIONAL ACADIAN FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine. There will be rides, games, fireworks, wrestling, a pageant and food. (225) 776-3071
  • HARVEST FESTIVAL ON FALSE RIVER: There will be live music, food, arts and crafts and rides. (225) 638-3998 or www.harvestfestivalonfalseriver.com
  • INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL: This event in the “Rice Capital of America” is one of the oldest and largest agricultural festivals in the south. The free admission festival is held in downtown Crowley and offers live entertainment, Cajun cuisine and arts and crafts vendors. Crowley. www.ricefestival.com
  • ST. JOHN ANDOUILLE FESTIVAL: Enjoy local bands, Andouille sausage and Louisiana cuisine all weekend. Other activities include arts and crafts, a gumbo cook-off, and a three-mile fun run. LaPlace. www.andouillefestival.com


  • WILD THINGS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Southeast Louisiana Wildlife Regue, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe. Food, live music, youth wildlife art, nature photography, canoe, pontoon and van tours, wildflower and nature walks, wildlife and conservation exhibitors, live animals exhibits, fishing pond, hayride, pellet gun and archery ranges. Food and drink sales benefit the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. (985) 882-2000 or www.fws.gov.southeastlouisiana
  • INTERNATIONAL FEST: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Port of New Orleans. The event will celebrate different parts of the world and showcase entertainment, cuisine, arts and crafts to support the American Cancer Society and the fight against breast cancer. Free.


  • OLD FARMERS DAY: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Brunett Farms, 56136 Loranger Road, Loranger. There will be games and demonstrations throughout the day with a teamster contest following. (985) 878-2360 or www.oldfarmersday.com
  • PERKINS ROWE ARTS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Perkins Rowe. Arts, fine crafts, food, live music, stilt walkers, face painting and pumpkin decorating. (225) 344-8558 or perkinsroweshops.com/events


  • BAYOU VERMILLION FESTIVAL AND BOAT PARADE: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Vermillionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. A celebration of and on the bayou to increase awareness of the river as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette Parish and as a fundraiser for the Bayou Vermillion District’s efforts along the Vermillion. www.bayouvermilliondistrict.org
  • LAUREL VALLEY FALL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Laurel Valley Village Store, 595 La. 308, Thibodaux. To benefit the preservation of the largest American, surviving sugar cane plantation complex. There will be arts and crafts and a Cajun lunch. Free. (985) 446-7456