FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
- COVINGTON THREE RIVERS ART FESTIVAL: Two hundred juried artists from 25 states, photography, paintings, glass, pottery, jewelry, metalwork, woodwork, fiber and more. Attractions include a music stage, food court, children’s performing stage, student art exhibit, children’s discovery area, and 5K and 1 mile race. threeriversartfestival.com
- YOUNGSVILLE MERRY MARKETPLACE: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Top Shelf Sports Arena, 1616 La. 89, Youngsville. More than 15,000 square feet of holiday shopping, including merchants from throughout the Deep South featuring everything from art, clothing and jewelry to religious and children’s gifts and home decor.
- FALL FIESTA - ST. ALOYSIUS PARISH FAIR: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, St. Aloysius Catholic Church and School, 2025 Stuart Ave., Baton Rouge. There will be concerts, games, rides and food. staloysiusfair.org
- STEAMBOAT STOMP MUSIC FESTIVAL: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Steamboat Natchez, New Orleans. There will be live music and food for purchase. Weekend packages available. neworleanssteamboat.com
- EL FESTIVAL ESPANOL DE NUEVA IBERIA: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon-1 p.m. Sunday, Steamboat Pavilion at Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia. In celebration of New Iberia’s Spanish roots, there will be the “Running of the Bulls” 5K and one-mile fun run, reenactment of the arrival of the Spanish on Bayou Teche, paella and tapas cook-off, arts and crafts, food demonstrations, genealogy, lectures, exhibits and more. (337) 349-7343
- RIVER PARISHES FALL FESTIVAL: Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Norco. Annual fall festival featuring live music all weekend. Food including the Monster soft shell crab po-boy. Craft show, rides and family fun. sacredheartschoolnorco.org
- LA VETS FEST: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., West Feliciana Parish Sports Park, 10166 W. Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville. Annual event sponsored by the Louisiana Veterans Foundation to help raise awareness and funds for veterans in need throughout Louisiana by offering scholarships or financial assistance to qualified veterans. This year will feature vendors selling arts and crafts, children’s activities, barbecue and silent auction. Live entertainment including blues musician Marcia Ball, and Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band, featuring Lou Ann Barton.
- FALL CRAFT FAIR: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 6201 Camphor St., Metairie. Vendors will fill Pride Park with merchandise for sale, including gifts for the holiday season and all year around.
- RAYNE FROG FESTIVAL: Signature events like frog racing and jumping, live entertainment, and an arts and crafts show. Gossen Memorial Park, Rayne. raynefrogfestival.com
- CENTRAL CITY FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 1600 and 1700 blocks of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Live music offerings to range from New Orleans bounce with Big Freedia headlining to second-line and gospel. Free. ochaleyblvd.org
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
- MISTLETOE MARKET: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Belle of Baton Rouge, 102 France St., Baton Rouge. More than 120 merchants. Half of $5 admission will be donated to Dreams Come True of Louisiana. mistletoemarketbr.com
Louisiana Renaissance Festival: 46468 River Road, Hammond. Go back in time and see kings, queens and knights in shining armor. Food, drink, and merry-making. Seven stages, 100 merchants, and a cast and crew of more than 300 performing Renaissance activities. la-renfest.com
Compiled by Leslie D. Rose