WHITE LIGHT NIGHT: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mid City Art & Cultural Design District, Baton Rouge. A free festival with art and music from Jefferson Highway at Goodwood Boulevard to the intersection of Government and 14th streets.


BROADMOOR ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Broadmoor High School, 10100 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. With more than 200 artists, patrons can purchase handcrafted items such as ceramics and jewelry.


HELL YES FEST: Various locations around New Orleans. Comedic celebration of improv, sketch and stand-up, with other surprise shows and formats (podcasting, film, food, video games, etc.) sprinkled throughout. $10 advance, $12 door, $50 all-fest wristband.

SOUTHERN SCREEN FESTIVAL: Downtown Lafayette. Film screenings, music, workshops and more exposing the community to the possibilities of storytelling. $10 day passes; $50 all-access passes available for a limited time.


LOWER COAST WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: English Turn Country Club, New Orleans. Music and grand tastings are part of this celebration of the fruit of the vine. $35 and up. (504) 392-2200.


FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Downtown Natchitoches. A variety of celebrations, entertainment, food and music to celebrate the holiday season. Through Jan. 6. View the schedule and get more information at


LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 46468 River Road, Hammond. Multiweek experience with a theme park, theater, shopping, education demonstrations and displays, plus performances and food. $20 and up. (985) 429-9992.

A NOLA THANKSGIVING FINE ARTS AND GIFTS SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St. A fun-filled show for the family with prizes, raffles, and arts and gifts. Free to register at

TREME CREOLE GUMBO FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Brass band showcase also features gumbo, an arts market and kids area. (504) 558-6100.