NORTH GATE MUSIC & ARTS FEST: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., North Gates of LSU, Baton Rouge. Celebrating its 12th anniversary, this event features local music and arts vendors as well as food. At Chimes Street and Highland Road.


PORT BARRE CRACKLIN FESTIVAL: Veteran’s Park, 504 Saizan Ave., Port Barre. Crispy fried cracklins are the centerpiece of this festival, plus music, rides, arts and crafts. (877) 948-8004.

RIVER PARISHES FALL FESTIVAL: Sacred Heart Church, 453 Spruce St., Norco. Three days of music, food, rides, games and fun. (985) 764-9958.

WESTWEGO CYPRESS SWAMP FEST: Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Ave., Westwego. Music, food, rides, games and crafts are highlights of this West Bank festival. (504) 341-9083.


ATCHAFALAYA BASIN FESTIVAL: Henry Guidry Memorial Park, 103 Park Drive, Henderson. Includes food, music, car and truck shows and arts and crafts to benefit area churches.

THIBODAUXVILLE FALL FESTIVAL: Downtown Thibodaux. One-day festival marks 25 years of celebrating the historic downtown area with arts and crafts, food and a duck race on Bayou Lafourche.


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.

THREE RIVERS ART FESTIVAL: Downtown Covington. Artworks of all genres, food and a children’s discovery area are on tap for this St. Tammany Parish festival. (985) 327-9797.

DESTREHAN FALL FESTIVAL: Destrehan Plantation, 13034 River Road. Featuring arts and crafts, antique vendors and a Creole food park.


CAP CITY BEER FEST: Fourth Street and Spanish Town Road, downtown Baton Rouge. Drink beer while supporting Companion Animal Alliance. $40 and up.


HELL YES FEST: Various locations through 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. Four days of film screenings, music, workshops and more to expose the community to the possibilities of storytelling. Festival passes are $77.