FRIDAY 

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. northgatesoflsu.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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. portbarrecracklinfestival.com.

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

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. cityofwestwego.com.

SATURDAY

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. basinfestival.com.

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. thibodauxchamber.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

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. larf.org.

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. threeriversartfestival.com.

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

SUNDAY

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

STARTING WEDNESDAY

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. hellyestfest.com.

STARTING THURSDAY 

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. southernscreen.org.