• BROADMOOR ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Broadmoor High School, 10100 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. The 42nd annual event kicks off Friday at 3 p.m. and features hand-crafted items from more than 200 artists. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 per person (ages 13 and up), free for ages 12 and under. Parking is $2 at the east student and grass lots. Call (225) 926-1420.


  • 2015 INTERNATIONAL JEWELRY AND MERCHANDISE SHOW: Morial Convention Center, Halls H-J, New Orleans. This market was established in 1985 and has become one of the largest shows of its kind, with 1,000 booths. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. For information, visit


  • CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Downtown Natchitoches. The six-week celebration of the Christmas season begins in north Louisiana. This festival has more than 300,000 lights and 100 set pieces on display every night at dusk. Fireworks will be held every Saturday. The festival is open through Jan. 6. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. For information, visit


  • LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 46468 River Road, Hammond. What has more than 600 artisans and entertainers from the best parts of the 16th century? The state renaissance festival. Hours are 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. One-day passes are $18. For information, visit

Compiled by Advocate staff