FRIDAY-SATURDAY

  • WASHINGTON PARISH FREE FAIR: Washington Parish Fairgrounds, 115 Main St., Franklinton. Billed as “the nation’s largest free fair,” this event features live music, a parade, rodeo, rides, art shows and exhibitions. freefair.com

SATURDAY

  • SWEET DOUGH PIE FESTIVAL: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 174 Church St., Grand Coteau. The history of this Acadiana town is celebrated with food, music, historic demonstrations and contests. (337) 662-3058. sweetdoughgc.com

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  • GREATER BATON ROUGE STATE FAIR: Greater Baton Rouge State Fairgrounds, 16072 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. Enjoy rides, food, contests and livestock shows at this traditional state fair, which celebrates its 50th year. General admission for anyone 48” or taller is $5. gbrsf.com
  • LOUISIANA COTTON FESTIVAL: North Side Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau St., Ville Platte. The crop that once was king is celebrated in a host of ways at this Evangeline Parish festival. (337) 831-3340. louisianacottonfestival.com

FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL: LAROSE CIVIC CENTER, 307 E. 5TH ST., LAROSE. THIS LAFOURCHE PARISH FESTIVAL CELEBRATES SOUTH LOUISIANA FOOD, MUSIC AND MORE. (985) 693-7355. FRENCHFOODFEST.COM

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

  • ROUGAROU FEST: 7857 Main St., Houma. Family-friendly, this spooky festival celebrates the folklore of the bayous and raises funds for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center. Music, events (a Halloween parade) and more are on tap. (985) 580-7289. rougaroufest.com

THE LITTLE ANGELS FOUNDATION FALL FESTIVAL: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. The nonprofit hosts its third annual car and bike show with live music, cash bar and dinner from Don’s Seafood Hut. thelittleangelsfoundation.org

FRISCO FALL FEST: San Francisco Plantation, 2646 Highway 44, Garyville. More than 100 artists will display works from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in this event’s second year. Children can also enjoy a petting zoo and pony rides. (888) 322-1756. friscofest.com

Compiled by Advocate staff