FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
- OKTOBERFEST: 4 p.m.-11 p.m., 415 Williams Blvd., Rivertown, Kenner. Three weekends to celebrate the German tradition, presented by Deutsches Haus. Also Oct. 17-18, 24-25. (504) 522-8014. www.oktoberfestnola.com.
- ROCKATHON MUSIC FEST: 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Paragon Casino Resort, 711 Paragon Place, Marksville. www.paragoncasinoresort.com
- QUE PASA FEST: 7 p.m. Friday and noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Al Copeland Meadow Concert area, Lafreniere Park, New Orleans. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free.
- ANNUAL SOUTHERN GARDEN SYMPOSIUM: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rosedown Plantation, 12501 La. 10, St. Francisville. As part of the annual West Feliciana Parish Southern Garden Symposium. Visitors will receive a handout for activities occuring on the grounds. (225) 635.3110.
- FESTIVALS ACADIENS ET CREOLES: Girard Park, Lafayette. Marking its 40th year, the weekend celebrates the Cajun and Creole culture with music, food and more. festivalsacadiens.com
- LOUISIANA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, City Park’s Festival Grounds, 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans. There will be food, music and culinary demonstrations. www.LouisianaSeafoodFestival.com.
- VOICE OF THE WETLANDS: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, and noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Southdown Museum, Houma. Free. www.voiceofthewetlands.org/vow-festival/#schedule
- GENTILLY FEST: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Pontchartrain Park, Press Drive, New Orleans. A celebration of all things Gentilly including live music, food, vendors and children’s activities. www.gentillyfest.com
- PAGAN PRIDE DAY: 9 a.m., Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. An outdoor music and craft fair. www.gnoppd.org
- THE COUNTRY FAIR: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Pride-Chaneyville Branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, Pride. There will be food, games, entertainment and a flag ceremony. (225) 658-1550. www.ebrpl.com
- BUCKTOWN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., St. Louis King of France School, 1600 Lake Ave., Metairie. Bucktown All-Stars at 8 p.m. (504) 833-8224. Slkfschool.com
- A TASTE OF OLD SOUTH BATON ROUGE: 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Thomas Delpit and East Washington, Tennessee and Georgia streets. A community festival following the 8 a.m.-1 p.m. cleanup of the historic Lutheran Cemetery, 1735 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
- WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., Tchefuncte River, Madisonville. To benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Children’s activities, arts and crafts, the Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise-In, and the Charter Business/Media Beer Garden, with flat screens and seating for football enthusiasts. $10; $5, seniors; and free for children younger than 12 and active-duty military personnel with ID. www.woodenboatfest.org
- 25TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GUMBO COOKOFF: 11 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia. There will be music, food and competition. www.IberiaTravel.com
- AWESOME ART ON THE BAYOU FESTIVAL: Bayou Francois, Gonzales. There will be entertainment and activities. Free, includes parking.
- FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans. There will be various exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, aerialist performances, educational lectures and children’s activities. $8 general, $4 children ages 5-12 and free younger than 5. www.neworleanscitypark.com/events/fall-garden-festival.
- COLUMBUS DAY FESTA: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium, 103 France St. Presented by the Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association. Free.
- CELEBRACION LATINA: 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m., 6500 Magazine St., Audubon Zoo, New Orleans. A family-oriented event to celebrate Latin American culture. Festival activities included in regular zoo admission. $17.50, adults; $12, children ages 2-12; $13, seniors. www.auduboninstitute.org