• 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.
  • ROCKATHON MUSIC FEST: 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Paragon Casino Resort, 711 Paragon Place, Marksville.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • PAGAN PRIDE DAY: 9 a.m., Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. An outdoor music and craft fair.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.