FRIDAY-SATURDAY

  • OKTOBERFEST: Rivertown Exhibition Hall, 415 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Presented by Deutsches Haus, this annual celebration of all things German takes place over three weekends in October. Food, races, contests and more are on tap. $6. (504) 522-8014. oktoberfestnola.com
  • ZWOLLE TAMALE FIESTA: Fiesta Grounds, S. Main Street, Zwolle. One of the most unique titles of any festival, this North Louisiana event celebrates the Spanish and Indian heritage of the town. With entertainment, arts, crafts, food and contests, this fest has much to offer. $5. zwolletamalafiesta.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • LIVINGSTON PARISH FAIR: 19125 Florida Blvd., Livingston. The 78th annual event includes a family night, rodeo queen contest, academic fun bowl and dog show. livingstonparishfair.org
  • BRIDGE CITY GUMBO FESTIVAL: Angel Square, 1701 Bridge City Ave., Bridge City. Gumbo is cooked daily at this festival, with seafood and chicken and sausage types to whet the appetite. Also on hand are other Louisiana dishes, music, rides, festival fun and some of the most interesting royal crowns in the state. $3. gumbo.olpsw.org

FESTIVALS ACADIENS ET CRÉOLES: GIRARD PARK, 500 GIRARD PARK DRIVE, LAFAYETTE. CELEBRATING THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE ACADIANS IN SOUTH LOUISIANA, THIS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE HERITAGE OF THE REGION WITH FOOD, MUSIC, SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES JUST FOR KIDS. FESTIVALSACADIENS.COM

  • LOUISIANA CATTLE FESTIVAL: Downtown Abbeville. This salute to the state’s cattle industry features pageants, contests, a livestock show, parades, street dancing and more. (337) 385-2397. facebook.com/louisianacattlefestival
  • LOUISIANA GUMBO FESTIVAL OF CHACKBAY: Chackbay-Choupic Fairgrounds, 326 La. 304, Chackbay. Gumbo is the name of the game at this event, sponsored by the Chackbay Volunteer Fire Department, with live music, other good food and rides. (985) 633-2828. lagumbofest.com
  • GENTILLY FEST: Pontchartrain Park, New Orleans. Experience the Gentilly area of New Orleans at this festival, which features live music across four stages and a Kids’ Village. gentillyfest.com

SATURDAY

  • GENEALOGY FAIR: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The fair will feature display tables staffed by various genealogical organizations. Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Center at the East Bank Regional Library, will discuss how to conduct basic cemetery research.
  • FALL FOR ART: Downtown Covington. Live performances, gallery openings, movie screenings and dining are marks of this event, sponsored by the St. Tammany Art Association. (985) 892-8650. sttammanyartassociation.org

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

  • CARNAVAL LATINO: French Quarter, New Orleans. The Latin heritage of New Orleans is celebrated in this festival of parades, music and food throughout the French Quarter. (504) 528-8560. carnavallatinola.com
  • WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mable Drive, Madisonville. This two-day event pays tribute to the hand-crafted boats of the Gulf Coast along the banks of Tchefuncte River. Music, food, contests, children’s activities and lots of boats are on hand. $10, $5 seniors, children and active military free. (985) 845-9200. woodenboatfest.org
  • ART ON THE BAYOU FESTIVAL: Jambalaya Park, 1015 E. Cornerview St., Gonzales. The River Region Art Association spotlights awesome art at this two-day show. The festival also includes food booths, music and children’s activities. riverregionartassociation.org

STARTING THURSDAY

  • INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL: Parkerson Avenue at Court Circle, Crowley. This festival is one of the oldest and largest agricultural festivals in the south. With food, music, parades and all this rice, this festival is a mainstay of the state’s fair calendar. ricefestival.com
  • Copiled by Advocate staff