FALL SWAMP POP MUSIC FESTIVAL: Hidden Oaks Family Campground, 21544 U.S. 190, Hammond. This family-friendly event includes music and food.


GREATER BATON ROUGE STATE FAIR: 16072 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. Perched on the edge of East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes, the fairgrounds is home to a whirlwind of activity, from live entertainment, agricultural and livestock shows, special events, food, rides and a south Louisiana good time. $5 and up. (225) 755-3247.

BUCKTOWN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: 1600 Lake Ave., Metairie. Music, rides, games and succulent seafood are the hallmarks of this festival for St. Louis King of France School. (504) 833-8224.

HOLY GHOST CREOLE FESTIVAL BAZAAR: Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 788 N. Union St., Opelousas. Zydeco, food, gospel concert, parade and games benefit the church. (337) 942-2732.

LOUISIANA PECAN FESTIVAL: Colfax. This Grant Parish town celebrates the native pecan with a weekend of fun, including music, food, royalty and fun. (318) 627-5196.

LOUISIANA SWINE FESTIVAL: 2000 Stagg Ave., Basile. This Acadiana festival celebrates 50-plus years, with pageants, talent competitions, food and entertainment. (337) 224-0058.

PONCHATOULA ANTIQUE TRADE DAYS AND CRAFTS FAIR: 160 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula. Collectibles, fine art, crafts, music, food and more are part of this downtown festival.


NINTH ANNUAL POOR BOY EATING CONTEST: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Olde Tyme Grocery, 218 W. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette. Can you handle a two-foot special po-boy? Enter for $10 at this event. First person to eat the whole sandwich or whoever has eaten the most after 10 minutes is the winner.


GIANT OMELETTE CELEBRATION: Magdalen Square, Abbeville. A family-oriented event which features the town coming together for the annual 5,000-egg omelette.

LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 46468 River Road, Hammond. Multi-week experience with a theme park, theater, shopping, education demonstrations and displays, plus performances, food and much more. $20 and up. (985) 429-9992.

LOUISIANA STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL: Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., and Parc International, downtown Lafayette. Part cosplay, part science fiction and part street fair, this is an all-ages festival to showcase and celebration sci-fi and technology. $10 per person per day, $15 for weekend passes.


PORT BARRE CRACKLIN FESTIVAL: Veteran’s Park, 504 Saizan Ave., Port Barre. Crispy friend cracklins are the centerpiece of this festival showcasing the ritual of making the tasty pork treats, plus music, rides, arts and crafts. (877) 948-8004.