• OLD FARMERS DAY AND HORSE PULLING CONTEST: Brunett Farms, 561361 Loranger Road, Loranger. Gates open at 9 a.m., and this event features reenactments and demonstrations of how our forefathers lived, worked and enjoyed life. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $7 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. For more information, visit


  • 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.
  • CRESCENT CITY BLUES AND BBQ FESTIVAL: Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The 10th annual salute to good music and food features a host of entertainment luminaries, plus an arts market. (504) 558-6100.
  • HARVEST FESTIVAL ON FALSE RIVER: Downtown New Roads. Two stages, two food courts, arts and crafts, and special attractions are part of this fifth annual Pointe Coupee Parish event.
  • KC INTERNATIONAL ACADIAN FESTIVAL: Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine. Celebrating all things Acadian, this festival on the western side of the Mississippi River features food, rides, games and live entertainment. (225) 687-2061.
  • ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH ANDOUILLE FESTIVAL: St. John Community Center, 2900 La. 51, LaPlace. Andouille will be the featured product in a host of great food at this annual River Parish event. From beauty queens to eating contests, as well as cooking competitions and carnival rides, the festival has much to offer. (985) 652-9569.
  • VIOLET OYSTER FESTIVAL: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2621 Colonial Blvd., Violet. The delectable bivalve is the cause celebre at this annual function, with rides, music contests and a crafts fair. (504) 682-7070.


  • SHAKE YOUR TRAIL FEATHER FESTIVAL: 11:30 a.m., Parc des Ponts Bridge Park, Breaux Bridge. This event raises funds to create projects and maintain facilities along the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail.


  • EXPERIENCE LOUISIANA FESTIVAL: LSU-Eunice, 2048 Johnson Highway, Eunice. Featuring the state’s diverse folklife is at the heart of this festival that includes music, musicians’ and artists’ villages, crafts, film and food. The national champion LSU-E Bengal baseball team will participate in an exhibition game Saturday. (337) 457-1776.


  • 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. Street dances, competitions of all sorts, carnival rides and live entertainment are just a part of this festival. The Tournoi, or tournament, in conjunction with festival, celebrates the ancient art of jousting where riders battle the seven evils of cotton: bollworm, boll weevil, flood, drought, rayon, nylon and silk. (337) 831-3340.


  • 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, a rodeo, rides, art shows and exhibitions.


  • GREATER BATON ROUGE STATE FAIR: Greater Baton Rouge State Fairgrounds, 16072 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. Midway, rides, food, contests, livestock shows and a wide assortment of events are on tap at this traditional state fair. General admission for anyone 48” or taller is $5.
  • 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.

Compiled by Advocate staff