The Crescent City Blues and Barbecue Festival, one of New Orleans’ favorite fall festivals, returns this weekend for a three-day stand in Lafayette Square Park.

Presented each October by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, the Blues and Barbecue Festival is a free event featuring music, food, a big arts market and an oral history stage.

This year’s lineup includes the great roots-music band from East Los Angeles, Los Lobos; Ana Popovic, a Memphis-based singer-guitarist originally from Serbia; Mississippi blues showman Bobby Rush; Joe Louis Walker, the veteran singer-guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area; Southern soul singers Denise LaSalle and Mel Waiters; and Selwyn Birchwood, a rising young artist from Florida.

MUSIC SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

5:30 p.m: Little Freddie King

7 P.M.: ANA POPOVIC

SATURDAY

St. Charles Avenue Stage

NOON: KING JAMES AND THE SPECIAL MEN

2:15 P.M.: PAPA MALI

4:30 P.M.: WALTER “WOLFMAN” WASHINGTON AND THE ROADMASTERS

7 P.M.: LOS LOBOS

CAMP STREET STAGE

11 A.M.: MARC STONE

1 P.M.: LEO “BUD” WELCH

3:15 P.M.: SELWYN BIRCHWOOD BAND

5:45 P.M.: JOE LOUIS WALKER

ORAL HISTORY STAGE

3 P.M.: JOE LOUIS WALKER

4 P.M.: LEO “BUD” WELCH

5 P.M.: PAPA MALI

SUNDAY

St. Charles Avenue Stage

Noon: Brother Tyrone & The Mind Benders

2:15 p.m.: Vasti Jackson

4:30 p.m.: Denise LaSalle

7 p.m.: Bobby Rush

Camp Street Stage

11 a.m.: Luke Winslow King

1 p.m.: Mia Borders

3:15 p.m.: Valerie June

5:45 p.m.: Mel Waiters

Oral History Stage

Noon: Vasti Jackson

2 p.m.: Valerie June

3 p.m.: Denise LaSalle

4 p.m.: Bobby Rush