THROUGH OCT. 12
- LIVINGSTON PARISH FAIR: The fair offers a variety of activities, food, carnival rides and fun. Livingston Fairgrounds. www.livingstonparishfair.org.
THROUGH OCT. 11
- LOUISIANA COTTON FESTIVAL: A dance with Cajun music, carnival, harvest Mass, a parade and a Le Tournoi competition featuring knights in armor on horseback. Ville Platte. www.louisianacottonfestival.com.
- FESTIVALS ACADIENS ET CRÉ OLES: Celebrating the music, culture, food and heritage of southern Louisiana. Girard Park, Lafayette. www.festivalsacadiens.com.
- LOUISIANA CATTLE FESTIVAL AND FAIR: Festival includes a livestock show, baby show, cooking contests, pageant, parade, live entertainment, street dancing, a “fais-do-do” and a street fair. Abbeville. www.louisianacattlefestival.org.
- BRIDGE CITY GUMBO FESTIVAL: The festival features seafood, chicken and sausage gumbos and a variety of other native Louisiana cuisine. A carnival, a gumbo cooking contest, arts and crafts and live entertainment are also offered. Angel Square, Bridge City. www.bridgecitygumbofestival.org.
- ST. PETER’S FISHERMEN’S FESTIVAL: Live music from local bands, fried fish platters, jambalaya/pastalaya, baked chicken dinners and more. Rides, crafts, cook-off, auction. Reserve. www.stpeterreserve.org.
- ZWOLLE TAMALE FIESTA: This event celebrates locally-made tamales with food booths and a tamale eating contest. Other offerings include a street dance, parade, carnival, arts and crafts, a truck mud bog competition and arm wrestling contests. Zwolle Festival Grounds. www.zwolletamalefiesta.com.
- WASHINGTON PARISH FREE FAIR: Featuring competitive agricultural and educational exhibits, livestock show and petting zoo, art show, national, regional and local musical entertainment, a parade, rodeo, pioneer settlement, 5K run, arts and crafts booths and carnival rides. Franklinton. www.freefair.com.
- CALCASIEU CAMERON PARISH FAIR: Baked goods, fruit, vegetables, livestock and crafts are judged in contests and awarded prizes. Carnival, good food, livestock shows, live entertainment, pageants and wildlife exhibits. West Cal Arena, Sulphur. www.visitlakecharles.org.