SABINE FREE STATE FESTIVAL: Activities in the downtown square include a Western shootout, games, a barbecue cook-off, a woodsmen contest, an antique car show, a trail ride, a 5K run and Free State cross-country meet, pioneer demonstrations and many children’s activities, a motorcycle poker run, live music, arts and crafts, food booths, fireworks, a treasure hunt, a parade and a beauty pageant. Florien. www.toledo-bend.com.
OCT. 31-NOV. 2
LOUISIANA SWINE FESTIVAL: This festival offers a full midway with rides, a parade, a pageant and Louisiana music. Highlights include a hog-calling contest, a greased pig chase and pork cooked many different ways. Basile. www.laswinefestival.com.
OCT. 31-NOV. 2
LOUISIANA TOURNOI DE LA VILLE PLATTE: During the Tournoi, knights in armor race around while spearing seven rings posted around a track. Concessions are available but tailgating is welcome. A ball follows the competitions. Ville Platte. www.louisianatournoi.com.
NOV. 1 AND 2
ABBEVILLE’S GIANT OMELETTE CELEBRATION: On Sunday, grab a seat early for the procession of chefs, eggs and bread to the giant 12-foot skillet where fun and folly are the order of the day for those preparing the “5000 Egg” Giant Omelette. This event also includes a two-day arts and crafts show and free music. Magdalen Square, Historic Downtown Abbeville, www.giantomelette.org.
PORT BARRE LIONS CLUB CRACKLIN FESTIVAL: The festival features a pageant, a parade, carnival rides, live music, food and drink. The cracklin Cook-off offers prizes for both professional chefs and general public competitors. Port Barre Veterans Memorial Park. www.portbarrecracklinfestival.com.