It almost seems that every crossroads in Louisiana has some sort of festival.
And why would that be a problem?
As the autumn days shorten and the temperatures fall, Bayou State residents gear up for a slate of fairs, festivals and frivolity that will keep the good times rolling, the food and drink flowing and the memories magical.
Step up and step out to Louisiana's fall festivals.
ALLEN PARISH FAIR: 400 Allen Ave., Oberlin. Traditional Louisiana parish fair, with livestock judging, carnival rides, crafts, food music and a rodeo, plus a parade and more. allenparish.com.
ST. MARTINVILLE PEPPER FESTIVAL: Festival Grounds, 200 N. New Market St., St. Martinville. Celebrating the spice of life, this festival includes cooking contests, races, carnival rides, food and crafts, plus entertainment and music. $5. (337) 962-9948. facebook.com/StMartinvilleKiwanisClub/
NEW ORLEANS BURLESQUE FESTIVAL: Shows, parties and a celebration of the traditional art of burlesque are part of this event. Tickets vary for each event, at locations like Harrah's New Orleans, House of Blues, and The Civic Theatre. neworleansburlesquefest.com
MARTHAVILLE GOOD OLE DAYS FESTIVAL: Downtown Marthaville. This festival celebrates the Natchitoches Parish town's heritage with a parade, music, food, arts and crafts and more.
NATCHITOCHES MEAT PIE FESTIVAL: Natchitoches Parish Fairgrounds, the La. 1 Bypass, Natchitoches. Music, food, arts and crafts, annual Cane River Run, brew event and fireworks celebrate the central Louisiana delicacy at the new location. (800) 259-1714. meatpiefestival.com.
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ST. THERESA BON TON FESTIVAL: St. Theresa Catholic Church, 4822 Carlyss Drive, Carlyss. Held near Lake Charles, this traditional church festival celebrates with music, auctions, food, rides, bingo and signature pies. st-theresa-parish.org.
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., Westbank Flea Market, 1048 Scotsdale Drive, Harvey. Asian-Pacific American Society presents a day of entertainment, food, arts, crafts and more celebrating the cultures of Asia and the Pacific region. apasnola.com.
SHRIMP AND JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., Archbishop Shaw High School, 1000 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Annual cook-off, with music, car show and craft fair. $20 advance, $25 door. (504) 340-6727. archbishopshaw.org.
TUESDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
SABINE PARISH FAIR AND RODEO: Fairgrounds Road, Many. Weeklong family festival near Toldeo Bend includes music, food, rides, a rodeo and livestock show. (317) 471-9145.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
LOUISIANA SUGAR CANE FESTIVAL: Various locations in New Iberia, including Bouligny Plaza, Cyr Gates Community Center at 300 Parkview Drive and Pepperplex at 607 Sucrose Drive. This "sweet" festival celebrates 76 years with rides, livestock show, pageants, parades, fireworks and contests that stretch across the city. Thursday is Farm Fest at Shadows-on-the-Teche. (337) 369-9323. hisugar.org.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 21-24
ALLIGATOR FESTIVAL: West Bank Bridge Park, Interstate 310 and River Road, 13825 River Road, Luling. Food, drinks, rides and music are the hallmarks of this St. Charles Parish festival, plus a chance to pet baby alligators and to view arts and crafts. alligatorfestival.org.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, SEPT. 22-23
ASCENSION HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Road, Gonzales. Returning after a hiatus, the fest includes balloon glows, entertainment, car show, food, competitions, carnival rides and activities. $5. ascensionballooning.com.
BEST OF THE BAYOU FESTIVAL: 7856 Main St., downtown Houma. Two-day, two-stage festival of live music, food and activities. bestofthebayou.la.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 22-24
HURRICANE FESTIVAL: Cut Off Youth Center, 205 W. 79th St., Cut Off. Food, music rides and fun for all ages await at this Lafourche Parish Festival. (985) 632-7616.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 23
NOLA ON TAP: City Park Festival Grounds, Friedrichs Avenue, New Orleans. Beer fest includes music, more than 400 local, national and home-brewed beers, vendors and games. $5 and up. nolaontap.org.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 23-24
FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL: Woldenberg Park, New Orleans. The second festival moves to a new spot and expands to two days in order to celebrate the quintessential Southern dish, with eating and cooking contests and live entertainment. friedchickenfestival.com.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 29
BREWS ARTS FESTIVAL: Downtown Hammond at the Morrison Alley Parking Lot off North Cypress Street. This signature fundraiser for the Hammond Regional Arts Center will feature more than 70 varieties of craft beers, food, music and live art demonstrations. Advanced tickets are $20 for arts center members, $25 for nonmembers, $30 the day of the event. (985) 542-7113. hammondarts.org.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, SEPT. 29-30
BOGALUSA BLUES & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Cassidy Park, 625 Willis Ave., Bogalusa. The focus is on the music at this festival, with a side of food and crafts to go with the beat. $10 and up. bogalusablues.com.
HOLY ROSARY/CABRINI FALL FETE: Maltrait Memorial Grounds, 901 N. Frederick St., Kaplan. Two-day church school festival, with entertainment, food, auctions, games and a street fair. holyrosarycabrini.org.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 29-OCT. 1
GRETNA HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Downtown Gretna. Six stages and 25 blocks of this historic West Bank community come alive for annual festival, featuring rides, food, arts and crafts, celebrations of Italian and German heritage, plus name entertainment. $20 and up. (504) 361-7748. gretnafest.com.
TREME FALL FESTIVAL: St. Augustine Catholic Church, Henriette Delille and Gov. Nicholls streets, New Orleans. Celebration of historic neighborhood, starting with a patron party, Saturday's street festival with music, food and arts and crafts and a Sunday Gospel Mass and concert, all to benefit the church and area organizations. tremefest.com.
PONCHATOULA FALL FESTIVAL: Ponchatoula Memorial Park, 301 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula. Kiwanis family-friendly festival with rides, games, petting zoo, music and a barbecue cooking contest attracting teams from across the nation. (985) 386-2536. ponchatoulakiwanis.com.
SATURDAY-SATURDAY, SEPT. 30-OCT. 7
¿QUÉ PASA? FEST: Various locations throughout the greater New Orleans area. Multiday festival celebrating Hispanic Heritage month, with music, dancing, food art and soccer demonstration. Oct. 6-7 are Family Days at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. quepasafest.com
SUNDAY, OCT. 1
SUGAR FEST: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Just across the river from Baton Rouge is a "sweet" festival to celebrate the sugar industry, with music, demonstrations about the sugar process, art exhibits and more. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15. westbatonrougemuseum.com.
TUESDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 3-7
RED RIVER PARISH FAIR AND RODEO: 718 Fairground Road, Coushatta. Enjoy the spectacle of rodeo, plus carnival rides, entertainment, a parade and livestock exhibits. facebook.com/Red-River-Parish-Fair-Rodeo-1465079003767782/
TUESDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 3-8
BEAUREGARD PARISH FAIR: 506 West Drive, DeRidder. One of the oldest agricultural fairs in the state features livestock and pet shows, culinary competitions, rides, music, a parade, and a variety of pageants. (337) 462-3135. beauregardparishfair.vpweb.com.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 4-8
ST. TAMMANY PARISH FAIR: 1304 N. Columbia St., Covington. A full-blown parish fair, complete with rides, music, entertainment, food, a rodeo, pageants, livestock show, and arts and crafts. (985) 892-8421. sttammanyparishfair.info.
TANGIPAHOA PARISH FAIR: Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite. Tangipahoa celebrates economic development with a traditional fair, including rides, food, royalty, a parade, livestock show, cooking contests, and talent and spirit contests. tangipahoaparishfair.org.
WEST LOUISIANA FORESTRY FESTIVAL: Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, 276 H.M. Stevens Blvd., Leesville. Carnival rides, livestock show, vendors, food and more celebrate the logging heritage of the state. (337) 238-0647. vppjla.com.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 5-7
PONDEROSA STOMP: Various locations throughout downtown New Orleans. A celebration of the "unsung heroes" of American music, the three-day gathering features concerts, conferences, record show and more. Prices vary per event. ponderosastomp.com.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 6-7
ROBELINE HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Downtown Robeline, La. 6. Celebrate the heritage of this central Louisiana town west of Natchitoches with music, crafts, food and a parade. (800) 259-1714. facebook.com/24throbelineheritagefestival/
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 6-8
GENTILLY FEST: Pontchartrain Park, 6500 Press Drive, New Orleans. Celebrating 10 years, the fest offers music, a gospel tent, food, arts and crafts, a Kids' Village, a firetruck, pottery making and much more. gentillyfest.com.
LA FETE DES VIEUX TEMPS: La. 1 and U.S. 190, Riceland. "The Festival of Old Times" features food, music, cooking contests, exhibitions, rides and more. facebook.com/lafetedesvieuxtemps.
TOUR DU TECHE: Port Barre boat launch, 498 N. Saizon St., Port Barre. Three-day race down Bayou Teche — 49 miles Friday, 59 miles Saturday and 27 miles Sunday, through Port Barre, Leonville, Breaux Bridge, Parks, St. Martinville (first-day finish), Loreauville, New Iberia, Jeanerette, Charenton, Baldwin, Franklin (second-day finish), Centerville, Patterson, Bayou Vista, Berwick (finish). Canoes, kayaks and pirogues. (337) 394-6232
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
OKTOBERFEST: Celebration of German food and culture will take place on the lot where Deutsches Haus plans to build its new clubhouse at 1700 Moss St., New Orleans, on Bayou St. John. $8. oktoberstnola.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 7
BEIGNET FEST: City Park Festival Grounds, Friedrichs Avenue, New Orleans. The puffy, fried, delicate, sugar-coated treat gets a celebration to itself, with many variations on the traditional sweet version, with music, food, family-friendly activities, a Kids' Village and more. Proceeds benefit autism programs. VIP tickets $50 and up. beignetfest.com.
FESTIVAL DE LA GRANDE EGLISE: St. Landry Catholic Church, 1020 N. Main St., Opelousas. Historic church celebrates with church and cemetery tours, jambalaya cook-off, 5k color fun, auctions and music. (337) 942-6552.festivaldelagrandeeglise.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 7-8
BERWICK LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL: Southwest Reef Lighthouse, 3246 Bellview Front St., Berwick. Music, food, kids' activities, the Tour du Teche canoe, kayak and pirogue race's finish and more are part of this two-day festival in St. Mary Parish. cajuncoast.com/event/berwick-lighthouse-festival-0.
ROBERTS COVE GERMANFEST: 7212 Roberts Cove Road, Rayne. "Willkonnen" marks the word for this festival celebrating the strong contingent of German settlers to this Acadia Parish area, with music, food, and crafts. robertscovegermanfest.com.
TUESDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 10-15
LOUISIANA COTTON FESTIVAL: North Side Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau St., Ville Platte. Evangeline Parish celebrates big cotton in this venerated festival with Cajun joie de vivre, packed with rides, food, music, royalty, contests, a parade and the running of the Tournoi, a Medieval-themed competition of knights and jousting. (337) 831-3340. louisianacottonfestival.com.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 11-15
RAPIDES PARISH FAIR: Fair Grounds, 8149 U.S. 71 S., Alexandria. Livestock competitions, cooking events, music, food and rides are on the bill for this central Louisiana mainstay of the fair and festival circuit. (318) 767-3968. therapdiesparishfair.com.
WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, OCT. 11-19
NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL: Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., and other locations throughout the downtown area, New Orleans. Nine-day film fest showing more than 240 films, meetings with industry reps, parties and more, celebrating the art of filmmaking. $250 and up. neworleansfilmsociety.org
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 12-14
ZWOLLE TAMALE FIESTA: Zwolle Festival Grounds, 1100 S. Main St., Zwolle. Festival to celebrate the Native American and Spanish heritage of the area with food, contests, rides, music and royalty, boasting some of the state's most interesting crowns and fashion. (318) 645-2388. zweolletamalefiest.com.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 12-15
FESTIVALS ACADIENS ET CRÉOLES: Girard Park, downtown Lafayette. From the heart of Acadiana comes one of the biggest festivals to celebrate the experience, music, food and joie de vivre of Louisiana's early settlers. Arts and crafts, kids activities and informational presentations are also included. festivalsacadiens.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 13-15
ANDOUILLE FESTIVAL: Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park, 2900 Highway 51, LaPlace. St. John the Baptist Parish's festival salutes the succulent smoked sausage in a variety of ways, with music, food, children's activities, a run, pageants, arts and crafts, and rides. $3. (985) 652-569. andouillefestival.com.
ATCHAFALAYA CATFISH FESTIVAL: Melville Civic Center Grounds, 1105 First St., Melville. Fried, courtbouillon, grilled, blackened and more will be on the menu for this festival, which also features entertainment. (337) 623-4226.
BRIDGE CITY GUMBO FESTIVAL: Gumbo Festival Park, 1701 Bridge City Ave., Bridge City. Holy Guardian Angels Church sponsors this "world famous" festival of all things gumbo, including rides, pageants, cooking competitions, music, arts and crafts. $3. bridgecitygumbofestival.org.
CRESCENT CITY BLUES AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL: Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Music is the mainstay but delicious barbecue gets equal billing at this downtown festival that includes an arts market and food vendors. (504) 558-6100. jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest.
FISHERMEN'S FESTIVAL: St. Peter Catholic School, 188 W. Seventh St., Reserve. Celebrating schools of fishermen with food, pageants and fun. stpeterreserve.org.
LOUISIANA CATTLE FESTIVAL: Downtown Abbeville. Originally called the Dairy Festival, this southwest Louisiana event celebrates the cattle industry of the state with pageants, parades, contests, a livestock show and street dancing, as well as arts and crafts. (337) 652-0646. louisianacattlefestival.org.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 14-15
WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL: Along the banks of the Tchefuncte River, Madisonville. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum festival includes rides, music, crafts, a boat-building contest, parade and food. $10. (985) 845-9200. woodenboatfest.org.
SUNDAY, OCT. 15
CELEBRACÍON LATINA: Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Music, children's activities, Latin cuisine, crafts and community information. With zoo admission. audubonnatureinstitute.org.
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 18-21
WASHINGTON PARISH FREE FAIR: Washington Parish Free Fair Grounds, 115 Main St., Franklinton. This rural fair dates back to 1911 and maintains a country feeling with a pioneer village, market, rodeo, midway, pageants, food and music. (985) 516-7078. freefair.com.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 18-22
CALCASIEU-CAMERON FAIR: West Calcasieu Arena and Event Center, 401 Arnea Road, Sulphur. Located near Lake Charles in southwest Louisiana, this 93-year-old event features rides, music, food, cooking competitions, pageants, and wildlife exhibits. (337) 527-9371. visitlakecharles.org.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 19-22
INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL: Downtown Crowley. One of the oldest and largest of the state's agricultural festivals, this Acadia Parish event celebrates one of Acadiana's most prolific crops with food, contests, rides, a parade, pageants and entertainment. (337) 783-3067. ricefestival.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 20-22
ALMA PLANTATION HARVEST FESTIVAL: Downtown New Roads. Rides, food, entertainment and pageants are part of this event. $5. (225) 638-5360. harvestfestivalnewroads.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 21
NOLA COCHON DE LAIT FESTIVAL: Palmer Park, Carrollton and Claiborne avenues, New Orleans. New festival celebrates delicious roast pig and other foods, music and art plus supports Citizens Organization for Police Support 2. nolaporkfest.com.
RAGLEY TIMBER AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Ragley Historic Square, 6715 La. 12, Ragley. Train rides, fun jumps, demonstrations, arts and crafts plus lots of good food and silent auction. $5. (337) 725-3324.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 21-22
ROUGAROU FEST: Downtown Houma. Festival fundraiser for South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, celebrating the legend of the werewolf-like rougarou, with music, food, activities, a parade with witches and zombies, carnival rides and contests. (985) 580-7289rougaroufest.org.
SUNDAY, OCT. 22
OAK STREET PO-BOY FESTIVAL: Oak Street business corridor, between Carrollton and Leake avenues, New Orleans. A celebration of the quintessential Crescent City sandwich, with more than 50 variations, plus music and more. $5 and up. poboyfest.com.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 26-NOV. 5
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. gbrsf.com.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 26-NOV. 12
STATE FAIR OF LOUISIANA: State Fairgrounds, Shreveport. Grand state fair, with rodeo, livestock shows, midway, contests, food and entertainment. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. $8 and up. (318) 635-1361. statefairoflouisiana.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 27-29
FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL: Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., Larose. Cajun food, music and dancing, plus carnival rides, cultural demonstrations, contests and events are highlights of this festival. (985) 693-7355. bayoucivicclub.org.
LOUISIANA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. Three days of celebrating luscious Bayou State seafood, cooking demonstrations, kids' area, arts village and music, to benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. louisianaseafoodfestival.com.
VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE: City Park Festival Grounds, Friedrichs Avenue, New Orleans. Three-day festival of music, food and arts which has blossomed into a national draw for the Crescent City. Headlining performers include Kenrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem. $140 and up. worshipthemusic.com.
WWII AIR, SEA & LAND FESTIVAL: Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. Three-day festival brings air and water crafts for up-close and personal experiences. $21 and up. (504) 528-1944. airsealandfest.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 28
HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL: Main Street, downtown Franklin. Family-friendly event with food, music, treats, a dog costume contest, cemetery tours and crafts. (337) 828-2486. facebook.com/franklinharvestmoonfest.
LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL: Various locations, downtown Baton Rouge. Meet authors and enjoy book-related activities and presentations. Food, music and more are part of the fest. louisianabookfestival.org.
SWEET DOUGH PIE FESTIVAL: St. Charles Catholic Church, 174 Church St., Grand Coteau. One-day event celebrates the history of this St. Landry Parish town with contests, speakers, music and arts and crafts. (337) 662-3058. sweetdoughgc.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 28-29
EXPERIENCE LOUISIANA FESTIVAL: LSU-Eunice, 2048 Johnson Highway, Eunice. The rich heritage of this area comes to life in a festival that includes music, folklife, food, cooking demonstrations, a film village, and exhibition games of the world-champion LSUE ball teams. (337) 457-1776. experiencelouisiana.org.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 3-4
FALL SWAMP POP MUSIC FESTIVAL: Hidden Oaks Family Campground, 21544 U.S. 190, Hammond. This family-friendly event includes music and food. hiddenoaksfamilycampground.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 3-5
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. slkfschool.com.
HOLY GHOST CREOLE FESTIVAL BAZAAR: Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 788 N. Union St., Opelousas. Zydeco, food, gospel concert, parade and games benefit 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. lapecanfest.com.
LOUISIANA SWINE FESTIVAL: 2000 Stagg Ave., Basile. This Acadiana festival celebrates 50-plus years, with pageants, talent competitions, food and entertainment. (337) 224-0058. facebook.com/Louisiana-Swine-Festival-127475284854/.
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. ponchaoutlachamber.com.
SATURDAYS-SUNDAYS, Nov. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and Dec. 2-3, 9-10
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. larf.org.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 9-12
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. portbarrecracklinfestival.com
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 10-12
RIVER PARISHES FALL FESTIVAL: Sacred Heart Church, 453 Spruce St., Norco. Three days of music, food, rides, games and fun. (985) 764-9958. sacredheartschoolnorco.org.
WESTWEGO CYPRESS SWAMP FEST: Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Ave., Westwego. Music, food, rides, games and crafts are highlights of this West Bank festival. (504) 341-9083. cityofwestwego.com.
SATURDAY, NOV. 11
ATCHAFALAYA BASIN FESTIVAL: Park Drive, Henderson. This festival includes food, music, car and truck shows and arts and crafts to benefits area churches. basinfestival.com.
THIBODEAUXVILLE FALL FESTIVAL: Downtown Thibodaux. One-day festival marks 25 years of celebrating the historic downtown area with arts and crafts, food and a duck race on Bayou Lafourche. thibodauxchamber.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 11-12
THREE RIVERS ART FESTIVAL: Downtown Covington. Artworks of all genres, food, a children's discovery area and more are on tap for this St. Tammany Parish festival. (985) 327-9797. threeriversartfestival.com.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 15-19
HELL YES FEST: Various locations through New Orleans. Comedic celebration of improv, sketch and stand-up, with other surprise shows and formats (podcasting, film, food, video games, etc.) sprinkled throughout. $10 advance, $12 door, $50 all-fest wristband. hellyestfest.com.
SATURDAY, NOV. 18
LOWER COAST WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: English Turn Country Club, New Orleans. Music and grand tastings are part of this celebration of the fruit of the vine. $35 and up. (504) 392-2200. lowercoastwinefestival.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 18-19
TREME CREOLE GUMBO FESTIVAL: Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Brass band showcase also features gumbo, an arts market and kids area. (504) 558-6100. jazzandheritage.org/treme-gumbo.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 1-3
PLAQUEMINES PARISH FAIR AND ORANGE FESTIVAL: Fort Jackson, Buras. The state's southernmost parish kicks up a good time celebrating the unique area and the citrus crop with food, music, pageants, contests, carnival rides and more. orangefestival.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 2
NATCHITOCHES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Downtown Natchitoches. The highlight of the spectacular holiday illumination is the festival, with a parade and fireworks. But the lights go on Nov. 18 through Jan. 6. natchitocheschristmas.com.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 6-10
WORDS & MUSIC — A LITERARY FEAST: New Orleans. Celebration of the literary heritage of the city, with discussions, lectures, galas, dinners and contests. workandmusic.org.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 8-10
FESTIVAL OF THE BONFIRES: Lutcher Recreational Park, Lutcher Avenue at La. 3193, Lutcher. It's Christmas on the Mississippi River, Cajun-style with food, music, crafts, Santa's Very Merry Forest and the lighting of a bonfire each night, before the traditional Christmas Eve lighting of the many that line the levee. festivalofthebonfires.org.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, DEC. 9-10
COTTONPORT CHRISTMAS ON THE BAYOU: Cottonport. Holiday festivities include lighting contests, fireworks display, a Christmas parade and more. thetownofcottonport.net
THURSDAY-SUNDAY. DEC. 21-31
NOLA CHRISTMASFEST: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. A wonderland of holiday activities, from skating to crafts, gingerbread and carnival rides are on tap, plus visits from special guests. $20 and up. nolachristmasfest.com.