Soon cooler fall weather will once again reinvigorate our state’s outdoor festival scene. Not that people need much prompting to celebrate. Food will do. Most anything can be on the table - crawfish, shrimp, barbecue, chicken, frog legs, cracklins - Louisianians savor the aroma and the eating. So, take in the musical beats. Absorb the atmosphere. Appreciate the vibrancy of a myriad of fall season celebrations. And enjoy.
Fall festival dates include:
THROUGH MONDAY, SEPT. 5
LOUISIANA SHRIMP & PETROLEUM FESTIVAL: downtown Morgan City. The festival celebrates its 76th year with music, food, carnival rides, fireworks, a Cajun Culinary Classic, arts and crafts show and sale. Also included will be a 10 a.m. Sunday Mass in the park, and the Blessing of the Fleet. (985) 385-0703.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4
CREOLE ZYDECO FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Adam Carlson Memorial Park, St. Martinville. Dancing, Creole food and a space jump. Live music by Lil Nathan & Zydeco Big Timers, Same Ol’ Two Step and Zydeco Ray & Creole Night Riders. $10, at the gate; $8, in advance; $3, students under 18. Bring lawn chairs, but no ice chests allowed. Sponsored by the Knights of Peter Chaver & Ladies Auxiliary Council & Court #54. (337) 394-4635
NEW ORLEANS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: Lafayette Square, New Orleans. Fifth annual event celebrating the city’s culture, cuisine and music. Food will be featured from New Orleans restaurants, along with art displays, jewelry, and crafts from local artisans. Festival proceeds benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.
LYDIA CAJUN FOOD FEST & FAIS DO DO: Weeks Park, 4800 Freyou Road, Lydia. Carnival rides, kids’ world, 40-plus food booths, poker run, arts and crafts, fais- dodo Friday night. (337) 367-1192 or http://www.iberiatravel.com
BARBECUE FESTIVAL: Grand Marais Courtyard, Jennings. Live entertainment, barbecue cook-off, seafood competition, family fun. Hours are 5-midnight, Friday; and 10 a.m.-midnight, Saturday. http://www.jeffdavis.org or (337) 821-5534
DELTA MUSIC FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Ferriday. All day music performances, food, arts, crafts, vendors, induction ceremony for the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame. Inductees will be James Burton, famous Elvis guitarist; and The Hemphills, a well-known gospel group. $3. (318) 757-9999.
4th ANNUAL PAPA GEORGE FAIR-CHILD JAMBALAYA COOK-OFF: grounds of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, St. Gabriel. Jambalaya dinners will go on sale at 11 a.m. for $5. Winners of cook-off will be announced at 1 p.m. Festivities include food, homemade sweets and a raffle featuring a homemade LSU quilt and a St. Jude Children’s quilt. Also, a mini-pot jambalaya cook-off for kids at 10:30 a.m. Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (225) 939-6369
SEPT. 15-NOV. 17
FALL 2011 BAYOU FILM SERIES: Bayou Bijou Theater, 600 McKinley St., University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Show times are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays on the following dates: Sept. 12, 19 and 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; Nov. 7 and 24. The program is dedicated to bringing provocative, adventurous and exciting films from throughout the world to the Lafayette community. This year’s films include Moscow, Belgium; The Secret in Their Eyes, A Somewhat Gentle Man, Meek’s Cutoff, Poetry, Another Year, Biutiful, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told; Farewell and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. $20, whole season; $3, at the door for general public; $2, students and faculty of ULL. http://www.theind.com
9TH ANNUAL NATCHITOCHES MEAT PIE FESTIVAL: Riverbank Stage, downtown Natchitoches. The town’s famous meat pies, of course, along with live entertainment and children’s activities. The annual River Run along the downtown riverbank is also being held in conjunction with the festival. (800) 259-1714 or http://www.meatpiefestival.com.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES FESTIVAL: Noon-6 p.m., 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. State Championship Barbecue Cook-off. Live entertainment both days; costume, twist, jitterbug, and hula hoop contests. Antique car show on Sunday. http://www.westbatonrouge.net.
GRAND BOIS INTER-TRIBAL POW-WOW: Grand Bois Park, Bourg. Native American drumming and dancing, arts and crafts, Native American and southern foods. Sponsored by the Terrebonne Indian Association. (504) 468-7231.
ST. JOSEPH 24TH ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 76940 Gum St., Grosse Tete. Barbecue chicken dinners, $6; cold drinks, desserts, raffle, silent auction, bingo, plant store and general store, door prizes, horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, children’s entertainment. (225) 648-2977.
LOUISIANA SUGARCANE FESTIVAL & FAIR: various venues throughout New Iberia. The festival features carnival rides, fais-dodo, sugar cookery contest, art show, boat parade, Mass and blessing of the crop, live music, tastings, photography show, fireworks, children’s parade and more. Live entertainment provided by several bands. http://www.hisugar.org
JIM BOWIE FESTIVAL: Vidalia. This event commemorates the 1827 duel between Dr. Thomas Maddox and Samuel Levi Well III. The duel gave birth to the legend of Jim Bowie. In addition to a re-enactment of the infamous “Sandbar Duel” by members of Natchez Little Theatre, there will be a barbecue competition, homemade pie bake-off, pageant, artists and the Vidalia Women’s Club street dance. Live music line-up include Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun, Kevin Curtis Live, The Texaco Country Showdown, local gospel groups and more. $10, adults; $3, children 12 and under. http://www.vidaliala.com/bowie.htm.
LOUISIANA CHICKEN FESTIVAL: Main Street, downtown Dubach. Bingo and live entertainment on Friday night. On Saturday it’s arts and crafts, quilt show, the strut, cackle, and crow contests; drumstick-eating contest, chicken coop races, children’s rodeo, trail ride, karaoke contest and food. Parade begins at 2:30 p.m. http://www.drabo.org.
RURAL LIFE HARVEST DAYS: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, LSU Ru-ral Life Museum, I-10 at Essen Lane. Living history demon-strations by artisans will take visitors back to 19th century life on Louisiana farms and plantations. Watch spinning, weaving, open hearth cooking, candle making, plowing and corn grinding. Also, children’s games, and hands-on activities. Lunches will be sold. Admission charged. (225) 765-2437.
TASTE FAIR, CRAFT EXTRAVA-GANZA: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Denham Springs. Presented by Family Resource Clinic. Free. (225) 686-1123.
HUNTING AND FISHING DAY: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Waddill Outdoor Educa-tion Center, 4142 Flannery Road. Activities include kids’ fishing, fly casting, fly tying, shooting, canoeing, archery, bird watching, game tagging, game cooking and conservation organizations. Enjoy Louisiana game and seafood dishes, too. Free admission. Sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., downtown Independence. Louisiana Wild Game Cook-Off, silent auction, arts and crafts booths, silent auction, food and drink booths, inflatable amusements and bayou games for kids. Music by Razn Kane Band, Eli Seals Band, TK ad All the Right Pieces Band and Lindsey Cardinale. Sponsored by the Lallie Kemp Foundation.
LATIN FESTIVAL: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Catholic Deaf Center, 2585 Brightside Drive. Latin food, music and dance, raffles, children’s activities and more. Benefits the Hispanic Apostolate of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Admission $5; $1 for children younger than age 10. (225) 927-8700 or http://www.festivallatinobr.com
SEPT. 30-Oct. 2
ST. JOHN PRIMARY AND ST. THERESA SCHOOL FESTIVAL OF FRIENDS: Friday-Sunday, St. Theresa of Avila School, Gon-zales. Carnival rides, food, championship cooks, children’s games, music, fun run, country store, bingo and more. Friday night is seafood night. Drawings for $1,000 Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday. (225) 647-8035
SUNSHINE FESTIVAL: Old Louisiana State Fairgrounds, Donald-sonville. This family-oriented event includes a large carnival midway with rides and games, food venues and music. (225) 473-4814
FRENCH QUARTER OKTOBERFEST: Broussard’s Restaurant, French Quarter, New Orleans. Second annual two-day festival with traditional German cuisine, German-style beer and wine, live music, and a costume contest. Tickets available online in advance and at the door. http://www.broussards.com
FANFARE: various locations, but primarily the Southeastern Louisiana University campus and Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, downtown Hammond. This month-long festival will feature more than 50 events, including lectures, theatrical productions, literary readings, art exhibits, films, concerts, dance, and much more. http://www.columbiatheatre.org or (985) 543-4371
DENHAM SPRINGS ANTIQUES VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., North Range Avenue, down-town Denham Springs. Family fun, blacksmith demonstration, food, entertainment, arts and crafts, antiques, etc. More than 100 vendor booths in all. Free. (225) 665-5551.
HUNGARIAN HARVEST DANCE CELEBRATION: 5-11 p.m., Ameri-can Legion Hall, La. 43, Springfield. Music, food and entertainment. Enjoy cabbage rolls, sausage po-boys, cabbage noodles and other Hungarian delights. Admission charged. (225) 567-3224.
LES CADIENS DU TECHE CAJUN MU-SIC FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Cyr Gates Community Center, 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia. Cajun bands, dancing, food, arts and crafts, raffle, door prizes. $8 admission. (337) 364-7975 or http://www.iberiatravel.com.
33rd ANNUAL ST. LUKE’S EPISCO-PAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. The event features handmade works by more than 100 artists and craftspeople from several southern states; food and drinks for sale. (225) 926-5343
SHADOWS-ON-THE-TECHE ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia. More than 60 artists will exhibit and sell jewelry, candles, pottery, driftwood carving, cypress furniture, stained glass, copper work, yard art, dresses and bows for little girls, paintings, prints and more. $3 admission. Food available for sale. http://www.shadowsontheteche.org
ROBERTS COVE GERMANFEST: 7212 Roberts Cove Road, Roberts Cove. Traditional German foods, entertainment, heritage museum, authentic gifts, family environment. For details, go to http://www.Robertscovegermanfest.com.
HILLTOP PLANTFEST!: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road. Plantfest! will feature a huge collection of native and hard-to-find plants. Landscape architects, contractors, arborists, designers, and horticultural specialists will be on hand. Food and cold drinks will also be for sale. (225) 767-6916 or http://www.lsu.edu/hilltop
SUGARFEST: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Al-len. This celebration of the sugar cane harvest includes traditional Louisiana food and music, sugar processing demonstrations, 19th-century crafts demonstrations, a sweets contest and more. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15
OCT. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
ANGOLA PRISON RODEO: Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola. The public can watch inmate cowboys competing in convict poker, wild cow milking, bull riding, wild horse racing and the guts-n-glory contest. Also bands, food, inmate-made arts and crafts available for sale, including jewelry, leather craft, paintings, woodwork, lawn and garden furniture and toys. Gates open at 9 a.m.; show starts at 2 p.m.; crafts open until 5 p.m. $10. http://www.angolarodeo.com.
LIVINGSTON PARISH FAIR: Fair grounds, Livingston. Seventy-fourth annual festival event featuring pageants, food, crafts, livestock shows, and carnival rides. The annual rodeo will be held on Oct. 7-8 at 8 p.m. (225) 686-1333
JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH FAIR: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Parish Fairgrounds, La. 26 South. Exhibits, food, live music, entertainment, petting zoo and livestock show. (337) 824-1773
NATCHITOCHES PILGRIMAGE: various locations, Natchitoches. The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches presents its 57th annual fall pilgrimage. This year’s tours include plantations, town homes, and houses seen in the movie Steel Magnolias. Tours also include Melrose Plantation, which includes the Big House, Yucca House and African House. Advanced ticket sales: individual tour, $25 per person; two-tour package, $38 per person; three-tour, $48 per person. Advanced ticket sales end Oct. 6. Otherwise prices will be $25, $40, and $50, respectively. Order tickets online: http://www.aphnatchitoches.net, or (800) 259-1714. Candlelight tour is Friday, Oct. 7. http://www.natchitoches.net.
ST. ISIDORE OCTOBERFEST FAIR: St. Isidore Catholic Church, corner of Plank and Thomas roads. Music, food, auction, raffles, carnival rides and bingo. http://www.stisidorecommunity.org.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GUMBO COOK-OFF: Bouligny Plaza, 100 W. Main St., New Iberia. The 22nd annual World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off includes 85 booths competing in the gumbo cook-off, a red beans and rice cook-off plus music by Broken Meaux Jo, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Chris Ardoin & NuStep Zydeko, Geno Delafose “Le Cowboy Creole” & French Rockin’ Boogie, and Wayne Toups. http://worldchampionshipgumbocookoff.blogspot.com.
VINTON HERITAGE FESTIVAL: downtown Vinton. Music, rides, games and food vendors all on tap for this year’s centennial festival. Musical artists Marcia Ball, Ivy Dugas, Ed Jardell, Raymond T & French Bred are scheduled to perform. http://www.cityofcovington.com or (337) 589-7453.
GREAT ACADIAN AWAKENING: Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles. Celebration of the Cajun connection with other French speaking parts of Louisiana’s past. Music, dancing, art vendors, Cajun French lessons, and educational lectures all included in this year’s festival. (337) 288-2681.
LOUISIANA COTTON FESTIVAL: Fairgrounds, Ville Platte. The 58th annual Louisiana Cotton Festival features the Contradanse-crowning of Le Roi et La Reine, a carnival, pet show, grand parade, food fest and the Running of the Tournoi. Admission to fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, $5 adults, and $1 for kids 12 and under. http://www.louisianacottonfestival.com.
CAL-CAM FAIR: Cal-Cam Fairgrounds, Sulphur. Highlights the rich cultures of Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. Carnival rides, food, livestock shows, pageants, live music and wildlife exhibits. $2, adults; children, free. (337) 527-9371
ATTAKAPAS TRADE DAYS: Long-fellow Evangeline State His-toric Site, 1200 N. Main St., St. Martinville. Demonstrations of open-fire cooking, blacksmithing, leather working and the firing of black-powder weapons plus an exhibit of historic tools, gear and weapons and tours of the Olivier plantation house. School groups, free; adults, $4. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (888) 677-2900 and (337) 394-3754
ANDOUILLE FESTIVAL: 6 p.m.-midnight, Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight, Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, St. John Center, 2900 U.S. 51, LaPlace. Food, cooking contests using andouille sausage, and live music throughout the weekend. Also, arts, crafts and carnival rides. Admission $3, adults; $1, children under 12. http://www.sjbparish.com.
FESTIVALS ACADIENS ET CR?OLES: Girard Park, Lafayette. Featuring music, crafts and food, this multifaceted festival also takes place at Parc International, Cajun Field and Girard Park. Friday and Saturday events include the Louisiana Craft Fair, Bayou Food Festival, Festival de Musique Acadienne and La Place des Petits. (800) 346-1958 or http://www.festivalsacadiens.com.
INTERNATIONAL ACADIAN FESTI-VAL: The 43rd International Acadian Festival takes place at the C.M. “Mike” Zito Multi-Purpose Center, 61755 Bayou Road, Plaquemine. Events include the annual parade, an Acadian-influenced cooking contest, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and music by Don Rich, Rockin’ Doopsie, Van Broussard and Floyd Brown. http://www.acadianfestival.org.
ROCKTOBER MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., The Rhythm Museum, 1712 N. Acadian W. Live music, including performances by Chubby Carrier, with Vince Hutchinson & The Original Heavy Storm Band, Henry Gray Blues Band, Otis Johnson Jazz Trio, Fantastic Volcalaires Jesus Train, and New Gideon Baptist Church Mass Choir. D.J.s include D.J. Mike, D.J. Ed an D.J. Fat Slim. Exhibits, dance performances, food and more. Sponsored by Buddy Stewart Music Foundation. Free. (225) 383-9661 or http://www.stewartmusicfoundation.com.
RAGLEY HERITAGE, TIMBER FESTIVAL: Ragley Historical Square Folk demonstrations, auctions, kids activities, including train rides, clowns and face painting featured throughout the day. $3, adults; $1, children under 12. (337) 725-3639
OAK ALLEY PLANTATION ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie. Arts and crafts, children’s activities, tours of the mansion, pony rides, petting zoo and festival foods, including funnel cakes, shrimp on a stick, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, bloomin’ onions, crab cakes and more. $5, ages 13 and older; $2, ages 1-12. http://www.oakalleyplantation.com.
OLD FARMERS DAY: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, the Todd Brunett Dairy Farm, 2.25 miles north of Loranger. Re-enactments of early farm life and activities including syrup making, wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo, farming demonstrations, Civil War encampment, food, crafts, horse and mule pulling contests, corn mill grinding, raffles and much more. $12, ages 13-60; $7, ages 6-12 and over 60. (985) 878-2360 or http://www.oldfarmersday.com.
MADISONVILLE WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL: Madisonville. An anticipated 30,000 attendees are expected to view hundreds of boats on the banks of the Tchefuncte River. Other attractions include music, parades, music, food, arts and crafts. http://www.woodenboatfest.org/.
OCT. 15-16, 22-23
BOO AT THE ZOO: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. The event promises a “merry not scary” trick-or-treating experience with treat stations, hay maze, a spooky train ride, the popular Boo Den, and the zoo’s Cave of Wonders. Penny the Elephant will welcome children and pose for photos. Wear your costume. Regular zoo admission applies. (225) 775-3877.
COLUMBUS DAY FESTA: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., inside the Atrium at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Mississippi River, downtown. Bocce ball demonstration, as well as Italian food. Also, a vino stroll, shopping village and Italian artifacts. Free.
WASHINGTON PARISH FAIR: Parish Fairgrounds, Franklinton. Parade, carnival midway, rodeo, queen’s contest, exhibits, musical entertainment, fine arts, photography, youth exhibits, crafts, food, children’s activities, and more. http://www.freefair.com.
INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL: downtown Crowley. Celebrating its Diamond Jubilee (75th year) with parades, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food and a full schedule of music including Wayne Toups and Zydecajun, Nik L Beer, The Molly Ringwalds, Dustin Sonnier & 6-Pack, Kira Viator & Bayou Beat, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Jaryd Lane and Tracy Lawrence. http://www.ricefestival.com.
INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE CELEBRATION: noon-8:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center and River Road. Parade, entertainment, exhibits, food, and visitors from around the world gather in celebration of cultural diversity. Exhibits representing cultures of more than 40 countries, accompanied by flags and native dress. Free. http://www.brcwa.com.
VAMPIRE FEST: various venues in New Orleans. Includes a screening of international vampire and Gothic films, plus live vampire shows, costume parties, and panel discussions. http://www.vampirefilmfestival.com.
LOUISIANA YAMBILEE FESTIVAL: Yambilee Grounds, U.S. 190, west of Opelousas. Carnival, yam cooking competitions, marketplace, farmers market, parade, live music, etc. (337) 948-8848 or http://www.yambilee.com
OCT. 27-NOV. 6
GREATER BATON ROUGE STATE FAIR: Open 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, BREC’s Airline Highway Park/Fairgrounds. Carnival and special events, including the Great American Petting Farm, carnival midway, food booths and live music. (225) 755-FAIR or http://www.gbrsf.com
HARVEST FESTIVAL: False River, New Roads. Features national, regional, and local music; arts, crafts, food vendors, arts market, educational exhibits, carnival rides. http://www.harvestfestivalonfalseriver.com.
FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL: LaRose Regional Park, off La. 308, LaRose. The old-fashioned food festival will again offer Cajun cooking, carnival rides, folk-life demonstrations, music and dancing. More than 20 local specialty dishes will be for sale at decorated food booths. http://www.bayoucivicclub.org.
HARVEST MOON FEST: 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Main Street, downtown Franklin. All-day festivities, including live music, a children’s carnival, teen activities, an antique, hot rod, classic car and motorcycle show; concessions and special retail promotions. (337) 828-3706 or http://cajuncoast.com.
GRACE LUTHERAN ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 422 Valhi Blvd., Houma. Live music, raffles, crawfish boil, children’s games, pony rides, silent auction, country store, crafters’ tents, food. Benefit for local charities. (985) 879-1865.
8TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., State Library of Louisiana, State Capitol, Louisiana State Museum and nearby locations along 4th Street mall, downtown. Daylong event in which authors will hold workshops to discuss their works and careers. Writing workshops for hopeful authors are available as well as food, entertainment and activities for children. Free.
FALL CRAFTS FAIR: Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site, 1200 N. Main St., St. Martinville. Crafts demonstrations, artists, vendors of handmade items and produce. Visitors can also tour the Interpretive Museum, Olivier plantation house and Acadian farmstead. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Park admission, $4; children and seniors 62 and older, free. (337) 394-3754 or (888) 677-2900.
FEAST ON LEVEE: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Catholic Church grounds, 402 S. Kirkland Drive, Brusly. The 31st annual family friendly festival features children’s games, Cajun food fest, cake baking contest, sweet shop, auctions, raffles. Live music by Kenny Fife and Bac Trac Band, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Mojeaux, 3:30-7 p.m. (225) 749-2189
ANNUAL YELLOW LEAF ARTS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown St. Francisville. Eighth annual event. with more than 50 artists showing and selling their works, including paintings, jewelry, glass, soaps, photography, pottery and more. http://www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com.
LOUISIANA FALL FESTIVAL HORSE SHOW: John M. Parker Coliseum, LSU. More than 100 classes showing American Saddlebred Horses with beginner and advanced riders. Sessions, open to the public, are: 6 p.m. Nov. 4; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 5; and 10 a.m. Nov 6. (225) 938-7843
PONCHATOULA ANTIQUE TRADE DAYS AND CRAFT FAIR: downtown Ponchatoula. A weekend of antiques and collectibles, arts and craft booths displaying and selling art and antique items. http://www.ponchatoulachamber.com.
LOUISIANA SWAMP FEST: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Wild fun for all ages, featuring Cajun cuisine, crafts and entertainment, children’s activities, storytelling, animal encounters, and more. (504) 581-4629 or http://www.auduboninstitute.org.
GIANT OMELETTE CELEBRATION: historic downtown Abbeville on Magdalen Square. A unique family event highlighted by the cooking of a 5,000-egg omelette. Enjoy musical entertainment, children’s activities, charity walk, arts and crafts show, antique car show and more. http://www.giantomelette.org.
SOUTHDOWN MARKETPLACE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma. Unique handcrafted items, jewelry, furniture, pottery, paintings, woodcrafts, home-grown plants and flowers, Cajun cuisine, tours of the plantation, etc. $4; children younger than 12, free. http://www.southdownmuseum.org.
NOV. 5-Dec. 11
LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. rain or shine, one mile north of Hammond High School on River Road, off U.S. 190, Hammond. Meet peasants, nobles, knights, barons, and of course the reigning queen at this festival, which runs for six consecutive weekends. Live joust tournaments, birds of prey demonstrations, sword play, royal parades, English village, magicians, rope walkers, fire eaters and more. (985) 429-9992 or http://www.larf.org.
FESTIVAL FOR AFRICA: noon-5 p.m., VanGuard Gallery, 1469 Laurel St. Music, authentic food, coffee, wine tastings, outdoor market, art for sale by artists, Africa-themed exhibit. Portion of proceeds directly benefit Bethany Centre Children’s School in Jjungo, Uganda. (225) 343-2211.
RAYNE FROG FESTIVAL: festival grounds just off Interstate 10, Rayne. Carnival rides, food, handmade items, live music, frog racing and jumping con-tests, grand parade, poker run and more. Food includes hamburgers, seafood, po-boys, and yes, of course, fried frog legs. Admission $5, adults, Thursday-Saturday. After 3 p.m., $7, adult admission. Children under 12 will be admitted free. (337) 334-2332 or http://www.raynefrogfestival.com.
PORT BARRE CRACKLIN’ FESTIVAL: Veterans Memorial Park, Port Barre. Live music, food, cracklin’ cooking contests, carnival rides and more. http://www.portbarrecracklinfestival.com.
DESTREHAN PLANTATION ANNUAL FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, Destrehan Plantation, River Road, Destrehan. Arts and crafts, Cajun and Creole foods, period craft demonstrations, antiques and collectibles, tours of the plantation house by costumed guides, pony rides, spacewalk, face painting, and more. $7, adults and teens; free, children age 12 and younger. (985) 764-9315 or http://www.destrehanplantation.org.
BROADMOOR HIGH ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 4-9 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10100 Goodwood Blvd. More than 200 artists and craftsmen will exhibit their wares. Free shuttle bus from the Broadmoor Shopping Center and Broadmoor Middle School. (225) 926-1420.
WHITE LIGHT NIGHT: 6-10 p.m., Mid City Art & Design Cultural District, midcity area, Baton Rouge. Fall art hop sponsored by Mid City Merchants Association. More than 40 businesses holding open houses, with more than 100 artists displaying work. Also, live music at some venues. Free. (225) 924-6437 or http://www.midcitymerchants.org.
A list of fairs and festivals will run weekly in The FUN section through November. If your festival is not listed here, email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org, and it will be published in our weekly list.