OKTOBERFEST: Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St., New Orleans. German food, music and celebration are the focal points of this three-weekend extravaganza, with run/walks, contests, dachshund racing and schnitzel, sauerbraten and beer. $6-20. oktoberfestnola.com.
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. zwolletamalefiesta.com.
ANDOUILLE FESTIVAL: Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park, 2900 U.S. 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.
FESTIVALS ACADIENS ET CRÉOLES: Girard Park, 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.
FISHERMEN’S FESTIVAL: St. Peter Catholic School, 188 W. 7th St., Reserve. Celebrating schools of fishermen with food, pageants and fun. stpeterreserve.org.
LIVINGSTON PARISH FAIR: Livingston Fairground, Fairgrounds Road, Livingston. The 80th-annual event starts with a parade and continues throughout the week with pet shows, a rodeo and much more. $15 and up. lpsb.org/community/livingston_parish_fair.
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 a street dancing, as well as arts and crafts. (337) 652-0646. louisianacattlefestival.org.
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.
VOICE OF THE WETLANDS FESTIVAL: 5403 W. Park St., Houma. The 14th annual festival features musical performances from George Porter Jr., Tab Benoit, the Honey Island Swamp Band and many others. voiceofthewetlands.org/vow-festival.
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.
PONCHATOULA OKTOBERFEST 2017: Louisiana Purchase Brewing Company, 128 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula. Featuring seven German-style beers on tap, food from Fine Thyme Catering and music. facebook.com/lapurchasebrewingco.
WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL: Along the banks of the Tchefuncte River in 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.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GUMBO COOK-OFF: Bouligny Plaza, Downtown New Iberia. Ever wanted to try 100 types of gumbo? Don't miss this event, also features music from Chubby Carrier and many others. iberiachamber.org/gumbo-cookoff.
CELEBRACÍON LATINA: Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Music, children’s activities, Latin cuisine, crafts and community information. With zoo admission. audubonnatureinstitute.org.
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.
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.
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.