It almost seems that every crossroads in Louisiana has some sort of festival.
And that's not a problem. At all.
As the autumn days shorten and the temperatures drop, 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, step out and step on in — it's a fall full of festivals.
BREWS ARTS FESTIVAL: Downtown Hammond. This signature fundraiser for the Hammond Regional Arts Center features 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.
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.
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 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, OCT. 7
¿QUÉ PASA? FEST: Various locations throughout New Orleans. 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.
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. Free. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15. westbatonrougemuseum.com.
TUESDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 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. 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. 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 N.W. 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: Downtown New Orleans. A celebration of the “unsung heroes” of American music, the three-day gathering features concerts, conferences, record shows and more. Prices vary per event. ponderosastomp.com.
FRIDAY, OCT. 6
BREW AT THE ZOO: Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Enjoy an evening of food and beer tasting, and live music. $45, $20 for designated driver. brzoobrew.org.
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 fire truck, 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 Barry. 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, 20-12
OKTOBERFEST: Rivertown, Kenner. 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. $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.
DENHAM FALL ANTIQUE VILLAGE FESTIVAL: Denham Springs Antique Village, Range Avenue. With more than 150 vendors selling art and crafts, the festival also features children's rides and food. denhamspringsantiquedistrict.net.
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 run, auctions and music. (337) 942-6552. festivaldelagrandeeglise.com.
OGDEN PARK PROWL: Ogden Park Neighborhood, Baton Rouge. A free neighborhood arts festival featuring music, arts and crafts and children's activities on every block. facebook.com/opprowl.
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.
FLAMBEAU FEST: Ascension Fields at Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Inaugural country music festival featuring performances from Sam Hunt, Chase Rice and A Thousand Horses. $85 and up. VIP tickets also available. flambeaufest.com.
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.
SATURDAY, OCT. 7-SATURDAY, OCT. 14
LIVINGSTON PARISH FAIR: Livingston Fairground, Fairgrounds Road, Livingston. The 80th annual event starts with at parade and continues throughout the week with pet shows, a rodeo and much more. $15 and up. lpsb.org/community/livingston_parish_fair.
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. therapidesparishfair.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, 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 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.
FISHERMEN’S FESTIVAL: St. Peter Catholic School, 188 W. 7th 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 a street dancing, as well as arts and crafts. (337) 652-0646. louisianacattlefestival.org.
VOICE OF THE WETLANDS FESTIVAL: 5403 West Park, Houma. The 14th annual festival features musical performances from George Porter Jr., Tab Benoit, the Honey Island Swamp Band and many others.
SATURDAY, OCT. 14
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.
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.
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.
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.
INTERNATIONAL ACADIAN FESTIVAL: Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine. Featuring a parade, food, beauty pageant, music and children's games. Ride bracelets are $20 and up. acadianfestival.org.
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) 580-7289. rougaroufest.org.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, OCT 21-22, 28-29
BOO AT THE ZOO: Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Bring the kids for a visit through the zoo during Halloween, with an enchanted swamp, hay maze and spooky train ride. Regular zoo admission applies. brzoo.org.
SUNDAY, OCT. 22
LOUISIANA FALL HEAT: Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Slow Food Baton Rouge's annual cooking competition is back, with a cocktail competition and live music. $60.
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.
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 that has blossomed into a national draw for the Crescent City. Headlining performers include Kendrick 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.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 27-28
BLACKPOT FESTIVAL AND COOKOFF: Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. The 12th annual event celebrates music, food and culture of southwest Louisiana. Featuring music from The Revelers, Pine Leaf Boys, Savoy Family Band and many more. Camping and festival tickets available at blackpotfestival.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 LSU-E 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. ponchatoulachamber.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 4-5
GIANT OMELETTE CELEBRATION: Magdalen Square, Abbeville. A family-oriented event which features the town coming together for the annual 5,000-egg omelette. giantomelette.org.
STEAMPUNK MAKERS FAIR: Parc International, Lafayette. Showcasing and celebrating science fiction, technology and art with performers, arts and craftsmen. steampunk-festival.org.
SATURDAYS-SUNDAYS, NOV. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 24-26, 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: Henry Guidry Memorial Park, 103 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.
SUNDAY, NOV. 12
CAP CITY BEER FEST: Fourth Street and Spanish Town Road, downtown Baton Rouge. Drink beer while supporting Companion Animal Alliance. $40 and up. capcitybeerfest.org.
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.
DESTREHAN FALL FESTIVAL: Destrehan Plantation, 13034 River Road. Featuring arts and crafts, antique vendors and a Creole food park.
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.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 16-19
SOUTHERN SCREEN FESTIVAL: Downtown Lafayette. Four days of film screenings, music, workshops and more to expose the community to the possibilities of storytelling. Festival passes are $77. southernscreen.org.
FRIDAY, NOV. 17
WHITE LIGHT NIGHT: Mid City Art & Cultural Design District, Baton Rouge. A free festival with art and music from Jefferson Highway at Goodwood Boulevard to the intersection of Government and 14th streets. midcitymerchantsbr.com.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, NOV. 17-18
BROADMOORE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Broadmoor High School, 10100 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. With more than 200 artists, patrons can see and buy handcrafted items such as ceramics and jewelry.
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.
STARTING FRIDAY, DEC. 1
NOEL ACADIEN AU VILLAGE: Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. This 23-night fundraiser features half-a-million Christmas lights, animated displays and carnival rides. Through Saturday, Dec. 23. acadianvillage.org.
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, 2018. 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. wordsandmusic.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: 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.