• AL BERARD MUSIC FESTIVAL: Henry Guidry Memorial Park, Henderson. Cajun music and family fun is the name of the game in this second-ever festival, honoring the life and tunes of Cajun musician Al Berard. Admission is $10. For more information, visit


  • LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 48468 River Road, Hammond. Travel back in time to the 16th century where the atmosphere is adventurous and exciting and filled with turkey legs. The annual Renaissance Festival features more than 600 vendors as well as 50 shows and demonstrations daily. The festival will take place every weekend through Dec. 13.
  • HOLIDAY ARTS MARKET: Palmer Park, New Orleans. An open-air marketplace of artwork from Crescent City and Gulf Coasts artists, located at the corner of South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. For more information, visit


  • CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Downtown Natchitoches. The six-week celebration of the Christmas season begins in north Louisiana. This festival has more than 300,000 lights and 100 set pieces on display every night at dusk. Fireworks will be held every Saturday. The festival is open through Jan. 6. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. For information, visit
  • Compiled by Advocate staff