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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.