OCT. 16-19

  • INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL: This event in the “Rice Capital of America” is one of the oldest and largest agricultural festivals in the south. The free admission festival is held in downtown Crowley and offers live entertainment, Cajun cuisine and arts and crafts vendors. Crowley. www.ricefestival.com.

OCT. 17-19

  • HARVEST FESTIVAL ON FALSE RIVER: Two stages with national and local musicians, two food courts of Louisiana cuisine, over 150 arts and craft vendors, special attractions, harvest festival queen pageant and a beer garden. New Roads. www.harvestfestivalonfalseriver.com.
  • ST. JOHN ANDOUILLE FESTIVAL: Enjoy local bands, Andouille sausage and Louisiana cuisine all weekend. Other activities include arts and crafts, a gumbo cook-off and a 3-mile fun run. LaPlace. www.andouillefestival.com.
  • LOUISIANA GUMBO FESTIVAL OF CHACKBAY: Cajun food, music and dancing, carnival midway rides, firemen’s parade and live auction. Thibodaux. www.lagumbofest.com.
  • RAGLEY HERITAGE & TIMBER FESTIVAL: This family festival celebrates the heritage of the timber industry with arts and crafts, Louisiana food and music, rides and games for the children. Ragley. www.visitlakecharles.org.

OCT. 18

  • OLLA DOWNTOWN HOMECOMING: Food, friends, family and entertainment. Sack races, face painting and pie throwing are just some of the activities for children. Old-fashioned “bed races” for the adults. Olla. www.townofolla.com.

OCT. 23-26