Gambit’s 2016 Louisiana Fairs & Festivals: November_lowres

The Hot 8 Brass Band helped visitors dance off some food at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, held in November.

1-6-Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (Baton Rouge) — See Oct. 27 listing for event description.

4-5-Hidden Oaks Fall Swamp Pop Music Festival (Hidden Oaks Family Campground, 21544 Highway 190 East, Hammond, 985-345-9244; — The festival includes live music and food vendors. Hours and admission TBA.

4-6-Holy Ghost Creole Bazaar and Festival (Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 747 N. Union St., Opelousas, 337-942-2732; — Zydeco music and Creole cuisine are highlighted at the festival, which includes a gospel choir concert, parade, raffles, games and more. Hours 8 p.m.-midnight Fri., 8 a.m.-till Sat.-Sun. Free.

4-6-Port Barre Cracklin Festival (Veterans Memorial Park, 504 Saizan Ave., Port Barre, 337-585-6673) — The festival showcases the making of cracklings, and there's also live Cajun, zydeco and Swamp pop music, carnival rides, food, a beauty pageant and arts and crafts. 5 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission $5, free ages 10 and younger.

5-Southdown Marketplace Arts and Crafts Festival (Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma, 985-851-0154; — More than 300 booths dot the plantation grounds, offering arts, crafts, Cajun food and more. Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, free for children 12 and under.

5-6-The Giant Omelette Celebration (Magdaline Square, Downtown Abbe- ville, 337-344-9232; — The two-day festival features Cajun music, food, arts and crafts, kids' activities, an antique car and farm implements show, and the cooking of a 5,000-egg omelette. Hours TBA. Free.

11-13-River Parishes Fall Festival (Sacred Heart Church Grounds, 453 Spruce St., Norco, 985-764-9958; — The festival is known for its "monster soft-shell crab po-boy," but there's also three days of live music, a craft fair, carnival rides, other food, games and more. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free.

12-13-Covington Three Rivers Art Festival (Downtown Covington, 985-327-9797; — More than 200 artists from nearly 30 states will exhibit and sell their art, crafts, jewelry and more. There's also arts and crafts demonstrations, music, food and children's activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

12-13-Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; — The festival celebrates the cultural and culinary contributions of the Treme neighborhood with food by local restaurants, live brass bands and an art market. Hours 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

19-Jingle Bells & Beer (New Orleans City Park, 1 Victory Ave., 504-482-4888; — The party for ages 21 and older features rides, beer, food, Celebration in the Oaks lights and more. Hours and admission TBA.

19-Lower Coast Wine & Music Festival (English Turn Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, 504-392-2200; — The grand tasting features more than 100 wines from all over the world, plus live music and food. Visit for details. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat., VIP early admission 1 p.m. Admission $75, $125 VIP.

19-20-Camp Moore Civil War Encampment (Camp Moore Confederate Cemetery and Museum, 70640 Camp Moore Road, Tangipahoa, 985-229-2438; — The festival includes Civil War battle re-enactments, military and civilian camps, food vendors and souvenirs. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, free for kids under 6.

19-Jan. 6 — Christmas Festival of Lights (Downtown Natchitoches; — For 90 years, Natchitoches has celebrated the Christmas season with family-friendly activities, Christmas light displays, a parade (Dec. 3), arts and crafts, food vendors nightly, live entertainment on the weekends, and a fireworks show every Saturday night. Hours vary. Free.

24-27, Dec. 2-Jan. 1-Celebration in the Oaks (City Park, 5 Victory Ave., 504-482-4888; — The festival of lights draws more than 165,000 people who walk through City Park to see the lights displays. There's also a carousel and train ride. On Nov. 20, there's a preview family party. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Admission $8.

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