Gambit's 2018 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: September_lowres

The monthly Sippin’ in the Courtyard concert series at Maison Dupuy in New Orleans lasts from March through November.


Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival (Yambilee Festival Grounds, 1939 W. Landry St., Opelousas, 337-290-6048; - Live zydeco music is staged all day, and there's a black pot cook-off, a parade to the festival grounds, a zydeco accordion contest, Creole and Cajun food vendors and more. Noon-until. $15, $5 children.


Southern Decadence Festival - See Aug. 30 listing for event description.


Kenner Freedom Fest (Lakefront Trail, Williams Boulevard at Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner, 504-468-7211; - The festival includes live country music, food, a children's' village and other activities. 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.


Westwego Farmers Market Friday Night Concert Series (484 Sala Ave., Westwego, 504-341-9083; - Aaron Foret performs at the outdoor concert, which also features food, drinks, crafts and more. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free admission.


Kiwanis Pepper Festival (Festival Grounds, 200 N. New Market St., St. Martinville; - The festival includes live music Friday and Saturday, food, carnival rides, a car show, a 5K run and a pepper-eating contest Saturday. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday. $5, $1 for children 12 and younger.


Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival (Riverbank, downtown Natchitoches; - The annual festival features a variety of meat pies and other foods, plus live music and kids' activities. Times TBA. Free.


Gueydan Duck Festival (404 Dallas Guidry Road, Gueydan, 337-536-6456; - The festival honors the hunting heritage of Acadiana and includes carnival rides, live entertainment, food, a beauty pageant, dog trials, a duck dash, decoy carving, cooking contests, skeet shooting, a duck and goose calling contest, a parade and more. Hours TBA. Admission free Thursday & Sunday, $10 Friday-Saturday, free for children age 12 and younger.


Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival (Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales; - The two-day festival includes hot air balloon glows, tethered rides, live entertainment, a barbecue competition, food vendors, a car show, carnival rides, a petting zoo and fireworks. $5, free for children 6 and younger.


NOLA on Tap (New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds, 4 Friedrichs Ave.; - More than 400 national, local and home-brewed beers are available for tasting. There's also food, live music, contests, art, games, a Homebrewers Beer Judge Certification Program competition and awards. Noon-7 p.m. $5.


Fried Chicken Festival (Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.; - The festival honoring fried fowl includes about three dozen vendors with lots of variations on fried chicken. There's also live music, eating and cooking contests, a children's pavilion, a misting lounge and celebrity cooking demonstrations. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Free.


Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner (Various locations., 504-861-1609; - The series of events honors Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, beginning with a party on Sunday featuring a concert by classical pianist and organist Fr. Sean Duggan, an auction, buffet supper and cocktails. Papers about "New Orleans as a Muse for Literature: 300 Years and Counting" will be delivered Monday and Tuesday, followed by a luncheon with birthday cake and Champagne. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, hours TBA Monday-Tuesday. $175 Sunday, free Monday-Tuesday (except luncheon $60).


Sippin' in the Courtyard - See March 28 for event description.


Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival (Cassidy Park, 625 Willis Ave., Bogalusa; - There are two stages hosting live music, as well as food vendors, art, a kids' zone and more. Camper and tent camping is available. 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday. $25 for two day pass (in advance), $35 at the door.


Gretna Heritage Festival (Downtown Gretna, Huey P. Long Avenue at the Mississippi River, Gretna, 504-361-7748; - The three-day festival features local and national bands, a German beer garden, international foods, arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, an Italian village, kids' activities and more. 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. $20-$25 single-day, $47.50-$60 three-day pass.


Walk to End AIDS (Location to be determined, New Orleans; - The annual walk includes a family-friendly event with food and drink vendors, live entertainment, children's activities and an awards ceremony. Time and admission to be determined.