Oct 17 2017

2017 Fall Festivals Guide

By: Staff

As the seemingly unrelenting heat of summer comes to an end, the people of Louisiana venture out of the air conditioning and into the ever-beautiful Southern autumn to check out the many festivals, concerts, and fairs. Here’s a guide to everything happening this year, from the "piggy" Cochon de Lait Festival to a killer lineup at the Acadia Music Fest.

Washington Parish Free Fair
Oct. 18-21 | Washington Parish Fairgrounds, Franklinton 

Have some fun this fall at the Washington Parish Free Fair. The attractions and events include a parade, a 5K run/walk, an annual quilt raffle, a pageant, music, food, and more. 

International Rice Festival
Oct. 19-22 | Rice Festival Grounds, Crowley 

The International Rice Festival features two stages of live music, as well as more Cajun cooking than you can imagine. Enjoy a motorcycle ride and see the crowning of the rice queen.

2017 Fall Festivals Guide

Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 20-21 & 27-28 | Audubon Zoo

The Audubon Zoo’s Halloween party is perfect for kids 12 and younger. Come in your best costume and expect not-TOO-spooky attractions like a ghost train and trick-or-treating. Proceeds are donated to the Children’s Hospital.

Southern Garden Symposium
Oct. 20-21 | St. Francisville

The Southern Garden Symposium and Workshops is an event perfectly fitted for any green thumb. The festival emphasizes the elegant and beautiful Southern landscape by inviting speakers from around the country to provide gardening tips and inspiration.

Praise Fest
Oct. 20-22 | Corner of Orleans Avenue and Jefferson Davis Parkway, Bayou St. John 

Praise Fest is a music festival that celebrates all types of Christian music, including gospel, gospel jazz, and Christian rock. Enjoy beautiful, hand-clapping music by talented Christian musicians from all around the South. 

Violet Oyster Festival
Oct. 20-22 | 2621 Colonial Blvd., Violet

On the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, this festival features fresh oysters from the waters of St. Bernard, served all different ways, from fried to in a fritter. Don’t like oysters? There will also be plenty of oyster-free local favorites.

International Acadian Festival
Oct. 20-22 | Bayou-Plaquemine Waterfront Park, Plaquemine 

The International Acadian Festival celebrates Acadian culture through different events, including a pageant, a cooking contest, and a water ceremony. As always, this festival has a variety of different food and retail vendors from around the area.

NOLA Mac N Cheese Fest
Oct. 21 | Louis Armstrong Park

The inaugural fest celebrates the delights of mac and cheese. Professional and celebrity judges will judge dishes from local restaurants. Along with this cheesy favorite, beer and cocktails will be sold, as well as select other dishes from the vendors.

Fall for Art
Oct. 21 | Historic Downtown Covington

Covington welcomes everyone to the “Fall for Art” Festival to explore the work of many local and national artists. Attractions include art demonstrations, gallery openings, music, fine dining, and boutique shopping.

Old Farmer’s Day
Oct. 21-22 | Brunett’s Farm, Loranger 

Old Farmer’s Day is a weekend-long fest celebrating the efforts of farmers. Attendees are encouraged to take part in a number of farming-related competitions, such as sheep-shearing, hog butchering, split rail fence building, log loading, and a horse and mule pull. They’ll even raffle off a Belgian draft horse to one lucky winner.

Rougarou Fest
Oct. 21-22 | 7910 W Park Ave., Houma 

This free festival centers on the storytelling tradition of southeast Louisiana. Food, art, and live storytelling are highlights, along with a fun run where you’ll encounter spooky creatures from the swamp. Proceeds go to the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.

2017 Fall Festivals Guide

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
Oct. 22 | Oak Street and S. Carrollton Avenue

Chefs, restaurants, and food enthusiasts gather at Oak and Carrollton to eat the signature New Orleans sandwich. Though po-boys have been around for many years, the sandwiches at Po-Boy Festival still have a way of presenting something fun and new.

Pet Fest
Oct. 22 | Lafreniere Park, Metairie 

This festival, where “pets bring their people,” is run by the Jefferson Parish SPCA and is centered around pet adoption; 82 pets found homes last year. Pets can even enter a costume contest to win some amazing prizes.

Anba Dlo Water Symposium
TBA | New Orleans Healing Center

This free annual festival-turned-symposium is all about water. Come out and enjoy the event while helping the world conserve and preserve its water supply. The date is to be announced.

Brews & Boos
Oct. 26-27 | City Park

Put on your most creative costume for the costume contest while you celebrate Halloween in City Park. Enjoy snacks, an open beer bar, Jell-O shots, and all the rides you can handle, including their famous “Disco Carousel.” Must be at least 21 to attend.

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair
Oct. 26 - Nov. 5 | 16072 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge

Begun in 1965, this sprawling fair includes classic 4H livestock events, midway rides, and multiple stages of music and entertainment. Indulge in fried foods, or experiment eating anything on a stick. Admission is free for children.

2017 Fall Festivals Guide

State Fair of Louisiana
Oct. 26 - Nov.12 | Louisiana State Fairgrounds, Shreveport 

Head to Shreveport for Louisiana’s biggest state fair. The State Fair of Louisiana features daily free music, classic fair food, tons of livestock, and carnival rides. Visit the fair’s website for information on other daily events.

French Food Festival
Oct. 27-29 | Larose Regional Park, Larose

Say oui to the 44th annual French Food Festival. This fest includes Cajun food, music, and dancing, as well as a variety of friendly competitions. There’s overnight camping with advanced reservations. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

2017 Fall Festivals Guide

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Oct. 27-29 | City Park

This beloved festival continues expanding beyond music, featuring an arts fair and a cornucopia of food from local vendors. Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, and DJ Snake headline this year’s talented lineup.

Louisiana Seafood Festival
Oct. 27-29 | Woldenberg Park, New Orleans

Rain or shine, come enjoy fresh seafood at the Louisiana Seafood Festival. Learn and explore with cooking demos, live music, and the arts village set up in Woldenberg Park for this one weekend. 

World War II Air, Sea, and Land Festival 
Oct. 27-29 | New Orleans Lakefront Airport

This festival honoring the “Greatest Generation” and the power behind the Allied victory in World War II showcases different aircraft and boats from the era. Attractions include tours of the fully restored PT-305 boat and an expanded kids zone, among others. 

Acadia Music Fest
Oct. 28 | Acadia Plantation Town Center, Thibodaux

Headlining this single-day music festival is the band Better Than Ezra. In addition to a full day of music, explore the art market with vendors showcasing handmade crafts or the various restaurants with stands at the food court.

Louisiana Book Festival
Oct. 28 | State Library of Louisiana, Baton Rouge

Writers from around the state and country congregate at the State Library and surrounding areas for various events centered around literature. Download the Louisiana Book Festival app for an on-the-go schedule and author bios.

Sweet Dough Pie Festival
Oct. 28 | St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Grand Coteau 

Join The Grand Coteau Cultural Foundation as they celebrate Grand Coteau’s long heritage and signature sweet dessert with games, food, and live music, as well as a sweet dough pie contest judged by the public.

Experience Louisiana Festival
Oct. 28-29 | 2048 Johnson Hwy., Eunice

Join fellow Louisianians in celebrating the enduring and unique culture of our great state. This free event includes live music, cuisine, folk traditions, and crafts from all across Louisiana.

Yellow Leaf Arts Festival
Oct. 28-29 | Parker Park, St. Francisville

Located in the town of St. Francisville, the Yellow Leaf Festival is a celebration of music, crafts, and homegrown food. With over 55 vendors, it’s a relaxing, family-friendly festival, and this year includes a mini songwriting workshop.

The Myrtles Halloween Extravaganza 
Every Fri. - Sun. in October; Also on Oct. 31 | The Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville 


Be prepared to be spooked at The Myrtles Plantation home, which has been dubbed one of America’s most haunted places. Take a mystery tour of this 220-year-old mansion that is a window into the creepy Antebellum South.

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival
Nov. 1-5 | Hampton Inn & Suites, Jennings

This festival educates all comers about the importance of wetlands, with local farmers holding information workshops to promote conservation of these unique ecosystems. The fest’s goal is to provide bird-lovers with the perfect venue to observe Yellow Rails.

Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
Nov. 3 | Champions Square, New Orleans

This great one-day festival brings together food, alcohol, and live music. Co-chairs of the fest include Emeril Lagasse, Donald Link, John Currence, and Stephen Stryjewski. This year’s headliners are Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Langhorne Slim & the Law.

Bucktown Seafood Festival
Nov. 3-5 | St. Louis King of France School, 1600 Lake Ave., Metairie

St. Louis King of France Catholic School is celebrating its 20th annual Bucktown Seafood Festival. In addition to delicious seafood, this fest features an auction and carnival attractions, including rides and games.

Algiers Folk Art Festival
Nov. 4 | Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum, Algiers

This free-admission festival celebrates the rich, historic culture of the Algiers neighborhood. It features tons of folk art and live music from the area, as well as plenty of food trucks to enjoy.

Central City Festival
Nov. 4 | 1600-1800 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Celebrate Central City with its annual block party! This free fest features plenty of live music, a food court, and activities for all ages, all along two city blocks in the heart of Central City.

Bayou Road Balloon Festival
Nov. 10-12 | Sidney D Torres Memorial Park, St. Bernard Parish

The first-ever hot air balloon fest in the New Orleans area will have exciting activities over Veterans Day weekend. In conjunction with the St. Bernard Veterans Day Parade, they will have tethered balloon rides, a midway, and local food.

The New Orleans Book Festival
Nov. 11 | City Park

The New Orleans Book Festival brings together authors, performers, and book vendors from around New Orleans. Listen to authors read their writing, watch performances for the whole family by acting troupes and musicians, or visit the bookstore tent.

Hell Yes Fest
Nov. 15-19 | Various Locations

Hell Yes Fest provides plenty of laughs as local and national comedy acts perform in various venues around New Orleans. This year’s comedians include Black History Monthly, Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober, and Crapfunding.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Nov. 18-19 | Louis Armstrong Park

The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is the primary showcase of brass bands in New Orleans and the perfect place to sample all different gumbos. Stop by Louis Armstrong Park November 18 or 19 for gumbo, music, and arts and crafts vendors.

Natchitoches Christmas Festival
Nov. 18, 2017 - Jan. 5, 2018 | Downtown Natchitoches

Events around Natchitoches take place almost daily from November 2017 to January 2018 to celebrate the holiday season and get people in a Christmas mood. Through December, Santa will be in Natchitoches taking photos of good boys and girls!

Beignet Fest
Dec. 2 | New Orleans City Park

Come get your fill of New Orleans’s favorite sweet treat at Beignet Fest. This one-day festival brings together food, music, and entertainment from around the city. All proceeds go to the Tres Doux Foundation, benefiting children with disabilities.

NOLA Christmas Fest
Dec. 21-31 | New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Christmas in New Orleans is a special time. Celebrate the season at NOLA Christmas Fest. The fest has an ice skating rink, ice slides, and other carnival rides, as well as gingerbread houses, Christmas goodies, and many festively decorated trees.

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