Fall Festivals

01:00 January 01, 1970
By: Staff

Alligator Festival 

Sept. 24–27 | West Bank Bridge Park 

alligatorfestival.org

The Rotary Club of St. Charles is bringing back their annual scholarship fundraiser for local youths. Four days of food, drink, games, arts and crafts and more.

 

Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival

Sept. 25–26 | Cassidy Park 

bogalusablues.com

One of the new stops on the blues music trail, the festival returns this year with a diverse cast of local and national musicians including Johnny Sansone, John Cleary and Little Freddie King.

 

Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival

Sept. 25–26 | Lamar-Dixon Expo Center 

ascensionballooning.com

Watch hot air balloons take off from the lush fields of the Expo Center. Complete with carnival rides, live music and more.  

 

Jim Bowie Festival and BBQ Throwdown

Sept. 25–26 | River View RV Park & Resort 

The KCBS-approved BBQ championship takes place on the banks of the Mississippi. Enjoy the food alongside a dunking booth, local bands and more. 

 

NOLA on Tap Beer Fest

Sept. 26 | Festival Grounds, City Park 

nolaontap.org

Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest in New Orleans with a plethora of national, local and microbrewed beers. Other activities include live music and a homebrewer’s Beer Judge Certification Program competition. 

 

Edwin Hampton Music Festival 

Sept. 26 | St. Augustine High School 

staugnola.org/2015-hamp-fest/

Local musicians honor the founder of the “Marching 100” with Hamp Fest. Gates open at 6 pm and legendary funk band Cameo is headlining. 

 

Ponchatoula Appraisal Fair & Art Stroll

Sept. 26 | Downtown Ponchatoula 

Enjoy a stroll through downtown Ponchatoula while taking in the local artwork. As well, stop by the back porch to have antiques, furniture and more appraised. 

 

Harvest Days 

Sept. 26–27 | LSU AgCenter 

Witness the Battle of Baton Rouge as it is reenacted on the museum grounds. The event also features other living history demonstrations, folk art, and more. 

 

St. Tammany Parish Fair

Sept. 30–Oct 4 | Covington Fairgrounds sttammanyparishfair.info

Take part in a variety of wide-ranging events that showcase local culture, including a pageant, bagpipe concerts, gardening seminars and a tri-state rodeo. 

 

Tangipahoa Parish Fair

Sept. 30–Oct. 4 | Tangipahoa Fairgrounds tangipahoaparishfair.org

Centering on livestock and agriculture, the Tangipahoa Parish Fair also includes a spelling bee, live music, carnival rides, pageants and a parade through Amite. 

 

Halloween at the Myrtles 

Oct. 1-31 | Myrtle’s Plantation

 myrtleplantation.com

“America’s Most Haunted Home” will give you the Halloween experience of a lifetime every weekend in October. Staying at this plantation will give you the perfect blend of great hospitality and paranormal activity.

 

Ponderosa Stomp

Oct. 1–3 | Rock ’n’ Bowl ponderosastomp.com

This festival features not only renowned roots acts, but also music history conferences, a show for record collectors and a kick-off party. 

 

Hell Yes Fest

Oct. 1–11 | New Movement | hellyesfest.com

Cultivating a wealth of talent from The New Movement, HYF runs for two weeks, with the first focusing on sketch comedy and film and the second focusing on improv and standup. 

 

Gretna Heritage Festival 

Oct. 2–4 | Gretna Festival Grounds gretnafest.com

The Gretna Heritage Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with 25 blocks of food, music and more. Celebrity guests Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr. and Bret Michaels will also make appearances. 

 

Blues in Da Parish

Oct. 3 | Docville Park 

Now in its third year, Blues in Da Parish features live music along with agricultural and history exhibits, food and a variety of children’s activities.

 

Denham Springs Fall Festival

Oct. 3 | Denham Springs Antique Village

denhamspringsantiquedistrict.net

Denham Springs’ festival season kicks off with tours of Old City Hall, music at the Old Train Station, rides, antique booths, art booths and plenty of food.

 

Warrior Dash 

Oct. 3 | West Feliciana Parish Sports Park

warriordash.com/location/2015-warrior-dash-louisiana

Warrior Dash challenges you to complete a 3.5 mi race that is only fit for the brave. The race includes 12 obstacles which takes things up a notch. Don’t worry, the race isn’t just sweat and tears, there will be an afterparty that will be sure to make you forget about the pain.

 

Sugar Fest

Oct. 4 | West Baton Rouge Museum 

Explore six of Baton Rouge’s historic sugar plantations while also taking in historical demonstrations, a cakewalk, music and more.

 

Angola Prison Rodeo

Oct. 4–25 | Louisiana State Penitentiary | angolarodeo.com

Taking place every Sunday in October, the rodeo features a wide variety of events from barrel racing to wild horse races. The rodeo also offers food and an inmate-made crafts show. 

 

Beauregard Parish Fair

Oct. 6–10 | Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds 

This year’s theme is “sowing seeds of health and wealth,” so with that in mind, check out the fair’s parade, pageant and agricultural exhibits. 

 

West Louisiana Forestry Festival and Fair 

Oct. 7–11 | Vernon Parish Fairgrounds 

Vernon residents show off their agricultural work at the Forestry Festival. A black-pot cooking contest, dancing and music are also on the agenda. 

 

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Oct. 7–11 | Girard Park festivalsacadiens.com

Marking the 250th anniversary of the Acadians’ arrival in Louisiana, the festival this year features an Acadian twist on Mardi Gras along with historical demonstrations, live bands, food and more. 

 

Atchafalaya Catfish Festival

Oct. 8–10 | Melville Civic Center 

atchafalaya.org/events

Have your catfish however you want it at the annual Atchafalaya Catfish Festival. The festival also hosts a carnival, live music, DJs and more. 

 

Louisiana Cattle Festival

Oct. 8–11 | Downtown Abbeville 

cityofabbeville.net/louisiana-cattle-festival/

A celebration of all things bovine, the Louisiana Cattle Festival features a cattle show, baby show, cooking contest and street dancing. 

 

Gentilly Fest 

Oct. 9–11 | Pontchartrain Park | gentillyfest.com

This festival acts as a fundraiser for the Gentilly area, while also providing practical recovery information. It includes a music tent, gospel tent, pony rides and local artwork. 

Bridge City Gumbo Festival

Oct. 9–11 | Holy Guardian Angels Church | bridgecitygumbofestival.org

Two thousand gallons of Bridge City’s renowned seafood and gumbo are served over the course of this festival. Fairgoers can also take part in carnival rides and music.

 

Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay 

Oct. 9–11 | Festival Grounds | lagumbofest.com

The Chackbay Fire Department hosts the gumbo festival this year. Musicians featured include Drunk Punch Ponies and Mule Kick. 

 

Natchitoches Fall Pilgrimage and Tour of Homes

Oct. 9–11 | Melrose Plantation | natchitoches.net

Offering the opportunity to tour some of Natchitoches’ most beautiful residences, the tour of homes offers three options, including a candelight tour and a town tour. 

World Championship Gumbo Cookoff

Oct. 9–11 | Bouligny Plaza

iberiachamber.org/gumbo-cookoff

Take advantage of the more than 40 food booths, live music and shopping galore at the Gumbo Cookoff. Spread over three days, the final one is dedicated to the 90 teams competing for best gumbo.

 

12th Annual Voice of the Wetlands (VOW) Festival

Oct. 9–11 | 5403 Westpark, Houma voiceofthewetlands.org/vow-festival

Support environmentalism and cultural appreciation at the VOW Festival. Attendees can enjoy traditional Cajun dishes between the dozens of musical performances. 

 

Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest

Oct 9–24 | Rivertown Exhibition Hall 

oktoberfestnola.com

The German heritage festival returns this year with a variety of cool events, including dachshund races, chicken dancing and more. 

Japan Fest

Oct. 10 | New Orleans Museum of Art 

noma.org/videos/detail/17/Japan-Fest

NOMA is once again hosting their Japan Fest, a celebration of Japanese culture and heritage. It features performances by noted performers Shinobu Yamato and Kaminari Taiko along with tea ceremonies and tours of the museum’s Japanese collection.

 

Old Arabi Sugar Fest

Oct. 10 | LeBeau Plantation | oldarabi.com/sugar-fest

Sponsored by Domino Sugar, Arabi celebrates their sugar industry with dessert-eating competitions, sugar art and the ever-popular donut-eating contest. 

 

Que Pasa Fest 2015

Oct. 10 | Lafreniere Park | quepasafest.com

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the beautiful Lafreniere Park. Focusing on Cuban artistry, the festival hosts concerts and presentations by local Latin artists. 

 

Fall for Art

Oct. 10 | St. Tammany Art Association sttammanyartassociation.org/programs

Taking place in the historic St. John district, this event offers the ability to not only see art from all over the Southeast, but also engage with art galleries, screenings, and more. 

 

Carnaval Latino 

Oct. 10–11 | French Market | carnavalatinola.com

Kicking off with a Spanish twist on the float parade tradition, the French Market is hosting a variety of Latin events, including empowerment seminars, live music and more.

 

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival

Oct. 10–11 | Madisonville Riverfront 

woodenboatfest.org

The Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum is hosting a beautiful collection of wooden boats along with a car show, beer garden, boat-building contest and live music. 

 

Awesome Art on the Bayou

Oct. 10–11 | Jambalaya Park 

The River Region will exhibit its best art at this event. Expect art competitions, a children’s art village, entertainment and more. 

 

Celebración Latina

Oct. 11 | Audubon Zoo 

This festival will celebrate Hispanic culture with a variety of games, crafts, food, music and more. 

 

Fall Garden Festival

Oct. 11–12 | New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park | neworleanscitypark.com/events

Kids can watch the aerialist performance and take Scarecrow Trail while parents participate in cooking demonstrations and educational lectures.

 

International Rice Festival

Oct. 15–18 | Rice Festival Grounds 

ricefestival.com

The renowned Rice Festival returns this year with a plethora of special events, including a poker run, senior citizens ball, rice and creole cooking competition, 5K walk/run, parades and more. 

 

New Orleans Film Festival

Oct. 15–22 | Prytania Theatre

neworleansfilmfestival.org

Showcasing a range of talent both national and local, the famous film festival returns with eight days of screenings, conferences, seminars and more. 

 

45th Annual New Orleans Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show 

Oct. 16-18 | Best Western Landmark Hotel 

The chance to buy rare gems, minerals, fossils, and jewelry is back this year. Not only will you be able to buy products but there will be demonstrations of how to make them for you and the entire family to watch.

 

Andouille Festival

Oct. 16–18 | Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park 

andouillefestival.com

The festival offers plenty of the titular andouille sausage along with a jazz brunch, eating contest, children’s art tent, live music and more. 

 

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival

Oct. 16–18 | Lafayette Square jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest

The centerpiece of this year’s festival is The Funky Meters performance with Allen Touissant and Irma Thomas. Also featured will be lots of BBQ as well as options for vegans. 

 

Violet Oyster Festival

Oct. 16–18 | Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church | olol-church.com

In addition to a variety of oysters, the event will have plenty of live music, games and family-oriented events. 

 

International Acadian Festival

Oct. 16–18 | Bayou-Plaquemine Waterfront Park | acadianfestival.org

This festival celebrating Acadian heritage features a cochon-de-lait Cajun cooking contest, a parade and the arrival of the festival’s queen, Evangeline. 

 

Anba Dlo

Oct. 17 | New Orleans Healing Center | anbadlofestival.org

Titled after the Haitian Kreyol phrase meaning “beneath the waters,” local residents can celebrate local culture with a costume parade and party while also raising awareness about St. Claude and water. 

 

Boo Carre Halloween & Harvest Festival

Oct. 17 | French Market 

A family-focused Halloween event that features a petting zoo, costume contest, pie-eating contest, pumpkin sales and more. 

 

Monster Mash 

Oct. 17 | Bogue Falaya Park | sthfoundation.org/foundation/monstermash.htm

Offering residents a unique and family-fun experience in Covington, the Monster Mash has lots of children’s activities along with entertainment for the rest of the family.

 

Party in the Pits BBQ Cook-Off

Oct. 17 | Memorial Park 

Dozens of teams compete at Party in the Pits, held in the scenic “Strawberry Festival” Park. Families can expect plenty of fun, food and games. 

 

Old Farmer’s Day and Horse-Pulling Contest

Oct. 17–18 | Brunett Farms | oldfarmersday.com

Centering on historical reenactments of agrarian and agricultural work, the event includes the eponymous horse-pulling contest, pottery making, biscuit cooking and more. 

 

Gautier Mullet and Music Fest

Oct. 17–18 | Downtown Gautier | gautiermulletfest.org 

In addition to the annual art contest, the event also has a classic car and motorcycle show, local bands, food and beer. 

 

Pet Fest 

Oct. 18 | Lafreniere Park

 jeffersonspca.org/pet-fest-2015

The 8th Annual Pet Fest will include hundreds of homeless animals who are available for adoption and looking for a furever home. This year’s theme is Tales from the Barkside.

 

Laurel Valley Heritage Festival

Oct. 18 | Laurel Valley Village Store 

Feed farm animals, take a look at the antique farm machinery exhibits and purchase crafts and more from dozens of vendors. 

 

Louisiana Cotton Festival

Oct. 20–25 | North Side Civic Center louisianacottonfestival.com

Live music and dancing lead to street dancing, coronations, a carnival, a pet show and more. 

 

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

Oct. 22–Nov. 1 | Baton Rouge Fairgrounds | gbrsf.com

Featuring over 40 carnival rides, the Baton Rouge State Fair also has plenty of live performers, food, games and entertainment for local residents. 

 

State Fair of Louisiana

Oct. 22–Nov. 8 | Louisiana State Fairgrounds  statefairoflouisiana.com

Touted as “the largest livestock show and carnival in the state,” the State Fair of Louisiana returns this year with Lainey Wilson and Bayou Boogie. 

 

Garden Symposium 

Oct. 23-24 | 11757 Ferdinand St, St Francisville, La. southerngardensymposium.org

 

Attention gardeners! It is time to go where the best  tips and workshops on gardening are being offered to the public. After leaving the classes and seminars, your garden is destined to be flawless.

 

Bucktown Seafood Festival

Oct. 23–25 | St. Louis King of France School 

slkfschool.com/bucktown-seafood-festival

Featuring live performances by Category 6, New Orleans Karma and St. King Louis students, this festival will involve lots of seafood and lots of fun. 

 

French Food Festival

Oct. 23–25 | Larose Civic Center 

bayoucivicclub.org/features/french-food-fest

Featuring the best of Cajun and French cuisine, the festival also has a bull-riding show, live auction, carnival, basketball tournament and more. 

 

Ghost in the Oaks

Oct. 23–25 | Amusement Park & Storyland, City Park friendsofcitypark.com/Events/ghostsintheoaks

This family-friendly event is perfect for young trick-or-treaters. Ghost in the Oaks features a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, rides and more. Children under 36 months get in free! 

 

Sweet Dough Pie Festival

Oct. 24 | St. Charles Borromeo Church 

sweetdoughgc.com

The perfect way to get a glimpse of Grand Coteau’s local culture and history. Take part in the pie-eating contest or check out the arts and crafts vendors.

 

Arts Alive Fair and Festival 

Oct. 24 | Founders Park 

Hosting an open-air market, the festival also has clowns, face painting, balloon artists, live entertainment, food and more. 

 

Yellow Leaf Arts Festival

Oct. 24–25 | Parker Memorial Park 

yellowleaf.felicianalocal.com

Local artisans show off their work, including glass art, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, metalwork and more. Families can also enjoy the local sweet potatoes baked into pies, muffins and cakes.

 

Rougarou Fest

Oct. 24–25 | Downtown Houma 

rougaroufest.org

Featuring the deliriously fun Rougarou Run, where participants are chased by zombies and monsters, this festival hosts a multitude of great activities. 

 

Haints, Haunts and Halloween

Oct. 25 | Rural Life Museum 

Children can comfortably enjoy the fun of an old-fashioned fair hosted on the museum grounds. Events include trick-or-treating and storytelling.

 

Feast on the Levee

Oct. 25 | St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 

Anyone looking to dig in to local dishes and southern favorites should look no further. Dine on classics like pastalaya and fried turkey while enjoying a silent auction and more.

 

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival

Oct. 28–Nov. 1 | Hampton Inn and Suites, Jennings 

A means for understanding the value of “working wetlands,” local farmers and birders can participate in various information sessions, lectures and workshops. 

 

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 | City Park

worshipthemusic.com

Come Experience New Orleans premiere alternative music festival featuring performances by Ozzy Osborne, DeadMau5, Gerard Way, Jack U, Florence & the Machine, Metric, and more.

 

Louisiana Book Festival

Oct. 31 | State Library of Louisiana 

louisianabookfestival.org

Meet exceptional writers and find some great books for any occasion at this annual book festival.

 

Harvest Moon Festival

Oct. 31 | Downtown Franklin 

Start the fall season and celebrate the Harvest Moon in historic Franklin’s Downtown District. The event will have a BBQ cookoff, car show and more. 

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