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2015 Fall Entertainment Preview: Fairs & Festivals 

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Sept. 25-26
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
The fourth annual festival features a diverse lineup of blues musicians, cultural education programs, Louisiana food, arts and crafts and more.
Cassidy Park, 129 Ben Miller Drive, Bogalusa, (985) 205-1075; www.bogalusablues.com

Sept. 25-26
Hot Air Balloon Festival
The hot air balloon festival features dozens of hot air balloons, a children's village, food, music, arts, crafts and and more.
Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. Landry Road, Gonzales; www.ascensionballooning.com

Sept. 25-27
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Fair
There's food, music, crafts, games, rides and more. Free admission.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 8968 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, (504) 394-0314; www.olphbc.org/olph-fair

Sept. 26
Algiers Fall Festival
The free festival features Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Little Freddie King and other bands, kids' activities, a craft market, food trucks and more.
Federal City, 2500 General Meyer Ave., (504) 367-3331; www.algiersdevelopment.com

Sept. 26
New Orleans on Tap
The beer festival features more than 300 beers, including homebrewer beer and microbrews. There also is live music, food and entertainment from local dance troupes.
New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds, 1701 Wisner Blvd.; www.nolaontap.org

Sept. 26-27
Best of the Bayou Festival
There are two stages for national headliners and Louisiana musicians to perform, as well as Cajun cuisine, an arts market, alligator race, classic car show and more.
Downtown Houma, (985) 876-5600; www.bestofthebayou.la

Sept. 30-Oct. 4
Tangipahoa Parish Fair
The fair features livestock shows, a pageant, music, amusement rides and more.
400 Reid Ave., Amite; www.tangipahoaparishfair.org

Oct. 1-5
New Orleans Swing Dance Festival & The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown
The event features dance contests, classes, parties, a second-line parade and more.
Various locations; www.lindyshowdown.net

Oct. 2-4
Gretna Heritage Festival
Kid Rock, Bret Michaels, Uncle Kracker, Marc Broussard, Hank Williams Jr., Lost Bayou Ramblers and Amanda Shaw are among the 50 bands performing in downtown Gretna, and there are amusement rides, beer gardens, an art market, food vendors and more.
Huey P. Long Avenue, downtown Gretna, (504) 361-7748; www.gretnafest.com

Oct. 2-31
House of Shock
The house of horrors is back from the dead (or 2014's cancelled closing) and revels in gore, the occult and a new feature: the Bordello of Freaks.
319 Butterworth St., Jefferson; www.houseofshock.com

Oct. 2-3
Ponderosa Stomp
Irma Thomas, Barbara Lynn, Warren Storm, Lil Buck Sinegal, Brenda Holloway, Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon and many others perform at two nights of concerts celebrating one-hit wonders, early rock 'n' roll and more. There's also a record show and conference with interviews and panel discussions. Various locations; www.ponderosastomp.com

Oct. 3
Art for Art's Sake
Galleries and museums across town open new shows.
Citywide; www.cacno.org/afas2015;
Magazine Street event information

Oct. 3
Denham Springs Festival
The outdoor festival features art, craft and antique vendors, food booths and live music.
N. Range Avenue at Mattie Street, Denham Springs; www.denhamspringsantiquedistrict.net

Oct. 9-10
Carnaval Latino
Presented by the Hispanic-American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association, the 16th edition of this festival includes Latin music, a parade, art, food and more. Hours vary.
Various locations, French Quarter and Downtown, (504) 528-8560; www.carnavallatinola.com

Oct. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24
Oktoberfest
Deutsches Haus' annual Oktoberfest celebration features three weekends of German food, music and fun. Highlights include dachshund races, 5K run/walk, a beer stein-holding contest and more than 18 brews.
415 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 522-8014; www.oktoberfestnola.com

Oct. 9-11
Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay
Local and national musical acts including Doug Stone and Velvet Sky perform, and there are food vendors, amusement rides, a parade, kids' activities and more.
Chackbay-Choupic Fairgrounds, 326 Highway 304, Chackbay, (985) 633-2828; www.lagumbofest.com

Oct. 9-11
Voice of the Wetlands Festival
Tab Benoit, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Mia Borders, Randy Jackson, Lightnin' Malcolm and others perform at the 12th annual festival raising awareness of coastal restoration.
Voice of the Wetlands Festival Grounds, 5403 West Park, Houma; www.voiceofthewetlands.org/vow-festival

Oct. 10
Beasts of the Southern Wild Wordless Music Orchestra
Lost Bayou Ramblers and others perform a live score to the Court 13 film about a fictional coastal Louisiana community hit by a storm.
Saenger Theatre

Oct. 10
Fall for Art
The event in the St. John district showcases new work by dozens of artists at gallery openings, and there are art demonstrations, boutique shopping and more throughout downtown Covington.
320 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-8650; www.sttammanyartassociation.org

Oct. 10-11
Fall Garden Show
The show features plants and garden products, a kids' area, music, arts, crafts and more.
New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans City Park; www.neworleanscitypark.com/events/fall-garden-festival

Oct. 10
FORESTival in the Woods
The event features artwork by former resident artists, art activities, walks led by wetlands scientists, food vendors, a silent auction and raffles.
A Studio in the Woods, 13401 Patterson Road, (504) 392-4460; www.astudiointhewoods.org

Oct. 10
Japan Fest
The festival features Japanese cultural groups and demonstrations such as taiko drumming, dance and tea ceremonies, and there are crafts and Japanese food vendors.
New Orleans Museum of Art, I Collins C. Diboll Circle; www.japansocietyofneworleans.org

Oct. 10
Pagan Pride Day
The event features pagan groups, rituals, music, activities, vendors and a canned food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.
Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave.; www.gnopaganpride.com

Oct. 10-11
Wooden Boat Festival
The annual festivities feature a boat-building contest, children's village, classic car and motorcycle shows, beer garden and arts and crafts.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, (985) 845-9200; www.woodenboatfest.org

Oct. 11
Celebracion Latina
The festival celebrates Latin American culture with food, music and special activities.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org

Oct. 14-22
New Orleans Film Festival
The festival screens Born to Be Blue, Brooklyn, I Saw the Light, Carol, Room and slates of features, documentaries and short, experimental and animated films and there are panel discussions, events and more.
Various locations; www.neworleansfilmfestival.org

Oct. 16-18
Andouille Festival
LaPlace, self-proclaimed andouille capital of the world, hosts its 42nd annual andouille festival. There will be eating contests, cook-offs, amusement rides, music and more.
2900 Highway 51, LaPlace, (985) 652-9569; www.andouillefestival.com

Oct. 16-17, 23-24
Boo at the Zoo
Festivities at the zoo include costumes, music, dance, appearances by Marvel Comics heroes, food available for purchase and more.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 861-2537; www.auduboninstitute.org/boo-at-the-zoo

Oct. 16-18
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Marcia Ball, Kenny Neal, The Funky Meters, Mr. Sipp and others perform and there's all sorts of barbecue and Louisiana cuisine.
Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest

Oct. 16-18
Violet Oyster Festival
Oysters are grilled, served raw on the half-shell, and fried in dinners and on po-boys. There also are a variety of other seafood dishes, as well as live music, carnival rides, games, contests and a crafts fair.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2621 Colonial Blvd., Violet, (504) 583-0555; www.olol-church.com/oyster_festival.htm

Oct. 17
Anba Dlo
The event includes a water symposium and Halloween festival with a parade, music, dance, food and more.
New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 940-1130; www.neworleanshealingcenter.org

Oct. 22-25
French Food Festival
The festival features Cajun dishes like shrimp boulettes, crawfish fettuccine and seafood gumbo, and there's music by Waylon Thibodeaux, Amanda Shaw, Contraflow and others, as well as carnival rides, contests and the Mid-South Pro Tour Bullriding Finals.
Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., Larose, (985) 693-7355; www.bayoucivicclub.org

Oct. 23-25
Bucktown Seafood Festival
The festival features live music and seafood dishes from local restaurants. The event benefits St. Louis King of France School.
1600 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-8224; www.slkfschool.com/bucktown-seafood-festival

Oct. 23-24
Ghosts in the Oaks
The family-friendly event includes unlimited rides at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, trick-or-treating in Storyland, arts and crafts, face painting and other activities.
New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 483-9376; www.friends- ofcitypark.com

Oct. 23-29

How To Build a Forest
Katie Pearl, Lisa D'Amour and Shawn Hall build a forest out of fabric and found materials in a visual and performance art hybrid exploring the divide between city dwellers and nature.
Contemporary Arts Center, 925 Camp St., (504) 528-3805; www.cacno.org

Oct. 24
Krewe of Boo
Riders toss beads, candy, cups and more in a Mardi Gras-style float parade through the French Quarter and ending at Mardi Gras World.
www.kreweofboo.com

Oct. 24-25
Olde Towne Slidell Fall Street Fair
The fair features antiques, furniture, jewelry, pottery, food, music and more.
First, Second and Erlanger streets, Slidell; www.slidellantiques.com

Oct. 28-Nov. 1
Words & Music
The literary festival marks the 25th anniversary of the Faulkner Society and features readings, panel discussions and more.
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St.; www.wordsandmusic.org

Oct. 31-Nov. 1
Holly Daze
Handcrafted items and a large selection of gifts are featured at this arts, crafts and gifts show and sale, which also has a kids' area.
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (985) 796-5853; www.steinhauerproductions.com

Oct. 31-Nov. 8
LadyFest 2015
The multi-day event serves as a showcase for women to present their art, music and spoken word talents.
Various locations, (504) 949-3001; www.ladyfestneworleans.org

Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Tom Morello, Zac Brown Band, Jane's Addiction, Florence + The Machine, Jason Isbell, Deadmau5. There also are food booths, an arts market and more.
New Orleans City Park Festival grounds. (877) 569-7767; www.workshipthemusic.com

Nov. 4-22
Faux Real New Orleans
The festival is an umbrella for theatrical performances (drama, comedy, solo shows, dance, opera, burlesque, circus arts), literary and culinary events, parties and more.
Citywide; www.fauxrealneworleans.com

Nov. 7
Mirliton Festival
There's music, food, drinks and more at the Bywater neighborhood festival.
Mickey Markey Park; www.bywatermirlitonfestival.com

Nov. 10-11
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The astrophysicist, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium discusses the solar system.
Saenger Theatre

Nov. 13-15
Westwego Cypress Swamp Fest
The three-day festival includes live music, food and beverage vendors, carnival games and crafts.
Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Ave., Westwego, (504) 341-3424; www.cityofwestwego.com

Nov. 14-15
Covington Three Rivers Art Festival
More than 200 artists from 20 states sell art, crafts, jewelry and more. There also will be arts and crafts demonstrations, music, food and children's activities.
Downtown Covington, (985) 327-9797; www.threeriversartfestival.com

Nov. 14
New Orleans Comics and Zines Fest
Comics artists, especially self-published and D.I.Y. artists present their work at the event.
New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave.; www.nocazfest.com

Nov. 14-15
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
The festival features jazz, brass bands and R&B, all sorts of gumbo and a vegan gumbo cook-off.
Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., (504) 558-6100; www.tremegumbofest.com

Nov. 21
COPS 2 Blues Fest
The one-day festival includes live music, animal rescue adoptions, food, beer and a full bar.
Palmer Park, (504) 962-7260; www.2nddistrictbluesfest.com

click to enlarge Nov. 22 - Yum! Oak Street Po-Boy Fest!
  • Nov. 22
    Yum! Oak Street Po-Boy Fest!

Nov. 22
Oak Street Po-boy Festival
The festival features a wide array of creative po-boys from area restaurants plus four music stages featuring Los Po-boy-Citos, Rebirth Brass Band, Mia Borders, Theresa Andersson with John "Papa" Gros and guests, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Tank and the Bangas and others
Oak Street between S. Carrollton Avenue and Eagle Street; www.poboyfest.com

Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2016
Celebration in the Oaks
The live oaks of City Park and park attractions are lit with holiday lights and displays and there are special events.
New Orleans City Park, (504) 483-9415; www.neworleanscitypark.com

Dec. 2
New Orleans Bookfair
The event features small and independent publishers, readings and more.
Clouet Gardens, 707 Clouet St.; www.neworleansbookfair.com

Dec. 4-Jan. 1, 2016
Holiday in the Park
The nighttime holiday celebration features music performances, holiday lights and decorations, a letter-writing station for messages to Santa Claus and more.
Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, (504) 838-4389; www.lafrenierepark.org

Dec. 4-6
Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Expo
Vendors from 20 states sell their wares from 500 booths at the three-day arts, crafts and gifts expo. There also are more than a dozen food booths.
Covington Fair Grounds, 600 Highway 190 North, Covington, (985) 796-5853; www.steinhauerproductions.com

Dec. 4-6
Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival
The family-friendly festival features citrus tasting, cooking contests, adult and kids' games, eating contests, and music by Boot Hill, Bruce Daigrepont, Groovy 7 and others. There also are carnival rides, children's activities and more.
Historical Fort Jackson, Buras, (504) 405-8535; www.orangefestival.com

Dec. 10-13
PhotoNOLA
The photography festival features shows at venues around town plus portfolio reviews, lectures and more.
Citywide; www.photo- nola.org

Dec. 12
Running of the Santas
The Warehouse District holiday event features costumed revelers who make their way from The Rusty Nail to Generations Hall.
www.runningofthe- santas.com

Dec. 18-27
NOLA ChristmasFest
The indoor holiday festival features an ice-skating rink, amusement rides, North Pole characters, Christmas trees decorated by local organizations, lighting displays and more.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 524-0188; www.nolachristmasfest.com

Dec. 20
Caroling in Jackson Square
Candles and song sheets are provided for the singalong.
Jackson Square, 700 Decatur St.; www.patioplanters.org

Dec. 31
Zoo Year's Eve
The celebration features live music, games, non-alcoholic drinks for toasting and party hats and noise makers for a countdown to noon.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org




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