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2015 Guide to Louisiana Fairs & Festivals: October 


2-4Gretna Heritage Festival (Huey P. Long Avenue, downtown Gretna, 504-361-7748; The three-day festival takes over 25 city blocks of Gretna and has six stages for performances by local and national music acts. There also are food vendors, rides, activities for the kids and more. Hours 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Admission $20 daily, $15 in advance, $50 weekend pass. Free for ages 12 and younger.

9-10 Carnaval Latino (Various locations, French Quarter and Downtown, 504-528-8560; Presented by the Hispanic-American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association, the 16th edition of this festival celebrates Latin music and Hispanic history and culture in New Orleans. The festival includes Latin music, a parade, art, food and more. Hours vary. Admission free.

9-10, 16-17, 23-24 Oktoberfest (Deutsches Haus, 415 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-522-8014; Willkommen to the annual Oktoberfest celebration, featuring three weekends of German food, music and fun. Highlights include Dachshund races, 5K run/walk, a beerstein-holding contest and more than 18 brews. Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Admission $6, free for children under 12.

9-11Festival Acadiens et Creole (Girard Park, Congress Street at Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette; The three-day festival celebrates Cajun and Creole food, music, dancing, arts and crafts and more. Hours 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

9-11Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay (Chackbay-Choupic Fairgrounds, 326 Highway 304, Thibodaux, 985-633-2828; Local and national musical acts including Doug Stone and Velvet Sky will perform, and there are vendors selling gumbo, fried fish, sauce piquante and more. There also are carnival rides, a parade, kids' activities and more. Hours 6 p.m.-midnight Fri., noon-midnight Sat., and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

10 Fall for Art (320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650; The event draws nearly 4,000 visitors to the St. John district every season, showcasing new work by dozens of artists. Attractions include gallery openings, art demonstrations, boutique shopping and fine dining throughout downtown Covington. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free.

10-11 Wooden Boat Festival (Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, 985-845-9200; The annual festivities feature a boat-building contest, children's village, classic car and motorcycle shows and arts and crafts. The beer garden comes complete with flatscreen televisions so no one has to miss the game. Hours 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Admission $10, $5 for seniors over 65 and children 12 and under, free for active military with ID.

11Celebracion Latina (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; The festival celebrates Latin American culture with food, music and special activities. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free with zoo admission: $18.95 ages 13-64, $14.95 ages 65 and older, $13.95 ages 2-12, free for members.

14-18Cal-Cam Fair (West Calcasieu Arena & Events Center, 2900 Ruth St., Sulphur, 337-527-9371; About 3,000 people attend the 92-year-old alcohol-free event, which offers a variety of music performances, a livestock show, wildlife exhibits, carnival rides, games and more. Hours TBA. Admission TBA.

15-18International Rice Festival (Downtown Crowley, 337-783-3067; — There's a frog derby, rice-eating contest, a car show, 5K run, more than 20 bands, carnival rides and more at the 78-year-old festival celebrating the importance of rice. Hours 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

16-18 Andouille Festival (2900 Hwy. 51, LaPlace, 985-652-9569; 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. Hours 6 p.m.-midnight Fri., 11a.m.-midnight Sat., 11a.m.-10p.m. Sun. Admission free.

16-18 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-6100; Celebrate the soul of the South with music, an arts market, a smorgasbord of barbecue options and smoked meats. Hours 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission free.

16-18KC International Acadian Festival (58715 Price St., Plaquemine, 225-687-2061; The festival celebrating the Acadian heritage of South Louisiana offers rides and games, food and live entertainment. There's a festival parade Sunday and a re-enactment of Longfellow's epic poem Evangeline the weekend before. Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

16-18Violet Oyster Festival (Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2621 Colonial Blvd., Violet, 504-583-0555; Oysters are served raw on the half-shell, fried in dinners and on po-boys, grilled and more. There also are a variety of other seafood dishes, as well as live music, carnival rides, games, contests and a crafts fair. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. and noon-9 p.m. Sat. Admission free.

17-18 Experience Louisiana Festival (LSU-Eunice, 2048 Johnson Highway, Eunice, 337-580-3363; The event features a range of food, music, art, crafts and other aspects of Louisiana culture. Hours TBA. Admission free.

22-Nov. 1 Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (10672 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, 225-755-3247; The annual fair celebrates 50 years with amusement rides, agricultural and livestock events, music, food and more. Hours 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission $5 for people 48 inches and taller.

23-24Ghosts in the Oaks (New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 504-483-9376; 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. Hours 7 p.m.-10 p.m., early admission 6 p.m. Admission $15 general, $12 Friends of City Park members, $20 early admission, free for children under  3.

23-25French Food Festival (Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., Larose, 985-693-7355; This down-the-bayou festival features Cajun dishes like shrimp boulettes, crawfish fettuccine and seafood gumbo, as well as carnival rides, contests and the Mid-South Pro Tour Bullriding Finals. There will be musical performances by Waylon Thibodeaux, Amanda Shaw, Contraflow and others. Hours 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Thu., 5 p.m.-11 a.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

24 Sweet Dough Pie Festival (St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 174 Church St., Grand Coteau, 337-662-3058; — Live music, blacksmith demonstrations, a pie contest and 50 arts and crafts and other vendors participate in the festival celebrating the culture and history of Grand Coteau. Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission free.

30-Nov. 1 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (New Orleans City Park, 877-569-7767; The three-day festival over the Halloween weekend draws costumed revelers looking to hear a variety of musical performances on several stages. There also are food booths, an arts market and more. Hours TBA. Admission $125 (three-day general admission), $350 VIP, free for children 10 and under.

31-Nov. 1 Holly Daze (Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 985-796-5853; 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. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission TBA.

31-Nov. 8 LadyFest 2015 (Various locations, 504-931-9824; The multi-day event serves as a showcase for women to present their art, music and spoken word talents. LadyFest's mission is to provide a venue where female artists can counter common prejudices, such as racism, homophobia and sexism. Hours vary. Admission TBA.


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