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2015 Guide to Louisiana Fairs & Festivals: September 

SEPTEMBER

3-7Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival (715 Second St., Morgan City, 985-385-0703; www.shrimpandpetroleum.org) The five-day festival features live music, a children's village, arts and crafts, lots of shrimp dishes, a car show, fireworks and more. Hours vary. Admission free.

4-5Cane River Zydeco Festival (Downtown Natchitoches, 800-259-1714; www.natchitoches.net) The two-day event includes a zydeco dance competition, music, food, a poker run and more. Hours 6 p.m.-midnight Fri., 1 p.m.-midnight Sat. Admission free Fri., $7 Sat.

5Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival (Zydeco Festival Park, 457 Zydeco Road, off Highway 167 N., Plaisance, 337-290-6048; www.zydeco.org) — The celebration of zydeco also includes swamp pop, Cajun and Southern soul music, and there's food and more. Gates open at 11 a.m. Admission $10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger.

18-19 Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival (Downtown Natchitoches, 800-259-1714; www.meatpiefestival.com) The festival features a variety of homemade meat pies, as well as live music, a meat pie-eating contest, children's activities and more. Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Admission free.

25-26Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival (Cassidy Park, 129 Ben Miller Drive, Bogalusa, 985-205-1075; www.bogalusablues.com) — The fourth annual festival features a diverse lineup of blues musicians, cultural education programs, Louisiana food, arts and crafts and more. Hours 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Admission $10 online, $15 at the gate.

25-26 Hot Air Balloon Festival (Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. Landry Road, Gonzales; www.ascensionballooning.com) The hot air balloon festival outside the expo center includes dozens of hot air balloons, a children's village, food, music and more. Inside the expo center are more than 100 vendors offering arts, crafts and gifts for sale. Hours 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Admission $2, free for children 12 and under.

25-27Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Fair (Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 8968 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, 504-394-0314; www.olphbc.org/events) There's food, music, crafts, games, rides and more. Hours all day. Admission free.

26New Orleans on Tap (Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., 504-762-3307) The beer festival features more than 300 beers, including libations from homebrewers and microbrews. There also is live music, food and entertainment from local dance troupes. Hours 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission free.

26-27Best of the Bayou Festival (Downtown Houma, 985-876-5600; www.bestofthebayou.la) 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. Hours vary. Admission free.

27 Calca-Chew Food Festival (St. Margaret Family Life Center, 2500 Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, 337-439-4585; www.visitlakecharles.org) The alcohol-free festival focuses on French heritage and offers foods including boudin, etouffee, jambalaya and fried fish. There are live and silent auctions, children's games and activities and more. Hours 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission free.



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