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A&E Fall Preview - Festivals & Events 


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Art for Art's Sake
Receptions at art galleries citywide celebrate the beginning of the fall art season.www.cacno.orgOct. 1

WWE Hell in a Cell
Professional wrestlers mix it up in the arena.New Orleans ArenaOct. 2

Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival
The festival features films from South Africa (Shirley Adams: Portrait of a Mother), France (Black Venus) and Britain (Africa United), panel discussions, music and more.neworleansafrikanfilmfest.orgOct. 6-9

Gretna Heritage Festival
Grand Funk Railroad, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sara Evans, Sonny Landreth, the Kyle Turley Band, George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, Galactic, Louis Prima Jr., Vince Vance and the Valiants and the Honey Island Swamp Band perform at the festival.Downtown Gretnawww.gretnafest.comOct. 7-9

Voice of the Wetlands Festival
Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Amanda Shaw, Waylon Thibodeaux, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and others perform at the festival calling attention to the problem of coastal erosion.Houma; www.voiceofthewetlands.comOct. 7-9

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Tab Benoit, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Marcia Ball, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Little Freddie King and others play the free festival.Lafayette Squarewww.jazzandheritage.orgOct. 14-16

Gambit Pick New Orleans Film Festival
Headlining films include The Artist, Brawler, The Big Fix and The Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story. The festival also features documentaries, animation and short and experimental films, plus parties and panel discussions.www.neworleansfilmsociety.orgOct. 14-20

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival
The Quick & Dirty Boat Building Contest is the highlight of the two-day festival. Other entertainment includes live music, a children's village, food and craft vendors and more.Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, Water StREET, Madisonvillewww.woodenboatfest.orgOct. 15-16

Carnaval Latino
The festival includes headliners La Makina, Sonora Dinamita, Esther Lanuza, La Sonora Santanera, La Chanchona, Rumba Buena and others.Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Placewww.carnavallatinonola.comOCT. 15-16

Gambit Pick Prospect.2
Curator Dan Cameron's international art biennial Prospect.2 opens at galleries, museums and other venues across the city.www.prospectneworleans.orgOct. 22-Jan. 29

Gambit Pick Voodoo Music Experience
Soundgarden, Snoop Dogg, TV on the Radio, The Raconteurs, Blink 182, Mastodon, Girl Talk and a host of other musicians and performers fill three days of entertainment.City Park; www.thevoodooexperience.comOct. 28-30

click to enlarge The Mirliton Festival fills Markey Park in the Bywater on Nov. 5.
  • The Mirliton Festival fills Markey Park in the Bywater on Nov. 5.

Mirliton Festival
The Bywater event features live music, food and craft vendors in Markey Park.www.mirlitonfestival.comNov. 5

New Orleans BookfairThe alternative media showcase features new and used books, small press publications, self-published work, comics and other DIY media.500-600 blocks of Frenchmen Streetwww.nolabookfair.comNov. 5

Swamp FestDance to Cajun and zydeco music and enjoy Cajun cuisine at the annual event.Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.www.auduboninstitute.orgNov. 5-6

Gambit Pick Words and Music Festival
Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics), Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) and Armando Valladares (Against All Hope) headline the literary event with readings, discussions, dramatic performances, parties and more.www.wordsandmusic.orgNov. 9-13

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival
Artists and craft vendors fill downtown Covington for a two-day festival with live music, a children's area, food, a fun run and awards for participating professional and student artists.Columbia Street in downtown Covingtonwww.threeriversartfestival.comNov. 12-13

Gambit Pick New Orleans Fringe Festival
The Fringe presents a wide array of alternative theater, comedy, dance and performance art productions at various venues around the city.www.nofringe.orgNov. 16-20

New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival
The sandwich celebration fills Oak Street with live music and all sorts of po-boys from area restaurants.Oak Street At South Carrollton Avenuewww.poboyfest.comNov. 20

Gambit Pick New Orleans Middle East Film Festival
Zeitgeist screens a very large selection of features and documentaries from across the Middle East on a range of political and cultural subjects.Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858www.zeitgeistinc.netDec. 8-18

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