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A&E Fall Preview: Festivals & Events 

Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair
The fair features amusement rides, live music, pageants, cook-offs and more.
www.tangipahoaparishfair.org
Amite
Oct. 3-7

Gretna Heritage Festival
Joe Cocker, Foreigner, The Temptations, Leon Russell, Big & Rich and many others perform at Gretna Fest.
www.gretnafest.com
Downtown Gretna
Oct. 5-7

New Orleans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival
The festival presents feature films from the United States, Cuba and Brazil including Fernando Meirelles' City of God, as well as short films by locals and about local subjects.
www.neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org
Cafe Istanbul
Oct. 5-7

Art for Arts Sake
Museums and art galleries citywide open shows and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Citywide
Oct. 6

2012 Fall Festival
The Antique Village in Denham Springs is the site of the fall art and antique fair.
www.denhamspringsantiquedistrict.com
Denham Springs
Oct. 6

Bucktown Seafood Festival
St. Louis King of France Church and School presents the community festival featuring amusement rides, music, crafts, food and more.
www.bucktownseafoodfestival.com
1600 Lake Ave., Metairie
Oct. 12-14

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's blues festival is headlined by Keb Mo, Clarence Carter, Latimore, Chris Thomas King and others.
www.jazzandheritage.org
Lafayette Square
Oct. 12-14

New Orleans Film Festival
The New Orleans Film Society presents features, documentaries and short, animated and experimental films.
www.neworleansfilmsociety.org
Various locations
Oct. 11-18

Wooden Boat Festival
The Quick and Dirty Boat Building Contest is one of the highlights of the festival celebrating hand-crafted boats and also featuring music,  a children's area and more.
www.woodenboatfest.org
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville
Oct. 13-14

Fall for Art
Covington art galleries open new shows and celebrate visual art.
Downtown Covington
Oct. 20

Voodoo Experience
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Green Day, The Avett Brothers, Nas, Jack White, Bootsy Collins and others perform. There's also an electronic music/dance tent and other attractions, parades, food and more.
www.thevoodooexperience.com
City Park
Oct. 26-28

Antique Street Fair
The fair features antiques, vintage clothes, art, crafts and more.
www.slidellantiques.com
Slidell
Oct. 27-28

Mirliton Festival
The neighborhood festival features music, art, crafts and food.
www.bywatermirlitonfestival.com
The Brick Yard, 3036 Chartres St.
Nov. 3

Swamp Fest
The festival celebrates Cajun culture and swamp creatures with Cajun and zydeco music, special food vendors, crafts, special animal feedings and more.
www.auduboninstitute.org
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.
Nov. 3-4

LadyFest
The festival presents music, spoken word, film and art by women, and there is a health fair.
www.ladyfestneworleans.org
Various locations
Nov. 7-11

Three Rivers Arts Festival
The festival features live music, art, crafts, a 5K run, children's area and food vendors.
www.threeriversartfestival.com
Covington
Nov. 10-11

New Orleans Fringe Festival
The alternative theater festival presents dramas, comedy, dance, puppetry, circus arts and other genre mash-ups.
www.nofringe.org
Various locations
Nov. 14-18

NOLA Book Fair & Media Expo
Small presses and independent authors and publishers display their works.
www.neworleansbookfair.com
725 Magazine St.
Nov. 17

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
The street festival presents live music and many traditional and exotic po-boys from local restaurants.
www.poboyfest.com
Oak Street between South Carrollton Avenue and Eagle Street
Nov. 18

Celebration in the Oaks
City Park's live oaks are hung with lights and ornaments and there are holiday displays throughout Storyland, the Botannical Garden and Carousel Gardens.
www.celebrationintheoaks.com
City Park
Nov. 23-Jan.1, 2013

Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans
Earnest Gaines, John Shelton Reed, Jonathan Yardley, Patty Friedmann and other authors participate in the literary festival sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society.
www.wordsandmusic.org
Nov. 28-Dec. 2

New Orleans Middle East Film Festival
The festival features feature and documentary films from many Middle Eastern countries.
www.zeitgeistinc.net
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Dec. 7-16


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