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Community of Fairs 

Almost every Louisiana town has a fair or festival to show off its unique character, and you can pick one to visit almost any weekend of the year.

Louisianans are intensely proud of the diverse cultures that make up the state's gumbo and are always ready to show off in a big way what makes our various communities unique. Almost every town and city hosts at least one festival to spotlight special cuisine, traditions, talents and music within its area, and most have lots of lagniappe such as contests -- some wacky, all fun -- fireworks and light displays, home tours and more.

You can attend fairs and festivals at any time of the year, and each has unique characteristics and themes. To help corral information about these numerous events Gambit Weekly has turned to Julie Posner, the reigning queen of Louisiana festivals, who publishes an annual Huli's Calendar of Louisiana Festivals and Events. Back for its 11th year, the calendar lists the dates for 500 festivals and events for the entire state with town names, phone numbers and Web sites.

The 2008 calendar is available in local stories or can be purchased directly from Posner. She can be reached at Huli Publishing, P.O. Box 850561, New Orleans, LA 70185, call 488-5993 or order directly from the Web site www.louisiana-festivals.com. For even more event info, listen to Posner's weekly report on WWOZ (90.7 FM) each Friday just past noon. BOX: Look for the Indians Photo by Julie Posner It's always a treat -- and happens only a couple times a year -- to see Mardi Gras Indians decked out in their elaborately beaded and feathered suits take to the streets for a parade. The first chance, of course, is Mardi Gras, but the Indian gangs also have maintained a tradition of parading around St. Joseph's Day. Indians generally take to the streets in the evening of St. Joseph's Day, March 19, but the Mardi Gras Indian Council and Tambourine and Fan organization also stage annual "Super Sunday" parades on the Sabbath closest to the holiday (this year March 16).

Though the exact connection between St. Joseph's Day and the parade of Indian gangs isn't clear, the tradition reportedly began some time before World War I as a casual opportunity for the various Indian groups to walk the streets and meet. Parading on Super Sunday became formalized in 1969, when a parade was organized.

Super Sunday is hosted by The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council, which generally starts its parade at Washington and LaSalle streets, and the Tambourine and Fan club, which starts closer to Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue and Moss Street. As the parade date draws near, check available information as the parades sometimes can be canceled or postponed because of weather or other factors.

St. Patrick's Day Events
St. Patrick's Day is March 17, but there are a week's worth of events surrounding the day. Here are a few:

March 9 -- Irish-Italian-Islenos Parade, St. Bernard (278-4242)

March 14 -- St. Patrick's Day Parade, New Orleans (French Quarter, 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net)

March 15 -- Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade, New Orleans (www.irishchannelno.org)

March 15 -- Irish-Italian Parade, Metairie (Veterans Memorial Boulevard; www.lairish-italian.org)

March 16 -- St. Patrick's Parade, Old Metairie (833-2126)

March 17 -- Bourre's St. Paddy's Block Party, Gretna (363-0028)

March 17 -- Parasol's St. Patrick's Day Party, New Orleans (Irish Channel, 897-5413; www.Parasols.com)

March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day Parade, New Orleans (Faubourg Marigny, 943-0785)

MARCH

6-9 -- Louisiana Sportsmen's Show, Gonzales (464-7363; www.lasportsmenshow.com)

7-9 -- Living History & Civil War Reenactment, Springfield (225-294-3150)

7-9 -- Chanel Spring Festival, Paulina (225-869-5778)

8 -- Cajun French Music Association Cajun Music Festival, Lafayette (337-981-2364; www.acadianvillage.org)

8-9 -- Oak Alley Plantation Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Vacherie (800-44ALLEY; www.oakalleyplantation.com)

13-16 -- Catfish Festival, Washington (337-826-3627; www.washington-la.org)

14-15 -- Bach Around the Clock, New Orleans (670-2520; www.trinitynola.com)

14-16 -- Choctaw Fireman's Fair, Choctaw (877-537-5800)

14-16 -- Rabbit Festival, Iowa (337-582-3535)

14-16 -- Oyster Festival, Amite (985-748-7156; www.amiteoysterfestival.org)

14-16 -- Audubon Pilgrimage, St. Francisville (225-635-6330; www.audubonpilgrimage.info)

15 -- Tickfaw Arts & Crafts Fair, Springfield (225-294-2218; www.lastatepark.com)

15 -- Southdown Marketplace, Houma (985-851-0154; www.southdownmuseum.org)

15-16 -- Los Islenos Fiesta, St. Bernard (278-4242; www.losislenos.org)

15-16 -- Earth Fest, New Orleans (581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org)

16 -- Chef Soiree, Covington (985-893-2570; www.chefsoiree.com)

17 -- St. Patrick's Day (See "St. Patrick's Day Events" box for activities associated with the holiday.)

16 -- Super Sunday, New Orleans (Tambourine and Fan Club parade, Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue and Moss Street, 897-9501; www.backstreetmuseum.org)

16 -- Super Sunday, New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council parade, New Orleans (Washington Avenue at LaSalle Street, New Orleans, 897-9501)

19 -- St. Joseph's Day, New Orleans Piazza d'Italia (377 Poydras St., 522-7294)

19 -- St. Joseph's Altars, Gretna (1910 Monroe St., 362-0070; 610 Sixth St., 368-1313)

22 -- Crescent City Classic, New Orleans (861-8686; www.ccc10k.com)

22-23 -- Laotian New Year Festival, New Iberia (888-942-3742; www.iberiatravel.com)

26-30 -- Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, New Orleans (581-1144; www.tennesseewilliams.net)

28-29 -- Smokin' Blues & BBQ Challenge, Hammond (985-345-2490; www.hammondbluesandbbq.com)

28-30 -- Antiques Festival & Tour, Jackson (225-634-7155; www.felicianatourism.org)

28-30 -- Crawfish Festival, Chalmette (271-0537; www.visitstbernard.com)

29 -- All Town Garage Sale, Abita Springs (985-892-0711; www.townofabitasprings.com)

29-30 -- Battle of Port Hudson Reenactment, Zachary (888-677-3400; www.lastateparks.com)

29-30 -- 72nd Annual New Orleans Spring Fiesta, New Orleans (581-1367; www.springfiesta.com)

30 -- World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off, Eunice (337-457-7389; www.eunice-la.com)

30 -- Allons Manger Food Festival, Belle Rose (225-473-8569)

30 -- Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off, Ville Platte (Belaire Cove, 337-363-3957; www.evangelinetourism.org)

APRIL

2-5 -- Improv Comedy Festival, New Orleans (La Nuit Theater, 2301 Soniat St., 899-0336; www.nolacomedy.com)

3-6 -- Cypress Sawmill Festival, Patterson (800-256-2931; www.cypresssawmill.com)

4-6 -- 72nd Annual New Orleans Spring Fiesta, New Orleans (581-1367; www.springfiesta.com)

4-6 -- Cajun Hot Sauce Festival, New Iberia (337-365-7539; www.sugarena.com)

4-6 -- Boggy Bayou Festival, Pine Prairie (337-599-2031; www.evangelinetourism.com)

4-6 -- Audubon Country Birdfest, St. Francisville (225-635-6769; www.audubonbirdfest.com)

4-6 -- Kite Festival, Port Allen (800-654-9701; www.westbatonrouge.net)

4-6 -- Family Fun & Food Festival, Westlake (337-439-6585)

5 -- Freret Street Festival, New Orleans (899-5900; www.freretstreet.com)

5-6 -- Pyromania, Lafayette (337-269-0363; www.pyrocajun.com)

5-6 -- Algiers RiverFest, Algiers (362-8813; www.oldalgiersmainstreet.com)

5-6 -- Spring Garden Show, New Orleans (Botanical Gardens, City Park, 483-9386; www.neworleanscitypark.com/garden)

11-13 -- French Quarter Festival, New Orleans (522-5730; www.fqfi.org)

11-13 -- Creole Festival, Jeanerette (337-276-3615)

11-13 -- Strawberry Festival, Ponchatoula (985-542-7520; www.lastrawberryfestival.com)

11-13 -- Great Louisiana Bird Fest, Mandeville (985-626-1238; www.northlakenature.org)

12 -- Cracklin' Cookoff, Cut Off (985-632-7616)

13 -- Blessing of the Fleet, Dulac (985-563-2325)

17-19 -- Great Southern R.V. Park Bluegrass Fest, Angie (985-516-4680)

18-19 -- Bayou Teche Bear Fest, Franklin (800-256-2931; www.bayoutechebearfest.org)

18-19 -- Migratory Bird Celebration, Grand Isle (985-787-2997; www.grand-isle.com)

18-20 -- Blessing of the Fleet Festival, Lafitte (689-4101)

18-23 -- Dewey Balfa Cajun & Creole Week, Ville Platte (337-234-8360; www.lafolkroots.org)

19 -- Cajun Joke Telling Contest, Opelousas (877-948-8004)

19-20 -- Spring Festival, Destrehan (985-764-9315; www.destrehanplantation.org)

19-20 -- Spring Food Festival, Lockport (985-532-3117)

19-20 -- Antique Street Fair, Slidell (985-641-6316)

19-20 -- Les Bon Vieux Temps Sur La Chenal, Lakeland (225-627-5124)

19-20 -- Angola Spring Rodeo, Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary, 225-655-2030; www.angolarodeo.com)

20 -- Blessing of the Fleet, Chauvin (985-594-5859; www.stjosephchauvin.parishesonline.com)

20 -- Earth Day Celebration, Baton Rouge (800-527-6843; www.earthdaybr.org)

23-27 -- Festival International, Lafayette (337-232-8086; www.festivalinternational.com)

25-27 -- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans (The Fair Grounds Race Course, 410-4100; www.nojazzfest.com)

25-27 -- Festival de la Prairie, Prairieville (225-673-8307)

25-27 -- Family Fun Festival, Larose (985-693-7355; www.bayoucivicclub.org)

25-27 -- LIHA Spring Powwow, Gonzales (888-775-7990; www.liha-news.com)

25-27 -- Italian Festival, Independence (800-542-7520)

25-27 -- St. Joan of Arc Spring Festival, LaPlace (529 W. Fifth St., 985-652-6310)

25-27 -- Etouffee Festival, Arnaudville (337-754-5912)

26 -- Springfest, Denham Springs (Downtown antiques district, 225-665-4666; www.denhamspringsantiquevillage.com)

26 -- Blessing on the Bayou Festival, Westwego (340-0718)

26 -- Blessing of the Fleet, Golden Meadow (985-475-5428)

26 -- Grillin' in the Park, New Iberia (337-367-8464)

26-27 -- Battle of Jackson Crossroads, Jackson (225-634-7155; www.battleofjacksoncrossroads.org)

26-27 -- St. Philomena Spring Festival, Labadieville (985-387-0321)

26-27 -- Cajun Woodstock for St. Judes, Church Point (337-684-5692; www.cajunwoodstock.com)

27 -- Laurel Valley Spring Event, Thibodaux (985-446-1187)

28-May 1 -- Louisiana Music Factory In-Store Concerts, New Orleans (210 Decatur St., 586-1094; www.louisianamusicfactory.com)

29-30 -- Ponderosa Stomp, New Orleans (House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.ponderosastomp.com)

MAY

1 -- Louisiana Music Factory In-Store Concerts, New Orleans (210 Decatur St., 586-1094; www.louisianamusicfactory.com)

1-4 -- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans (The Fair Ground Race Course, 410-4100; www.nojazzfest.com)

1-4 -- Contraband Days, Lake Charles (337-436-5508; www.contrabanddays.com)

1-4 -- Thibodaux's Volunteer Firemen's Fair, Thibodaux (985-448-FAIR)

2 -- Zoo-To-Do, New Orleans (Audubon Zoo, 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org)

2-4 -- Tomato Festival, Chalmette (271-2953)

2-4 -- Crawfish Festival, Breaux Bridge (337-332-6655; www.bbcrawfest.com)

2-4 -- May Festival, Abbeville (337-898-0859) 2-4 -- Little Red Church Food Fun Festival, Destrehan (985-764-6383)

3-4 -- FestforAll, Baton Rouge (225-344-8558; www.artsbr.org)

8-10 -- Pecan Ridge Bluegrass Fest, Jackson (225-629-5905)

8-11 -- Contraband Days, Lake Charles (337-436-5508; www.contrabanddays.com)

8-11 -- Cochon de Lait Festival, Mansura (318-964-2887; www.cochondelait.com)

10 -- Strawberry Jam 'n Toast, Ponchatoula (985-350-1460; www.strawberryjam.org)

15-17 -- Mayhaw Festival, Starks (337-743-6297)

16-18 -- Wagon Festival and Trail Ride, Cankton (337-668-4671)

21-25 -- New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, New Orleans (504-529-WINE; www.nowfe.com)

22-June 1 -- Cajun Heartland State Fair, Lafayette (337-265-2100; www.cajundome.com)

22-24 -- Bunk Johnson Festival, New Iberia (888-9-IBERIA)

23-24 -- Bayou Boogaloo, New Orleans (488-3865; www.thebayouboogaloo.com)

23-25 -- Greek Festival, New Orleans (282-0259; www.greekfestnola.com)

22-25 -- Jambalaya Festival, Gonzales (225-647-2937; www.jambalayafestival.org)

23-25 -- Plaquemines Parish Heritage and Seafood Festival, Belle Chasse (394-6328; www.plaqueminesparishfestival.com)

24 -- Swamp Pop Music Festival, Robert (985-345-9244; www.hiddenoaksfamilycampground.com)

25 -- Zydeco Extravaganza, Opelousas (800-346-1958; www.zydecoentertainers.com)

30 -- Back to the Beach, New Orleans (836-2205; www.saveourlake.org)

JUNE

1 -- Back to the Beach, New Orleans (836-2205; www.saveourlake.org)

1 -- Bayou Liberty Pirogue Races, Slidell (985-643-2581)

5-7 -- Riverbend Bluegrass Festival, Enon (985-839-9728; www.sabinebluegrass.com)

6-8 -- Bon Mange Festival, Gheens (985-537-5800)

6-8 -- Spice and Music Festival, Opelousas (800-424-5442; www.spiceandmusicfestival.com)

6-8 -- Buggy Festival, Church Point (337-684-2739; www.churchpointbuggyfestival.com)

13-15 -- Louisiana Corn Festival, Bunkie (318-346-2575; www.bunkie.com)

13-15 -- The Day the War Stopped, St. Francisville (800-789-4221; www.daythewarstopped.com)

13-15 -- Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, New Orleans (588-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org)

13-15 -- Juneteenth Freedom Festival, Donaldsonville (225-474-5553; www.africanamericanmuseum.org)

14 -- Cajun Culture and Music Festival, Eunice (337-457-5601)

14 -- Bicycle Festival, Abita Springs (985-892-2624; www.seelouisiana.com)

14-15 -- French Market Tomato Festival, New Orleans (522-2621; www.frenchmarket.org)

27-28 -- Smoked Meat Festival, Ville Platte (337-363-6700; www.smokedmeatfestival.com)

28-29 -- Crab Festival, Lacombe (800-647-1824; www.lacombecrabcookofffestival.com)

30-July 4 -- Erath 4th of July Celebration, Erath (337-937-5585; www.erath4.com)

JULY

1-4 -- Erath 4th of July Celebration, Erath (337-937-5585; www.erath4.com)

3-5 -- Pecan Ridge Bluegrass Fest, Jackson (4225 Hwy. 952, 225-629-5905)

4 -- Watermelon Day, Bogalusa (985-839-7855)

4-6 -- Seafood Festival, Mandeville (985-624-9762; www.seafoodfest.com)

4-6 -- Essence Music Festival, New Orleans (www.essence.com)

5 -- LeBeau Zydeco Festival, LeBeau (337-623-0303)

11-13 -- Catfish Festival, Des Allemands (985-758-7542)

16-20 -- Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans (343-4285; www.talesofthecocktail.com)

18-19 -- Swamp Pop Music Festival, Gonzales (225-769-9994; www.swamppopmusicfest.com)

19-20 -- Cajun French Music and Food Festival, Lake Charles (800-456-7952; www.cfmalakecharles.org)

24-26 -- Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, Grand Isle (985-787-2997; www.tarponrodeo.org)

25-26 -- Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration, St. Francisville (225-635-6502; www.audubonbirdfest.com)

31-Aug. 3 -- Satchmo SummerFest, New Orleans (522-5730; www.fqfi.org)

AUGUST

1-3 -- Satchmo SummerFest, New Orleans (522-5730; www.fqfi.org)

1-2 -- Marshland Festival, Lake Charles (Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lake Shore Drive, 800-456-7952; www.marshlandfestival.com)

2 -- White Linen Night, New Orleans (210-0224; www.cacno.org)

7-9 -- Empire South Pass Tarpon Rodeo, Empire (Plaquemines Parish Buras Boat Harbor, 234-5111)

8 -- Red Dress Run, New Orleans (889-HASH; www.neworleanshash.com)

8-10 -- Hot Air Balloon Festival Championship, Baton Rouge (Pennington Biomedical Center, 600 Perkins Road, 225-933-2027; www.laballooning.com)

9 -- Dirty Linen Night, New Orleans (957-3540; www.royalartsdistrict.com)

14-17 -- Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet, Delcambre (337-685-2653; www.shrimpfestival.net)

15-16 -- "Le Cajun" Cajun French Music Association Festival & Awards Show, Lafayette (800-346-1958; www.cajunfrenchmusic.org)

17 -- Indian Food Festival, Kenner (888-8832; www.indianeworleans.com)

21-24 -- Duck Festival, Gueydan (337-536-6456; www.duckfestival.org)

23 -- Krewe of Oak's Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans (866-9359)

29-30 -- Cajun Music Festival, Mamou (337-468-3272; www.mamoucajunmusicfestival.com)

29-31 -- Reggae Festival, Carencro (800-346-1958; www.lafayettereggae.com)

29-Sept. 1 -- Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, Morgan City (985-385-0703; www.shrimp-petrofest.org)

29-Sept. 1 -- Southern Decadence, New Orleans (522-8047; www.southern-decadence.com)

30 -- Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival, Plaisance (337-942-2392; www.zydeco.org)

31 -- Creole Zydeco Festival, St. Martinville (888-565-5939; www.cajuncountry.org)

SEPTEMBER

1 -- Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, Morgan City (985-385-0703; www.Shrimp-Petrofest.org)

1 -- Southern Decadence, New Orleans (522-8047; www.southern-decadence.com)

1 -- BooZoo's Dog Hill Festival, Lake Charles (800-456-7952; www.lakecharles.org)

5-6 -- Italian Heritage Festival, Kenner (388-8758; www.italianheritagefestival.com)

5-6 -- Cajun Food Festival, Lydia (337-365-5577)

5-7 -- Frog Festival, Rayne (337-334-2332; www.rayne.org)

5-7 -- Bayou Lafourche Antique Show and Sale, Thibodaux (985-446-3858; www.gocities.com/thibodauxantiqueshow)

6-7 -- Cajun Heritage Festival, Larose (985-537-7701)

13 -- Atchafalaya Basin Festival, Henderson (337-228-2562; www.cajuncountry.org)

14 -- St. John the Baptist Family Festival, Paradis (985-785-9553)

19-21 -- Grand Bois Inter Tribal Pow Wow, Bourg (985-594-7410)

19-21 -- Bon-Ton Family Festival, Carlyss (337-583-4800)

20 -- Cajun French Music Association Cajun Music Festival, New Iberia (888-942-3742)

20 -- Alligator Day, Hammond (985-345-3617; www.klieberttours.com)

20-21 -- Oil and Gas Festival, Evangeline (337-824-4995; www.oilandgasfestival.com)

24-27 -- Great Southern R.V. Park Bluegrass Fest, Angie (985-516-4680)

24-28 -- Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, New Iberia (888-9-IBERIA; www.hisugar.org)

26-27 -- Oktoberfest-Deutsches Haus, New Orleans (504-522-8014; www.deutscheshaus.org)

26-28 -- Congo Square Rhythms Festival, New Orleans (588-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org)

26-28 -- Alligator Festival, Luling (985-308-0204; www.stcharlesrotary.com)

27 -- St. Helena Forest Festival, Greensburg (225-222-4952)

27 -- National Hunting and Fishing Day, Baton Rouge (225-765-2925; www.wlf.louisiana.gov)

27 -- La Fete d'Ecologie, Thibodaux (800-259-0869; www.lafete.btnep.org)

28 -- Cal-Ca-Chew, Lake Charles (337-439-4585)

28 -- St. James Historical Society Heritage Day, Lutcher (800-367-7852)

30-Oct. 5 -- St. Tammany Parish Fair, Covington (800-634-9443)

OCTOBER

1-4 -- Tangipahoa Parish Fair, Amite (800-542-7520; www.tangifair.org)

1-4 -- Jefferson Davis Parish Fair, Jennings (337-824-1773)

1-5 -- St. Tammany Parish Fair, Covington (800-634-9443)

3-4 -- Oktoberfest-Deutsches Haus, New Orleans (522-8014; www.deutscheshaus.org)

4-5 -- Germanfest, Robert's Cove (337-334-8354; www.robertscovegermanfest.com)

4-5 -- Gretna Heritage Festival, Gretna (361-7748; www.gretnafest.com)

4 -- Art for Art's Sake, New Orleans (210-0224; www.cacno.org)

4 -- Antique Fall Festival, Denham Springs (225-665-4666; www.denhamspringsantiquevillage.com)

4 -- Shadows Arts and Crafts Festival, New Iberia (877-200-4924; www.shadowsontheteche.org)

4 -- Hungarian Celebration, Springfield (225-567-7899)

5 -- Sugarfest, Port Allen (225-336-2422; www.westbatonrougemuseum.com)

5 -- Angola Prison Rodeo, Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary, 225-655-2030; www.angolarodeo.com)

7-12 -- Livingston Parish Fair, Livingston (225-686-1333)

7-12 -- Cotton Festival, Ville Platte (337-363-6367; www.evangelinetourism.com)

9-12 -- Louisiana Cattle Festival, Abbeville (318-893-6328; www.louisianacattlefestival.org)

9-16 -- New Orleans Film & Video Festival, New Orleans (309-6633; www.neworleansfilmfest.com)

10-11 -- Oktoberfest-Deutsches Haus, New Orleans (522-8014; www.deutscheshaus.org)

10-12 -- Gumbo Festival, Bridge City (436-4712; www.gumbofestival.org)

10-12 -- Carnaval Latino, New Orleans (581-2000; www.carnaval-latino.com)

10-12 -- Bourcherie, Sorrento (225-675-6550; www.ascensiontourism.com)

10-12 -- Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Houma (800-688-2732; www.voiceofthewetlands.com)

10-12 -- Festivals Acadiens, Lafayette (800-346-1958; www.festivalsacadiens.com)

10-12 -- Food and Fun Festival, Slidell (985-643-6124; www.saintmmchurch.org)

11 -- Okra Cookoff and Festival, St. Martinville (337-394-6511)

11 -- Fall for Art, Covington (985-892-8650; www.sttammanyartassociation.org)

11-12 -- Gumbo Cookoff, New Iberia (337-364-1836; www.iberiaparish.com)

12 -- Louisiana Tournoi, Ville Platte (337-363-3343; www.louisianatournoi.com)

12 -- Angola Prison Rodeo, Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary, 225-655-2030; www.angolarodeo.com)

14-19 -- Cal-Cam Parish Fair, Sulphur (337-527- 9371)

15-18 -- Washington Parish Free Fair, Franklinton (985-839-5228; www.freefair.com)

16-18 -- Rice Festival, Crowley (337-783-2108; www.ricefestival.com)

17-18 -- Oktoberfest-Deutsches Haus, New Orleans (522-8014; www.deutscheshaus.org)

17-19 -- International Acadian Fest, Plaquemine (225-687-6549; www.kc970.org)

17-19 -- Louisiana Gumbo Festival, Chackbay (877-537-5800; www.lagumbofest.com)

17-19 -- Swamp Pop Festival, Bourg (985-594-7410)

18 -- Cajun Day Jambalaya Cookoff, Springfield (225-294-2218; www.lastateparks.com)

18-19 -- Old Farmer's Day, Loranger (985-878-2360; www.oldfarmersday.com)

18-19 -- Fall Garden Show, New Orleans (Botanical Gardens, City Park, 483-9386; www.neworleanscitypark.com/garden)

18-19 -- Wooden Boat Festival, Madisonville (985-845-9200; www.lpbmaritimemuseum.org)

18-19 -- Crescent City Blues Festival, New Orleans (588-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org)

18-19 -- Oak Alley Plantation Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Vacherie (800-44ALLEY; www.oakalleyplantation.com)

19 -- Pepper Fest, St. Martinville (337-367-6604; www.stmartinkiwanis.org)

19 -- Laurel Valley Village Fall Festival, Thibodaux (985-446-1187)

19 -- Feast on the Levee, Brusly (225-749-2189)

19 -- Angola Prison Rodeo, Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary, 225-655-2030; www.angolarodeo.com)

22-26 -- Yambilee Festival, Opelousas (337- 948-8848; www.yambilee.com)

23-Nov. 2 -- Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, Baton Rouge (225-755-FAIR; www.gbrsf.com)

24-25 -- Oktoberfest-Deutsches Haus, New Orleans (522-8014; www.deutscheshaus.org)

24-26 -- Andouille Festival, Laplace (985-652-9569; www.stjohnla.us)

24-26 -- Fete d'Octobre, Kaplan (337-643-6472)

24-26 -- Oktoberfest, Gonzales (888-775-7990 www.oktoberfestla.com)

24-26 -- Bucktown Seafood Festival, Metairie (833-8224)

24-26 -- French Food Festival, Larose (985-693-7355, www.bayoucivicclub.org)

25-26 -- Antique Street Fair, Slidell (985-641-6316)

25-26 -- Cajun Oktoberfest, Sorrento (225-675-5572)

26 -- Angola Prison Rodeo, Angola (Louisiana State Penitentiary, 225-655-2030; www.angolarodeo.com)

31-Nov. 2 -- LA Swine Festival, Basile (337-432-5251; www.laswinefestival.com)

NOVEMBER

1 -- Great Chili Challenge, New Iberia (337-364-2273)

1 -- Southdown Fall Festival, Houma (985-851-0154; www.southdownmuseum.org)

1-2 -- Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, Baton Rouge (225-755-FAIR; www.gbrsf.com)

1-2 -- LA Swine Festival, Basile (337-432-5251; www.laswinefestival.com)

1-2 -- Celebration of the Giant Omelette, Abbeville (337-893-0013; www.giantomelette.org)

1-2 -- Oktoberfest, Ponchatoula (985-542-7520)

1-2 -- Swamp Festival, New Orleans (581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org)

1-2 -- Sunshine Festival, Donaldsonville (225-473-4814)

1-2 -- Shadows Civil War Encampment, New Iberia (877-200-4924; www.shadowsontheteche.org)

1-2 -- Renaissance Festival, Hammond (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

2 -- International Heritage Celebration, Baton Rouge (225-930-0901; www.brcwa.com)

7-9 -- Scott Founders Day Festival, Scott (337-233-1130; www.scottlouisiana.org)

7-9 -- Cut Off Youth Center Fair, Cut Off (985-632-7616)

7-9 -- Westwego Cypress Swamp Fest, Westwego (341-1003)

8 -- Swamp Pop Music Festival, Robert (985-345-9244; www.hiddenoaksfamilycampground.com)

8 -- Mirliton Festival, New Orleans (Markey Park, 700 block of Piety Street, 944-5422; www.bywaterneighbors.com)

8 -- Thibodeauxville Fall Fest, Thibodaux (Downtown, 985-446-1187; www.thibodauxchamber.com)

8 -- Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge (Louisiana State Capitol and various sites, 225-219-9503; www.louisianabookfestival.org)

8-9 -- Destrehan Plantation 37th Annual Fall Festival, Destrehan (13034 River Road, 985-764-9315; www.destrehanplantation.org)

8-9 -- Fiesta Latina, New Orleans (588-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org)

8-9 -- Renaissance Festival, Hammond (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

12-16 -- Words & Music: A Literary Feast, New Orleans (586-1609; www.wordsandmusic.org)

13-16 -- Cracklin' Festival, Port Barre (Veterans Memorial Park, 337-585-7646; wwwportbarrecracklinfestival.com)

14-16 -- Highland Games, Jackson (225-634-7397; www.lahighlandgames.com)

15-16 -- Covington 3 Rivers Art Festival, Covington (Historic downtown Covington, 985-871-4141; www.threeriversartfestival.com)

15-16 -- Renaissance Festival, Hammond (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

18-Dec. 31 -- Christmas Festival, Natchitoches (www.christmasfestival.com)

22 -- Down by the Riverside Concert, New Orleans (588-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org)

22-23 -- Civil War Living History Reenactment, Camp Moore (985-229-2438; www.campmoore.com)

22-23 -- Renaissance Festival, Hammond (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

28-30 -- Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas, Franklinton (985-839-5228)

28-30 -- LIHA Fall Powwow, Robert (888-775-7990; www.LIHA-News.com)

28-30 -- Renaissance Festival, Hammond (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

29 -- Bayou Classic, New Orleans (587-3663; www.statefarmbayouclassic.com)

29 -- Cajun Christmas Bayou Parade, Breaux Bridge (337-332-8500)

DECEMBER

1-31 -- Noel Acadien au Village, Lafayette (337-981-2364; www.acadianvillage.org)

1-31 -- Celebration in the Oaks, New Orleans (City Park, 483-9415; www.neworleanscitypark.com)

1-31 -- Christmas Festival, Natchitoches (www.christmasfestival.com)

5-7 -- Orange Festival, Buras (656-7599; www.orangefestival.com)

5-7 -- Christmas Arts & Crafts Expo, Covington (985-796-5853)

5-7 -- Christmas in the Country, St. Francisville (225-635-4224; www.stfrancisville.us)

6 -- Festival of Lights, Natchitoches (Downtown and Cane River Lake; www.christmasfestival.com)

6 -- Santa on the Bayou, Chauvin (985-594-2067)

6 -- Bonfire on the Levee, Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation, 800-442-5539; www.oakalleyplantation.com)

6 -- Christmas Bonfire & Gumbo Cookoff, Jennings (337-821-5532; www.cityofjennings.com)

6 -- Bayou Christmas Boat Parade, Galliano (985-693-7355)

6 -- Christmas Bayou Boat Parade, Delcambre (888-942-3742; www.delcambreboatparade.com)

6 -- A Rural Life Christmas, Baton Rouge (LSU Rural Life Museum, 4650 Essen Lane, 225-765-2437; www.rurallife.lsu.edu)

6-7 -- Renaissance Festival, Hammond (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

11-12 -- Candlelight Christmas Tours, White Castle (225-545-2730; www.nottoway.com)

12-14 -- Festival of the Bonfires, Lutcher/Gramercy (800-367-7852; www.festivalofthebonfires.org)

13 -- Baton Rouge Christmas Parade, Baton Rouge (800-527-6843)

13 -- Madewood Christmas Heritage, Napoleonville (Madewood Plantation House, 4250 Hwy. 308, 800-375-7151; www.madewood.com)

14 -- St. Lucy Festival of Lights, St. Martinville (337-394-6021)

14 -- Caroling in Washington Square, New Orleans (Washington Square Park, corner of Frenchmen and Dauphine streets, 888-312-0812; www.faubourgmarigny.org)

14 -- Creole Christmas Bonfire, Baton Rouge (225-343-4955; www.magnoliamound.org)

19-20 -- Candlelight Christmas Tours, White Castle (225-545-2730; www.nottoway.com)

20 -- Rivertown Christmas Festival, Port Allen (800-654-9701, www.westbatonrouge.net)

20 -- Christmas Boat Parade, Bourg (800-688-2732)

21 -- Caroling in Jackson Square & Home Tour, New Orleans (French Quarter, 523-7047; www.patioplanters.org)

24 -- Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee, Lutcher/Gramercy (800-367-7852; www.festivalofthebonfires.org)

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LOUISIANA FOREST FESTIVAL
  • Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Forest Festival
click to enlarge The Hot Air Balloon Championships (Aug. 8-10) in Baton Rouge offer cuisine, music and lots of children's activities, in addition to dozens of colorful balloons.
  • The Hot Air Balloon Championships (Aug. 8-10) in Baton Rouge offer cuisine, music and lots of children's activities, in addition to dozens of colorful balloons.
click to enlarge Throughout the month of December, Thibodaux hosts The Christmas Festival, which features a fireworks display on Cane River Lake every Saturday as well as midnight on New Year's Eve. The festival also offers food, live entertainment, arts and crafts and other activities.
  • Throughout the month of December, Thibodaux hosts The Christmas Festival, which features a fireworks display on Cane River Lake every Saturday as well as midnight on New Year's Eve. The festival also offers food, live entertainment, arts and crafts and other activities.
click to enlarge Queens from festivals around Louisiana compete in a boudin-eating competition during the Louisiana Swine Festival in Basile (Oct. 31-Nov. 2). There also is a pork cookoff, a pig chase and hog calling contest as well as food booths (all are required to serve at least one pork dish), local live music and carnival rides. - LOUISIANA SWINE FESTIVAL
  • Louisiana Swine Festival
  • Queens from festivals around Louisiana compete in a boudin-eating competition during the Louisiana Swine Festival in Basile (Oct. 31-Nov. 2). There also is a pork cookoff, a pig chase and hog calling contest as well as food booths (all are required to serve at least one pork dish), local live music and carnival rides.
click to enlarge It's only one day, but the LeBeau Zydeco Festival (July 5) makes people dance in the streets as they listen to live zydeco music between meals of homemade backbone stew, barbecue and turkey wings. (que'in on the red) A cook bastes some boudin in hopes it will pick up the grand prize at Que'in on the Red in Alexandria (March 14-15), a festival and cooking contest that attracts professional teams from several states. There also is live regional music and fun activities.
  • It's only one day, but the LeBeau Zydeco Festival (July 5) makes people dance in the streets as they listen to live zydeco music between meals of homemade backbone stew, barbecue and turkey wings. (que'in on the red) A cook bastes some boudin in hopes it will pick up the grand prize at Que'in on the Red in Alexandria (March 14-15), a festival and cooking contest that attracts professional teams from several states. There also is live regional music and fun activities.
click to enlarge A cook at the Louisiana Gumbo Festival in Chackbay (Oct. 17-19), the official 'Gumbo Capital of Louisiana,' stirs up a huge portion of the magic stew. The celebration also includes booths with other types of foods, live swamp pop and country music and carnival rides. (Smoked Meat Festival) It's hard to resist the smells and tastes available at the Smoked Meat Festival -- or Le Festivale de la Viande Boucanee -- hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America in Ville Platte (June 28-29). The festival includes lots of music, art, craft booths, a beauty contest and, of course, the World Championship Smoked Meat Cookoff.
  • A cook at the Louisiana Gumbo Festival in Chackbay (Oct. 17-19), the official 'Gumbo Capital of Louisiana,' stirs up a huge portion of the magic stew. The celebration also includes booths with other types of foods, live swamp pop and country music and carnival rides. (Smoked Meat Festival) It's hard to resist the smells and tastes available at the Smoked Meat Festival -- or Le Festivale de la Viande Boucanee -- hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America in Ville Platte (June 28-29). The festival includes lots of music, art, craft booths, a beauty contest and, of course, the World Championship Smoked Meat Cookoff.
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