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New Orleans Festivals and Events Guide: Fall 2014 

The Goodnight Show with John Calhoun
John Calhoun's live local talk show modeled on late-night talk shows features guests and live music.
New Orleans Healing Center, Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave.
Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3

So You Think You Can Dance
Stars from season 11 of the TV competition perform.
Saenger Theatre
Oct. 1

Tangipahoa Parish Fair
The fair features livestock shows, pageants, music, amusement rides and more.
Oct. 1-5

Swing Dance Festival & Vintage Fashion Expo
The festival features swing dancing and the Lindy Showdown competition as well as vintage fashions and more.
Various locations
Oct. 2-6

Gretna Heritage Festival
The Gregg Allman Band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The funky Meters and many others perform.
Downtown Gretna
Oct. 3-5

House of Shock
The heavy metal house of horrors features gore and the occult and there are concerts on weekend nights.
319 Butterworth St., Jefferson
Oct. 3-Nov. 1

Art for Arts Sake
Galleries and museums unveil new shows for the opening of the arts season.
Oct. 4

Denham Springs Fall Festival
The Antique Village hosts a festival with outdoor art, craft and antique vendors, food booths and live music.
Denham Springs
Oct. 4

Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars
There are elephants, tigers, clowns, a high-wire act, daredevil motorcycle stunts and more under the big top.

Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell
Oct. 6-7

Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Drive, Houma
Oct. 20-22

Bucktown Seafood Festival
The festival features music, rides and performances by students of St. Louis King of France School.
1600 Lake Ave., Metairie
Oct. 10-12

Louisiana Seafood Festival
The festival features music by Gin Blossoms, Deadeye Dick, Benjy Davis and others, and there's a variety of seafood from more than 30 area restaurants.
New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
Oct. 10-12

Japan Fest
There are demonstrations of Japanese drumming, a tea ceremony and Japanese food.
New Orleans Museum of Art
Oct. 11

Fall Garden Show
The show features speakers, plant experts, plant sales, kids' activities and more. garden
New Orleans Botanical Gardens
Oct. 11-12

Wooden Boat Festival
The festival celebrates boat-making and everything from canoes and pirogues to larger vessels. There's food, music, crafts, contests, a parade and more.
Oct. 11-12

Celebracion Latina
There's Latin food, crafts and music at the event celebrating the nations and cultures of Latin America.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.
Oct. 12

New Orleans Film Festival
The festival includes regional premieres of major feature films plus juried programs of features, documentaries and short and experimental films.
Various locations
Oct. 16-23

Boo at the Zoo
There is a haunted house and Halloween celebrations at the zoo.
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.
Oct. 17-18 & 24-25

Theresa Caputo
The star of Long Island Medium shares stories and insights and gives readings to audience members throughout her show.
Saenger Theatre
Oct. 17-18

Fall for Art
Covington art galleries open new shows and celebrate visual art.
Downtown Covington
Oct. 18

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Los Lobos, Ana Popo- vic, Joe Louis Walker, Bobby Rush and others perform at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation neighborhood festival. There's various region- al styles of barbecue and other Louisiana outdoor cooking.
Lafayette Square
Oct. 17-19

Alton Brown Live!
The Iron Chef America and Food Network host tells stories, talks food and even sings.
Saenger Theatre
Oct. 24

Ghosts in the Oaks
New Orleans City Park's Storyland hosts Halloween events including trick or treating, rides and arts and crafts.
New Orleans City Park
Oct. 24-25

Ghostly Gallivant
The French Quarter home tour features "ghosts" of famous New Orleanians.
Tours depart from the 1850 House Museum Store. 523 St. Ann St.
Oct. 25-26

Olde Towne Slidell Fall Street Fair
The fair features antiques, furniture, jewelry, pottery, toys, food, music and more.
Olde Towne Slidell
Oct. 25-26

The international con- temporary art expo features work by more than 60 artists from around the globe at local museums, plus there will be site-specific installations.
Oct. 25-Jan. 25, 2015

Krewe of Boo
The costumed krewe parades Carnival-style on floats and parties afterward at Mardi Gras World with music performed by Big Sam's Funky Nation.
Oct. 30

Mirliton Festival
Daria and the Hipdrops, One Love Brass Band and Strange Roux headline the Bywater neighborhood festival. There's mirliton-themed food from local restaurants.
Markey Park
Oct. 25

Lestat Coronation Ball
Anne Rice will attend the Lestat Fan Club ball featuring live music and more.
Republic, 828 S. Peters St.
Oct. 31

Voodoo Music Experience
Foo Fighters, Outkast, Lauryn Hill, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Benjamin Booker, Melvins, Slayer and many others perform.
New Orleans City Park
Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Deities and Demons Ball NOLA
The masquerade ball features tribal dancing, music, circus arts, live painting and more.
Carver Theater
Nov. 1

Ladyfest New Orleans
The festival features music, poetry, dance and art by women.
Various locations
Nov. 5-9

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Treme Brass Band, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs and others perform, and vendors serve traditional Creole dishes.
Louis Armstong Park
Nov. 8-9

New Orleans Book Fair & Media Expo
The fair features small and independent publishers, readings by local authors and more.
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Nov. 9

New Orleans Comics and Zines Fest
The festival features comics readings, comics market, dance party and more.
Various locations
Nov. 14-16

Steamboat Stomp
Traditional jazz bands celebrate the history of jazz on riverboats.
Steamboat Natchez
Nov. 14-16

Three Rivers Arts Festival
The festival features more than 200 artists, a run, kids' activities, music, food and more.
Nov. 15-16

New Orleans Fringe Festival
The festival's 70-plus shows feature drama, dance, comedy, puppetry, spoken word, music, circus arts and all manner of genre mashups.
Faubourg Marigny and various locations
Nov. 19-23

2nd District Blues Festival
The neighborhood festival features music, food, an art market and kids' activities and benefits the New Orleans Police Department's 2nd District.
Palmer Park
Nov. 22

Celebration in the Oaks
The live oaks of New Orleans City Park are hung with holiday lights and decorations.
City Park
Nov. 28-Jan. 3, 2015

The photography festival features shows at area galleries, portfolio reviews, lectures and more.
Various locations
Dec. 4-7

Holiday in the Park
There are light displays, a carousel, ornament decorating and more.
Lafreniere Park, Metairie
Dec. 5-31

Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival
The festival features seafood, citrus, music, crafts, rides, kids' activities and more.
Fort Jackson, Buras
Dec. 5-7

Running of the Santas
The costumed holiday pub crawl spreads drunken cheer in the Warehouse District.
Warehouse District
Dec. 13

Caroling in Jackson Square
Candles and song sheets are provided for the singalong.
Jackson Square
Dec. 21

Oak Street Po-boy Festival
Local restaurants and chefs serve new and unconventional po-boys and there's live music.
Oak Street from South Carrollton Avenue to Eagle Street

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