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Gambit's 2013 Guide to Fairs & Festivals: October 

October

2-6 — Tangipahoa Parish Fair (411 N. Duncan St., Amite, 985-974-8609; www.tangipahoaparishfair.org) — The traditional parish fair includes carnival rides and games, arts and crafts booths, a beauty pageant, livestock judging, cooking competitions, a Pioneer Town and Indian Village, rodeo and more. Hours vary. Admission free.

3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 — Rockin' the Rails (Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-1811; www.covla.com) — The weekly series offers free concerts by area musicians. Hours 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Admission free.

3, 10 — Thursdays at Twilight (Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden, City Park; www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com) — See March 7 listing for description.

3-5 — Ponderosa Stomp (www.ponderosastomp.com) — The three-day American roots music festival celebrates the history of American music and unsung heroes. There also are concerts at Mid City Lanes Rock 'N Bowl as well as a music conference. Hours vary. Admission varies.

4-6 — Gretna Heritage Festival (Downtown, Gretna, www.gretnafest.com) — The three-day event along 15 blocks in Gretna's historic downtown area features seven stages of music with more than 50 bands performing, vendors offering more than 100 food choices, alcoholic beverages, an Italian Village, German beer garden and carnival rides. Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission $20, $50 weekend pass, children 12 and younger free.

4-6 — St. Tammany Parish Fair (St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1304 Columbia St., Covington; www.sttammanyparishfair.info) — The fair offers a midway with rides, a beauty pageant, animal exhibits, contests, food, a parade Friday, cheerleading and dance team competitions, live music, a rodeo and more. Hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: $2.

4-6 — Tour du Teche IV (Port Barre public boat launch, Bayou Courtableau off Hwy. 103 at Hwy. 741, 337-789-0319; www.tourduteche.com) — The three-day race from Port Barre to Berwick is for canoes, kayaks and pirogues goes 135 miles along Bayou Teche. Prizes are awarded. Hours vary. Admission varies.

5 — Art for Art's Sake (300-600 blocks of Julia Street, Warehouse District, 504-528-3805; www.cacno.org) — The street party features a host of art openings at galleries, plus food and drink vendors and live music. The Contemporary Arts Center holds an after-party with more live music food and drinks. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. street party, 9 p.m.-11 a.m. CAC party. Admission free (after-party requires a ticket).

5 — New Orleans Baby & Child Fest (Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-298-8234; www.neworleansbabyfest.com) — The fourth annual expo features more than 100 exhibits from national and local businesses that cater to expectant parents and families with young children, plus giveaways, interactive displays and a kids' activity area. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, children free.

5-6 — Roberts Cove Germanfest (7212 Roberts Cove Road, Rayne, (337) 334-8354; www.robertscovegermanfest.com) — The 19th annual festival offers two days of entertainment by German bands, singers and dancers, an American Homebrew Association-sanctioned beer brewing competition, German cuisine, arts and crafts, and the Heritage Museum is open for tours. Hours 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission n/a.

6, 13, 20 and 27 — Angola Prison Rodeo (Louisiana State Penitentiary, Hwy. 66, 225-655-2415; www.angolarodeo.com) — Angola prisoners compete in events including wild cow milking, bull riding, convict poker and more, but the festival also includes live music by inmate bands, Southern cuisine, children's activities including pony rides, space walks, carnival games, as well as inmate-made arts and crafts. Hours 9 a.m.-till (rodeo starts at 2 p.m.). Admission $15.

10-12 — Atchafalaya Catfish Festival (1105 First St., Melville, 337-623-4226) — The 11th annual celebration of the catfish offers catfish prepared many ways, live music and activities for children and adults. Hours and admission n/a.

11-12, 18-19, 25-26 — Oktoberfest (415 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-522-8014; www.deutscheshaus.org) — Deutsches Haus presents Oktoberfest in Kenner's Rivertown with three weekends of German food, music, dancing and children's activities. Hours 4-11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Admission $6, free for Deutches Haus members (plus one guest) and children under 12.

11-13 — Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Girard Park, 500 Girard Park Drive, Lafayette; www.festivalsacadiensetcreoles.com) — The free event combines three festivals into one. The Festival de Musique et Creole features 50 bands playing on four stages over three days. The Bayou Food Festival has a wide range of authentic Cajun and Creole dishes and the Louisiana Craft Fair includes fine arts, handmade crafts and more. There also is a children's area. Hours vary. Admission free.

11-13 — Louisiana Seafood Festival (City Park's Festival Grounds; www.louisianaseafoodfestival.com) — The festival features seafood prepared myriad ways by local chefs, daiquiris and sno-balls, two stages with full lineups of music, an arts and crafts village, children's pavilion and more. Friday: 11 am-9 pm; Saturday: 11 am-9 pm; Sunday: 11 am-7 pm

11-13 — World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off (Bouligny Plaza, 100 W. Main St., New Iberia, 337-364-1836; www.iberiachamber.org/gumbo-cookoff) — The 24th annual festival includes live music, Cajun and Creole food vendors, museum tours, shopping and more. The gumbo championship is Sunday, with more than 90 teams competing. Hours vary. Admission free.

12 — Japan Festival (The New Orleans Museum of Art; One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124) — NOMA and the Japan Club of New Orleans are partnering again for Japan Fest on Saturday, October 12. The day begins with an energizing performance on the museum steps by the Kaminari Taiko drummers, and continues with demonstrations, art making activities, tours, performances, and more throughout the museum and in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Visitors can even participate in the classic Japanese Tea Ceremony! Admission $5 per guest; NOMA members get in free. Please call (504) 658-4100 for more information.

12-13 — Wooden Boat Festival (Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, 985-845-9200; www.woodenboatfest.org) — Wooden and classic boats are on view along the Tchefuncte River, and there's live music, a children's' village, a car show, arts and crafts vendors, parades, contests, a Quick-and-Dirty boat-building contest and more. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $10, $5 seniors over 65, children under 12 free.

13 — Celebracion Latina (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org) — The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University presents the festival, which includes live music, Latin cuisine from local restaurants, handmade crafts and information about social services, health and education. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission (festival included in regular zoo admission) $17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 children ages 2-12, free to Audubon Institute members.

18 — Sunset at the Landing (Foot of Columbia Street, Covington, 985-892-1873; www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/landing.shtml) — See March 14 for description.

18-19 — Boo at the Zoo (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org) — The annual Halloween celebration is for children up to age 12 and features trick-or-treat houses, a "ghost train" ride, haunted houses, games and children's entertainment. Hours 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission $17, children under 1 free.

18-19 — Southern Garden Symposium (Various locations, St. Francisville, 225-635-3738; www.southerngardensymposium.org) — It's the 26th year for this program, which includes nationally known speakers, gardening workshops, a silent auction of garden furniture, art and more, and food and entertainment. Hours vary. Admission varies.

18-20 — Andouille Festival (2900 Hwy. 51, LaPlace, 985-652-9569; www.andouillefestival.com) — Andouille takes the spotlight at the festival, but there also are other types of cuisine and cooking contests. Hours 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Admission $3, $1 children 12 and younger.

18-20 — Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival (Lafayette Square, 540 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest/) — This festival presents live music on two stages, an interview stage, art market, barbecue and other food and drink items from local vendors. Hours vary. Admission free.

19 — Fall for Art (Columbia Street, Lee Lane and surrounding streets, Covington, 985-892-8650; www.sttammanyartassociation.org) — Dozens of galleries and other businesses present art displays, demonstrations and more at the 22nd annual event. There's also live music. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free.

19-20 — Old Farmers Day Festival (Brunett Farms, 56136 Loranger Road, Loranger, 985-878-2360; www.oldfarmersday.com) — This festival celebrates the old ways, with horse- and mule-pulling contests, reenactments, demonstrations and other activities. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $12 general, $7 children ages 6-12 and seniors over 60, children 5 and younger free.

23-27 — Louisiana Yambilee Festival (Yambilee Building, 1939 W. Landry St., Opelousas; www.yambilee.com — The festival includes a king and queen pageant, music, food, a parade, carnival rides and more. Hours n/a. Admission n/a.

25-26 — Boo at the Zoo (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org) — See Oct. 18-19 for event description.

25-27 — French Food Festival (Larose Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St., Larose, 985-693-7355; www.bayoucivicclub.org) — More than 20 specialty dishes are featured at this festival, but there also are live music, a live auction, carnival rides and a Bridge Run. Preceding the festival is a FFF Rocks concert on Oct. 24 (6:30 p.m.-1 a.m.). Admission free (Oct. 24 concert requires tickets).

26 — Sweet Dough Pie Festival (St. Charles Catholic Church, 174 Church St., Grand Coteau, 337-662-3058; www.sweetdoughgc.com) — It's the second year for this family-oriented festival, which includes a sweet dough pie contest, blacksmith demonstrations, speakers, 50 arts and crafts vendors, live music. Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission free.

26-27 — Fall Arts & Crafts Festival (Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Hwy. 19, Vacherie, 225-265-2151; www.oakalleyplantation.com) — The eighth annual event has more than 160 artists and crafts vendors from around the U.S. offering handmade jewelry, furniture, art, home accessories and more. There are pony rides for the kids, as well as a petting zoo and more. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $5, children 9 and younger free.

26-27 — Yellow Leaf Arts Festival (Parker Park and Commerce Street, St. Francisville, 225-635-3665; www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com or www.yellowleaf.uniquelyfeliciana.com) — A large and diverse display of art is available, as well as arts and crafts, sweet potato dishes, food and music. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission n/a.

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