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Gambit’s 2016 Louisiana Fairs & Festivals: October 

click to enlarge Carnival rides, games, live music and seafood draw crowds to October’s Bucktown Seafood Festival in Metairie.

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Carnival rides, games, live music and seafood draw crowds to October’s Bucktown Seafood Festival in Metairie.

1—New Orleans Baby & Child Fest (Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-298-8234; www.babyandchildfest.com) — The seventh annual expo for families with children and those expecting babies features activities for children and more than 100 exhibitors from area businesses, boutiques, schools and camps. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $8, free for kids 12 and under.

1—Treme Festival (Henriette DeLille and Gov. Nicholls streets, 504-210-6582; www.tremefest.com) — The street festival celebrates the Treme neighborhood and includes live music, food and craft vendors, kids' activities and cultural demonstrations. Proceeds benefit St. Augustine Catholic Church and neighborhood nonprofits. Hours TBA. Free.

1-2—Roberts Cove Germanfest (7212 Roberts Cove Road, Rayne, 337-334-8354; www.robertscovegermanfest.com) — The German heritage celebration features live music, German food, German beers on tap, folklore demonstrations and kid's activities. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Admission $8, free for kids 12 and under.

5-9—West Louisiana Forestry Festival and Fair — (Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, 276 H.M. Stevens Blvd., Leesville, 337-238-0647; www.facebook.com/forestryfestival) — There are carnival rides, food, live music, lumber skills contests and demonstrations, cooking and crafts contests and a rodeo. Hours TBA. Admission $3 adults, $2 students, free for ages 5 and younger.

6-8—Atchafalaya Catfish Festival (Melville Civic Center Grounds, 1105 First St., Melville, 337-623-4226) — Whether fried, grilled, blackened or courtbouillon, catfish is the star of the annual festival, which also includes three days of live music, food, carnival rides and more. There's a parade downtown at 10 a.m. Saturday. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Free.

7-9—Gretna Heritage Festival (Huey P. Long Avenue, downtown Gretna, 504-361-7748; www.gretnafest.com) — The three-day festival in dowtown Gretna has six stages for performances by local and national music acts. There also are food vendors, rides and activities for the kids. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun. Admission $25, $47.50 weekend pass, free for ages 12 and younger.

7-9—Tour du Teche (Port Barre to Berwick, 337-394-6232; www.tourduteche.com) — The annual three-day water race covers the entire course of Bayou Teche in south Louisiana.

7, 14 & 21—Music Under the Oaks (Audubon Park, Newman Bandstand, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org/audubon-park/music-under-the-oaks) — There are food and drink vendors at this outdoor concert series. Lawn chairs welcome. 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Free.

7, 14 & 21—Music & Market (Opelousas) — See April 22 listing for event description.

7-8, 14-15, 21-22—Oktoberfest (Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Kenner, 504-522-8014; www.oktoberfestnola.com) — The annual Oktoberfest celebration features three weekends of German food, music and activities. Highlights include Dachshund races, a 5K run/walk, a beerstein-holding contest and German beers on tap. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Admission $6, free for children under 12.

8—Fall for Art (320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650; www.sttammanyartassociation.org) — The event in downtown Covington showcases new work by dozens of artists. Attractions include gallery openings, art demonstrations, boutique shopping and dining. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.

8-9—Wooden Boat Festival (Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, 985-845-9200; www.woodenboatfest.org) — The annual festivities include a boat-building contest, parade, carnival rides, live music, food vendors, children's village, classic car and motorcycle shows and arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission $10, free for kids 12 and under.

8-9—World Championship Gumbo Cookoff (111 W. Main St., New Iberia, 337-364-1836; www.iberiachamber.org/gumbo-cookoff) — The family-friendly food festival features a Battle of the Rouxs cooking competition, live music, a 5K run and more. 10 a.m.-till. Free.

12-21—New Orleans Film Festival (Various locations, 504-309-6633; www.neworleansfilmfestival.org) — The New Orleans Film Society presents its 27th annual film festival showcasing local, regional, national and international films. Hours and admission vary.

14-16—Andouille Festival (Thomas F. Daley Park, 2900 Highway 51, LaPlace; www.andouillefestival.com) — The festival celebrating a favorite south Louisiana food features arts and crafts, food and drink vendors and more. Hours and admission TBA.

14-16—Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest) — Celebrating the soul of the South, the festival offers music, an arts market and a smorgasbord of barbecue options and smoked meats. 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free.

14-16—Festival Acadiens et Creoles (Girard Park, Lafayette, 337-232-3737; www.festivalsacadiens.com) — The annual festival pays tribute to south Louisiana cultures with live Cajun and zydeco music, Cajun food, cooking demonstrations, Louisiana crafts and kids' activities. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sun. Free.

15—Anba Dlo Halloween Festival and Water Symposium (New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., 504-940-1130; www.anbadlofestival.org) — The annual festival honors New Orleans' relationship with water and seeks to educate attendees about regional water issues. There's a parade, dance performances, live music, art installations and food and drinks. 10 a.m.-noon (Walk and Learn), noon-4 p.m. water symposium, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. parade, 7 p.m.-midnight festival. Free.

15-16—Old Farmers' Day and Horse & Mule Pulling Contest (56136 Loranger Road, Loranger, 985-878-2360; www.oldfarmersday.com) — The 43rd annual re-enactment festival celebrates the ways farming forefathers worked, lived and enjoyed life. There are wagon train rides, hog butchering, field work using Belgian draft horses, cooking on wood stoves, a petting zoo and antiques. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission $12, $7 kids 6-12, free 6 and under.

16—Celebracion Latina (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-2537; www.auduboninstitute.org) — The zoo celebrates Latin American culture with food, live music and family activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with zoo admission: $19.95, $14.95 for ages 65 and up and ages 2-12, free for zoo members.

19-22—Washington Parish Free Fair (Washington Parish Fairgrounds, 115 Main St., Franklinton; www.freefair.com) — The fair includes a pioneer life village, exhibitors showcasing flowers and home-making, livestock and agricultural products, live music, a rodeo and parade. Hours and admission vary.

21-22 & 28-29—Boo at the Zoo (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-2537; www.auduboninstitute.org/batz) — The Halloween celebration for kids 12 and younger and their families includes trick-or-treating, a ghost train, a haunted house and other activities. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Free with zoo admission: $19.95 adults, $14.95 65 and older and ages 2-12, free for zoo members.

21-23—Bucktown Seafood Festival (1600 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504- 833-8224; www.slkfschool.com) — The 19th annual festival features live music, rides, games and, of course, seafood. Hours TBA. Free.

22—Sweet Dough Pie Festival (St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 174 Church St., Grand Coteau, 337-945-4314; www.sweetdoughgc.com) — Live music, a sweet dough pie contest and 50 arts and crafts and other vendors participate in the festival celebrating the culture and history of Grand Coteau. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

22-23—Experience Louisiana Festival (LSU-Eunice, 2048 Johnson Highway, Eunice, 337-457-1776; www.experiencelouisiana.org) — The event features a range of food, music, art, crafts and other aspects of Louisiana culture, plus hands-on demonstrations. Hours 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Free.

22-23—Rougarou Fest (South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, 7910 W. Park Ave., Houma, 985-580-7289; www.rougaroufest.org) — The family-friendly festival celebrates the folklore of southeast Louisiana with food, art and a fun-run complete with zombies and swamp monsters. Proceeds benefit the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, which aims to restore the coast through education. Hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free.

27-Nov. 6—Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (16072 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, 225-755-3247; www.gbrsf.com) — The annual fair features amusement rides, agricultural and livestock events, music, food and family entertainment. Hours 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission $5 for people 48 inches and taller.

28-30—Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (New Orleans City Park; www.worshipthemusic.com) — The three-day festival draws costumed revelers looking to hear a variety of musical performances on several stages. There also are food booths, an arts market and more. Hours 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Admission TBA, free for children 10 and under.

click to enlarge There are books and games galore for sale and a host of author - talks and readings at the Louisiana Book Festival in October - in Baton Rouge.
  • There are books and games galore for sale and a host of author talks and readings at the Louisiana Book Festival in October in Baton Rouge.

29—Louisiana Book Festival (Various locations downtown Baton Rouge, 225-219-9503; www.louisianabookfestival.org) — Louisiana Center for the Book presents its annual literary celebration featuring panels, signings and readings with authors and a book market. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

29-30—Holly Daze (Pontchartrain Center, Kenner) — See July 16 listing for event description.



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