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Gambit's 2013 Guide to Fairs & Festivals: November 


1-3 — Holy Ghost Creole Bazaar and Festival (Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 788 N. Union St., Opelousas, 337-942-2732) — The 21st annual event features a parade down Landry Street, live zydeco music, Creole food, raffles, games and more. Hours 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-till Saturday and Sunday. Admission free.

1-3 — Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days and Craft Fair (Downtown, Ponchatoula, 800-617-4502; — Booths feature antiques, collectibles, fine art, crafts, food and more. There's also live music. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free.

1-3 — Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (New Orleans City Park; — Three days of music from national, international and local groups is the draw for the 15th annual festival (the lineup will be announced in late spring), but there's also a variety of Louisiana cuisine, international crafts vendors, interactive art installations from around the world, amusement rides and a campground. Hours and admission n/a.

2 — Louisiana Book Festival (Various locations, Baton Rouge, 225-219-9503; — This large celebration of readers, writers and their books features loads of books to buy, author presentations, readings, book signings and more. It takes place at the State Library of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Capitol, Capitol Park Museums and in tents on neighboring streets. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free.

2 — Southdown Marketplace Arts and Crafts Festival (1208 Museum Drive, Houma, 985-851-0154; — This 25-year-old semiannual tradition hosts more than 300 vendors offering Cajun cuisine, handmade items including jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, art and more. The plantation house and museum are open for tours. Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $5, children under 12 free.

2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 29-30 — Louisiana Renaissance Festival (46468 River Road, Hammond, 866-477-9582; — There are about 50 shows, more than 100 shops and dozens of demonstrations daily and lots of characters in period costumes. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $14.95, $8.45 children 12 and younger.

7-10 — Port Barre Cracklin Festival (Veterans Park, 504 Sazian Ave., Port Barre, 337-585-6673; — Always scheduled the second weekend in November, the 28th annual festival showcases the making of crackling. It also has features Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music, a beauty pageant, arts and crafts vendors and Cajun and Creole food. Hours vary. Admission $5, children 10 and younger free.

9-10 — Three Rivers Art Festival (Downtown Covington, 985-327-9797; — The streets of downtown Covington take on a festival atmosphere with tents sheltering the creations of about 200 artists from 20 states offering fine art, arts and crafts, jewelry and gifts. There are also food vendors, craft demonstrations, a kids' run and children's activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free.

9-10 — Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; — The sixth annual two-day festival spotlights New Orleans brass band music with live music, food vendors offering varying takes on gumbo, a large arts market and more. Hours 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Admission free.

21 — Beaujolais Festival (JW Marriott, 614 Canal St., 504-458-3528; — The gathering features new wines from the Beaujolais region of France as well as live music and local cuisine. Hours 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission $60, $50 for members of the French-American Chamber of Commerce Gulf Coast Chapter.

20-24 — New Orleans Fringe Festival (Various locations, mostly Marigny and Bywater, — The five-day festival features 70 performance groups presenting fresh, sometimes weird, always original theater of all types. There's also a parade, yard art tour and more. Some shows are free. Hours 3 p.m.-midnight. Admission $8, $40 for six-show pass, $99 all-access pass.


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