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Gambit's 2017 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: September 

click to enlarge The Hurricane Festival at the Cut Off Youth Center Sept. 22 through 24 offers music, Cajun food and carnival rides and games.

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The Hurricane Festival at the Cut Off Youth Center Sept. 22 through 24 offers music, Cajun food and carnival rides and games.

1-2Southern Decadence Festival See Aug. 30 for event description.

1-Sept. 4Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival — See Aug. 31 for event description.

2Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival (Zydeco Festival Park, 457 Zydeco Road, Plaisance, 337-290-6048; — Zydeco, Cajun, swamp pop, swing, R&B, soul and other music genres are spotlighted. There's also Creole and Cajun food vendors, and a zydeco breakfast 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Courthouse Square. Hours TBA. $10, children 12 and younger $5.

Thursdays-NovemberThursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series — See March 16 for event description.

9-10Oldies But Goodies Fest & Smokin' Oldies Cook-Off (West Baton Rouge Tourist Information and Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen; — Teams from across the South compete in the BCA State Championship in pool. There's also live music from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, jitterbug and twist dance contests, hula hooping and food. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Free.

16-17Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival (Downtown Natchitoches; — The 14th annual festival features meat pies in several varieties, a free brew fest on Friday, live music, food, arts and crafts, dancing, kids' games, a fun run and fireworks at 9 p.m. Saturday. 2 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Free.

22-23Arts & Craft Show & Hot Air Balloon Festival (Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales, 985-796-5853; — There's a large hot air balloon festival outside with music, food and fireworks at 9 p.m. Inside there are 100 booths of arts and crafts. Noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $2.

22-23Best of the Bayou Music Fest (Downtown Houma; — About 16 music acts will perform on two stages in downtown Houma, including 38 Special, Cowboy Mouth, Flow Tribe, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band, the Delta Kings Swamp Pop Revue and others. The festival also features local food and a marketplace of art and handmade crafts. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Admission $10 per day at the gate, $10 for both days in advance.

21-24 — Alligator Festival (St. Charles Parish Westbank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling; — There's a baby alligator petting area, live music, Cajun food, arts and crafts, carnival rides and more. Thursday (Sept. 21) is ride preview night, with limited concessions. Pay-one-price ride tickets are available daily ($12-$25) or for the weekend ($65). 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.  Admission $1.

22-24Cut Off Youth Center's Hurricane Festival (205 W. 79th St., Cut Off, 985-632-7616) — The festival offers Cajun food, an auction, live country, rock, swamp pop and Cajun music, carnival rides and more. 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free.

23NOLA on Tap (New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds; — There are about 400 local, national and home-brewed beers available at the dog-friendly festival, which also has food, games, contests, art, a Homebrewers Beer Judge Certification Program and People's Choice awards. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Free.

29Gallery Promenade (Various locations in Lake Charles and Sulphur; — The gallery and museum showcase features galleries, art exhibits and local artists in a cooperative art tour of Lake Charles and Sulphur. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.

29-30Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival (Cassidy Park, 600 block of Willis Avenue, Bogalusa, 985-205-1075; — The festival has two stages of music with a spotlight on blues but also offering other genres. There also are food and arts and crafts vendors. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-7 p.m. Saturday. $15 Friday, $20 Saturday, $35 two-day pass.

29-30Holy Rosary/Cabrini Fall Fete (603 N. Hebert St., Kaplan, 337-643-6472; — The church fete includes music, food, bingo, a street fair and auction. Hours and admission TBA.

29-Oct. 1Ponchatoula Fall Festival (Memorial Park, 301 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula, 800-617-4502; — There's a barbecue competition, a reptile petting zoo, live music, carnival rides, crafts and food vendors. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Sept. 30Treme Fest (Intersection of Henriette DeLille and Gov. Nicholls streets; — The third annual street festival near the historic St. Augustine Church features live music, food vendors, a cash bar, arts and crafts booths and activities. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.



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