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Gambit's 2018 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: November 

click to enlarge Carnival rides and games are among the offerings at the Cracklin Festival in Port Barre in November.

Carnival rides and games are among the offerings at the Cracklin Festival in Port Barre in November.

Festival of Words (Various locations, Grand Coteau, 337-254-9695; — Poetry readings, book signings, workshops, "Drive-by Poetry" event and more are features of this annual event. Times vary. Free.

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair — See Oct. 25 listing for event description.

Antique Trade Days (Downtown Ponchatoula; — Food vendors offer local cuisine and other sellers have collectibles, antiques, fine arts, crafts and more. There are rides, a petting zoo and children's and family activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free.

Bucktown Seafood Festival (St. Louis King of France School, 1600 Lake Ave., Metairie; — The 21st annual festival has carnival rides, a Little Shrimper children's village, lots of seafood dishes and live music. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Southdown Marketplace (Southdown Plantation House, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma, 985-851-0154; — More than 300 local and national vendors attend the daylong arts and crafts festival, offering handmade items, jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, art, seasonal products and more. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5, free for kids age 11 and younger.

Giant Omelette Celebration (Magdalen Square, downtown Abbeville, 337-344-9232; —There are egg games on Saturday and a procession on Sunday (1:30 p.m.) where chefs prepare a 5,000-egg omelet in a 12-foot diameter skillet over an open fire. Both days feature antique implements, Cajun food and live music, a juried art show, antique car show, a bike ride and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free.

3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 23-25
Louisiana Renaissance Festival (46468 River Road, Hammond, 985-249-9992; — The festival transforms its grounds into a Renaissance-era English village with performers and staff in period costumes. There's entertainment, special shows, educational demonstrations, arts and crafts and more. Each week has a theme, such as "heroes & pirates" and "Celtic weekend." Weekend camping is available. 9:45 a.m.-dusk. Admission to be determined.

Cracklin Festival (Veterans Memorial Park, 129 Park St., Port Barre, 337-585-6673; — There's live Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music Saturday and Sunday, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and food vendors at the festival, which spotlights cracklings. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free Friday, $5 Saturday-Sunday.

Sacred Heart of Jesus River Parishes Fall Festival (453 Spruce St., Norco, 985-764-9958; — Live entertainment, rides, games, a fun run, a beauty pageant and food including fried soft-shell crabs, seafood po-boys, onion mums, jambalaya, boudin balls, pulled pork and gumbo. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Louisiana Book Festival (Downtown Baton Rouge, 701 N. Fourth St.; — The festival is centered at the State Capitol and surrounding areas and includes panels and talks. Visitors can interact with authors, poets, storytellers and musicians, watch demonstrations and performances. There's also a large book sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival (Columbia Street, Covington; — More than 200 artists from across the U.S. sell their wares, from woodworking to painting to jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Holiday Market at the Mill (311 Mill St., New Roads, 225-638-5360; — The event includes sales of collectibles and handmade items, antique furniture, jewelry and more. There are activities for children on Saturday. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 am.-3 p.m. Sunday. $5 for three days.

Camp Moore Living History Event (70640 Camp Moore Road, Tangipahoa, 985-229-2438; — Take a step back in history with Civil War-era battle re-enactments, tours of the military camp, period demonstrations, vendors, food and beverages. Daylight to dusk. $5 adults, $3 students, free for children under 6.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; — The festival showcases brass band music and offers more than a dozen different takes on gumbo. There's also a holiday market, cooking demonstrations and panel discussions about gumbo. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free.

18-Dec. 31
Christmas Festival of Lights (Downtown Natchitoches; — There are Christmas light displays and fireworks over Cane River Lake every Saturday. Dec. 1 is festival day with arts and crafts, food vendors and more. Hours vary. Free.

23-25, 30-Jan. 1, 2019
Celebration in the Oaks (New Orleans City Park, 5 Victory Ave., 504-482-4888; — Holiday light displays dot 25 acres of New Orleans City Park, including Storyland, the Botanical Garden and Carousel Gardens. The displays include more than half a million LED bulbs and 32,800 feet of rope lighting. Visitors can ride a train to view displays around the park or take photos with Santa. The event 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

29-Dec. 1
Alex Winter Fete (915 Third St., Alexandria, 318-449-5000; — The festival presents downtown Alexandria as a winter wonderland, including snow, ice rinks, a holiday village with shops selling baked goods, gifts, art, crafts and jewelry. Santa makes an appearance, and there's live music and fireworks. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Free.

Sippin' in the Courtyard — See March 28 for event description.

30-Dec. 2
Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Expo (St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1304 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-966-7863; — The exposition features more than 500 artists and craftspeople from several states, as well as 20 food booths. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $5, free for children 12 and younger.



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