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Gambit's Updated 2009 Fairs and Festivals Guide 

Louisianans love festivals, perhaps because they bring together in one place the things we love most about our state: culture, food, music and fun. Almost every town hosts at least one festival to spotlight its unique character, and the themes and offerings are as varied as different cooks' gumbos.

To help us pull together information on the state's fairs and festivals, The Gambit has turned to Julie Posner, reigning queen of Louisiana festivals and publisher of the 12th annual Huli's Calendar of Louisiana Festivals and Events. The calendar lists hundreds of events across the state, with dates, town names, phone numbers and Web sites. You can buy a calendar for $14.95 at local stores, or purchase one online at www.louisiana-festivals.com.

The following list includes events that are within an easy drive of New Orleans.



 


NOVEMBER

18-22 —Words & Music: A Literary Feast, New Orleans (586-1609; www.wordsandmusic.org)

20-22 —Highland Games, Jackson (225-634-7397; www.lahighlandgames.com)

21-22 —Civil War Living History Reenactment, Camp Moore (985-229-2438; www.campmoore.com)

21-22 —Renaissance Festival, Baton Rouge (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

22 —Po-Boy Festival, New Orleans (228-3349; www.poboyfest.com)

27-29 —Louisiana Indian Heritage Association Fall Powwow, Robert (888-837-6085; www.liha-news.com)

27-29 —Renaissance Festival, Baton Rouge (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

28 —Bayou Classic, New Orleans (587-3663; www.statefarmbayouclassic.com)

 


DECEMBER

All month —Celebration in the Oaks, New Orleans (City Park, 483-9415; www.neworleanscitypark.com)

All month —Noel Acadien au Village, Lafayette (337-981-2364: www.acadianvillage.org)

4-6 —Christmas Extravaganza, Covington (985-796-5853; www.steinhauserproductions.net)

4-6 —Christmas in the Country, St. Francisville (225-635-4224; www.stfrancisville.us)

4-6 —Orange Festival, Buras (656-7599; www.orangefestival.com)

5 —Bayou Christmas Boat Parade, Galliano (985-693-7355)

5 —Bonfire on the Levee, Vacherie (800-442-5539; www.oakalleyplantation.com)

5 —Christmas Bayou Boat Parade, Delcambre (888-942-3742; www.delcambreboatparade.com)

5 —Christmas Bonfire & Gumbo Cookoff, Jennings (337-821-5532; www.cityofjennings.com)

5 —A Rural Life Christmas, Baton Rouge (225-765-2437; www.rurallife.lsu.edu)

5-6 —Renaissance Festival, Baton Rouge (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

6 —St. Lucy Festival of Lights, St. Martinville (337-394-6021)

6-7 —Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas, Franklinton (985-839-5228)

11-13 —Festival of the Bonfires, Lutcher/Gramercy (800-367-7852; www.festivalofthebonfires.org)

12 —Madewood Christmas Heritage, Napoleonville (800-375-7151; www.madewood.com)

12-13 —Renaissance Festival, Baton Rouge (985-429-9992; www.larf.org)

12-13 —Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, New Orleans (558-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org)

13 —Caroling in Washington Square, New Orleans (888-312-0812; www.faubourgmarigny.org)

13 —Christmas Celebration and Gumbo Cookoff, Morganza (225-694-3655)

13 —Creole Christmas Bonfire, Baton Rouge (225-343-4955; www.magnoliamound.org)

17 —Baton Rouge Christmas Parade, Baton Rouge (800-527-6843)

19 —Christmas Boat Parade, Bourg (800-688-2732; www.houmatourism.com)

20 —Caroling in Jackson Square & Home Tour, New Orleans (523-7047; www.patioplanters.org)

24 —Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee, Lutcher/Gramercy (800-367-7852; www.festivalofthebonfires.org)

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