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New Orleans Festivals Guide: November 2014 


All monthProspect.3: Notes for Now — (Various locations around New Orleans, 212-680-5305; — The third installment of Prospect New Orleans features about 40 local and international artists whose works will be exhibited at three dozen locations including public spaces. Hours vary. Admission free.

1Asian Pacific American Society Festival (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; — This Asian heritage event features live entertainment, Asian cuisine and costumed performers. Hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with zoo admission ($17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 ages 2-12, free for members).

1Voodoo Music + Art Experience(City Park) — The festival presents a variety of musical performances in a range of genres, as well as food booths and an arts market. The 2014 music lineup has not been announced. Hours TBA. Admission TBA..

1-2Giant Omelette Celebration (Magdaline Square, downtown Abbeville, 337-344-9232; — The two-day event that celebrates French culture features Cajun music, food, arts and crafts, kids' activities and antique farm equipment, as well as the serving of a 5,000 egg omelet. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

1-2Holy Ghost Creole Bazaar and Festival — (Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 747 N. Union St., Opelousas, 337-942-2732; — Zydeco music and Creole cuisine are highlighted at the 22nd annual festival, which includes a gospel choir concert, a parade, raffles, games and more. Hours 8 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-till Sat.-Sun. Admission free.

1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 28-30Louisiana Renaissance Festival (46468 River Road, 985-429-9992; — Designed to represent the 16th century, the Renaissance Festival has food and shopping alongside educational demonstrations of how life was once lived. Hours 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission varies.

1-2Ponchatoula's Antique Trade Days and Arts and Crafts Fair — (160 S.E. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula, 985-386-0026; — More than 125 vendors sell art and crafts at this biannual festival. There's also food and live entertainment. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free.

5-9Ladyfest New Orleans (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-949-3001; — The festival aims to celebrate and encourage the artistic and activist endeavors of women in New Orleans and features music, art, poetry, theater and more. Proceeds benefit local organizations that support the education and advancement of women. Hours TBA. Admission TBA.

6-8Rayne Frog Festival (Frog Festival Grounds, Rayne, 337-334-2332; — This celebration of the hopping amphibian is the 42nd annual festival and features frog races, frog jumping contests, food, family-friendly entertainment and more. Hours 5 p.m.-midnight Thu.-Fri., 9 a.m.-midnight Sat. Admission free.

6-9Port Barre Cracklin Festival (Veterans Park, 504 Sazian Ave., Port Barre, 337-308-1245; — There's live music, carnival rides, food, a beauty pageant and more. Hours 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thu., 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri., noon-11:30 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-till Sun. Admission $5, free ages 10 and younger.

7Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (504-212-2222; — The outdoor food and music event offers dozens of chefs' takes on sausage, craft beers, specialty bourbon cocktails, fine wines and Cajun and bluegrass music. Proceeds benefit the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Hours TBA. Admission TBA.

8Patio Planters White Elephant Sale and Auction (1000 Bourbon St., Suite 270, 504-529-9755; — This garden sale and auction features prizes and gift certificates from businesses in the French Quarter. Proceeds benefit the Caroling in Jackson Square event. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free.

8Thibodeauxville Fall Festival (Downtown Thibodaux, 985-446-1187; — Three stages are set up for music performances in the historic downtown and there are more than 200 arts and crafts vendors and more than two dozen food booths, as well as a duck race and a car show. Hours n/a. Admission free.

8-9Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (Louis Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; — The seventh annual festival focuses on New Orleans culture, including a wide variety of gumbos, jazz and brass band performances and a vegan gumbo cooking contest. Hours 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission free.

19-23New Orleans Fringe Festival (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-941-3640; — The festival features original theater performances at unusual and repurposed spaces. More than 70 groups present more than 300 performances in circus arts, puppetry, dance, musical theater, comedy, drama and more. Hours vary. Tickets $8 per show, $40 for six-show pass, $99 all-access pass.

222nd District Blues Fest (Palmer Park, Carrollton and Claiborne avenues, 504-628-8189; — Formerly called the Magazine Street Blues Festival, the sixth annual event features live music, food vendors, a kids area, arts and crafts and more. Proceeds benefit New Orleans Police Department's 2nd District. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission free.

29Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show (Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second St., Natchitoches, 800-259-1714; — The indoor arts and crafts festival offers woodworking, handcrafted pottery, jewelry, clothing, jams and jellies and more from more than 100 vendors. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free.

29-Dec. 31Celebration in the Oaks (City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 504-483-9415; — The festival of lights draws about 165,000 people who walk through City Park to see the lights displays. There's also a carousel and train ride. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Admission $8.

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