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New Orleans Festivals Guide: October 2014 


1-5Tangipahoa Parish Fair (Tangipahoa Fair Grounds, 400 Reid Ave., Amite, 985-969-6403) — The festival celebrates the culture of Tangipahoa with carnival rides, live music, dance competitions and a parade. There's also a livestock show, beauty pageant and gumbo cook-off. Hours 11 a.m.-midnight. Admission free.

1-5West Louisiana Forestry Festival and Fair — (Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, 276 H.M. Stevens Blvd., Leesville, 337-238-0647; — There are carnival rides, food, live music, woodman skills contests and demonstrations, cooking and crafts contests, a rodeo and more at the 108th annual event. Hours vary. Admission $3 adults, $2 students, free ages 5 and younger..

3-4Robeline Heritage Festival (El Camino Real, Highway 6, Robeline, 318-663-4137; — The 23rd annual festival features gospel and other live music, food, arts and crafts and more. Friday night focuses on young people, with a hayride, wiener roast and games. Hours 5 p.m.-till Fri., 10 a.m.-till Sat. Admission free.

4Art for Arts' Sake (Various locations, 504-528-3805; — The Contemporary Arts Center hosts this citywide event that marks the opening of the visual arts season in New Orleans. The event takes place at a variety of art galleries in the city, with music, gallery exhibits, food and drink. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free.

3-5Gretna Heritage Festival (Downtown Gretna, 504-361-7748; — There are several stages of music ranging from rock 'n' roll to jazz, as well as arts and crafts, food vendors, a German beer garden and other activities. Hours 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Admission $20 per day, $15 in advance; $50 weekend pass, $40 in advance; free ages 12 and younger.

3-5Tour du Teche (Port Barre public boat launch, 337-789-0319; — The fifth annual race for canoes, kayaks and pirogues stretches 135 miles from Port Barre to Berwick. Hours 6:30 a.m.-till. Admission varies by race.

5, 12, 19 and 26Angola Prison Rodeo (Louisiana State Penitentiary, Highway 66, Angola, 225-655-2030; — The prison's fall rodeo features inmates participating in rodeo events such as bull riding, wild cow milking and "Guts-n-Glory." The rodeo features prisoner arts and crafts, jewelry, furniture and more, plus food booths, pony rides, Space Walks, a carousel and carnival games. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (rodeo starts at 2 p.m.). Admission $15 ($20 premium seating).

5Sugar Fest (West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, 225-336-2422; — The 19th annual festival celebrates the sugar cane harvest with live Louisiana music, food, craft demonstrations, sugar grinding, wagon rides, a petting zoo, sweets cooking contests and more. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free.

9-11Atchafalaya Catfish Festival (Melville Civic Center Grounds, 1105 First St., Melville, 337-623-4226) — Catfish — fried, grilled, blackened, court bouillon and more — is the star of the 12th annual festival, which also includes three days of live music, food, carnival rides and more. There's a parade downtown at 10 a.m. Saturday. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Admission free.

10-12Bucktown Seafood Festival (1600 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504-833-8224;—The seafood festival features live bands, class performances from the St. Louis King of France School, rides and, of course, seafood. Hours 6 p.m.-11 p.m. (fish fry 4 p.m.-6 p.m.) Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

10-12Louisiana Seafood Festival (City Park’s Festival Grounds; — Presented by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, this three-day festival celebrates Louisiana’s culture and seafood cuisine. Hosting local restaurants and caterers in Louisiana, there will be authentic Louisiana seafood products with chef demonstrations, live music, an artist’s market, children’s tent, and a craft beer garden. Hours: Friday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Admission free

10-12Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Girard Park, Lafayette, 337-232-3737; — The annual festival pays tribute to south Louisiana cultures with live Cajun and zydeco music, authentic cuisine, cooking demonstrations, Louisiana crafts and kids' activities. Hours 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

10-12World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off (100 W. Main St., New Iberia, 337-364-1836; — The family-friendly food festival features a Battle of the Rouxs cooking competition, live music, a 5K run and more. Hours 10 a.m.-till. Admission free.

11Fall for Art (Downtown Covington, 985-892-8650; — More than 40 galleries present works by regional artists in this street festival, which offers live music, kids' activities, food and more. Hours 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission free.

11-12Fall Garden Show (New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, 5 Victory Ave., 504-482-4888; — The two-day garden show features plant sales, garden displays, speakers, kids' activities, food, horticulture experts, arts and crafts and lawn and garden products. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m daily. Admission $8 adults, $4 ages 5-12, free children 5 and younger and Friends of City Park.

11-12St. Augustine Church Fair (2262 Highway 484, Natchez, 318-379-2521; — St. Augustine meat pies, hot tamales, Creole gumbo and roast turkey dinners are the highlights of the annual festival, but there's also a 5K-1 mile run on Cane River Lake, live entertainment, games, cultural exhibits, a cake walk and arts and crafts. Hours 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

11-12Wooden Boat Festival (Tchefuncte River, Madisonville, 985-845-9200; — The 25th Wooden Boat Festival features more than 100 wooden and classic boats for the public to tour, plus a "quick and dirty" boat building contest, Louisiana seafood, live music by the Molly Ringwalds and Rockin' Dopsie, children's activities, arts and crafts, a classic car show, beer garden and more. Hours 10 a.m.-till Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission $9.50 single day, $18 two-day tickets.

12Celebracion Latina (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; — The festival explores Latin American culture with music, food and activities. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with zoo admission ($17.50 adults, $13 seniors 65 and older, $12 ages 2-12, free for members).

17-18, 24-25Boo at the Zoo (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; — The Halloween celebration for children 12 and younger features a haunted house, entertainment, train rides, games and prizes. Hours 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission $17, free for children under 1.

17-19Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-6100; — The ninth annual festival offers a wide range of barbecue styles, two stages of music focusing on Southern soul and an arts market. Hours 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission free.

18Caddo-Adai Pow Wow (4460 Highway 485, Robeline, 318-472-1007; — The annual gathering celebrates Native American heritage with drummers, dancers and storytelling. There also are food vendors, traditional arts and crafts, jewelry and more. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free.

18-19Old Farmers Day and Horse Pulling Contest (56136 Loranger Road, 985-878-2360;—Festival goers go back in time to pioneering days, with lard cooking and cracklin' making. There's also cane grinding and cooking over a campfire, along with country music, pony rides and more nostalgic crafts. Hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Admission $10 adults, $7 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and younger.

18-19Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre (1000 Bourbon St., 504-529-9755,—The Patio Planters sponsor a tour of seven gardens on Saturday and seven more on Sunday. Hours noon-4 p.m. Admission $20 per day, children free.

24-25Ghost in the Oaks (City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 504-483-9376; — The two-night Halloween event features unlimited amusement park rides, trick-or-treating in Storyland, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, music and children's activities. Hours 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (6 p.m. early admission). Admission $15 general, $12 for Friends of City Park, $20 early admission.

25Harvest Moon Fest (Main Street, Franklin, 337-828-3706; — The 15th annual festival features a classic car and motorcycle show, a barbecue cook-off, live music, children's activities and special retail promotions. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission free.

25Rougarou Fest (Waterlife Museum, 7910 W. Park Ave., Houma, 985-580-7289; or — The festival celebrates the folklore of southeast Louisiana with food, art and a fun-run complete with zombies and swamp monsters. Proceeds benefit the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, which aims to restore the coast through education. Hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission free.

25Sweet Dough Pie Festival (St. Charles Catholic Church, 174 Church St., Grand Coteau, 337-662-3058; — Live music, blacksmith demonstrations, a pie contest and 50 arts and crafts and other vendors participate in the third annual festival celebrating the culture and history of Grand Coteau. Hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission free.

25-26Fall Arts and Crafts Festival (Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, 225-265-2151; — The juried show includes 170 vendors from across the U.S. offering art, crafts, furniture, wellness products, pickles and jellies and more. There's also Cajun and Creole food, pony rides, kids' activities, a Civil War encampment site and more. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $5, free ages 9 and younger.

25-Jan. 25, 2015Prospect.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.

31-Nov. 1Swamp Pop Music Fest (Hidden Oaks Family Campground, 21544 Highway 190 E., Hammond, 985-345-9244; — The two-day festival focuses on swamp pop and Louisiana musicians and also offers arts and crafts, food and more. Hours 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission $15 adults, $10 children.

31-Nov. 1Voodoo Music + Art Experience (City Park, 877-569-7767; — 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.

31-Nov. 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.

31-Nov. 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.

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