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Your guide to fall 2017 festivals in New Orleans 

Film fests, fried chicken, blues, beer and more

click to enlarge Foo Fighters headline 2017's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

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Foo Fighters headline 2017's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

Sept. 21-24

NOLA Horror Film Fest

The festival features short and feature length horror films, many of them made in Louisiana. Features include Welcome to Willits, The Glass Coffin, Replace and Danger, Dames & Dangerous Games.

Castillo Blanco, 4321 St. Claude Ave.; www.nolahororfilmfest.com

 

Sept. 22-23

Best of the Bayou Music Fest

The lineup includes 38 Special, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Jonathan Boogie Long, Robin Barnes and others. There's food and craft vendors, a car show and more.

Downtown Houma, corner of Main and Goode streets, (985) 876-5600; www.bobmusicfest.com

 

Sept. 23

NOLA on Tap

The dog-friendly event features beer from local breweries and home-brewed beers, plus there's music by Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, food, games a home-brew contest.

New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds; www.nolaontap.org

 

Sept. 23-24

Fried Chicken Festival

The festival features music by Big Freedia, Kristin Diable & the City, Motel Radio, Sean Ardoin & Zydekool and others, and fried chicken from many local vendors.

Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.; www.friedchickenfestival.com

 

Sept. 28-Oct. 1

New Orleans Swing Dance Festival

The festival has daytime classes on a wide range of dances (lindy hop, tap, ballroom, jazz) and social dances in the evening. Most events are at the Ace Hotel.

www.nolaswingdancefestival.com

 

Sept. 29-30

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival

Performers include North Mississippi Allstars, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Colin Lake and others, plus food and crafts.

Cassidy Park, 129 Ben Miller Drive, Bogalusa, (985) 205-1075; www.bogalusablues.com

 

Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Carden International Circus

The Carden family circus includes acrobats, aerialists, daredevils and animal acts with elephants, tigers and more.

UNO Lakefront Arena

 

Gretna Heritage Festival

KISS, The B-52s, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Huey Lewis & the News, G. Love & Special Sauce and many others perform on the festival's five stages. There also are amusement rides, a German beer garden, Italian village, food, crafts and more.

Huey P. Long Avenue, downtown Gretna, (504) 361-7748; www.gretnafest.com

 

Ponchatoula Fall Festival

There's live music, a barbecue competition, a reptile petting zoo, carnival rides, crafts and food vendors.

Memorial Park, 301 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula, (800) 617-4502; www.ponchatoulakiwanis.com

 

Treme Fall Festival

The Saturday street festival features Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet, Shannon Powell and the Treme All-Stars, Hot 8 Brass Band, Water Seed, Zulu Tramps, and others. Sunday brings a gospel Mass with choirs and other bands at St. Augustine's Church.

1100 block of Henriette Delille St., (504) 500-1903www.tremefest.com

 

Sept. 30

Carnaval Latino

The festival features Latin music, a parade and party at Generations Hall with entertainment by Ballet Folklorico, La Makina de Puerto Rico, Rumberos de Cuba and La Banda Blanca from Honduras.

Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive; www.carnavalatinola.com

 

Oct. 1

Tchouptoberfest

The Link Stryjewski Foundation's block party features German food from Cochon and Cochon Butcher, local beer, German wines and music by Motel Radio, Sexy Dex and the Fresh, Rik Slave's Country Persuasion and others.

930 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 588-2189; www.linkstryjewski.org

 

Oct. 4-7

Miss Gay America

Forty entertainers from across the U.S. compete in the female impersonator pageant.

Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.; www.missgayamerica.com

 

Oct. 4-8

Tangipahoa Parish Fair

There's a parade, a pageant, musical entertainment, a band contest, a pie-eating contest, a livestock show, amusement rides and more.

Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 N. W. Central Ave., Amite, (985) 474-5424; www.tangipahoaparishfair.org

 

Oct. 5-7

Ponderosa Stomp

The Mummies, The Gories, Roky Erickson, Gary U.S. Bonds, Don Bryant & the Bo-keys, Archie Bell, Barbara Lynn and many others perform at the festival for early rock 'n' roll, one-hit-wonders, swamp pop and more. There's also a music conference and record show.

Orpheum Theater and Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St.; www.ponderosastomp.com

 

Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21

Oktoberfest

Deutches Haus celebrates the German harvest festival with German beer, cuisine, oompa bands, a beer stein-holding contest, dachschund races and more.

1700 Moss St., (504) 522-8014; www.oktoberfestnola.com

 

Oct. 6-8

Gentilly Fest

Performers include Rebirth Brass Band, PJ Morton, Michael Ward, Tonya Boyd Cannon, Charmaine Neville and others, and there's a kids' village, food, crafts and health screenings.

Pontchartrain Park; www.gentillyfest.com

 

Oct. 6-31

House of Shock

Horror, heavy metal and the occult inspire the haunted house in Jefferson, and there's live music outside the venue.

319 Butterworth St., Jefferson; www.houseofshock.com

 

Oct. 7

Algiers Fest

There's music by Jon Cleary, Soul Rebels, Little Freddie King and others, as well as food trucks and kids' activities.

Federal City, 2500 General Meyer Ave.; www.facebook.com/algiersfest

 

Art for Arts Sake

Art galleries and museums in the Warehouse District and along Magazine Street open shows and celebrate the cultural season.

 

Beignet Fest

Food vendors offer creative versions of beignets and there's music by Eric Lindell, Brass-A-Holics, Hill Country Hounds and others.

New Orleans City Park; www.beignetfest.com

 

Oct. 7-8

Fall Garden Festival

There are plant and garden products, educational programs, kids' activities, crafts and more.

New Orleans Botanical Garden; www.neworleanscitypark/events/fall-garden-festival

 

Oct. 11-19

New Orleans Film Festival

Mudbound, Damascene, Samba and She's Allergic to Cats are among the feature films screening at the annual festival, along with a variety of short, documentary, animated and experimental films. There also are parties, panel discussions and more.

www.neworleansfilmfestival.org

 

Oct. 13-15

Andouille Festival

There's andouille cooking contests, amusement rides, a pageant, kids' activities and more.

St. John Community Center, 2900 Highway 51, LaPlace, (985) 652-9569; www.andouillefestival.com

 

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Robert Cray, John Mooney, Bobby Rush, Grady Champion, Deacon John's Jump Blues and others perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's free festival. Food vendors offer regional styles of barbecue.

Lafayette Square, 540 St. Charles Ave.; (504) 558-6100, www.jazzandheritage.org

 

Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay

There's live music, cooking demonstrations, amusement rides, a pageant and more.

Chackbay-Choupic Fairgrounds, 326 Highway 304, Chackbay, (985) 633-2554; www.lagumbofest.com

 

Oct. 13-15

Voice of the Wetlands Festival

The lineup includes Tab Benoit, Chubby Carrier, Waylon Thibodeaux Band, Johnny Sansone, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles and others. Camping and RVs welcome. Free admission.

5403 W. Park Ave., Houma; www.voiceofthewetlands.org

 

Oct. 14

Japan Fest

The annual celebration of Japanese culture includes taiko drumming, a tea ceremony, anime costumes, Japanese crafts and food and more.

New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle; www.japansocietyofneworleans.org

 

Oct. 14-15

Wooden Boat Festival

The Quick 'n' Dirty boat-building contest is a highlight of the festival on the Madisoneville Lakefront. There also is a restored PT-305 boat from the National World War II Museum, a classic car and motorcycle ride, a beer garden and more.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, (985) 845-9200; www.woodenboatfest.org

 

Oct. 15

Celebracion Latina

There's Latin music, food, crafts, wellness education and more. Free with regular zoo admission.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 861-2537; www.auduboninstitute.org/celebracion-latina

 

Oct. 20-21

Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageants

Women compete for the crowns.

JPAC

 

Oct. 20-21 & 27-28

Boo at the Zoo

The Halloween celebration at the zoo includes scary and nonscary haunted houses, ghost train rides, trick-or-treating, animal encounters, games, inflatables, a maze, entertainment and more.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 861-2537; www.auduboninstitute.org/batz

 

Oct. 20-22

Ghosts in the Oaks

The Halloween celebration includes trick-or-treating, face painting, crafts, balloon animals and more.

New Orleans City Park, Amusement Park & Storyland, 5 Victory Ave., (504) 482-4888; www.neworleanscitypark.com

 

Oct. 21

Fall for Art

Art galleries open new shows and businesses stay open late in the neighborhood event in downtown Covington.

N. Columbia and Boston streets, Covington, (985) 892-8650; www.sttammanyartassociation.org

 

NOLA Cochon de Lait Festival

Formerly the COPS 2 festival, the event features music by Soul Rebels, Big Sam's Funky Nation and Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, a best crackling contest and competitions for other pork dishes, food vendors, crafts and more.

Palmer Park, South Claiborne at South Carrollton avenues; www.nolaporkfest.com

 

Krewe of Boo

A Mardi Gras-style float parade goes from Faubourg Marigny to the Warehouse District, followed by the Monster Mash ball (featuring Flock of Seagulls) at Generations Hall. There's a 2-mile Zombie run in the morning.

www.kreweofboo.com

 

Oct. 21-22

Rougarou Fest

Named for a mythical Cajun werewolf, the Houma festival features a parade, costume contest, live music, a scavenger hunt, kids' activities, food and craft vendors and more.

Downtown Houma, (985) 580-7289; www.rougaroufest.org

 

Oct. 22

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

Local restaurants and food vendors serve creative po-boys and there are music stages on Oak Street between South Carrollton Avenue and Eagle Street.

www.poboyfest.com

 

The Big Teasy Caffeine Festival

The event features tea and coffee samples, whiskey, cigars, an art market, music by Tim Laughlin Jazz Trio and the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra and more.

JPAC; www.bigteasy.com

 

Oct. 27-29

Louisiana Seafood Festival

The festival features live music, seafood, cooking demonstrations, craft vendors and more.

Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.; www.louisianaseafoodfestival.com

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Fair

Top Cats and Bag of Donuts head the music lineup, and there's games, crafts and more.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 8968 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, (504) 394-0314; www.olphbc.org/olph-fair

 

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and others perform at the rock and EDM festival.

New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds; www.voodoofestival.com

 

World War II Air, Sea & Land Festival

The event features military vehicles and equipment as well as entertainment and food vendors.

New Orleans Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd.; www.airsealandfest.com

 

Oct. 28-29

Antique/Fall Street Fair

The fair features antiques, pottery, jewelery, crafts, food and more.

First, Second and Erlanger streets, Slidell; www.slidellantiques.com

 

Oct. 29

Greater New Orleans Pagan Pride Day

The festival features pagan groups, music, art, a kids' area, speakers and more. Attendees of all faiths welcome.

Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave.; www.gnopaganpride.com

 

Nov. 3-4

NOLA Nerdlesque Festival

Local and visiting performers present burlesque based on nerdy subjects and popular culture.

CAC

 

Nov. 3-5

Antique Trade Days

The event focuses on art, crafts, antiques and collectibles and there's live music and food vendors.

Ponchatoula, (985) 386-2536 ; www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

Bucktown Seafood Festival

The Bucktown All-Stars, Amanda Shaw and Contraflow headline the festival, and there's seafood, games, a raffle and more.

1600 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-8224; www.slkfschool.com/bucktown-seafood-festival

 

Nov. 4

Bayou Bacchanal

The festival celebrates Caribbean cultures and Carnival traditions with music, dance and more.

Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St.; www.bayoubacchanal.org

 

Southdown Plantation's Marketplace Artisan Craft Show

More than 300 booths featuring jewelry, handmade crafts, clothing, garden items, seasonal items and more are spread out on Southdown Plantation's grounds.

Southdown Plantation, 1209 Museum Drive, Houma, (985) 851-0154; www.facebook.com/southdownmuseum

 

Nov. 4-26

Louisiana Renaissance Festival

Renaissance-inspired entertainment includes juggling, falconry, magic, dueling, jousting, Shakespearian storytelling, music and more. There are themed weekends for masks, pirates, Celtic culture, time travelers and more.

46468 River Road, Hammond, (985) 429-9992; www.larf.net

 

Nov. 10-12

Sacred Heart of Jesus River Parishes Fall Festival

There's live entertainment, food including fried soft-shell crabs, oysters, fish, shrimp, jambalaya, gumbo and boudin, carnival rides, a fun run and more.

453 Spruce St., Norco, (985) 764-9958; www.sacredheartchurchnorco.org

 

Westwego Cypress Swamp Fest

There's music by Burger & Fries, Junior & Sumtin Sneaky, Danny Alexander Blues Band and others.

Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Road, (504) 341-3424; www.cityofwestwego.com

 

Nov. 11

FORESTival

A Studio in the Woods hosts live music by Asylum Chorus and others, artist presentations by current and former residents, art activities for kids, scientist-led walks and more.

A Studio in the Woods, 13401 Patterson Road, (504) 392-4460; www.astudiointhewoods.org

 

Nov. 11-12

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

The festival features more than 200 jury-selected artists exhibiting art, crafts, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, ceramics and more. There also are demonstrations, food vendors and kids' activities.

Downtown Covington, (985) 327-9797; www.threeriversartfestival.com

 

Nov. 17-18

Thunder from Down Under

The Australian all-male revue performs.

Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (800) 427-7247; www.caesars.com/harrahs-neworleans/shows

 

Nov. 18

Lower Coast Wine & Music Festival

The wine-tasting event features more than 100 bottlings from around the globe, plus scotch and craft beers, cooking demonstrations and music by Rick Trolsen, Amanda Walker, the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra and others.

English Turn Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, (504) 391-8000; www.lowercoastwinefestival.com

 

Nov. 18-19

Camp Moore Civil War Encampment

There is a Civil War battle re-enactment, military and civilian camps to tour, food vendors and souvenirs.

Camp Moore Museum, 70640 Camp Moore Road, Tangipahoa, (985) 229-2438; www.campmoorela.com/ reenactment.html

 

New Orleans Comics and Zine Fest

Comic artists, especially independent and DIY artists, present their work.

New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave.; www.nocazfest.com

 

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

The brass band lineup includes Rebirth, Hot 8, Treme, Pinettes, TBC, Free Agents and others. There are various types of gumbo as well as art vendors, kids' activities and a symposium.

Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., (504) 558-6100; www.jazzandheritage.org/treme-gumbo

 

Nov. 18-Feb. 25, 2018

Prospect.4

Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker presents "The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp" in the fourth installment of Prospect New Orleans' international contemporary art triennial. There are exhibitions and installations by more than 70 artists at New Orleans museums and public spaces.

www.prospectneworleans.org

 

Nov. 24-Jan. 1, 2018

Celebration in the Oaks

Holiday lights adorn New Orleans City Park's ancient live oaks, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland and amusement park, and there are train rides around the displays.

New Orleans City Park, 5 Victory Ave., (504) 482-4888; www.neworleanscitypark.com/celebration-in-the-oaks

 

Dec. 1-3

Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival

The parish fair includes shrimp-peeling, oyster-shucking and pie-eating contests, a pageant, amusement rides, helicopter rides, food vendors, a 5K run/walk and more. There's music by the Big River Band, Boot Hill and others.

Fort Jackson, Buras, (504) 405-8535; www.orangefestival.com

 

Dec. 6-9

LUNA Fete

The annual event features light and video projections in public spaces.

www.artsneworleans.org/event/lunafete

 

Dec. 6-10

Words & Music

War and Collateral Damage in Literature and Life is the theme for the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's annual literary festival. Religious scholar Reza Aslan headlines the event.

www.wordsandmusic.org

 

Dec. 7-10

PhotoNOLA

The New Orleans Photo Alliance's annual festival features photography shows at area museums and galleries, a keynote address, gala, portfolio review and more.

www.photonola.org

 

Dec. 9

Running of the Santas

Holiday revelers make the trek from Manning's Eat–Drink-Cheer to Generations Hall, and there's costume contests and music by Flow Tribe and Top Cats.

Warehouse District; www.runningofthesantas.com

 

Dec. 17

Caroling in Jackson Square

Candles and song sheets are provided for the annual sing-along.

Jackson Square, 700 Decatur St.; www.patioplanters.org

 

Dec. 21-31

Christmas Fest

There's an ice skating rink, carnival rides, inflatables, a maze, crafts, a gingerbread house exhibit, holiday characters, Christmas trees and more.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.; www.nolachristmasfest.com

 

Dec. 31

Zoo Year's Eve

The family-friendly New Year's celebration takes place at midday and features music by The Swing Setters. There are games, prizes and free noise makers.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 861-2537; www.auduboninstitute.org/zoo-year-eve
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