Fall Louisiana Festivals
When I look at the list of fall festivals in Louisiana it makes me very happy. It’s wonderfully diverse and displays the distinctive culture of the state. I’d definitely attend a few of these if I found myself in Louisiana after Oktoberfest. Here are the September and October festivals in Louisiana in 2016:
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival – September 1-5, 2016
Food, music, arts & crafts, festival king and queen.
Louisiana Seafood Festival – New Orleans, LA – September 2-4, 2016
A rain or shine event held at New Orleans City Park. Enjoy oysters, crawfish, shrimp and more. Cooking pavilion with celebrity chef demonstrations, live music and art village. Free admission. More than 50,000 attended the three day event in 2014.
Oldies but Goodies Fest – West Baton Rouge, LA – September 10-11, 2016
All day music, great food, fun, and more. Starts daily at 11 am.
New Orleans Burlesque Festival – Sept 15-18, 2016
The main event is the declaration of the Queen of Burlesque, a striptease competition to jazz music.
Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival – Sept 16-17, 2016
14th annual event at Riverbank Stage in Downtown Natchitoches. 17th Annual Cane River Run hosted By The Independent Motorcycle Riders Of Natchitoches. Food, music, arts & crafts, kids games and dancing. Free Admission.
Sugar Cane Festival – New Iberia, LA – September 20-25, 2016
Annual event for 70+ years hosted by the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association.
New Orleans Horror Film Festival – New Orleans, LA – September 22-25, 2016
The NOHFF is held in the French Quarter at the Inn on Bourbon Hotel.
Alligator Festival – St. Charles Parish (Luling), LA – September 22-25, 2016
Music, food, arts & crafts, golf tournament, 5K race and 1/2 mile kids run. Held at West Bank Bridge Park, it is a fundraiser for The Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish.
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival – Bogalusa, LA – September 23-24, 2016
Features Marc Broussard, Danielle Nicole, Paul Thorn and so many more live performers on stage. Held in Cassidy Park in Bogalusa. Lots of family fun with children’s activities, food vendors, crafts and music from around the world.
Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival – Gonzales, LA – September 23-24, 2016
A combination of hot air balloons, music, food and entertainment at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Admission is $2 for adults, free for kids 12 and under.
Steamboat Stomp – New Orleans – Sept 23-25, 2016
Lots of Jazz on the Mississippi River. Live performances from featured bands and soloists. Takes place aboard the Steamboat Natchez. One of the last authentic steamboats on the Mississippi.
NOLA on Tap – New Orleans – Sept 24, 2016
Seventh annual beer fest for over 25,000 beer lovers. Features live music over 400 local, national and microbrewed beers plus lots of food, contests, games, and more.
Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival – New Orleans, LA – Sept 30 – October 1, 2016
Red River Revel Arts Festival – Shreveport, LA – October 1-8, 2016
Nearly 200,000 attend the largest outdoor arts festival in North Louisiana. Started in 1976 as part of Louisiana’s bicentenial celebration, 2016 is the 41st year.
Denham Springs Fall Festival – Denham Springs, LA – October 1, 2016
Tamale Fiesta – Zwolle, LA – October 6-8, 2016
41st anniversary event to celebrate the Spanish and Indian heritage of the town with hot tamales, entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, parades, and children’s activities.
Lake Charles Film & Music Festival – Lake Charles, LA – October 7-9, 2016
5th annual event. Independent film screenings, live music, cajun food and more.
Gretna Heritage Fest – Gretna, LA – October 7-9, 2016
25 city blocks of rides/games, German beer garden, Italian Village, arts & crafts, live music and more.
Louisiana Cotton Festival – Ville Platte, LA – October 10-16, 2016
Cotton Queen and King, parade, carnival and live music.
Louisiana Cattle Festival – October 13-16, 2016
Annual event for 60+ years. Pageant, parade, livestock show, live music, cajun hospitality and more.
Andouille Festival – LaPlace, LA – October 14-16, 2016
Dedicated to the sausage it is named after, event includes Andouille eating contest, gumbo cook-off and jazz brunch, among other activities.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival – New Orleans, LA – October 14-16, 2016
Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square. Admission is free at Lafayette Square Park.
Bridge City Gumbo Festival – Bridge City, LA – October 14-16, 2016
2000 pounds of gumbo is served to visitors annually. Gumbo cooking contest, beautiful child contest, crafts, midway and delicious cajun cuisine. Held at Angel Square. Admission is $3. All day rides for $25.
Harvest Festival on False River – New Roads, LA – October 16-18, 2016
Nationally known music artist plus carnival rides, food, over 100 arts and craft vendors, free Kids Zone, and adult Beer Garden.
Washington Parish Free Fair – Franklinton, LA – October 19-22, 2016
A family fair started in 1911. It is believed to be the largest county/parish free fair in America and the second oldest parish fair in Louisiana. Parade, 5K run, midway, country market, fair queen, rodeo and live music.
International Rice Festival – Crowley, LA – October 20-23, 2016
Louisiana’s oldest agricultural festival. Pageant, poker rice run, 5K run/walk, classic car show, parades, rice creole & cookery contest, rice eating contest, live music and carnival. It is usually held on the Friday and Saturday of the third weekend in October.
Rougarou Fest – Houma, LA – October 22-23, 2016
Celebrate the folklore of Southeast Louisiana’s bayous with a family friendly festival. It is a fundraiser for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair – Baton Rouge, LA – October 27 – Nov 6, 2016
51st annual fair. Petting zoo, pig races, lawn tractor pull, carnival and more. 2014 Admission was $5 with ride wristband an additional $10-15. $1 per ticket surcharge.
Blackpot Festival – October 28-29, 2016
11th annual event. Live music, cook-off, dancing and camping in Lafayette’s Acadian Village. Admission tickets are $20-30.
Voodoo – New Orleans, LA – October 28-30, 2016
The musical lineup is typically announced in June. General admission for the three day event is $125. Shuttle and parking passes are also available. Held at New Orleans City Park.
Louisiana Pecan Harvest Festival – Colfax, LA – November 4-6, 2016
Held annually on the first full weekend in November. Parade, Queen’s Ball, fireworks, live music and contests. Profits are donated to the parish schools.
Giant Omelette Celebration – Abbeville – Nov 5-6, 2016
Watch them cook a 5000 egg omelette. Egg cracking contest, arts & crafts show, antique car/implement show, charity walk and live music.
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival – New Orleans, LA – Nov 12-13, 2016
Ninth annual event from 11 AM to 7 PM both days. Many varieties of gumbo, including a vegan gumbo contest. Live music including jazz and R&B. Free admission, held at Armstrong Park.
Big Easy Running Festival – Nov 19, 2016
Half and mini marathons. Tiered pricing structure for entry. Support the Second Harvest Food Bank by bringing a canned or other non-perishable food item. After party with live music.
Fleur de Lis Arts and Crafts Festival – Nov 26, 2016
A one day indoor show of artisans and craftsmen held twice a year. In the fall it is the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Natchitoches Events Center.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Louisiana Gumbo Festival – Chackbay, LA – October 9-11, 2015
44th annual event in the Gumbo Capital of Louisiana. Free admission, free parking.
Shreveport Brew – Shreveport, LA – October 17, 2015
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