Funtober Fall Festivals

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 2015:

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September 2015:

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival – September 4 – 7, 2015
Food, music, arts & crafts, festival king and queen.

Alligator Festival – St. Charles Parish (Luling), LA - September 25-27, 2015
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.

Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival – Sept 18-19, 2015
13th annual event at Riverbank Stage in Downtown Natchitoches. 16th Annual Cane River Run hosted By The Independent Motorcycle Riders Of Natchitoches. Food, music, arts & crafts, kids games and dancing. Free Admission.

New Orleans Burlesque Festival – Sept 17-20, 2015
The main event is the declaration of the Queen of Burlesque, a striptease competition to jazz music.

New Orleans Horror Film Festival – New Orleans, LA – September 24-27, 2015
The NOHFF is held in the French Quarter at the Inn on Bourbon Hotel.

Sugar Cane Festival – New Iberia, LA - September 23-27, 2015
Annual event for 70+ years hosted by the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association.

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival – Bogalusa, LA – September 25-26, 2015

October 2015:

Andouille Festival – LaPlace, LA – October 16-18, 2015
Dedicated to the sausage it is named after, event includes Andouille eating contest, gumbo cook-off and jazz brunch, among other activities.

Blackpot Festival – October 23-24, 2015
10th annual event. Live music, cook-off, dancing and camping in Lafayette’s Acadian Village. Admission tickets are $20-30.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival – New Orleans, LA – October 16-18, 2015
Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square.

Louisiana Cattle Festival – October 8-11, 2015
Annual event for 60+ years. Pageant, parade, livestock show, live music, cajun hospitality and more.

Gretna Heritage Fest – Gretna, LA – October 2-4, 2015
25 city blocks of rides/games, German beer garden, Italian Village, arts & crafts, live music and more.

Red River Revel Arts Festival – Shreveport, LA – October 3-10, 2015
Nearly 200,000 attend the largest outdoor arts festival in North Louisiana. Started in 1976 as part of Louisiana’s bicentenial celebration, 2015 is the 40th year.

Louisiana Gumbo Festival – Chackbay, LA – October 9-11, 2015
44th annual event in the Gumbo Capital of Louisiana. Free admission, free parking.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival – Bridge City, LA – October 9-11, 2015
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.

Lake Charles Film & Music Festival – Lake Charles, LA – October 9-11, 2015
4th annual event. Independent film screenings, live music, cajun food and more.

International Rice Festival – Crowley, LA – October 15-18, 2015
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.

Louisiana Cotton Festival – Ville Platte, LA – October 20-25, 2015
Cotton Queen and King, parade, carnival and live music.

Washington Parish Free Fair – Franklinton, LA – October 21-24, 2015
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.

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair – Baton Rouge, LA – October 22 – Nov 1, 2015
50th 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.

Rougarou Fest – Houma, LA - October 24-25, 2015
Celebrate the folklore of Southeast Louisiana’s bayous with a family friendly festival. It is a fundraiser for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.

Voodoo – New Orleans, LA – October 30 – November 1, 2015
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.

November 2015:

Giant Omelette Celebration – Abbeville – Nov 7-8, 2015
Watch them cook a 5000 egg omelette. Egg cracking contest, arts & crafts show, antique car/implement show, charity walk and live music.

Louisiana Pecan Harvest Festival – Colfax, LA – November 6-8, 2015
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.

Big Easy Running Festival – Nov 21, 2015
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.

Last Year’s Events:

Oldies but Goodies Fest – West Baton Rouge, LA - September 12-14, 2014
St. Jude Fall Festival – Zwolle, LA - September 12-13, 2014
Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival – Gonzales, LA – September 26-28, 2014
Lamar-Dixon Expo Center

Tamale Fiesta – Zwolle, LA – October 9-11, 2014
French Food Festival – Larose, LA – October 23-24, 2014

French Food Fest – Larose, LA - October 23-26, 2014
Harvest Festival on False River – New Roads, LA – October 17-19, 2014

Robeline Heritage Festival – Robeline, LA – October 3-4, 2014

St Tammany Parish Fair – St. Tammany, LA – October 1-5, 2014
Louisiana Seafood Festival – New Orleans, LA – October 10-12, 2014

Denham Springs Fall Festival – Denham Springs, LA – October 4, 2014
Lecompte Pie Festival – Lecompte, LA – Oct 3-4, 2014
Shreveport Brew – Shreveport, LA – October 18, 2014

Ladyfest – New Orleans, LA – Nov 5-9, 2014
Cracklin Festival – Port Barre, LA – Nov 6-9, 2014
Big Boy Cook-Off – Thibodaux, LA – Nov 7, 2014
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival – New Orleans, LA – Nov 8-9, 2014
New Orleans Fringe Festival – Nov 19-23, 2014
Fleur de Lis Arts and Crafts Festival – Nov 29, 2014

Big Easy Music Festival – New Orleans, LA – September 7, 2013
Baker Buffalo Festival

Blues in Da Parrish Festival – Violet, LA – October 5, 2013
St. Cletus Oyster Festival – Gretna, LA – October 18-20, 2013 

Violet Oyster Festival – Violet, LA – Last Year’s Date: October 19-21, 2012
Louisiana Yambilee Festival – Opelousas, LA
Ragley Heritage and Timber Festival – Ragley, Louisiana
Acadiana Wine & Food Festival – Lafayette, LA 

Find other fun things to do in Louisiana in October:

Oktoberfest in Louisiana
Louisiana Corn Mazes
Louisiana Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Louisiana
Pumpkin Patches in Louisiana

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