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.

Louisiana Seafood Festival – New Orleans, LA – September 4-6, 2015
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.

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

Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival – Gonzales, LA – September 25-26, 2015
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.

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.

Tamale Fiesta – Zwolle, LA – October 8-10, 2015
40th 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.

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.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival – New Orleans, LA – Nov 14-15, 2015
Eighth 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 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.

Fleur de Lis Arts and Crafts Festival – Nov 28, 2015
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.

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
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
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
New Orleans Fringe Festival – Nov 19-23, 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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