Fall Louisiana Festivals

Find a Louisiana fall festival to attend in 2020. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2020 has things to do across Louisiana including activities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

Last Major Update:

All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!

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2020 Festivals

New Orleans Burlesque Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2020
The main event is the declaration of the Queen of Burlesque, a striptease competition to jazz music. Enjoy performances of all kinds, including variety, acro, sideshow, circus, magic, and more during each Burlesque show!

Oldies but Goodies Fest - Port Allen, LA - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
All day music, great food, fun, and more. Put on your poodle skirts, bell bottom pants, white t-shirts and sneakers, live music on stage both days will help you remember the ol’ days, plus antique car show, hula hoop, jitterbug contests and Poker run. There will also be a BBQ contest. Starts daily at 11 am.

Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival - Natchitoches, LA - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Annual Meat Pie Festival and River Run, held along the riverbank in downtown Natchitoches, hosted By The Independent Motorcycle Riders Of Natchitoches. Food, music, arts and crafts, kids games and dancing. Free admission.

Alligator Festival - Luling, LA - Sep 24 to Sep 27, 2020
Music, food, arts and 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 - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
Lots of family fun with children’s activities, food vendors, crafts and music from around the world.

Gretna Heritage Fest - Gretna, LA - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
25 city blocks of carnival rides and games, German beer garden, Latino Village, Italian Village, arts & crafts, live music and more.

Louisiana Cattle Festival - Abbeville, LA - Oct 1 to Oct 4, 2020
Annual event for 60+ years. Pageant, parade, livestock show, live music, cajun hospitality and more.

Lake Charles Film & Music Festival - Lake Charles, LA - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Annual event for 5+ years. Independent film screenings, seminars, parties, networking, live music, cajun food and more.

Red River Revel Arts Festival - Shreveport, LA - Oct 3 to Oct 11, 2020
Nearly 200,000 attend the largest outdoor arts festival in North Louisiana. Started in 1976 as part of Louisiana’s bicentenial celebration. $10 Reveler pass gets you in each of the nine days.

Bike MS Dat’s How we Roll - Hammond, LA - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.

Denham Springs Fall Festival - Denham Springs, LA - Oct 3, 2020
Hundreds of vendors, games, kiddie rides, food booths, antique stores to shop, view art exhibits, tour the Old City Hall Exhibits, listen to music at the Old Train Station, and more

Louisiana Gumbo Festival - Thibodaux, LA - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
Annual event in the Gumbo Capital of Louisiana, with music, rides, food and more. Free admission, free parking.

Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest - New Orleans, LA - Oct 9 to Oct 24, 2020
This New Orleans Oktoberfest is quite a party! It is open Friday and Saturdays in October. They feature authentic German music, foods, and beverages. Lots of fun activities throughout the day.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival - Bridge City, LA - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
2000 pounds of gumbo is served to visitors annually. Gumbo cooking contest, beautiful child contest, crafts, midway and delicious cajun cuisine, including jambalaya, red beans and rice and more.

Gentilly Fest - New Orleans, LA - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
From its beginning, the annual Gentilly Fest has aimed to raise funds to aid in the rebuilding and continued growth of the Gentilly area. Enjoy live music, kids area, food, and more

Carnaval Latino - New Orleans, LA - Oct 10, 2020
Come celebrate the Latin music, food, culture and art that make up New Orleans at the Carnaval Latino! There will be live music from some of the area’s top Latin artists, a 20 float parade representing different countries of the Americas, a variety of Latin food vendors and unique arts and crafts! It will be held at the Generations Hall on Higgins Blvd

International Rice Festival - Crowley, LA - Oct 15 to Oct 18, 2020
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.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - New Orleans, LA - Oct 16 to Oct 18, 2020
Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square. Admission is free at Lafayette Square Park.

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair - Baton Rouge, LA - Oct 22 to Nov 1, 2020
Petting zoo, pig races, lawn tractor pull, carnival, food and more. Since 1965.

Blackpot Festival - Lafayette, LA - Oct 30 to Oct 31, 2020
Annual event for 10+ years. Live music, cook-off, dancing and camping in Vermilionville Historic Village. Admission tickets are $25-55.

Louisiana Pecan Harvest Festival - Colfax, LA - Nov 6 to Nov 8, 2020
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, LA - Nov 7 to Nov 8, 2020
Watch them cook a 5000 egg omelette. Egg cracking contest, arts & crafts show, antique car/implement show, charity walk and live music.

Fleur de Lis Arts and Crafts Festival - Natchitoches, LA - Nov 28, 2020
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.

Beignet Fest - New Orleans, LA - Jan 1 to Oct 5, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: From traditional sweet treats covered in powdered sugar to savory options bursting with seafood, cheese and more, Beignet Fest will feature different beignet dishes from some of New Orleans’ best restaurants and food trucks. In true NOLA style, the festival also features live, local music performances, a Kid’s Village, Artist Market and VIP Experience. Proceeds from Beignet Fest benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits serving children with developmental delays.

Fried Chicken Festival - New Orleans, LA - Jan 1 to Sep 22, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: The National Fried Chicken (FREE) Festival takes place at Woldenberg Park along the New Orleans Downtown Riverfront. Celebrate this Southern favorite with food, live entertainment, and festivities, including a Chicken Wing Eating contest and a Best Fried Chicken contest. 35 restaurants will be slinging their chicken and there will be live music on two stages.

Sugar Cane Festival - New Iberia, LA - Jan 1 to Sep 29, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Annual event for 70+ years hosted by the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association. Farm fest and 4H livestock show, 5K, parade, car show, fairgrounds and carnival, flower show, art show, photography show, and more!

Wooden Boat Festival - Madisonville, LA - Apr 17 to Apr 18, 2021
2020 Festival is postponed to spring 2021. Visitors will have plenty to do including viewing an amazing assortment of boats. Last year’s lineup included luggers, skiffs, trawlers, work boats, cruisers, sailboats and more. Enjoy live music, food, children’s area, children’s boat building, team boat building, car and motorcycle show, beer garden and more.

St Pascal’s Herbal Harvest - West Monroe, LA - Oct 16, 2021
28th annual event moves to the West Conroe Convention Center on Ridge, where over 50 vendors will be selling arts and crafts, plus a bake sale, an herb and plant sale from the NE Louisiana Master Gardeners, and more! Vending opportunities available as of July 18, 2019 – contact the church via the information on the vendor form on their site.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience - New Orleans, LA - Oct 29 to Oct 31, 2021
The musical lineup is typically announced in June. Enjoy music, art, community, food, and all the mystery that Halloween in New Orleans can bring up. There are over 65 bands in three days! Shuttle and parking passes are also available. Held at New Orleans City Park.

Past Events

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 Cotton Festival - Ville Platte, LA - Oct 9 to Oct 14, 2018
Cotton Queen and King, parade, carnival and live music.

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival - Morgan City, LA - Aug 29 to Sep 2, 2019
This festival began in 1936 and has only grown and improved. Parade, food, music, arts & crafts, festival king and queen.

Zydeco Festival & Poker Run - Natchitoches, LA - Aug 30 to Aug 31, 2019
20th annual. Raises money for various community functions around Natchitoches Parish through fun events – Zydeco music, a dance contest, motorcycle Poker Run, food and fun for the entire family

Gordon Biersch Bier Tapping Oktoberfest Kick-off - New Orleans, LA - Sep 18, 2019
Join their Octoberfest party with the tapping of their Oktoberfest bier

NOLA on Tap - New Orleans, LA - Sep 21, 2019
10th 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. Presented by, and fundraiser for, Louisiana SPCA

NOLA Horror Film Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2019

In its ninth year, NOLA Horror Film Fest is pleased to announce that this year’s festival will be held at the historic Prytania Theatre in New Orleans on September 26th-29th, 2019. This year’s official selections include 64 films and 20 screenplay finalists, chosen from 727 national and international submissions exclusively through FilmFreeway.

The NOLA Horror Film Fest is a festival created by horror filmmakers for horror fans. It’s no small wonder – and no great surprise – that so many of today’s top directors got their start in “low budget horror”. With determination and imagination, these artists have created some truly memorable work that has encouraged and inspired a new generation of filmmakers. Our goal is the promotion of Genre Filmmaking in Louisiana, as well as nationally and internationally. The NOHFF is committed to celebrating the craft and advancing the art form of Genre Films.

On the opening night of festival, we will be screening The Black String featuring Frankie Muniz. Golden Globe nominee Frankie Muniz (2002, TV’s “Malcom in the Middle,” Best Television Actor Musical/Comedy Series) gives a chilling performance in the thrilling horror film The Black String. Our closing night feature film presentation will be Every Time I Die, released by Gravitas Ventures.

Some of our other notable features and shorts include: To Your Last Death (featuring William Shatner, Ray Wise and Bill Moseley), the world premiere of Cold Feet and a Louisiana produced short Samantha.

Through four days of the best horror & sci-fi programs (Features & Shorts Screenings, Panel Discussion, Special Guests and Midnight Blocks: WTF Shorts & Horror Comedy Shorts) the NOLA Horror Film Fest is going to be a weekend to remember. We have also introduced live music this year, with New Orleans based horror rock Deadsled Funeral Company performing opening night and Dead Music Capital Band from Austin, TX closing out the fest on Sunday. We encourage filmmakers, casts & crews, friends & family, and horror fans alike to experience New Orleans… from the food, to the music, to the history.

Weekend Passes and Day Passes are now available for purchase online at: https://filmfreeway.com/NOLAHorrorFilmFest/tickets

Single Screening Tickets will also be available at the door for $10.

To keep up to date with the NOLA Horror Film Fest, please visit our new website at https://nolahff.com

Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival - Gonzales, LA - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
A combination of hot air balloons, music, food and entertainment at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

Roberts Cove Germanfest - Roberts Cove, LA - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
Roberts Cove is a small community that celebrates its German heritage with this annual festival the first weekend of October. Authentic German food, German beer on tap, live entertainment and family friendly environment with children’s activities. In conjunction with the event, they run a home brew contest sanctioned by the American Homebrew Association. The event is sponsored by the Roberts Cove Germanfest Association. Past attractions and entertainment have included live music by German bands and folk singers, an antique farm equipment display, blacksmith demonstrations, folklore presentations and the German Heritage Museum. Location: 7212 Roberts Cove Road, Rayne, LA 70578

Algiers Fest - New Orleans, LA - Oct 5, 2019
This festival celebrates the military, police and the Algiers community. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music, local art work, children’s activities, food trucks and more! The event is free and open to the public

Art for Arts’ Sake - New Orleans, LA - Oct 5, 2019
Hundreds of chic galleries and shops along Magazine Street will open their doors to kick off what is considered the opening day of the city’s art season. or three hours, buyers and art lovers alike are welcome to browse the galleries, and in many cases, visit with the artists whose work is being shown. In recent years, over 30,000 people have come out for the event, making it one massive art party. Come enjoy food, drink, live music and art

Tamale Fiesta - Zwolle, LA - Oct 10 to Oct 12, 2019
Annual event for 40+ years to celebrate the Spanish and Indian heritage of the town with hot tamales, entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, parades, and children’s activities.

Washington Parish Free Fair - Franklinton, LA - Oct 16 to Oct 20, 2019
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.

New Orleans Film Festival - New Orleans, LA - Oct 16 to Oct 23, 2019
Hosted by multiple theatres across the city, the film festival gives out awards in seven different categories with prize packages that include thousands of dollars’ worth of camera packages, software, film stock, cash prizes and more. In addition to screenings, there are parties and other events, and celebrities are often in attendance. Individual screening tickets are available but can go quickly, so the All-Access Pass (which among other benefits guarantees tickets to all festival screenings) is the better bet

Andouille Festival - LaPlace, LA - Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2019
45th annual. Dedicated to the sausage it is named after, event includes Andouille eating contest, gumbo cook-off and jazz brunch, among other activities.

Harvest Festival on False River - New Roads, LA - Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2019

Nationally known music artist plus carnival rides, food, over 100 arts and craft vendors, free Kids Zone, and adult Beer Garden.

Shreveport Brew - Shreveport, LA - Oct 19, 2019
Annual beer festival, held since 2009.

German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society Oktoberfest - Destrehan, LA - Oct 19, 2019

Tensas Pecan Festival - Waterproof, LA - Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2010
The 1st annual Tensas Pecan Festival is a 3 day arts festival that will have a stage of live music each night, arts & craft vendors, food vendors, a pecan bake-off, barbecue cook-off and much, much more.

Rougarou Fest - Houma, LA - Oct 26 to Oct 27, 2019
Celebrate the folklore of Southeast Louisiana’s bayous with a family friendly festival. It is a fundraiser for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival - New Orleans, LA - Nov 16 to Nov 17, 2019
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 - New Orleans, LA - Nov 24, 2019
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.

Find other fun things to do in Louisiana in the fall:

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

4 thoughts on “Fall Louisiana Festivals

  1. Starley Clothier says:

    PLease publish 2018 Fall Festivals !!!!!!! I have family coming in from out of town & we need something to do in Sept. & Oct. Thank you

    • Jayne says:

      Hey Starley! We’re excited that you are excited for fall and planning ahead! Looks like you’re in Louisiana, there are some great festivals coming up there! We’re hard at work and hope to have them up for all 50 states soon!

      Thanks!
      Jayne

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