Find a Louisiana fall festival to attend in 2018. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 has things to do across Louisiana including activities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Shreveport. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.Last Major Update:
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Gordon Biersch - New Orleans, LA - Sep 14, 2016
Their Fest Bier Tapping Octoberfest party is happening Sept. 14th.
Steamboat Stomp - New Orleans, LA - Sep 23 to Sep 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.
Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
Denham Springs Fall Festival - Denham Springs, LA - Oct 7, 2017
Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival - Morgan City, LA - Aug 30 to Sep 3, 2018
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 31 to Sep 1, 2018
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
Oldies but Goodies Fest - Port Allen, LA - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
All day music, great food, fun, and more. Starts daily at 11 am.
Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival - Natchitoches, LA - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
16th annual Meat Pie Festival and 19th annual River Run, held along the riverbank in downtown Natchitoches, hosted By The Independent Motorcycle Riders Of Natchitoches. Food, music, arts & crafts, kids games and dancing. Free Admission.
Washington Parish Free Fair - Franklinton, LA - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2018
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 Burlesque Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
10th annual! 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!
New Orleans Horror Film Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 20, 2018
The NOHFF is held in the French Quarter at the Inn on Bourbon Hotel.
Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival - Gonzales, LA - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
A combination of hot air balloons, music, food and entertainment at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
NOLA on Tap - New Orleans, LA - Sep 22, 2018
9th 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
Sugar Cane Festival - New Iberia, LA - Sep 26 to Sep 30, 2018
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!
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival - Bogalusa, LA - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Lots of family fun with children’s activities, food vendors, crafts and music from around the world.
Gretna Heritage Fest - Gretna, LA - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
25 city blocks of rides/games, German beer garden, Italian Village, arts & crafts, live music and more.
Gretna Oktoberfest - Gretna, LA - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Red River Revel Arts Festival - Shreveport, LA - Sep 29 to Oct 7, 2018
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/
Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest - New Orleans, LA - Oct 5 to Oct 20, 2018
This New Orleans Oktoberfest is quite a party! It is open Friday and Saturdays in October. They are open from 8:00 am through 11:30 pm. They feature authentic German music, foods, and beverages. Lots of fun activities throughout the day.
Lake Charles Film & Music Festival - Lake Charles, LA - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
Annual event for 5+ years. Independent film screenings, live music, cajun food and more.
Roberts Cove Germanfest - Roberts Cove, LA - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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
Louisiana Cotton Festival - Ville Platte, LA - Oct 9 to Oct 14, 2018
Cotton Queen and King, parade, carnival and live music.
Louisiana Cattle Festival - Abbeville, LA - Oct 11 to Oct 14, 2018
Annual event for 60+ years. Pageant, parade, livestock show, live music, cajun hospitality and more.
Tamale Fiesta - Zwolle, LA - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2018
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.
Bridge City Gumbo Festival - Bridge City, LA - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
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.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - New Orleans, LA - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square. Admission is free at Lafayette Square Park.
Louisiana Gumbo Festival - Thibodaux, LA - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Annual event in the Gumbo Capital of Louisiana, with music, rides, food and more. Free admission, free parking.
International Rice Festival - Crowley, LA - Oct 18 to Oct 21, 2018
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.
Andouille Festival - LaPlace, LA - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018
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 19 to Oct 21, 2018
Nationally known music artist plus carnival rides, food, over 100 arts and craft vendors, free Kids Zone, and adult Beer Garden.
Rougarou Fest - Houma, LA - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
Celebrate the folklore of Southeast Louisiana’s bayous with a family friendly festival. It is a fundraiser for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.
Shreveport Brew - Shreveport, LA - Oct 20, 2018
Annual beer festival, held since 2009.
Shreveport Oktoberfest - Shreveport, LA - Oct 20, 2018
German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society Oktoberfest - Destrehan, LA - Oct 20, 2018
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair - Baton Rouge, LA - Oct 25 to Nov 4, 2018
Annual fair for 50+ years. Petting zoo, pig races, lawn tractor pull, carnival and more.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience - New Orleans, LA - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2018
20th annual! 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.
Louisiana Seafood Festival - New Orleans, LA - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2018
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.
Blackpot Festival - Lafayette, LA - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2018
Annual event for 10+ years. Live music, cook-off, dancing and camping in Vermilionville Historic Village. Admission tickets are $20-30.
Alligator Festival - Luling, LA - Oct 28 to Oct 30, 2018
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.
Louisiana Pecan Harvest Festival - Colfax, LA - Nov 2 to Nov 4, 2018
50th annual. 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 3 to Nov 4, 2018
Watch them cook a 5000 egg omelette. Egg cracking contest, arts & crafts show, antique car/implement show, charity walk and live music.
Big Easy Running Festival - New Orleans, LA - Nov 17, 2018
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.
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival - New Orleans, LA - Nov 17 to Nov 18, 2018
Many varieties of gumbo, including a vegan gumbo contest. Live music including jazz and R&B. Free admission, held at Armstrong Park.
Fleur de Lis Arts and Crafts Festival - Natchitoches, LA - Nov 24, 2018
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.
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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