Fall Louisiana Festivals

Find a Louisiana fall festival to attend in 2022. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2022 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.

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2022 Festivals

Oldies but Goodies Fest - Port Allen, LA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2022
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 16 to Sep 17, 2022
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 22 to Sep 25, 2022
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.

Beignet Fest - New Orleans, LA - Sep 24, 2022
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.

Roberts Cove Germanfest - Roberts Cove, LA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2022
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

Gretna Heritage Fest - Gretna, LA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2022
25 city blocks of carnival rides and games, German beer garden, Latino Village, Italian Village, arts & crafts, live music and more.

Louisiana Pecan Harvest Festival - Colfax, LA - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2022
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.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for every event 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!

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 - New Orleans, LA - Sep 18, 2019
Join their Octoberfest party with the tapping of their Oktoberfest bier

Fried Chicken Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. 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.

NOLA on Tap - New Orleans, LA - Sep 21, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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
Held at the historic Prytania Theatre in New Orleans, 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. Through four days of the best horror and sci-fi programs, the NOLA Horror Film Fest is going to be a weekend to remember. Weekend passes and day passes are now available for purchase online, and single screening tickets will also be available at the door for $10.

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.

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

Harvest Festival on False River - New Roads, LA - Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2019
Features live music plus carnival rides, food, over 100 arts and craft vendors, free Kids Zone, and adult Beer Garden

Andouille Festival - LaPlace, LA - Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Dedicated to the sausage it is named after, event includes Andouille eating contest, gumbo cook-off and jazz brunch, among other activities.

Tensas Pecan Festival - Waterproof, LA - Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2010
The 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
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Celebrate the folklore of Southeast Louisiana’s bayous with a family friendly festival. It is a fundraiser for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.

French Market Tree Lighting Ceremony - New Orleans, LA - Nov 22, 2019
Ring in the holidays with the French Market’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Washington Artillery Park! Enjoy live musical performances and the Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately followed by a fireworks display. Free and open to the public.

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!

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival - Bogalusa, LA - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Lots of family fun with children’s activities, food vendors, crafts and music from around the world.

Louisiana Gumbo Festival - Thibodaux, LA - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Annual event in the Gumbo Capital of Louisiana, with music, rides, food and more. Free admission, free parking.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival - Bridge City, LA - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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 16 to Oct 18, 2020
Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square. Admission is free at Lafayette Square Park.

Blackpot Festival - Lafayette, LA - Oct 30 to Oct 31, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Annual event for 10+ years. Live music, cook-off, dancing and camping in Vermilionville Historic Village. Admission tickets are $25-55.

Giant Omelette Celebration - Abbeville, LA - Nov 7 to Nov 8, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Watch them cook a 5000 egg omelette. Egg cracking contest, arts & crafts show, antique car/implement show, charity walk and live music.

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival - Morgan City, LA - Sep 2 to Sep 6, 2021
This festival began in 1936 and has only grown and improved. Parade, food, music, arts & crafts, festival king and queen.

Sugar Cane Festival - New Iberia, LA - Sep 23 to Sep 26, 2021
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. 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 - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 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.

Louisiana Cattle Festival - Abbeville, LA - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Annual event for 60+ years. Pageant, parade, livestock show, live music, cajun hospitality and more.

Lake Charles Film & Music Festival - Lake Charles, LA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
Annual event for 5+ years. Independent film screenings, seminars, parties, networking, live music, cajun food and more.

Denham Springs Fall Festival - Denham Springs, LA - Oct 2, 2021
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

Red River Revel Arts Festival - Shreveport, LA - Oct 2 to Oct 10, 2021
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.

Art for Arts’ Sake - New Orleans, LA - Oct 2, 2021
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

Gentilly Fest - New Orleans, LA - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
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

Tamale Fiesta - Zwolle, LA - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
45th anniversary. Annual event to celebrate the Spanish and Indian heritage of the town with hot tamales, entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, parades, and children’s activities.

Bike MS Dat’s How we Roll - Hammond, LA - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
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.

Carnaval Latino - New Orleans, LA - Oct 9, 2021
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 14 to Oct 17, 2021
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.

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.

Louisiana Cotton Festival - Ville Platte, LA - Oct 19 to Oct 24, 2021
Cotton Queen and King, parade, carnival and live music.

Washington Parish Free Fair - Franklinton, LA - Oct 20 to Oct 24, 2021
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.

Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest - New Orleans, LA - Oct 22 to Nov 13, 2021
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.

Shreveport Brew - Shreveport, LA - Oct 23, 2021
Annual beer festival, held since 2009.

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair - Baton Rouge, LA - Oct 28 to Nov 7, 2021
Petting zoo, pig races, lawn tractor pull, carnival, food and more. Since 1965.

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.

Big Easy Halloween Half and 5k - New Orleans, LA - Oct 31, 2021
Half and mini marathons. After party with live music.

New Orleans Film Festival - New Orleans, LA - Nov 5 to Nov 21, 2021
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

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival - New Orleans, LA - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2021
Many varieties of gumbo, including a vegan gumbo contest. Live music including jazz and R&B. Free admission, held at Armstrong Park.

Canal Street Lighting Ceremony - New Orleans, LA - Nov 23, 2021
Join the Downtown Development District and Canal Place to “flip the switch” and light Canal Street.

Celebration in the Park - New Orleans, LA - Nov 25 to Jan 2, 2022
City Park’s largest fundraiser, Celebration in the Oaks, is the New Orleans holiday family tradition. This incredible light festival has enchanted Park visitors since the 1980s and is vital to the Park’s maintenance, care, and beautification year round. City Park’s famous oaks will be swathed in over a million twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays will be scattered throughout the 2.25-mile driving tour of the Park. The driving tour experience is approximately 30 to 47 minutes.

Turkey Day Race - New Orleans, LA - Nov 25, 2021
Established in 1907, the New Orleans Athletic Club’s Turkey Day Race is one of the oldest, continuously held non-marathon races in the United States. Starting and finishing at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans City Park, the morning includes 5 Mile and kids’ half-mile run / walk races. Families from around the country have made this event one of their favorite holiday traditions, with multiple generations participating year after year. Proceeds benefit Spina Bifida of Louisiana.

Baton Rouge Turkey Trot - Baton Rouge, LA - Nov 25, 2021
Celebrating its 35th year, the Turkey Trot returns to Downtown Baton Rouge on the morning of Thanksgiving 2021. This race is a local thanksgiving tradition – one that serves the community by keeping them active and fit through racing and by partnering with the March of Dimes as a fund-raiser to help their organization financially and by spreading the word about the work they do. 5K or 1 mile fun run

Bayou Classic – Thanksgiving Parade and College Football Game - New Orleans, LA - Nov 26 to Nov 27, 2021
Catch the classic parade as it moves from the French Market to the Superdome then watch the Tigers of Grambling State and the Jaguars of Southern University compete in the Bayou Clash. Other events include a battle between the schools’ two marching bands, and more throughout the week.

Fleur de Lis Arts and Crafts Festival - Natchitoches, LA - Nov 27, 2021
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.

German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society Oktoberfest - Destrehan, LA - Dec 4, 2021
Rescheduled to December 2021 due to Hurricane Ida damage

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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