Gambit's Guide to Fall Entertainment - Festivals


Oktoberfest at Deutches Haus
The German fall festival features imported beer, sausages, oompah bands, the chicken dance and more.
Deutsches Haus, 200 S. Galvez St.;
Through Oct. 23

Gretna Heritage Festival
Rockers of the 1970s (Doobie Brothers, Little River Band), the oldies crowd (Frankie Ford), vintage New Orleans R&B (Luther Kent) and soul queen Irma Thomas mix it up with younger acts like Amanda Shaw and Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue at Gretna Fest.
Downtown Gretna
Oct. 1-3

Mississippi River 9th Ward Film and Arts Festival
The festival features films by Spike Lee (She's Gotta Have It, Bamboozled and If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise) plus Haiti Cherie and Football Fables, panel discussions and art shows.
Oct. 1-10

Art for Art's Sake
Receptions at art galleries citywide celebrate the beginning of the fall art season.
Oct. 2

Carnaval Latino
The festival includes headliners Los Lonely Boys, Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo, Casabe Band from Honduras, Froggies, Local 34 Miami's New Sound, Rumba Buena and others.
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port St.
Oct. 9-10

New Orleans Film Festival
Headlining films include Welcome to the Rileys, Blue Valentine and Black Swan. The festival also features documentaries, animation and short and experimental films, plus parties and panel discussions.
Oct. 14-21

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Taj Mahal, Otis Taylor, Corey Harris, Barbara Lynn, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Jon Cleary and others play the free festival.
Lafayette Square
Oct. 16-17

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival
The Quick & Dirty Boat Building Contest is the highlight of the two-day festival. Other entertainment includes live music, a children's village, food and craft vendors and more.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 124 Water St., Madisonville
Oct. 23-24

Vampire Film Festival
The festival screens feature and short vampire and goth films.
Oct. 27-31

Voodoo Music Experience
Ozzy Osbourne, Weezer, My Morning Jacket, Drake, Macy Gray, Galactic and a host of other musicians and performers fill three days of entertainment.
City Park
Oct. 29-31

Mirliton Festival
The Bywater event features live music, food and craft vendors in Markey Park.
Nov. 6

New Orleans Bookfair
The alternative media expo features new and used books, small press publications, self-published work, comics and other DIY media.
500-600 blocks of Frenchmen Street
Nov. 6

Curator Dan Cameron postponed Prospect.2 until November 2011, but this smaller-scale contemporary art event features shows at galleries, museums and other venues across the city.
Nov. 6-Feb. 19

Swamp Fest
Rosie Ledet, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Pine Leaf Boys and Terrence Simien and Zydeco Experience headline the annual event.
Audubon Zoo
Nov. 6-7

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival
Artists and craft vendors fill downtown Covington for a two-day festival with live music, a children's area, food, a fun run and awards for participating professional and student artists.
Columbia Street in downtown Covington
Nov. 13-14

Congo Square Rhythms Festival
The festival features Caribbean and African-influenced music.
Armstrong Park, Congo Square
Nov. 14

New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival
The annual event fills Oak Street with live music and all sorts of po-boys from area restaurants.
Oak Street At South Carrollton Avenue
Nov. 14

Words and Music Festival
Tim O'Brien (The Things They Carried), Roy Blount Jr. (Hail, Hail, Euphoria!) and Simon Mawer (The Glass Room) headline the Words and Music Festival, a literary event with readings, discussions, dramatic performances, parties and more.
Nov. 17-21

New Orleans Fringe Festival
International acts join the mix of alternative theater and performance art at the third New Orleans Fringe Festival, taking place at various Marigny and Bywater venues.
Nov. 17-21

New Orleans Middle East Film Festival
Zeitgeist screens a large selection of features and documentaries from across the Middle East on a range of political and cultural subjects.
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858
Nov. 26-Dec. 5

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
The festival features a gumbo cook-off as well as jazz and brass bands.
Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart St.
Dec. 11-12

Professional wrestling comes to New Orleans.
New Orleans Arena
Dec. 13

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