Fall Arts Preview: Festivals and Events


St. Tammany Parish Fair

The fair features 4-H agricultural displays and contests, amusement rides, pageant winners, music, family activities and more.

St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1309 Columbia St., Covington

Sept. 30-Oct. 3


The traditional fall harvest celebration features a wide selection of German beers, Bavarian food and oompah bands.

Deutsches Haus, 200 S. Galvez St., 522-8014;

Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24

Art for Arts Sake

Art galleries and some museums open new shows during the art season's biggest annual event. The afterparty at the Contemporary Arts Center features music by the Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section and other entertainment.


Sat., Oct. 3

New Orleans Coffee Festival

The inaugural event piggybacks the Freret Street Market and presents specialty coffee tastings and more.

Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue;

Sat., Oct. 3

Carnaval Latino

Celebrate New Orleans' Latin connection with live music by Ninel Conde, Grupo Mania, La Gran Banda de Honduras, Freddy Omar con su Banda and others.

Blain Kern's Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place;

Fri.-Sun., Oct. 9-11

Wooden Boat Festival

Located on the waterfront, the festival celebrates the craft and lore of wooden boats and life on the bayou. There is a boat-making contest, live music, food, a car show and a kids area.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Muesum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, (985) 845-9200;

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 10-11

New Orleans Film Festival

Feature films include The Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans, Precious and Me and Orson Welles. There also is a juried selection of documentaries, short and experimental films, and seminars and parties.

CAC, Prytania Theatre and other venues

Thu.-Thu., Oct. 8-15

Mississippi River 9th Ward Film Festival

The inaugural event features the film Karmen Gei by Senegalese filmmaker Joseph Gai Ramaka, who will attend, and there will be live music as well.

Doullut Steamboat Pilot House, 400 Egania St.

Sat., Oct. 17

Louisiana Steam Train Festival

A restored 1921 Southern Pacific locomotive and bluegrass and country music are the main attractions at this festival at the Fly behind Audubon Zoo. Presented by the Louisiana Steam Train Association.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 17-18

Vampire Film Festival

Vampire and Goth films plus parties and events.

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center and other venues.

Oct. 23-26

New Orleans Bookfair

The bookfair features independent booksellers, authors and alternative media.

500-600 blocks of Frenchmen Street;

Sat., Nov. 7

Swamp Fest

Cajun and zydeco bands perform, and there are special areas for crafts and food from Acadiana.

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 581-4629;

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 7-8

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

The annual event features area artists and craft people as well as live music, a kids area, food court and more.

Columbia Street in downtown Covington;

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 14-15

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

This neighborhood festival salutes Congo Square as the root of much New Orleans and American music.

Louis Armstrong Park.

Sun., Nov. 15

Words and Music Festival

The Pirates Alley Faulkner Society builds its 20th anniversary music and literary festival around a noir theme and Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon.

Hotel Monteleone and other French Quarter locations.

Wed.-Sun., Nov. 18-22

New Orleans Po-Boy Festival

The Po-Boy Festival features tasting booths and prizes for best in show as well as live music and a craft area.

Oak Street at South Carrollton Avenue.

Sun., Nov. 22

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Kermit Ruffins headlines the neighborhood festival dedicated to jazz, R&B and Creole cooking.

Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart St.;

Sat.-Sun., Dec. 12-13

Caroling in Jackson Square

Patio Planters provide free song sheets and candles for the annual event.

Jackson Square

Sun., Dec. 20

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