1-5 — Greater Baton Rouge State Fair — See Oct. 26 for event description.
Thursdays-November — Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series — See March 16 for event description.
3 — Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (Champions Square, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, www.boudinbourbonandbeer.com) — More than 60 chefs from the region stage a boudin throw down. The event includes food, beverages and entertainment. 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. $99.
3-5 — Antique Trade Days — (Downtown Ponchatoula; www.facebook.com/pg/ponchatoulaantiquetradedays) — There are collectibles, fine arts, arts and crafts, food, a petting zoo and family-friendly activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
3-5 — Bucktown Seafood Festival (St. Louis King of France School, 1600 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504-833-8224; www.slkfschool.com/bucktown-seafood-festival) — The 20th annual festival features New Orleans cuisine and Louisiana seafood, Carnival rides, games, an auction and raffle and live music by Contraflow on Friday. Hours TBA. Free.
3-5 — Holy Ghost Creole Bazaar and Festival (Holy Ghost Catholic Church grounds, 747 N. Union St., Opelousas, 337-942-2732; www.hgcatholic.org) — Zydeco music, Creole food and a gospel choir concert are highlights. There are raffles, games, catfish dinners and a 5K run. 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, 8 a.m.-till Saturday and Sunday. Free.
4 — Algiers Folk Art Festival (207 Leboueuf St.; www.folkartzone.org) — The sixth annual festival showcases regional folk art, live music, food trucks, children's arts and crafts activities, plus beer and wine. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Free.
4-5 — The Giant Omelette Celebration (Magdaline Square, downtown Abbeville; www.giantomelette.org) — The festival featurings the cooking of a 5,000-egg omelet, Cajun music, food, arts and crafts, an antique car show and more. Hours TBA. Free.
4-5, 11-12, 18-19 & 24-26 — Louisiana Renaissance Festival (46468 River Road, Hammond, 985-249-9992; www.larf.org) — The festival harks back to the 16th century and includes hundreds of artisans, entertainers, demonstrations, participants in costumes, food, shopping, shows on falconry and jousting, tasting events, parties and weekend camping. 9:45 a.m.-dusk daily. Admission $20, children $12, ticket packages available.
10-12 — Bayou Road Balloon Festival (Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park, 8200 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-835-6383; www.bayouroadballoonfestival.com) — The inaugural festival includes more than a dozen hot air balloon pilots, tethered balloon rides, live music, carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, food vendors and a beer garden with human foosball, giant Jenga and kick dart games. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5, $10 weekend pass.
10-12 — Port Barre Cracklin Festival (Veterans Park, 504 Sazian Ave., Port Barre, 337-585-2827; www.portbarrecracklinfestival.com) — The event showcases cracklings and offers live Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and food vendors. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $5, children 10 and younger free.
10-12 — Sacred Heart of Jesus River Parishes Fall Festival (453 Spruce St., Norco, 985-764-9958) — There's live entertainment, food including fried soft-shell crabs, oysters, fish, shrimp, jambalaya, gumbo and boudin, carnival rides, a fun run and more. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free.
11 — Atchafalaya Basin Festival (1452 Henderson Highway, Henderson, 337-205-2443; www.basinfestival.com) — The family-friendly event features a car and truck show, rock-climbing wall, games, face-painting, cooking contests, Cajun music, arts and crafts, food vendors and auctions. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Free.
18-19 — Camp Moore Civil War Encampment (Camp Moore Museum, 70640 Camp Moore Road, Tangipahoa, 985-229-2438; www.campmoorela.com/reenactment.html) — There is a Civil War battle re-enactment, military and civilian camps to tour, food vendors and souvenirs. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Re-enactment starts at 2 p.m. daily. $5, students $3, children 5 and younger free.
18-19 — Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St. (504) 558-6100; www.tremegumbofest.com) — The 10th annual brass band showcase also offers a dozen styles of gumbo. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.
18-Jan. 5, 2018 — Christmas Festival of Lights (Downtown Natchitoches; www.natchitocheschristmas.com) — There are Christmas light displays, arts and crafts, food vendors and a fireworks show over Cane River Lake every Saturday through Jan. 5, 2018. Hours vary. Free.
22-31 — NOLA Christmas Fest (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.; www.nolachristmasfest.com) — The indoor Christmas festival offers ice skating, an ice slide, amusement rides, arts and crafts, a Kringle carousel, a climbing wall, games and more. Hours and admission vary.
24-Jan. 1, 2018 — Celebration in the Oaks (New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 504-482-4888; www.neworleanscitypark.com) — Holiday light displays, many created by school groups, dot New Orleans City Park, the Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens. Take a walking or driving tour or ride a train. (The event is closed Nov. 27-30, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31). 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $9, children under 3 and park members free.
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