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Gambit's 2018 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: October


West Louisiana Forestry Festival & Fair (Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, 276 H.M. Stevens Blvd., Leesville, 337-238-0647; — There are carnival rides and games, sideshows, pageants, 4-H horse and livestock shows, a rodeo, woodsman skills contests, food, educational exhibits and more. Times and admissions to be determined.

Grand Isle Ladies Fishing Rodeo (Bridge Side Marina, 1618 Highway 1, Grand Isle; — The rodeo is a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and treatment programs in the state. There are adult and girls' divisions, and activities include a live auction, dinner and dance on Saturday, door prizes and more. Times to be determined. Entry fee $20.

5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Oktoberfest (Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St.; — The festival celebrates German culture with German food and beers, beer stein-holding contests, dance performances, Dachshund races and more. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. $8, free for children 12 and younger and Deutsches Haus members.

Beignet Fest (New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds, 4 Friedrichs Ave.; — There are more than 20 beignet dishes available from restaurants and food trucks, from simple fried versions with powdered sugar to beignets with seafood and other savory fillings. There's also live music, a children's village, art market and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

Blues, Brews and BBQ (Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet; — The family-friendly festival at Docville Farm features live blues music, barbecue and craft beers. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

Funktoberfest (Spirits Food & Friends, 1200 Texas Ave., Alexandria; — The fourth annual festival showcases music and craft beer, with samples from professional microbreweries and a home brewers' competition. 2 p.m.-11 p.m. $35-$85.

Japan Fest (New Orleans City Park, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 504-483-9473; — The event celebrates Japanese culture with traditional dance performances, arts and crafts, martial arts demonstrations, tours of the museum's Japanese art collections, a fashion show and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5, free for museum members.

Fall Garden Festival (New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden, 5 Victory Ave., 504-658-2900; — There are educational programs, children's activities, music, arts and crafts, a marketplace, plant sales, live music and food. $10, $5 children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger and City Park members.

Roberts Cove Germanfest (7212 Roberts Cove Road, Rayne, 337-334-8354; — There's live music, German dancing, German food, German beers, folk demonstrations, singers, antique farm equipment demonstrations, a strolling accordion player, children's activities and more. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. $8, free for children 12 and younger.

Treme Fall Festival (1100 block of Henriette Delille Street, 504-500-1903; — There's a street festival Saturday with live music, food and drink vendors and arts and crafts and a Mass and gospel concert at St. Augustine Church Sunday. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Weekends-Oct. 28
Angola Prison Rodeo — See April 21-22 for event description.

Celebracion Latina (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-1237; — Visitors experience Latin American culture through live music, Latin cuisine, arts and crafts, health and education displays and children's activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with zoo admission ($22.95, $19.95 65 and older, $17.95 children 2-12).

Sugar Fest (West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, 225-336-2422; — The daylong festival features living history demonstrations including mule-driven grinding, food preparation and more. There's also live music, a cake walk and tours of historic sugar plantation structures and exhibits in the museum. 11 p.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Girard Park, corner of Congress St. and Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette; — There are five stages of live music by mostly Cajun and zydeco bands, plus food and drink vendors, a Louisiana crafts marketplace, children's area, cultural programs and more. Hours to be determined. Free.

Westwego Farmers Market Friday Night Concert Series (484 Sala Ave., Westwego, 504-341-9083; — The Brad Sapia Band performs at the outdoor concert, which also features food, drinks, crafts and more. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival (Gumbo Festival Park, 1701 Bridge City Ave., Bridge City; www.bridge- — More than 2,000 gallons of seafood gumbo and chicken and sausage gumbo are available for sale at the festival, which also features Louisiana dishes including jambalaya and red beans and rice as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and funnel cakes. There are amusement rides, live music, arts and crafts, beauty pageants, games and children's activities. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. $3.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-6100; — A dozen barbecue vendors offer the festival's star cuisine, and there's an art market and two stages for live music. 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free.

Louisiana Cattle Festival and Fair (Lafitte Drive-In Park, 2901 Rodeo Road, Abbeville, 337-385-2397; — There's live music, a grand parade downtown, a livestock show, beauty pageant, cooking contests, games, family activities and more. 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $5.

WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival (New Orleans Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd.; — The show features historic World War II aircraft, including a two-hour air show, dockside tours of a restored PT-305 boat, a physical challenge course, rock-climbing wall and hands-on history stations, a military vehicle parade and a fashion show of World War II clothing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $21; $16 for military, children 13 and older, students, seniors and National World War II Museum members; WWII veterans and children 12 and under free.

Old Arabi Sugar Fest
(Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., Arabi, 504-278-4242; — There's live music, food, kids' activities, arts and crafts and a cooking contest. Noon-7 p.m. Free.

Wooden Boat Festival (Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville; — There are exhibits of wooden boats, a quick-and-dirty boat building contest, children's build-a-boat activities, arts, crafts and food vendors. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. $10, $5 for seniors 65 and older, free for military personnel and children 12 and younger.

Washington Parish Free Fair (Corner of Main and Bene streets, Franklinton; — The four-day fair includes live entertainment, carnival rides, games, a rodeo, petting zoo and kids' playground, as well as a historical settlement with daily programs and demonstrations about life in the 1800s. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Free.

New Orleans Film Festival (Various locations in New Orleans; — Filmmakers show new work and scores of films are screened during the festival, which also includes speakers, panel discussions, round tables, music videos, parties and more. Hours and prices vary.

19-20, 26-27
Boo at the Zoo (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-861-1237; — The Halloween event for children 12 and younger features trick-or-treat houses, a "Ghost Train," a haunted house, entertainment and more. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission to be determined, free for children under 12 months.

Alma Plantation Harvest Festival (211 W. Main St., New Roads, 225-638-5360; — More than 100 arts and crafts vendors show their wares, and there are carnival rides, 40 food vendors and live entertainment. 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 10. a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. $5, children free.

Violet Oyster Festival (Our Lady of Lourdes Church and School, 2621 Colonial Blvd., Violet, 504-682-7070) — Grilled oysters and other dishes featuring the bivalve are the spotlighted items at the annual festival, which also offers live music, carnival rides and games. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free.

St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival (St. John Community Center, 2900 Highway 51, LaPlace, 985-652-9569; — The three-day festival features many versions of andouille. There's also non-andouille dishes, live music, carnival rides, a queen pageant, parade and more. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. $1 Friday (with donation of a canned good), $3 adults and $1 children 3-12 Saturday and Sunday.

Boo Carre Halloween Haunt (915 N. Peters St., 504-636-6400; — Children are encouraged to wear a costume for the event, which includes live music, a craft-making booth and trick-or-treating throughout the French Market area. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Free.

Rougarou Fest (7856 Main St., Houma, 985-580-7289; — The festival celebrates the folklore along southeast Louisiana's bayous and wetlands with live music, cultural activities, Cajun food, a parade, chidlren's activities and more. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Sippin' in the Courtyard — See March 28 for event description.

25-Nov. 4
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (16072 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, 225-755-3247; — The fair features 11 days of entertainment, more than 40 carnival rides, attractions, food and more. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $5, free for children less than 48 inches tall.

Lafreniere Park-A-Boo Halloween Festival (Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, 504-467-2713; — The three-day festival gives children an opportunity to costume and participate in Halloween activities such as a haunted house, face painting, trick or treating, storytelling, games, costume contests, food and beverages. 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. $8, $6 children ages 3-12, free children 2 and younger.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (New Orleans City Park; — There are four stages of live music at this three-day festival, which also includes food vendors, an arts marketplace, educational exhibits and more. Times and admission to be determined.

Sweet Dough Pie Festival (St. Charles Catholic Church, 174 Church St., Grand Coteau, 337-945-4314; — The celebration of the history and culture of Grand Coteau includes live music, a sweet dough pie contest, speakers, food, and arts and crafts. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

Experience Louisiana Festival (Louisiana State University-Eunice Campus, 2048 Johnson Highway, Eunice, 337-457-1776; — The festival includes live music, cultural exhibits, art, a crafts marketplace, a Folklife Village with a variety of demonstrations, food, a Native American village, a car show and more. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Slidell Fall Street Fair (First and Erlanger streets, Slidell; — Booths offering antiques, collectibles, vintage items and more line the streets of Olde Towne Slidell. There's also live music and food vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free.


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