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


Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival (Yambilee Festival Grounds, 1939 W. Landry St., Opelousas, 337-290-6048; — Live zydeco music is staged all day, and there's a black pot cook-off, a parade to the festival grounds, a zydeco accordion contest, Creole and Cajun food vendors and more. Noon-until. $15, $5 children.

Southern Decadence Festival — See Aug. 30 listing for event description.

Kenner Freedom Fest (Lakefront Trail, Williams Boulevard at Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner, 504-468-7211; — The festival includes live country music, food, a children's' village and other activities. 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.

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

Kiwanis Pepper Festival (Festival Grounds, 200 N. New Market St., St. Martinville; — The festival includes live music Friday and Saturday, food, carnival rides, a car show, a 5K run and a pepper-eating contest Saturday. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday. $5, $1 for children 12 and younger.

Gueydan Duck Festival (404 Dallas Guidry Road, Gueydan, 337-536-6456; — The festival honors the hunting heritage of Acadiana and includes carnival rides, live entertainment, food, a beauty pageant, dog trials, a duck dash, decoy carving, cooking contests, skeet shooting, a duck and goose calling contest, a parade and more. Hours TBA. Admission free Thursday & Sunday, $10 Friday-Saturday, free for children age 12 and younger.

Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival (Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales; — The two-day festival includes hot air balloon glows, tethered rides, live entertainment, a barbecue competition, food vendors, a car show, carnival rides, a petting zoo and fireworks. $5, free for children 6 and younger.

NOLA on Tap (New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds, 4 Friedrichs Ave.; — More than 400 national, local and home-brewed beers are available for tasting. There's also food, live music, contests, art, games, a Homebrewers Beer Judge Certification Program competition and awards. Noon-7 p.m. $5.

Fried Chicken Festival (Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.; — The festival honoring fried fowl includes about three dozen vendors with lots of variations on fried chicken. There's also live music, eating and cooking contests, a children's pavilion, a misting lounge and celebrity cooking demonstrations. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner (Various locations., 504-861-1609; — The series of events honors Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, beginning with a party on Sunday featuring a concert by classical pianist and organist Fr. Sean Duggan, an auction, buffet supper and cocktails. Papers about "New Orleans as a Muse for Literature: 300 Years and Counting" will be delivered Monday and Tuesday, followed by a luncheon with birthday cake and Champagne. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, hours TBA Monday-Tuesday. $175 Sunday, free Monday-Tuesday (except luncheon $60).

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

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival (Cassidy Park, 625 Willis Ave., Bogalusa; — There are two stages hosting live music, as well as food vendors, art, a kids' zone and more. Camper and tent camping is available. 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday. $25 for two day pass (in advance), $35 at the door.

Gretna Heritage Festival (Downtown Gretna, Huey P. Long Avenue at the Mississippi River, Gretna, 504-361-7748; — The three-day festival features local and national bands, a German beer garden, international foods, arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, an Italian village, kids' activities and more. 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. $20-$25 single-day, $47.50-$60 three-day pass.

Tour de Jefferson and LiveWell Fest (Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-3880; — LiveWell Fest follows the 12th annual Tour de Jefferson bike ride and fun run with live music, drop-in exercise classes, massages, food vendors, a marketplace and a kids' zone. The tour offers routes of 13, 28 and 42 miles and draws bike riders from around the country. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

Walk to End AIDS (Location to be determined, New Orleans; — The annual walk includes a family-friendly event with food and drink vendors, live entertainment, children's activities and an awards ceremony. Time and admission to be determined.


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