12 — Scales and Ales (Audubon Aquarium of the America, 1 Canal St., 504-861-5107; www.auduboninstitute.org) — The adults-only event feature food and beverages from local restaurants and mixologists, as well as live music and a raffle. Hours 7 p.m.-midnight. Admission $45-$100.
19 — Martini Madness (Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, City Park, 504-483-9376; www.friendsofcitypark.com) — The 11th annual event features food, more than two-dozen martini stations, music and more. Hours 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Admission $50, $35 for Friends of City Park.
19-20 — Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival (Downtown riverbank, Natchitoches, phone n/a; www.meatpiefestival.com) — The festival celebrates the meat pie as well as other cuisines. There's live music, a 5K fun run along Cane River, children's activities and more. Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Admission free.
19-29 — Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival (Downtown Marthaville; www.natchitoches.net) — The city of Marthaville celebrate times past with gospel singing, live music, a parade, food and arts and crafts. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free.
20 — Cajun French Music Festival (Cyr Gates Community Center, 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia, 337-364-7975) — The one-day event features live Cajun music, dancing, food, a raffle and more. Hours n/a. Admission n/a.
24-28 — Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival (Various locations, New Iberia, 337-369-9323; www.hisugar.org) — The festival celebrates the sugar cane harvest with parades, fais-do-do, sugar cookery, photography and art competitions, exhibits and more. Hours 8 a.m.-till daily. Admission free.
26-27 — Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival (Cassidy Park, 129 Ben Miller Drive, Bogalusa, 985-205-1075; www.bogalusablues.com) — The two-day outdoor festival features regional music, food, arts and crafts and kids' activities. Hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission $10, free children 12 and younger.
26-27 — Great Southern Fall Bluegrass Festival (Great Southern RV Park, 30338 Highway 21, Angie, 985-516-4680; www.greatsouthernbluegrassevent.com) — The festival features bluegrass acts staged in an indoor facility. Hours 3 p.m.-till Thu., 12:30 p.m.-till Fri.-Sat. Admission $20 per day Thu.-Fri., $25 Sat., $55 weekend pass, free children 12 and younger.
26-28 — Cut Off Youth Center Hurricane Festival (Cut Off Youth Center, 205 W. 79th St., Cut Off, 985-632-7616; www.cutoffyouthcenter.org) — The festival features live music, Cajun food, arts and crafts, carnival rides, games and an auction. Hours 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Admission free.
27 — Germantown Bluegrass Festival (Germantown Colony Museum, 121 Museum Road, Minden, 318-377-2508) — The festival features bluegrass music, crafts and food. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission free.
27-Oct. 5 — West Louisiana Forestry Festival and Fair (Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, 276 H.M. Stevens Blvd., Leesville, 337-238-0647; www.facebook.com/forestryfestival) — There are carnival rides, food, live music, woodman skills contests and demonstrations, cooking and crafts contests, a rodeo and more at the 108th annual event. Hours vary. Admission $3 adults, $2 students, free ages 5 and younger.