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Fall Festivals on Louisiana's Coast

Fall may seem like a long time away, but the truth is we're closer to amazing weather, festivals, and events than you think! Here's a list of some great places to check out along Louisiana's Coast this fall. 

 

Iberia Parish

In Iberia Parish, September brings the first true tendrils of fall with the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival (Sept. 27-30) kicking off the season of one of the state’s premiere industries. For 77 years, the festival has brought together sugar producing parishes to honor the sugar industry with royalty, delicious foods, Cajun entertainment and a great time. Fais-do-do’s, parades, carnival and more are just the start of what the festival has to offer.

October calls forth more than ghosts and pumpkin spice everything in the south, it’s gumbo season. It’s no surprise the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff (Oct. 13-14) calls Iberia Parish home. Every year, on the second weekend in October, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce hosts the cookoff in Bouligny Plaza on New Iberia’s historic and award-winning Main Street.

Other fall events include Fall Fest at Jungle Gardens on Avery Island, Halloween storytime event “Terror on the Teche” at Shadows-on-the-Teche, trick-or-treating at Isle of Iberia RV Resort and countless other fun activities for the entire family.

Vermilion Parish

Aug. 15-19: Delcambre Shrimp Festival. Delcambre. Shrimp cook-off, pageants, fais-do-do, food, carnival rides, blessing of the fleet. Wed.-Fri. 6:30 pm; Sat. 7 am; Sun. 10 am. Admission Fri., $5; Sat., $10; Wed., Thurs., Sun., free. 337-685-2653, 800-884-6120, ext 7, www.shrimpfestival.net

9/20-23: Gueydan Duck Festival. Duck Festival Park, Gueydan. Duck Calling Contest, Skeet Shooting Competition, pageant, cooking contests, music, food, parade, carnival and more. Admission $10 (Fri.-Sat.) 337-536-6456, www.duckfestival.org.

10/11-14: LA Cattle Festival and Fair Association. Rodeo Rd., Abbeville. Celebrating the Cattle Industry with food, pageants, parades, livestock show, arts and crafts, carnival rides and live music. Fri., 6 pm-midnight; Sat. 11 am-midnight; Sun. 11 am-5 pm. Free. 337-385-2397, 337-652-0646, www.louisianacattlefestival.org

11/3-4: Abbeville’s Giant Omelette Celebration. Magdalen Square, Abbeville. Juried art show, egg games, great Cajun food, music and more! A 2-day family festival with a procession of chefs and the cooking of a 5,000+ egg omelette in a 12 foot skillet on Sunday afternoon. 9 am-5 pm. Free. 337-344-9232, www.giantomelette.org

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana

Arts & Crabs Fest cranks up on Aug. 18, showcasing seafood dishes by local restaurants paired with Louisiana beer, Louisiana musicians and local artists! Tasty & Fun! Speaking of tasty, the Boudin Wars/Stars & Stripes Car Show debuts on October 27 when boudin masters are vying for first place in Southwest Louisiana. Art lovers will enjoy the Gallery Promenade on Sept. 28 as well as the Arts Fest and Culture Fest both on Oct. 20, coloring your world with music and art. For an old-time festival and fair, the Cal-Cam Fair runs from Oct. 17-21 with carnival rides, livestock shows, bands and a parade. It’s usually the start of crisp fall “Cal-Cam Fair” weather, so mark your calendar! A new event this fall is the Smoke & Barrel Festival, which is a benefit for the United Way, featuring barbecue and fine boubon & whiskey, taking place on Nov. 10, and later in November, jump into the Christmas shopping spirit with the Mistletoe & Moss Holiday Market, Nov. 15-17. Learn about these festivals and more at www.VisitLakeCharles.org.

Houma Area

Fall is festival season in Bayou Country. With a new event happening every weekend, your sure to find your adventure in one of our many options. Downtown on the Bayou, Voice of the Wetlands, Rougarou Fest and Bayou Beer Fest are just a few of the many fêtes, fairs and fais-do-dos that are available for you and your family to enjoy.

St. Mary Parish

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival – Labor Day Weekend – the oldest state chartered harvest festival in Louisiana.  Blessing of the Fleet, Cajun Culinary Classic, Music in the Park, Arts and Crafts, Mass in the Park, water parade, street parade, fireworks and children’s activities.

Berwick Lighthouse Festival, October 6-7, 2018 in Berwick.  The Southwest Reef Lighthouse guided fishermen for generations – now let it guide you to downtown Berwick.  Enjoy music, arts and crafts, family activities, great food and watch the conclusion of Tour du Teche with awards ceremony at 4pm.

Harvest Moon Fest, October 27, 2018 in Franklin.  Celebrate the harvest season along Franklin’s Main Street.  Music, shopping promotions, dog costume contest, and entertainment for the family.

Patterson Fall Fest and Historic Walking Tour in Morey Park.  Let’s go home, October 13, 2018 in downtown Patterson.  Tours of historic homes and businesses, children’s activities and great entertainment on beautiful Bayou Teche.

Chitimacha POW WOW – October 27, 2018 in Charenton.  Celebrate the culture of the Chitimacha Native Americans at their annual POW WOW.  Native foods, crafts and dancing. 

Lafourche Parish

All up and down the Bayou in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou, you'll find Cajun festivals full of authentic music, food, and fun. The Hurricane Festival kicks off the jam packed schedule followed by the one-day super music fest, Acadia Fest on the first Saturday in October. La Fete Des Vieux Temps, Louisiana Gumbo Festival, French Food Festival, and Big Boy's Main Street Cook-Off all round out the top favorites and are signature events on the Cajun Bayou Food Trail

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