Feeling festive? We are! Get ready for the fun season!

Fall’s always an active festival season and this year’s going to be one of the best ever. We celebrate our heritage, the diverse cultures of Louisiana and, especially, the food. The food! You’re going to have a great time eating your way through the state in coming months. Below, for your planning pleasure, are just a few highlights of the many events on the calendar in the state’s coastal parishes.

 

Be sure to visit each parish’s website and calendar of events for details. Have a great Fall!

 

JEFFERSON PARISH
www.visitjeffersonparish.com

 

Freedom Fest at the Lake, Sept. 3, Kenner – Kenner celebrates Labor Day with a new tradition in this fun festival in Laketown with an impressive lineup of performers: Jenna  Hunts and 90 Degrees West, Maddie & Tae, Chase Bryant and Lauren Duski. Bring your chairs and enjoy a fun and relaxing day at the lake!
 

Tour de Jefferson & LiveWell Fest 2017, Sept. 10, Metairie -- Tour de Jefferson has become one of the premier cycling events in the region, bringing riders from around the country to Jefferson Parish each year. Cyclists of all experience levels have the chance to ride a 42-mile, 28-mile, or 13-mile route. The ride will start in Lafreniere Park and will end back at the Al Copeland Concert Meadow for LiveWell Fest, featuring live music by Bag of Donuts, food & drink, craft vendors, massages, and Kids Zone. Entry to the LiveWell Fest is FREE, 10am-3pm.

Gretna Heritage Festival, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Historic Gretna -- Bring the whole family out and enjoy a 3-day music festival with performances by national artists like Kiss, Huey Lewis and the News and the B-52s as well as many Louisiana favorites. The food dished out from the local vendors will be exceptional with just about every culture represented. There will be arts & crafts available along with rides, entertainment, and activities for the kids. Visit the Italian Village & the German Beer Garden. Voted Top 20 Events in the Southeast by Southeast Tourism Society.

 

Que Pasa Fest, Oct. 7, Lafreniere Park, Metairie -- Que Pasa Fest 2017 is a FREE festival that celebrates  Latino arts and culture in Louisiana during Hispanic Heritage month, featuring delicious Latino food, crafts and live music. This year's headliner is Grammy Award-winning salsa artist Luis Enrique, known as "El Principe de la Salsa."

Bridge City Gumbo Festival, Oct. 13-15, Bridge City -- Bridge City's "world famous" gumbo is cooked daily at the festival grounds at Holy Guardian Angels Church and more than 2.000 gallons of both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo will be prepared for festival-goers. A variety of other native Louisiana cooking such as jambalaya, New Orleans style red beans and rice with sausage as well as traditional fest foods will also be available. When you’re ready to play, there will be rides, games, pageants and live music.

20th Annual Bucktown Seafood Festival, Nov. 3-5, Metairie – St. Louis King of France Catholic Church once again hosts the Bucktown Seafood Festival serving delicious New Orleans cuisine and seafood and featuring performances by Contraflow and The Bucktown All-Stars. They will have rides for children of all ages, games for kids and adults, auctions, gift baskets, parade of prizes, amazing raffle prizes, and much more!

SCR Oyster Festival, Nov. 10-12, Metairie – Join in the fun for this family-friendly oyster festival featuring great local oysters and other seafood as well as live music by Bag of Donuts, Bench Warmers, Top Cats and Groovy 7.

ST. TAMMANY PARISH – LOUISIANA’S NORTHSHORE

www.LouisianaNorthshore.com

St. Tammany Crab Festival, Sept. 9-10, Slidell – Come on, get crabby with it at this fun two-day event celebrating all things crab. Food booths are the big draw but there’s also music – Zydeco, Cajun, country and rock – on two stages, activities and room to dance.

Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival, Oct. 6-8, Slidell – This inaugural event promises to offer something for everyone. The smooth jazz musical lineup includes artists like Gerald Albright, Bill Summers and Stephanie Jordan, among many others, and numerous satellite events are planned including celebrity golf tournament, charter fishing excursions and a jazz brunch.

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, Oct. 14-15 – This popular fest brings large crowds to the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River  to see the gorgeous visiting vintage wooden watercraft from across the Gulf South.  The Down ‘n’ Dirty Boat Race is popular, too, as teams have one day to build a boat and then hopefully prove it floats. Food booths, arts and crafts, live music, kids activitie and more.

Three Rivers Arts Festival, Nov. 11-12, Covington – More than 150 juried artists from across the country participate in this two-day street festival that takes over several blocks of historic downtown Covington. There’s great art, browsing, people watching and food booths as well as demonstrations and kids activities.

VERMILION PARISH

www.Vermilion.org

Abbeville’s Giant Omelette Celebration, Nov. 4-5, Abbeville –  Come watch as a procession of chefs make a 5,000-egg omelet (using a 12-foot skillet) at this fun festival in Cajun country. There’s also a juried art show, Cajun food and music, egg games, and fun for the whole family.

LAFOURCHE PARISH– Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou
www.LaCajunBayou.com

 

4th Annual Tawaki Antiques and Collectibles Show, Sept. 8-10, Thibodeaux – Shop for antiques and collectibles from dealers across the South at this three-day show.

 

Louisiana Gumbo Festival, Oct. 13-15, Chackbay – The quintessential Cajun specialty is showcased at this three-day festivals that also offers carnival rides, games and live music.

 

1st Annual Shrimp Boulette Festival, Oct. 14, Leeville – Come sample the awesome shrimp boulettes (a hush-puppyish ball of shrimpy fried goodness)  at this inaugural festival honoring the Cajun specialty. There will be other Cajun food, crafts, music and a cooking competition.

 

French Food Festival, Oct. 26-29, Larose – C’est bon at the French Food Fest celebrating regional specialties, folklife demonstrations, dancing and music.

 

Thibodeaux Fall Festival, Nov. 11, Thibodeaux – Downtown Thibodeaux is the place to be for great food, arts and crafts and lots of live music during this fall celebration.

 

 

ST. MARY PARISH – Cajun Coast

www.CajunCoast.com

82nd Annual Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, Morgan City – This five-day fest has music stages, kids activities, a parade, arts show and sale, carnival rides, and a Cajun Culture and Cuisine showcase, as well as fireworks on the river at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.

Berwick Lighthouse Festival, Oct. 7-8, Berwick – The quaint little lighthouse next to the bridge is the landmark for this two-day festival that also serves as the finish line for the Tour du Teche. There is live music,  food booths, arts and crafts, inflatables for kids, daiquiris for the grown-ups and fun for all.

Harvest Moon Festival, Oct. 28, Franklin – Franklin’s Main Street becomes festival central with live music, classic car show, arts and crafts, food, 5k Walk/Run event, and more.

Chitimacha POW WOW, Oct. 28, Charenton – Native crafts and food are available for purchase in the pavilion of Cypress Bayou Casino. Grand entry at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. with gourd dances from noon to 6 p.m.

HOUMA – Louisiana’s Bayou Country

www.HoumaTravel.com

Downtown Fall Festival, Sept. 15-17, Houma – Celebrate the season with food, fun and music. Performers include Randy Jackson of Zebra, Jeff McCarty, Josh Garrett Band and Southern Whiskey Rebellion.

14th Voices of the Wetlands Festival, Oct. 13-15, Houma – A great festival with a great cause – coastal awareness – the Voices of the Wetlands event is three days of food like alligator sauce piquante, jambalaya and shrimp etouffee and a whole lot of excellent music. Performers include Tab Benoit, George Porter Jr., Papa John Gros and Chubby Carrier. The “Friday Night Guitar Fights” are legendary, as are the jam sessions. Camping allowed. Make a weekend of it!

Rougarou Fest, Oct. 21, Houma -- One of the quirkiest festivals you will ever attend takes place every year in historic Downtown Houma. Rougarou Fest is a family-friendly festival with a spooky flair that celebrates the rich folklore found on the bayous of the Houma area. For those unfamiliar, the Rougarou is a legendary swamp monster, similar to a werewolf,  that is said to lurk around our bayous looking for those who misbehave. Be sure to enjoy the delicious locally sourced food, such as blackberry dumplings and seafood gumbo, the fun games and contests as well as the ever popular Krewe Ga Rou parade.

IBERIA PARISH
www.IberiaTravel.com

Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, Sept. 20-24, New Iberia – Life is sweet at the Sugar Cane Fest. There’s a fun parade, carnival rides, Cajun and Zydeco music, a car show and much more.

World Championship Gumbo Festival, Oct. 14-15, New Iberia – Gumbo! You know you’ve got to have it. Here’s your chance at this fun event featuring the Battle of the Roux, a Roux Run, live music  and great gumbo.

Southern Soul Food Showdown, Nov. 11, Jeanerette – You’ll eat well, and probably often, at this one-day event celebrating soul food. Cookoffs, arts and crafts, a Fais-do-do and more.

ST. BERNARD PARISH
www.VisitSt.Bernard.com

9th Annual Sugar Festival, Oct. 14, Arabi – The Old Arabi Neighborhood Association hosts this bash with live music, kids activities, arts and crafts, and cooking competitions.

Violet Oyster Fest, Oct. 2-22, Violet – Behold the beloved bivalve. Violet’s festival showcases the oyster in its many variations, including shucked on the half-shell, grilled, fried, in gumbo and served up on a poboy. Not that you need more, but there’s also music, games, and rides.

LAKE CHARLES

www.VisitLakeCharles.org

Boo Zoo’s Labor Day Festival, Sept. 4, Lake Charles – The music starts early  (11 a.m.) at this fun celebration at the KC Hall. There’s food, fun and music by the area’s Zydeco favorites, including Geno Delafose, the French Rocking Boogie, and the Dog Hill Stompers.

Chuck Fest, Oct. 21, Lake Charles – There’s everything you need for a Louisiana good time at Chuck Fest, a celebration of the state’s cultural heritage: live music, great food, Louisiana produced beer and spirits.