Party, party, party! The Louisiana Coast in festival mode!

The 2014 Shrimp and Petroleum Festival - one of the most celebrated festivals in the Southern United States - is in full swing right now in Morgan City, with all the pageantry, live music, art, crafts and amazing food that you can fit into one weekend, but if you're missing this year's festivities, don't despair! Along the Louisiana Coast, we celebrate our bountiful waters, colorful charachters and rich history with festivals throughout the spring and summer, but fall is particularly festival-rich around here, and there's no better way to experience the flavors, people and customs that make this region unlike any other, anywhere. Maybe you should come on down to the Bayou...chances are, we'll throw a party for you! 

The 2014 Sugar Cane Festival takes over New Iberia from September 24 - 28, 2014, honoring the growers and processors that keep Louisiana's sugar industry alive. The festival features, the coronation of King Sucrose and Queen Sugar; photography, art and flowers shows; a street fair replete with rides and food vendors; fireworks and Fais-Do-Do - that's Cajun for dance party - with live bands around the clock. 

That same weekend, over in Houma, Terrebonne Parish, enjoy the Best of the Bayou, Louisiana's premiere music festival, a two-day celebration of the very best in music from local Cajun bands and performers to acts of national renown. This year, the festival takes place September 27 & 28, and brings Better than Ezra to the Bayou and also offers Gator Races, Kid Korner, car show and art marketplace as well as food galore and a signature cocktail contest. 

October brings us the World Championship Gumbo Cook-off, October 10 - 12, 2014, along New Iberia's historic and award-winning Main Street. While the gumbo competition itself is on Sunday, the festivities begin on Friday with music and popular food items. On Saturday, more than 40 food vendors serve up local Cajun and Creole foods such as jambalaya, étouffée, and boudin … but no gumbo. Sunday's full attention goes to the gumbo, when approximately 100 teams vie for bragging rights to the best gumbo in the world. Guests are invited to sample dozens of gumbos, from traditional chicken, sausage and seafood gumbos, to more daring creations featuring alligator, rabbit, quail and duck. If it's sponsored by Tabasco - and it is - you know it's the real deal! 

And, as Halloween creeps nearer, don't let the Rougarou sneak up on you. Rougarou are creatures of Creole legend comparable to Werewolves who dwell in the swamps, and, come October 25, 2014, locals take to the streets of Houma in Terrebonne Parish to honor these legendary beasts with the 3rd Annual Rougarou Festival, a family-friendly, slightly spooky event featuring live music, a Rougarou fun run, costume contest, Krew Ga Rou Halloween parade plus, of course, delicious, traditional Cajun cuisine. Rougarou have come to be seen as guardians of the swamps and this one-of-a-kind event celebrates the legend of the half-man/half-beast Rougarou while bringing a spooky-fun educational spotlight to coastal conservation. 

You really can't turn around along the Coast this fall without running into a party. It won't be the same without you! Let VisitLouisianaCoast.com help you plan your visit. And, for a chance to win a weekend getaway for the 2015 Shrimp & Petroleum Festival, click here to become a Coastal Cruiser and win your way to our adventure-rich Louisiana Coastline. We can't wait to show you a good time!