In Louisiana, fall’s arrival is signaled by many things: cheers of “Geaux Tigers” and “Who Dat,” large black pots of steaming gumbo, and a social calendar jam-packed with fairs and festivals.
Fall is festival season in Louisiana, and every corner of the state takes part. There are as many different fall festivals as there are varieties of Louisiana po'boys. In fact, New Orleans even hosts a festival dedicated to those beloved sandwiches—the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is held each November.
There are many great fall festivals dedicated to Louisiana's delicious foods. In Natchitoches, the Meat Pie Festival in mid-September takes place in the historic downtown next to Cane River Lake. Tamales are toasted in Zwolle each October, when the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta celebrates the Spanish and Native Amerian heritage of the region. Still hungry? Head to LaPlace for the Andouille Festival, Crowley for the Rice Festival and Bridge City for the Gumbo Festival, all held in October. And if you love pecans, you won't want to miss the Harvest Festival on False River. This free festival, held in mid-October, features live music by national and regional acts and a pecan cookoff.
Other fall festivals celebrate Louisiana's one-of-a-kind culture and the premier such event is the free, three-day Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette’s Girard Park mid-October. This is really three festivals in one, each celebrating a different aspect of Cajun and Creole culture. While enjoying the activities, check out Festival de Musique Acadienne to hear the best in Cajun and zydeco music. The Bayou Food Festival will satisfy your appetite for the region’s distinctive flavors, and shop handmade items during the Louisiana Craft Fair.
But the fun doesn’t end here. Throughout the fall, check out festivals such as the Jim Bowie Festival in Vidalia, where actors re-enact the famous fight that made the Bowie knife famous; or the Red River Revel, north Louisiana's largest arts festival, which is held in Shreveport. Do good and have a good time during the Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, where Cajun food and dozens of musicans draw folks to the bayou to spread awareness about Louisiana's disappearing wetlands.
Come down and enjoy the affordable, family fun at our festivals. To find more of our fall festivals, visit our events calendar.