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. Explore the event lineup.
There are as many different fall festivals as there are varieties of Louisiana po'boys. In fact, New Orleans hosts a festival dedicated to those beloved sandwiches—the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is held in early November (check dates before travel). Another hands-down favorite food item makes the festival roster at the NOLA Beignet Festival. That's right, held early October, the Crescent City will pay homage to the famous pillowy pastry while raising awareness for autism.
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.
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 in 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.
Head over to the Lake Charles area in September for the Boudin Wars in Sulphur, where local chefs and restaurants battle for the title of best boudin. Sample a wide variety of the tasty Cajun sausage and vote for the winner. In October, the Cal Cam Fair, a more than 90-year-old event that has become a fall tradition. Similar to a state fair, there is everything from carnival rides to a livestock show.
But the fun doesn’t end here. Throughout the fall, check out festivals such as the Red River Revel, north Louisiana's largest arts festival, which is held in Shreveport. Also in September, the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival features amazing musical lineups year after year. 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.