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Festival Season Kicks Into High Gear in the Fall

There's no shortage of fall weekend fun in Louisiana, where autumn's arrival brings a variety of food, music and culture festivals.

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 local delicacies. In fact, New Orleans hosts a festival dedicated to a beloved food item at the NOLA Beignet Festival. The Crescent City pays homage to the famous pillowy pastry - all the while raising awareness for autism.

There are many great fall festivals dedicated to Louisiana's delicious foods. In Natchitoches, the Meat Pie Festival in 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 Crowley for the Rice Festival and Bridge City for the Gumbo Festival, both 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. 

Voices of the Wetlands Festival

Join the festival fun for food, music and more at the Voices of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, Louisiana

ndouille Festival in LaPlace, LA

Try some andouille sausage at the festival in LaPlace.

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Tamale Festival in Zwolle

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.

Learn more about our Louisiana festivals in the spring.