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By Bailey Bridler from Orange142
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Watch the floats as one of the staple crops of Louisiana is celebrated at the Sugar Cane Festival in New Iberia.

Fall is a great time to visit Louisiana and is a dream destination for seasonal fun. From festivals and food, to music and dancing, the fun never stops in this bustling place! Embracing local culture and history, the regions of Louisiana have a lot to share and teach in this harvest-filled time of year.

Feed your soul by being part of one of these autumn events in Louisiana: 

For the Festive Soul

If you’re the kind of person who likes to celebrate, take in a show or see lots of action, then this is the time for you. Join the festivities with one these fun events, perfect for the whole family:

  • Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival: The sweetest time of year! The annual Hi Sugar festival in September in New Iberia is the place to be to satisfy your inner sweet tooth and child-like sugary desires. Offering a rich history of the sugar foundation in the area, entertainment and lots of sugar-filled treats, come support the community and soak up a sweet time! 
  • Fall Festival and Corn Maze: Fun for the whole family, the Dixie Corn Maze opens in September. It truly is an amazing experience to get lost amidst corn stalks that are taller than you are and be immersed in a winding, challenging maze. Try your skills at navigating the maze, pick pumpkins or attempt the mud obstacle course. You can even enjoy seasonal special events, like the Masquerade Murder! 
  • Funktober Fest: Louisiana’s original craft beer and music festival is held in October in Alexandria. This non-profit festival offers a home brewers competition, samples from local breweries, lots of local musicians and a fun, festive atmosphere that is the perfect way to become involved in the community. 
  • Gretna Heritage Festival: Dubbed as “The Ultimate Family Event” in September, there is a reason the city lights up for 25 blocks when this festival is in town. Come join in the fun and buy tickets for a single day or the whole weekend!

For the Peaceful Soul 

For the type that likes to sit back and take it all in:

  • Wooden Boat Festival: In October, join Madisonville visitors and residents as they celebrate wooden boats. There will be a boat building contest, lots of food and drink and free events for the kids as you get to sit back and watch the scenic beauty on the Tchefuncte River.
  • Ruston Farmers Market: Support the Ruston community by visiting the Ruston Famers Market every Saturday from November to December. You can take advantage of woodworks and craft stalls and enjoy live music as you walk around with a fresh coffee! Learn more about farmers markets across Louisiana.
  • Art in the Park: This free annual event in Shreveport in November, features local artists who combine art and nature. The pieces offered are created using natural mediums or show images of animals, plants and natural habitats.  

For the Nostalgic Soul

Whether you want a little bit of history or need a little bit of comfort food, embrace those feelings of nostalgia with these events:

  • State Fair of Louisiana: Your favorite family event is back! The State Fair will fill the air of Shreveport in October, featuring talented performers, a circus, rodeo, livestock, a carnival and much more. This event is not to be missed! Discover these top things to do at the State Fair.
  • Plantation Harvest Festival: A celebration of the Alma Plantation harvest in New Roads in October, learn about the history, enjoy the music, try new food and support the Louisiana sugar scene. 
  • Black Pot Festival: A celebration of music, fun and southwest Louisiana culture, join in on the excitement this October. The annual rendition of this community celebration, held at Vermilionville Historic Village, takes place on the tail end of Blackpot Camp. At Camp, GRAMMY® nominated musicians teach classes and workshops on music and dance, all while participants learn about Cajun and Creole food. 
  • Reconstructing Fort St. Jean Baptiste: Perfect for learning about archaeology, understanding the past and letting the kids dig in the dirt, this historic site in Natchitoches is ready for you and your family!
  • Poverty Point World Heritage Site:  Open to all ages, and ranger-led, join fellow visitors for a morning hike and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dates vary so be sure to check it out online. 

From history and nostalgia to hours of festivals and musical fun, Louisiana is not going to disappoint this fall. Want more ideas? Check out Fall Things to Do in Louisiana Part 2.

Mark your calendars, book your tickets and get ready to make the most of the season in a place that is sure to be near and dear to your soul. 

 

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