In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

2018 Fall Festivals & Events in Baton Rouge and Surrounding Areas

We've created a list of the major festivals and events happening in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas this Fall! Check it out before you head out to your Louisiana Weekend.

Aug. 30- Oct. 18: Rock N Rowe

From now until October 18 you can enjoy a night of free music at Perkins Rowe! Live music, fun and dancing all kicks off at 6 PM.

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Sept. 15: Ponchatoula Art & Wine Stroll

Enjoy art, wine and shopping all taking place in downtown Ponchatoula. It’ll all take place from 5-8 PM. Local businesses will also be open late and serving samples of wine. You can purchase an armband and wine glass for $20 from the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce the night of the stroll.

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Sept. 21-22: Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 2018 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Gonzales!
The two day festival will have the popular hot air balloon glows, live entertainment, food, nightly fireworks shows, carnival rides and much much more. It all takes place on the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Admission is $5.00 for adults, free for children 6 and under.

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Sept. 22-23: New Orleans Fried Chicken Festival

The Fried Chicken Festival has now expanded to two days in Woldenberg Park. There will be live music, chicken wing eating contests and of course fried chicken to purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

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Sept. 26-30: Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival

Come celebrate the Louisiana sugar cane industry in Iberia Parish with parades, fun rides, live Cajun and Zydeco music, a 5K, sugar cookery, art and much more!

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Sept. 28-Nov. 2: Live After Five

City Hall Plaza will be full of music yet again this fall! Live After Five will be putting on their popular free concerts until Nov. 2nd.

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Sept. 28-29: Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival

The Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival will return to Cassidy Park for a weekend of great music, dancing and much more. You’ll be able to enjoy great blues music across two stages as well as enjoy some great food and even activities for the kids. Tickets start at $10. Children 6 years of age and under get in for free.

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Sept. 29-Oct. 7: Red River Revel Arts Festival

The Red River Revel Arts Festival will be taking place at the Shreveport Riverfront for eight days featuring great music, performing arts and much more. There will be 4 stages, over 100 artists, a children’s area and of course great food. Admission prices vary by day and times.

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Oct. 5: BREW at the Zoo

The 5th annual Brew at the Zoo will be happening on Friday, October 6 starting at 6 PM! You’re invited to the Zoo for a night of great food, beer tasting, music and more. You’ll be able to sample hundreds of beers and for an opportunity to show off your “safari chic” style. Ticket prices start at $20.

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Oct. 5 – 6, 12 – 13, 19 – 20: Oktoberfest

Beer and brats dominate as the ultimate Oktoberfest celebration gets underway at Deutsches Haus. Construction of the Oktoberfest portion of the “New Haus,” will conclude just in time for this year’s fest. Get your fill of German culture with plenty of beer, food and music to last three weekends. Other festival highlights include the Dachshund Dash, the beer stein holding contest, special dancing performances tons of German food and German beer. Friday hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $8. Children 12 years old and under get in free.

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Oct. 5-6: Lake Charles Film & Music Fest

The Lake Charles Film Festival will be taking place in downtown Lake Charles for three days. It’ll spotlight some great filmmakers including independent film screenings, seminars, workshops and more.

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Oct. 6: Bloom Festival

Hip-hop star and bounce music icon, Big Freedia, will headline the 2nd Annual Bloom Music & Arts Festival in downtown Baton Rouge on October 6th. Nearly 40 musicians will take the stage at the annual festival including Neutral Snap, MadeGroceries, Justin Garner, Luna Loxx and more. There will also be several local art vendors there showcasing their works for purchase as well as food vendors and interactive games on site.
The festival is set to take place on the River Road levee from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $15.

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Oct. 6: Beignet Fest

How many different ways can you eat a beignet? Beignet Fest will feature more than 30 beignet creations from Louisiana food vendors and some of the area’s favorite bands. Some of the vendors will include local favorites like Cafe du Monde, Katie’s Restaurant, New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Company and The Ruby Slipper Cafe. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at New Orleans City Park.

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Oct. 7-28: Angola Prison Rodeo

The Angola Prison Rodeo will return once again every Sunday in October this fall. You can look forward to barrel racing, wild horse racing, bull riding and of course the rodeo itself. You can also take part in their arts and crafts fair at the Prison.

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Oct. 7: Muffuletta Festival

The Muffuletta Festival makes the iconic sandwich the star of the show. The fest hits Metairie from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Nor-Joe Imports. The free festival will feature traditional Muffuletta sandwiches and other Italian dishes plus music, Bocce ball, cooking demonstrations, history and video presentations, dance performances and more.

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Oct. 11-14: Festivals Acadiens et Creoles

Creole culture is celebrated like never before during this festival in Lafayette. There’s live music, food demos, a bayou food festival and much more. There’s even a ceremonial “Cutting of the Boudin” and a “Tour Des Atakapas Duathlon.”

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Oct. 12-14: WWII Air, Sea and Land Festival

Honor the legacy of the WWII generation while taking in some exciting views at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. Take in three days of living history with thrilling WWII warbirds, PT-305 in the water, 1940s-era entertainment and WWII veteran interviews on the main stage, and engaging activities for the whole family throughout the grounds. General admission is $25. Kids age 12 and under enter free.

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Oct. 12-14: Bridge City Gumbo Festival

Bridge City’s gumbo will be on full display during the weekend festival. Over 2000 gallons of gumbo will prepped and ready for the eating. There will also be live music, amusement rides, games and more. There will also be a variety of carnival-style food as well as other Cajun delicacies.

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Oct. 17-20: Washington Parish Free Fair

It’s the second oldest parish fair in the state and the largest free fair in the U.S. From amusement rides, to a parade, to a 5K and much more, you don’t want to miss this one in Franklington!

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Oct. 19-21: Andouille Festival

The 2018 St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival will be celebrating the delicious Cajun meat for three days. There will also be carnival rides, live music and even a cooking contest featuring the sausage in different dishes. Admission varies by day.

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Oct. 19-31: Fifolet Halloween Festival

The annual 4-day Halloween Festival happens in Downtown Baton Rouge and partners with 10/31 Consortium and other local businesses to bring you family fun! Throughout the festival, several different locations will be hosting special events such as Pub Crawls for the adults, the Pumpkin Pi 3.14 Mile Race, a Halloween block party and of course the Baton Rouge Halloween Parade on Saturday. Check out their website for a full list of events and more.

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Oct. 20-21: Rougarou Fest

Head out to this family-friendly festival in downtown Houma with a spooky flair for Halloween. Rougarou celebrates the folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana. There’s live music, cultural activities, food, the Rougarou Run and the Krewe Ga Rou parade. It is also the primary fundraiser supporting the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.

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Oct. 20: NOLA Mac and Cheese Fest

Who doesn’t love some delicious mac n’ cheese? The fest returns for its second year at Armstrong Park. Local restaurants will serve their best mac n’ cheese recipes to the public, professional judges and celebrity judges. Free admission.

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Oct. 20: Boudin Cook-Off

Lafayette is celebrating one of the tastiest Cajun delicacies- the boudin. Twenty-five boudin makers will be there to satisfy your cravings as well live entertainment and games. There’s even a boudin ball eating contest! Admission is free.

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Oct. 25 -Nov. 11: State Fair of Louisiana

The official State Fair of Louisiana will be held once again in Shreveport. It also offers the largest livestock shows and carnival in the state. There will be rides, free daily circus shows, live entertainment, fair food and much more. Carnival hours weekdays are 12 noon until close and weekends 10 a.m. until close. Admission varies each day.

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Oct. 25-Nov.4: Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

Eleven days of fair fun will inhabit Baton Rouge during the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair. There will be pig races, agricultural show, fair rides, food and much more. Admission varies.

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Oct. 26-28: 44th Annual French Food Festival

Come enjoy one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events.” The 44th Annual French Food Festival will feature the best in Cajun food, music, dancing and more at Larose Regional Park. Admission is free.

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Oct. 26-28: Voodoo Music Festival

The annual 3-day music festival will take place in City Park in New Orleans featuring headliners such as Kendrick Lamar and Foo Fighters. The Halloween-themed festival will also feature great food and rides. Tickets vary.

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Nov. 2-4: 50th Louisiana Pecan Festival

The Louisiana Pecan Festival takes place on the first full weekend of November in Colfax. There will be great food, live music and much more. The weekend kicks off with Children’s Day, that includes a petting zoo, fun jumps and rock walls and is free to the public. There will even be a grand parade, and fireworks show on Saturday.

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Nov. 3: Boudin, Bourbon and Beer

Chef Emeril Lagasse and friends sure know how to throw a party. Food network star and TV personality Guy Fieri has been named co-chair this year. The annual outdoor fundraiser in Champion Square will feature its biggest chef lineup yet, with more than 70 award-winning local and regional chefs. The big boudin bash also raises money for a good cause. Live music and great beverages, featuring all things Bourbon, also pave the way for a great night. Tickets are $135 in advance and include all food, beverage and entertainment. The admission price increases to $150 on the day of the event.

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Nov. 11: Oak Street Po' Boy Festival

It’s one of the tastiest festivals of the year! The Oak Street Po’ Boy Festival will be slinging delicious po’ boys for one day only. There will also be live music, art and much more to enjoy. The event is free and open to the public.

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Nov. 16: White Light Night

The annual celebration of the arts, White Light Night, will be held once again in Mid City. There will be live music, food and drinks, and wonderful local artists lining the streets during the annual festival. A free shuttle is also included to help take you stop by stop. It all starts at 6 PM and the event is free and open to the public.

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Nov. 24: Bayou Classic

The annual showdown between the Southern University Jaguars and the Grambling State University Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome gives fans plenty of festivities surrounding Thanksgiving weekend. The tradition culminates with the Bayou Classic football matchup Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Other notable events include the Bayou Classic Parade and Battle of the Bands.

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