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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.