We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
This free event is jam packed with live music, kids activities, water slides, climbing walls, hot air balloon rides, and of course, meat pies. Be sure to stick around on the 15th for the balloon glow at 9pm (truly mesmerizing!) and then on Saturday the 16th for a zombie "Thriller" dance (7pm) and the grand finale fireworks display at 10pm.
September 15-16 at the Natchitoches Parish Fair Grounds.
2. Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
Carnival rides, parades, car shows, and live music all add up for a sweet time at this festival (I know, I’m sorry).
September 20-24, 128 W Main St, New Iberia, LA 70560.
3. Red River Revel Arts Festival
Head over to the Festival Plaza in Shreveport for the 42nd annual Red River Revel Arts Festival. There will be multiple performances across four stages, over 100 artists booths, 24 food booths, and an entire area for kids.
September 30-October 7, 101 Crockett St, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101.
4. Louisiana Seafood Festival
Voted the best food festival in New Orleans, the Louisiana Seafood Festival is something you just can’t miss. Three days of live music, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, tons of famous Louisiana seafood dishes, kids activities, an arts village, and more.
October 27-29, Woldenberg Park, New Orleans
5. Louisiana Cotton Festival
Enjoy six days of carnival fun, fais-do-dos, parades and even a pet show. Be sure to check out their website to find out when the family carnival nights are, when admission is free.
October 10-15, North Side Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau Street, Ville Platte, LA 70586.
6. Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
Come celebrate the Spanish and Indian heritage of the town at the 42nd annual Tamale Fiesta in Zwolle. Enjoy delicious hot tamales, arts and crafts, parades, live music, and a mudbog (trucks only).
October 12-14, 1100 S Main St, Zwolle, Louisiana 71486.
7. Festival Acadiens et Creoles
Come join in on celebrating all things Cajun and Creole at this awesome festival. Enjoy a variety of Cajun and Creole dishes from local vendors, cooking demonstrations, live music from the best Cajun and Zydeco music around,
October 12-15, Girard Park, Lafayette.
8. Louisiana Gumbo Festival
October is good gumbo weather, so be sure to head down to Chackbay to get your fill! Live music, carnival rides, and dancing into the night. Sounds like the perfect way to spend the night in Louisiana!
October 13-15, 326 Highway 304, Chackbay, Louisiana 70301.
9. Wooden Boat Festival
This unique festival features wooden and classic boats on display, a classic car and motorcycle show, and a children’s village full of activities for the little ones. Tons of local vendors come out so there’s plenty to eat and drink, and it’s all on the beautiful Tchefuncte River.
October 14-15, Water Street, Madisonville, LA 70447.
10. International Rice Festival
This festival is jam-packed full of activities including a grand parade, carnival, arts and crafts, live music, a 5k run, a car show and so much more. There’s also a rice eating contest, a fiddle and accordion contest, and a frog derby you won’t want to miss.
October 19-22, 112 East Hutchinson Avenue, Crowley, Louisiana 70526.
11. Andouille Festival
Every year hundreds of people come out to enjoy the Andouille Festival to enjoy this traditional Louisiana sausage. The festival includes an andouille gumbo cook off, a second line parade, carnival rides, and much more.Think you can win the dang douille contest? If you can finish off your plate before anyone else and you’re the winner!
October 13-15, Thomas F. Daley Park located on 2900 Highway 51 LaPlace, LA.
How many of these festivals are you going to attend this fall? Let us know in the comments below!