8 Things to Do This Weekend: October 13 – 15

From the North Shore to the South Shore and even in the River Parishes, there seems to be a festival in most parts of the metro area this weekend. Check out our top picks for what's happening around the area.

New Orleans Film Festival

Friday, Oct. 13 – Sunday, Oct. 15

Kicking off on Wednesday, October 11, the New Orleans Film Festival has become one of the premier festivals in the country. MovieMaker magazine ranks it the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and the “Top 50 Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee.”  More than 200 films are screened over the nine-day period, and the parties are some of the best the film festival world has ever witnessed. Check out our complete guide to help you plan ahead.

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Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Friday, Oct. 13 – Sunday, Oct. 15

It’s the perfect marriage, blues plus barbecue and it’s happening at Lafayette Square this weekend. This year’s festival features Grammy winners Robert Cray and Bobby Rush as well as local favorites Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Little Freddie King.

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Bridge City Gumbo Festival

Friday, Oct. 13 – Sunday, Oct. 15

Bridge City’s gumbo will be on full display during this weekend festival. Over 2,000 gallons of gumbo will be prepped and ready for festival-goers to dive in. There will also be live music, amusement rides, games and more. Aside from gumbo dishes, you can also sample a variety of carnival-style food and other Cajun delicacies. Admission is $3. What makes the best gumbo? We asked some locals for their tips.

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Andouille Festival

Friday, Oct. 13 – Sunday, Oct. 15

It’s a three-day celebration of the delicious Cajun meat at the St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival. The fest will also have carnival rides, live music and even a cooking contest featuring the sausage in different dishes. Admission varies by day.

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2017 West Jeff Family Fest

Friday, Oct. 13 – Saturday, Oct. 14

This free family festival kicks off on Friday right behind West Jefferson Medical Center. Enjoy music from local bands like The Topcats and Ryan Foret. Families can also enjoy amusement rides, food and games. Saturday brings a car and bike show and a kid zone including a costume contest, trunk or treat and raffles.

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Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival

Saturday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 15

The Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the rich maritime history of the town each year in October. The festival attracts hand-crafted wooden boats from across the Gulf Coast for two days of activities. Single day tickets are $10. Children ages 12 and under enter free.

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2017 Steam Train Festival

Saturday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 15

The historic Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive #745 steams ahead at this two-day festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Audubon Park. The exhibit train will be parked on “The Fly” for festival-goers to explore the only surviving Louisiana-built steam locomotive. Food, music, a bounce house and a rock wall round out the festivities at the event.

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New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions

Sunday, Oct. 15

The Saints head back home after a week off following a blowout win in London. Now, the black and gold get ready to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday at noon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Champions Square opens for pregame festivities. This week, Bag of Donuts will excite fans with musical entertainment on the Champions Square stage. If you can’t get a seat at the game, we’ve got you covered with our list of great places to watch the Saints.

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