Festivals Happening this Weekend: Sept. 22 – 24

This roundup of festivals includes music, chicken and beer, which makes it a perfect opportunity to head outdoors. Here’s a rundown of the festivals around the area this weekend.

Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival

September 22 – 23

Lamar Dixon Expo Center
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Organizers say they are excited to bring back the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival to Gonzales this year after the devastating August flooding cancelled last year’s event. The two-day festival will have the popular hot air balloon glows, live entertainment, food, nightly fireworks shows and carnival rides. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children ages 6 and under.

Best of the Bayou Festival

September 22 – 23

Downtown Houma
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Nationally-known rockers 38 Special and Cowboy Mouth head to downtown Houma for this two-day music and heritage festival. Other acts include local favorites like LeRoux, Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes. Cajun cuisine, classic car show, arts and crafts and kids activities ensure fun for the entire family. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for the whole weekend. If you wait to buy at the gate, tickets will be $10 per day.


September 23

City Park Festival Grounds
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Grab your canine companion, and head to City Park where you can sample more than 400 local, national and home-brewed beers all for a good cause. As the Louisiana SPCA’s largest fundraising event, the pup-friendly festival enters its eighth season. The largest beer fest in the region features live music and dog-friendly activities such as costume contests, games and speed dating for dogs. Tickets start at $5.

National Fried Chicken Festival

September 23 – 24

Woldenberg Park
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After much success at last year’s inaugural festival, the National Fried Chicken Festival has moved to a larger location at Woldenberg Park. The festival will feature local and national food vendors, two music stages, a fried chicken tenders eating contest and the best fried chicken contest. Willie Mae’s Scotch House, McHardy’s and Dat Dog are among the restaurants set to participate.


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