2018 New Orleans Fall Festivals & Major Events Schedule

It’s time to get your calendar ready for the slew of events coming this fall festival season.

Festivals dedicated to fried chicken, beignets, beer, po-boys and barbecue — that’s only a tiny fraction of what to expect. We found more than 50 festivals filling the massive lineup kicking off in September.

New Orleans and its surrounding areas can plan to gear up for another busy fall festival season, and we also found some few festivals added to the mix.

Here’s your guide to fall festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

September 2018


2018 Fall Festival Schedule features fried chicken fest
Photo courtesy: National Fried Chicken Festival

Southern Decadence

August 30 – September 3

Various locations
Southern Decadence will dominate the French Quarter scene with festivities celebrating the LGBTQ community extending throughout the Labor Day weekend. Highlights include the Bourbon Street Extravaganza — a free outdoor concert at the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann and the Walking Parade. Parade routes and further details can be found at the official website

Freedom Fest at the Lake

September 2

Laketown
Kenner, La.

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Country music fans can see a star-studded lineup at the second annual Freedom Fest at the Lake. The concert will feature performances by Kellie Pickler, Diamond Rio, Danielle Bradbery and “Yodel Boy” Mason Ramsey. Festivities start at 4 p.m. on the lake at the foot of Williams Boulevard and end with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Read more about this year’s lineup here. Admission is free.

Farm & Table FAMboree

September 8

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
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Cajun fiddler Amanda Shaw headlines the Farm and Table FAMboree at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The free festival is part of the larger Farm & Table New Orleans conference highlighting locally-sourced food. The family-friendly event also features cooking demos, local food trucks, a mobile greenhouse and an interactive kids zone featuring live farm animals. Admission is free.

Downriver Festival

September 8

Old U.S. Mint
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The Downriver Festival celebrates the environmental, cultural, and economic impact of the Mississippi River at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, formally known as the Old U.S. Mint. Spend some time learning about the Mississippi at this free festival through walking tours, music and cooking demonstrations that explore this year’s theme “Gumbo and Daiquiris.” Admission is free.

St. Tammany Crab Festival

September 15 -16

Heritage Park
Slidell, La.
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It’s all crab everything when the St. Tammany Crab Festival returns to Slidell’s Heritage Park. The fest features two days of live Zydeco, Blues, Country and Rock music on two stages. Indulge in local cuisine like boiled crabs, various crab dishes and other indigenous foods from Southeast Louisiana. The festival also features plenty of family-friendly activities including a BMX stunt bike show, horse and buggy rides around the festival grounds, a vintage car show and a scenic boat tour of Bayou Bonfouca. Festival-goers can buy a $20 one-day pass for Saturday and Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under enter free.

Pontchatoula Art & Wine Stroll

September 15

Downtown Ponchatoula, La.
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Head to downtown Pontchatoula for art, wine and shopping all taking place at this special stroll from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local businesses will also be open late and serving wine samples. Fast pass cost is $20 in advance from the Pontchatoula Chamber of Commerce while day of event cost is $25.

New Orleans Burlesque Festival

September 20 – 23

Civic Theatre & House of Blues
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The annual festival brings in burlesque dancers from all over the world with the goal of being crowned the “Queen of Burlesque.” It’s three days of sultry and glamorous shows with the main event being Saturday night where a panel of celebrity judges crown the queen. Ticket prices vary per event.

NOLA Horror Film Fest

September 20 – 23

Prytania Theatre
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Horror film fans can dive into the gory, cinematic movie making at the annual NOLA Horror Film Fest. The annual event is “created by horror filmmakers for horror fans.” Horror, comedy and sci-fi genres are explored with feature films and shorts filling the lineup. The fest concludes with an awards ceremony on Sunday. Ticket prices vary and include a single film ticket, day passes, a weekend pass and a VIP festival pass.

Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival

September 21 – 22

Lamar Dixon Expo Center
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The two-day festival will have the popular hot air balloon glows, live entertainment, food, nightly fireworks shows and carnival rides. Admission is $6 for adults and free for children ages 6 and under.

National Fried Chicken Festival

September 22 – 23

Woldenberg Park
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The National Fried Chicken Festival will feature more than 30 restaurants from across the country at Woldenberg Riverfront 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. A new beer tasting garden along with a Crown Royalty Lounge is also set to debut this year. Gus’s Fried Chicken, Oceana Grill and We Dat’s Chicken & Shrimp are among the restaurants set to participate. Admission is free.

NOLA On Tap

September 22

City Park Festival Grounds
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Grab your canine companion, and head to City Park for the largest beer fest in the region. Sample more than 400 local, national and home-brewed beers all for a good cause. The pup-friendly festival is also the Louisiana SPCA’s largest fundraising event. Hear live music and enjoy dog-friendly activities. General admission tickets start at $5.

Gretna Heritage Festival

September 28 – 30

Downtown Gretna, La.
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Village People, Foreigner and Montgomery Gentry will headline the 2018 Gretna Heritage Festival. Organizers say this year’s lineup will be a return to their roots. Themed days include the best of disco and R&B on Friday, a return to rock on Saturday and country on Sunday. More than 35 local and national acts will span across five stages. Enjoy the ultimate family experience this year with a parade, the ultimate tailgating experience and a classic car show. The popular West Bank festival will also feature dozens of food vendors, a beer garden, arts and crafts and carnival rides and games. Advance sale admission is $30 for a Single Day Ticket or $77.50 for a Weekend Pass. Single Day Tickets are also available at the gate for $35 and a Weekend Pass for $90. General admission for children 12 and under is free.

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival

September 28 – 29

Cassidy Park
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The Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival features a slate of blues entertainers each year. Performing in 2018 will be Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, Ruthie Foster, Vasti Jackson, ‘Big Daddy O’  Owen Tufts, Dash Rip Rock, Sarabee, Remedy, Chris LeBlanc, Crispin Schroeder, The Rezonators, Ricky Killingsworth and Joel Galloway. Ticket prices vary.

October 2018


2018 Fall Festival Schedule features Beignet Fest
Photo courtesy: Beignet Fest via Facebook

St. Tammany Parish Fair

October 3 – 7

St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds
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This annual tradition for North Shore residents brings an old-school celebration to St. Tammany Parish. It’s fun for all ages at this parish fair that includes every fair food imaginable, live music, rides, pageants and a feel-good, family-friendly atmosphere.

Que Pasa Fest

October 4 – 7

Lafreniere Park
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This year’s Que Pasa Fest celebrates the Hispanic influence and contributions to New Orleans for the past 300 years. The free outdoor family festival will take place at the Al Copeland Meadow Concert area in Lafreniere Park. The outdoor fest will feature live music, dancing, food booths, business booths, arts & crafts booths, community outreach and a children’s area. Admission is free.

Oktoberfest

October 5 – 6, 12 – 13, 19 – 20

Deutsches Haus
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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.

Treme Fall Fest

October 5 – 7

St. Augustine Church Yard
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Celebrate the historic Treme neighborhood at this three-day festival. Festivites kick off with a patron party on Friday night. Saturday brings in a street festival filled with music artists like the Hot 8 Brass Band and Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers.  On Sunday, Gospel Fest will take place at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Street vendors, food and arts and crafts will also be part of the fest. The goal is to support the architecture, culture and history of Treme.

Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival

October 6 – 7

Northshore Harbor Center
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The second annual Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival will being some of the country’s best smooth jazz musicians to Slidell for two days of music. Saturday tickets start at $50, while admission for Sunday’s jazz brunch is $60 per person.

Beignet Fest

October 6

City Park Festival Grounds
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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. Read more about the music lineup and complete menu here.

Muffuletta Festival

October 7

Nor-Joe Imports
Metairie, La.
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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.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival

October 12 – 14

Holy Guardian Angles Church
Bridge City, La.
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Bridge City’s gumbo will be on full display during this weekend festival. Over 2000 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.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

October 12 – 14

Lafayette Square
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It’s the perfect marriage, blues plus barbecue and it’s happening at Lafayette Square. Guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan, fast-rising star Samantha Fish, world-famous blues belter Shemekia Copeland, New Orleans’ beloved soul man Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Memphis R&B icon Don Bryant are just a few of the great artists who will perform. Admission is free.

Gentilly Fest

October 12 – 14

Pontchartrain Park
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Bring the family out to Gentilly for this family-friendly neighborhood festival. Gentilly Fest has something for everyone including music, food, arts, crafts and a kids village with horse back riding.  The purpose of this festival is to support the New Orleans Police, Fire, EMS, children’s music camps and other New Orleans organizations.

WWII Air, Sea and Land Festival

October 12 – 14

New Orleans Lakefront Airport
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Honor the legacy of the WWII generation while taking in some exciting views. 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.

Carnaval Latino

October 13

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This celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with a parade through the historic French Quarter. Festival-goers can also enjoy the best in Latin music, art, food and drink. More festival details TBA.

Northshore on Tap Beer Experience

October 13

Slidell Municipal Auditorium
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The Hospice of the South’s annual beer fest will focus on home brewers. Admission into the event includes all you can drink beer and live music, with food available for purchase. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Proceeds benefit the Hospice Foundation of the South’s only Hospice House in St. Tammany Parish. General admission tickets are $25.

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival

October 13 – 14

Tchefuncte River
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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.

Snout by Snoutwest Music and Puppy Fest

October 14

Noah’s Park
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This new, fun-for-all-ages fest includes local food, games and agility demonstrations. Abita will bring the brews and local bands will bring the tunes. Several businesses will also have vendor booths at the fest. A pet adoption area will include adoptable pets from area welfare organizations and adoption groups.

New Orleans Film Festival

October 17 – 25

Various Venues
Now in its 29th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has become one of the premier festivals in the country. The 2018 lineup boasts the most diverse line-up in the festival’s history. 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.

Andouille Festival

October 19 – 21

St. John Community Center/Thomas F. Daley Park
LaPlace, La.
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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 is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 3 to 12.

Praise Fest

October 19 – 21

Bayou St. John
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A gospel music festival descends upon Bayou St. John with performances by some of the best in the gospel community. Eric Waddell is one of the featured artists set to perform. Admission is free.

Violet Oyster Fest

October 19 – 21

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Violet, La.

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From oysters on the half shell to chargrilled, you’ll get to sample several varieties of oysters at this St. Bernard Parish festival. The family-friendly festival also features live music, rides, games and more.

Country Smooth Fest

October 20 – 21

NOLA Motorsports Park
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The inaugural Country Smooth Fest brings two-days of live country music on three stages at NOLA Motorsports Park. Headiners include Justin Moore and Louisiana’s own Hunter Hayes. The fest will also feature other local and regional up-and-coming country acts featured on the bill. Attendees can take advantage of all NOLA Motorsports has to offer, including the go-karts. General admission starts at $60 for a one-day pass.

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade

October 20

Parade Route
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Celebrate the countdown to Halloween with the Krewe of Boo parade this weekend. The spooky-themed parade rolls at 6:30 p.m., starting on Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny. Visit the website for full details and the complete parade route.

NOLA Mac N Cheese Fest

October 20

Armstrong Park
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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.

Trombone Shorty’s Hometown Threauxdown

October 20

Champions Square
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Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews plans to host his first-ever “Hometown Threauxdown” at Champion Square. The fall festival event will feature Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, as headliner. The lineup also includes Michael Franti & Spearhead, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mannie Fresh, New Breed Brass Band. Other special guests are to be announced. Tickets start at $29.50, plus service charges through Ticketmaster.

Boo at the Zoo

October 26 – 28

Audubon Zoo
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Bring your little goblins to Audubon Zoo for a kid-friendly Halloween. This annual Halloween event for children up to age 12 features trick-or-treat houses, a Ghost train, a haunted house, games and entertainment. Tickets are $20 per person.

Tour de Jefferson & LiveWell Fest

October 21

Lafreniere Park
Metairie, La.
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Head to Lafreniere Park in Jefferson Parish for this festival celebrating healthy and active lifestyles. Livewell Fest is the festival surrounding Tour de Jefferson, a family-friendly social ride for cycling enthusiasts of all levels. The festival features live music, food vendors, drop in workout classes, massages and a Kids Zone. The fest hits Metairie from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the fest is free.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 

October 26 – 28

City Park
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Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys and ODESZA are among the big names set to hit the stages for this Halloween weekend tradition. Nearly 70 bands will rock four stages over a three day period in City Park. This year, the fest also celebrates its 20th anniversary. Three-day advance admission to Voodoo Fest is $140, plus taxes and fees. VIP tickets are available at higher prices.

November 2018


 

Bucktown Seafood Fest

November  2 – 4

St. Louis King of France School
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Contraflow, The CheeWeez and Rockin Dopsie, Jr. are among the acts set to perform when the Bucktown Seafood Festival returns to St. Louis King of France School. The fest also includes plenty of food, games and rides for families. Kids can check out the “Little Shrimpers Village,” an area specifically designed for children ages 5 and under. Admission is free.

Algiers Folk Art Festival

November 3

Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum
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The showcase of regional folk art will feature artists’ tents, live musical entertainment, and food-truck concessions. The event is held annually on the grounds of the Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum in Algiers Point.

Bayou Bacchanal

November 3

Crescent Park
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The celebration of Caribbean culture moves to Crescent Park this year. The fest kicks off with a parade downtown at noon. Organizers say they will also add a costume competition to the mix.

Boudin, Bourbon & Beer

November 9

Champions Square
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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 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.

Bayou Road Balloon Festival

November 9 – 11

Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park
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The Bayou Road Balloon Festival returns for its second year this Veterans Day weekend. The festival features multiple hot air balloons creating a spectacular “night glow” each evening. The stage and festival grounds will be packed with local musicians and artists showcasing the vibrant communities of St. Bernard Parish. Tethered balloon rides, carnival rides, a midway, and local food & beer booths make this a can’t-miss event.

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

November 10 – 11

Downtown Covington, La.
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Downtown Covington becomes vibrant with this two-day art festival. The fest features more than 200 tents featuring artists from around the country, along with music and food. The fest opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

November 11

Oak Street
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Oak Street Po-Boy Fest will once again celebrate New Orleans’ beloved sandwich on Nov. 11. Festival-goers can expect to try more than 50 delicious varieties of po-boys from some of the best sandwich makers in town. The festival takes over Oak Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. While admission to the fest is free, the $5 wristband policy for the purchase of po-boys will return once again this year.

Fete Des Fromages

November 17

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint
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Now, New Orleans has a cheese fest to add to its festival lineup. A celebration of artisan cheeses from all over the world will land at the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint. Guests can sample cheeses, specialty foods, wine, cider and beer. Cooking demonstrations will also also be a part of the mix.

Wing Wars

November 17

Central City BBQ
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Chicken wings anyone? A new fall food festival wants to put chicken wings in the spotlight. The inaugural Wing Wars festival takes flight at Central City BBQ on Nov. 17. Twenty local and regional restaurants will serve up more than 40,000 chicken wings in every way. General admission to is $10 for early bird tickets, $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Wings will cost just $1 each.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

November 17  – 18

Armstrong Park
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You’re in for a smoking combo of brass bands and gumbo. Celebrate one of New Orleans’ favorite foods at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band will headline the festival along with Ashlin Parker’s mega group Trumpet Mafia. Food vendors will serve different types of gumbo to try along with cooking demonstrations, live music, kids activities and an arts market. Admission is free.

Celebration in the Oaks

November 23 – 25, November 30 – January 1

New Orleans City Park
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Breathtaking light displays adorn New Orleans City Park for the annual holiday festival Celebration in the Oaks. The Botanical Gardens, Storyland and Carousel Gardens come alive with festive holiday lights. Admission starts at $10 per person.

Bayou Classic & Bayou Classic Parade

November 24

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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The annual showdown between the Southern University Jaguars and the Grambling State University Tigers 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.

Pet Fest

November 25

Lafreniere Park
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The party “where pets bring their people” is Jefferson Parish’ mega pet adoption event. The festival also features a free pet costume contest with amazing prizes, a pet marketplace, food, music and more. Admission is free.

 *All dates and information are subject to change.

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