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There is no shortage of weekend fun in Louisiana when autumn's arrival brings with it a variety of food, music and culture festivals throughout the state.

Louisiana Autumn Festivals

In Louisiana autumn's arrival is signalled by large black pots of steaming gumbo and a social calendar jam packed with fairs, festivals and fiestas!

Autumn (or Fall as they say!) is festival season in Louisiana and every corner of the state takes part. There are as many different autumn festivals as there are varieties of Louisiana po-boys. In fact New Orleans even hosts a festival dedicated to those beloved sandwiches – the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival which takes place every November.

There are many great autumn festivals dedicated to Louisiana's delicious foods. In Natchitoches the Meat Pie Festival in mid-September takes place in the historic downtown next to Cane River Lake. Tamales are toasted in Zwolle each October, when the Tamale Fiesta celebrates Spanish and Native American heritage. Are you still hungry? Then head over to LaPlace for the Andouille Festival, or Crowley for the Rice Festival or even Bridge City for the Gumbo Festival, all which take place every October.

Other autumn festivals celebrate Louisiana's one-of-a-kind culture and the premier event is the free, three-day Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette's Girard Park during mid-October. This is really three festivals in one, each celebrating a different aspect of Cajun and Creole culture. While enjoying the activities, check out Festivals de Musique Acadienne to hear the best in Cajun and zydeco music. The Bayou Food Festival will definitely satisfy your appetite for the region's distinctive flavours and shop for handmade items during the Louisiana Craft Fair.

But the fun still hasn't finished – throughout autumn, other festivals worth checking out are the Jim Bowie Festival where actors re-enact the famous fight that made the Bowie knife famous; or the Red River Revel in north Louisiana's largest arts festival which is held in Shreveport. You can do something good as well as have a good time during the Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, where Cajun food and dozens of musicians draw visitors to the bayou to spread awareness about Louisiana's disapperaing wetlands.

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