THROUGH MONDAY, SEPT. 5
LOUISIANA SHRIMP & PETROLEUM FESTIVAL: downtown Morgan City. The festival celebrates its 76th year with music, food, carnival rides, fireworks, a Cajun Culinary Classic, arts and crafts show and sale. Also included will be a 10 a.m. Sunday Mass in the park, and the Blessing of the Fleet. (985) 385-0703.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4
CREOLE ZYDECO FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Adam Carlson Memorial Park, St. Martinville. Dancing, Creole food and a space jump. Live music by Lil Nathan & Zydeco Big Timers, Same Ol’ Two Step and Zydeco Ray & Creole Night Riders. $10, at the gate; $8, in advance; $3, students under 18. Bring lawn chairs, but no ice chests allowed. Sponsored by the Knights of Peter Chaver & Ladies Auxiliary Council & Court #54. (337) 394-4635
NEW ORLEANS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: Lafayette Square, New Orleans. Fifth annual event celebrating the city’s culture, cuisine and music. Food will be featured from New Orleans restaurants, along with art displays, jewelry, and crafts from local artisans. Festival proceeds benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.
LYDIA CAJUN FOOD FEST & FAIS DO DO: Weeks Park, 4800 Freyou Road, Lydia. Carnival rides, kids’ world, 40-plus food booths, poker run, arts and crafts, fais- dodo Friday night. (337) 367-1192 or http://www.iberiatravel.com
BARBECUE FESTIVAL: Grand Marais Courtyard, Jennings. Live entertainment, barbecue cook-off, seafood competition, family fun. Hours are 5-midnight, Friday; and 10 a.m.-midnight, Saturday. http://www.jeffdavis.org or (337) 821-5534
DELTA MUSIC FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Ferriday. All day music performances, food, arts, crafts, vendors, induction ceremony for the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame. Inductees will be James Burton, famous Elvis guitarist; and The Hemphills, a well-known gospel group. $3. (318) 757-9999.
4th ANNUAL PAPA GEORGE FAIR-CHILD JAMBALAYA COOK-OFF: grounds of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, St. Gabriel. Jambalaya dinners will go on sale at 11 a.m. for $5. Winners of cook-off will be announced at 1 p.m. Festivities include food, homemade sweets and a raffle featuring a homemade LSU quilt and a St. Jude Children’s quilt. Also, a mini-pot jambalaya cook-off for kids at 10:30 a.m. Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (225) 939-6369
SEPT. 15-NOV. 17
FALL 2011 BAYOU FILM SERIES: Bayou Bijou Theater, 600 McKinley St., University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Show times are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays on the following dates: Sept. 12, 19 and 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; Nov. 7 and 24. The program is dedicated to bringing provocative, adventurous and exciting films from throughout the world to the Lafayette community. This year’s films include Moscow, Belgium; The Secret in Their Eyes, A Somewhat Gentle Man, Meek’s Cutoff, Poetry, Another Year, Biutiful, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told; Farewell and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. $20, whole season; $3, at the door for general public; $2, students and faculty of ULL. http://www.theind.com
9TH ANNUAL NATCHITOCHES MEAT PIE FESTIVAL: Riverbank Stage, downtown Natchitoches. The town’s famous meat pies, of course, along with live entertainment and children’s activities. The annual River Run along the downtown riverbank is also being held in conjunction with the festival. (800) 259-1714 or http://www.meatpiefestival.com.
OLDIES BUT GOODIES FESTIVAL: Noon-6 p.m., 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. State Championship Barbecue Cook-off. Live entertainment both days; costume, twist, jitterbug, and hula hoop contests. Antique car show on Sunday. http://www.westbatonrouge.net.
GRAND BOIS INTER-TRIBAL POW-WOW: Grand Bois Park, Bourg. Native American drumming and dancing, arts and crafts, Native American and southern foods. Sponsored by the Terrebonne Indian Association. (504) 468-7231.
ST. JOSEPH 24TH ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 76940 Gum St., Grosse Tete. Barbecue chicken dinners, $6; cold drinks, desserts, raffle, silent auction, bingo, plant store and general store, door prizes, horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, children’s entertainment. (225) 648-2977.
LOUISIANA SUGARCANE FESTIVAL & FAIR: various venues throughout New Iberia. The festival features carnival rides, fais-dodo, sugar cookery contest, art show, boat parade, Mass and blessing of the crop, live music, tastings, photography show, fireworks, children’s parade and more. Live entertainment provided by several bands. http://www.hisugar.org
JIM BOWIE FESTIVAL: Vidalia. This event commemorates the 1827 duel between Dr. Thomas Maddox and Samuel Levi Well III. The duel gave birth to the legend of Jim Bowie. In addition to a re-enactment of the infamous “Sandbar Duel” by members of Natchez Little Theatre, there will be a barbecue competition, homemade pie bake-off, pageant, artists and the Vidalia Women’s Club street dance. Live music line-up include Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun, Kevin Curtis Live, The Texaco Country Showdown, local gospel groups and more. $10, adults; $3, children 12 and under. http://www.vidaliala.com/bowie.htm.
LOUISIANA CHICKEN FESTIVAL: Main Street, downtown Dubach. Bingo and live entertainment on Friday night. On Saturday it’s arts and crafts, quilt show, the strut, cackle, and crow contests; drumstick-eating contest, chicken coop races, children’s rodeo, trail ride, karaoke contest and food. Parade begins at 2:30 p.m. http://www.drabo.org.
RURAL LIFE HARVEST DAYS: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, LSU Ru-ral Life Museum, I-10 at Essen Lane. Living history demon-strations by artisans will take visitors back to 19th century life on Louisiana farms and plantations. Watch spinning, weaving, open hearth cooking, candle making, plowing and corn grinding. Also, children’s games, and hands-on activities. Lunches will be sold. Admission charged. (225) 765-2437.
TASTE FAIR, CRAFT EXTRAVA-GANZA: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Denham Springs. Presented by Family Resource Clinic. Free. (225) 686-1123.
HUNTING AND FISHING DAY: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Waddill Outdoor Educa-tion Center, 4142 Flannery Road. Activities include kids’ fishing, fly casting, fly tying, shooting, canoeing, archery, bird watching, game tagging, game cooking and conservation organizations. Enjoy Louisiana game and seafood dishes, too. Free admission. Sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., downtown Independence. Louisiana Wild Game Cook-Off, silent auction, arts and crafts booths, silent auction, food and drink booths, inflatable amusements and bayou games for kids. Music by Razn Kane Band, Eli Seals Band, TK ad All the Right Pieces Band and Lindsey Cardinale. Sponsored by the Lallie Kemp Foundation.
LATIN FESTIVAL: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Catholic Deaf Center, 2585 Brightside Drive. Latin food, music and dance, raffles, children’s activities and more. Benefits the Hispanic Apostolate of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Admission $5; $1 for children younger than age 10. (225) 927-8700 or http://www.festivallatinobr.com
SEPT. 30-Oct. 2
ST. JOHN PRIMARY AND ST. THERESA SCHOOL FESTIVAL OF FRIENDS: Friday-Sunday, St. Theresa of Avila School, Gon-zales. Carnival rides, food, championship cooks, children’s games, music, fun run, country store, bingo and more. Friday night is seafood night. Drawings for $1,000 Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday. (225) 647-8035
SUNSHINE FESTIVAL: Old Louisiana State Fairgrounds, Donald-sonville. This family-oriented event includes a large carnival midway with rides and games, food venues and music. (225) 473-4814
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